Motocross and dirt biking has reached new levels of popularity in 2015. There are more members of clubs than ever before and the community is growing rapidly. I’m proud to say that the sport came about right here in the UK, as part of an evolution from motorbike trials. During the 1960s, the Americans had gotten wind of the sport and it become very popular across the pond. By this time there were manufacturers from all over the world making motocross bikes. It wasn’t until around the mid 80s that Americans were starting to win competitions. Until then European riders had dominated all the meets and championships.
Who Makes Motocross Bikes
There are many companies across the world that make motocross bikes and it is a very competitive industry indeed, with popularities changing as much as the wind. It all depends who has won the most recent championships and of course that is a good indication as to who is making the best bike of the moment. KTM are a very popular European brand and have been very successful in recent times. The Austrian company have been at the forefront of the dirt bike scene for the past 10 years and show no signs of abating any time soon. You can take a look at their website here, www.ktm.com/. KTM also do some very nice street bikes, so take a look if you like that sort of thing. Suzuki is another big brand. The Japanese firm got in on the game in the 1960s and have always been very close to the top when it comes to motocross manufacture. Other very notable bike makers are Yamaha, Kawasaki, Honda (all Japanese) and Husqvarna (another Austrian firm).
Forms of Motocross
Over the years there have been quite a few off-shoots of very similar sports that have come from the motocross basis. Similar to BMX Freestyle, there is Freestyle Motocross. In this form you do not race against anyone, you just have to simply do the craziest stunt you can. Check out some videos on YouTube, you won’t believe what some of those nutcases can do. Supermoto is a form of the sport that uses bikes adapted for racing on roads and other surfaces. This particular form has been around for a long time, since the 1970s. Another form of motocross comes in the use of ATV and Quad bikes. That is really fun, I can tell you! A version of motocross for bicycles is also popular, and it is called Supercross. It involves converted-for-use push bikes that can handle the large jumps and other forms of obstacles present on the tracks.
With the continuing rise of all these forms of motocross, there is a booming market in the United Kingdom, both for new bikes and second-hand bikes. New bikes can set you back anything from around £2000 right up to £10000 plus, depending on your level of seriousness and commitment (and engine size). For instance, a 2014 KTM SX 125 will cost around £4,500. These are great bikes and if you can afford that kind of money that it is a good starting point. Something a little cheaper, around the £2K mark is the 2015 Suzuki DR-Z 125. Suzuki bikes have a great reputation and the Japanese always make good engines. If 125 is too small and you want a bit of beast , then take a look at a 2014 Kawasaki KX 250F. I have personally ridden that bike on a number of occasions and I can vouch as to its quality. I trust the quality of Kawasaki nearly as much as KMT, it’s only the fact that dirt bikes are KMT’s main focus that they are above everyone else.
If you are just getting into motocross and are looking for something cheaper, then look at the second-hand market. Due to so many dirt bike riders, there is a big market for second-hand motocross vehicles, and because of this, you are pretty much guaranteed to find yourself a bargain. On www.for-sale.co.uk/motocross-bikes for instance, there is big selection of used bikes and also of bike accessories, so the chances are you can get everything you need to start up from a site like that.
Don’t forget it is also necessary to buy all of the protective gear, so make sure your budget covers helmets, gloves and a protective suit, as falling off (and you will) can be potentially very dangerous, even if you are wearing everything you should, you just give yourself a far better chance of not injuring yourself too seriously. If you do buy a bike that is new, or even second-hand for that matter, see if the seller is also getting rid of any gear, and get them to throw that in free of charge, or at least give a discount.