Dirt bikes can be an exhilarating option for outdoor fun. For weekend warriors, dirt bikes can be rented for short-term use, but if you think you'd like to take up dirt bike riding as a hobby or sport, you might consider purchasing your own bike. Dirt bikes can be big-ticket items, so be certain of which bike is best for you before you buy. There are a few main factors you should consider when deciding which bike is best suited to you.
Choose the engine size best suited to your skill level and body size. Bikes with high-power engines require a great deal of skill and strength to control and can place inexperienced or weaker riders at risk of injury. Conversely, a well-seasoned rider may find an underpowered engine unable to deliver the performance needed. Also, heavier riders may have trouble climbing hills or accelerating if the engine is too small.
Consider how you intend to use the bike. There are two main types of dirt bikes: motocross and trail bikes. Motocross bikes are built for high speed, acceleration and jumping, whereas trail bikes are designed for long-distance riding, stability and comfort. Each bike is poorly suited to do the other's job, so make sure you pick the one made for your type of riding.
Pick the right size of bike. Because riders come in all ages, shapes and sizes, dirt bikes are made in a variety of sizes to suit most needs. When seated on the bike, both of your feet should touch the ground with minimal bending in the knees. A bike that's too big or small will be difficult to control.
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