Different Types of Motocross Bikes: The Ones that Will Make you a Winner
There are so many companies that have risen on the motocross scene and each company has their own strengths that allow them to dominate the event. However, there are certain bikes that have gained the reputation that they can kick some serious dirt in their opponent’s faces, and we thought we’d bring you a list of them. They may be old, but they earned their laurels in their time.
Firstly, we must be informed that there are different types of events to understand the different types of Motocross bikes that are used. There’s the Motocross, Supercross, Enduro and Trials. Similarly, there are bikes which are created to compete in the different classes which each competition has – from the 250 cc, 450 cc (four stroke), 175 cc to 499 cc. They range from power and modifications to pricing.
Once known as ‘Scramblers’, these types of bikes raced on short closed off-road tracks which had a variety of obstacles placed. Because speed is of the essence, it had a small fuel tank for compactness and lightness. Motocross engines ha long travel suspension which allowed the riders to take jumps at full high speeds and are usually single-cylinder two-stroke or four-stroke units which vary in size. These types of engines could range from 50cc – 650cc.
This is a road legal motocross bike which also has a horn, lights, a number plate and effective silencing which is required in most countries. Riders of this type compete over a longer course (thus the name Enduro – from endurance) and the race itself can last from 1 day to 6 days. Multilappers are short circuit endure events which are very popular with novice riders.
Also known as ‘Rallies’, these types of bikes have a larger fuel tank which is suitable for long distance racing and the capacities can range from 450cc to 750cc. These types of races are usually held through deserts.
This is a dual purpose bike that is great both for off-road and on-road biking. It may look similar to an endure bike but as this type of a bike is not suitable for competitions, it will not be as hardy and will have more road legal equipment like lights, indicators, mirrors etc.
Bikes for these events demand precision and off-road competition testing balancing skills rather than speed, unlike the other bikes. The main qualities of a trials bike would be low weight and a crisp throttle response power. This is why most trial bikes have smaller engines which range from 125cc to 300cc with two-stroke being the most popularly used. Most bikes have a very small seta, if any at all because the rider will always be standing on the pegs.
This type of a bike will have no brakes and hardly any suspension with the engine running on methanol. Having at most only 2 gears, they are long stroke four-stroke singles and some models such as the Speedway have only the capacity to turn left.
- 1986 Honda CR125
Honda has always proven itself when it comes to bike riding. This Japanese company is famous all over the world and since it was established in 1959, it has continuously been regarded as the best choice for people who have just picked up the sport as well as veterans of the sport. The bikes that Honda produces have the perfect combination of innovation as well as the latest technology which makes it a top contender in many races. Honda’s hey-day of wins came during the time of the CR250 from 1983-1987 when they won for five years straight.
- 2001 Yamaha YZ250F/ 2000 Yamaha YZ125
Introduced to the world in 1955, Yamaha has probably won the most crowns in the motocross championship world. Its wins which are mostly in the 250cc two-stroke and four-stroke classes.
- 1994 Kawasaki KX250
Regarded as being one of the best bike brand sin the world, it started its business in 1966 with sales being provided only in America which gradually spread to the rest of the world.
- 2013 KTM 250SX
KTM took the world by storm since it started n 1992. Its performance is excellent, stylish and no other bike can come close to this brand.
How I got into motocross is a different matter. My best bud – whom the bike belonged to had signed up for a race and got sick the last minute. Not until that point I had been going on the tacks with him every weekend or every possible chance I had and he asked me if I could take his place.