As someone who is new into dirt biking, finding the best trail dirt bikes for beginners, and choosing one can be a daunting task.
Your goal is probably getting a dirt bike to cruise around all the local dirt bike trails. Trail Dirt bikes provide tons of playful fun and enjoyment when riding single-track.

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However,

Having the right type of dirt bike is just like having the right tool for the job.

Dirt biking is meant to be fun and exhilarating however if you purchase the wrong dirt bike to start with it can REALLY ruin your experience. Or worse it can cause you to get hurt.

In this post we will cover:

  • Some basic information on trail dirt bikes
  • Easy and hard beginner trail dirt bikes to ride
  • List of the best trail dirt bikes for beginners for 2020
  • List of dirt bikes that are NOT trail bikes
  • Trail Bikes, that you SHOULD NOT BUY

Few words about trail dirt bikes

There are ALL sorts of dirt bikes out there but you are reading this article because you want to know what dirt bike is the best for beginners that want to trail ride.

Trail dirt bikes generally have a softer suspension setup, gearing, and a motor that is set up for riding single-track. Typically these trail dirt bikes are not meant for racing. This means they aren’t fire breathing dragons. I want to be clear though, these “trail dirt bikes” still can go fast, jump, and corner well.

What type of engine you choose is up to you. You have the option of a 4 stroke or a 2 stroke motor. Both work great but have different benefits.

All of the dirt bikes below come with a manual clutch. There are models in the list below that are more beginner-friendly than others. A couple of the bikes are full-sized dirt bikes that are built to go faster and jump higher. These bikes take a bit more skill and bravery. That doesn’t mean that you can get one if you are just getting started into dirt biking. I just want to make you aware. Most of the “air-cooled” dirt bikes have the tamest motors.

We will talk about each one so you have a good idea of what dirt bike is best suited for you.

Easiest and harder beginner trail dirt bikes to ride:

Don’t worry, we will talk about each one so you have a good idea of what dirt bike is best suited for you. But for now, here is the short list:

Easiest beginner trail dirt bikes to ride

  • Honda CRF230F
  • Honda CRF250F
  • Yamaha TTR230
  • Kawasaki KLX230R
  • KTM Freeride E-XC

Harder beginner trail dirt bikes to ride

  • Honda CRF250X
  • Yamaha WR250
  • Beta Xtrainer 300
  • Beta 200RR
  • Kawasaki KLX300R
  • KTM Freeride E-XC

In this article i will make a full list of all the recommend trail dirt bikes for people who are just getting started.

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The Best Trail Dirt Bikes for Beginners for 2020

Below is a list of the VERY best beginner trail dirt bikes on the market for this year:

  • Honda CRF230F ($4,349)
  • Honda CRF250F ($4,599)
  • Honda CRF250X ($8,299)
  • Yamaha TTR230 ($4,449)
  • Yamaha WR250 ($8,599)
  • Beta 200RR ($8,699)
  • Beta Xtrainer 300 ($7,699)
  • KTM Freeride E-XC ($10,499)
  • Kawasaki KLX300R ($5,499)
  • Kawasaki KLX230R ($4,399)
Honda CRF230F trail dirt bike
Honda CRF230F

Honda CRF230F

The Honda CRF230F is an air-cooled 4 stroke that has been in the Honda lineup for years. It’s a popular model for beginners and teenagers alike. Newer models come with electric start and no kick starter.

  • Air-cooled 4 stroke motor
  • Front disc brake
  • Rear Drum brake
  • Front rim size – 21″
  • Rear rim size – 18″
  • 34.6 in Seat height
  • 249 lbs curb weight
  • Electric start

Price $4,349

Honda CRF250F
Honda CRF250F

Honda CRF250F

Great for trail riding the fuel-injected CRF250F is the big brother to the CRF230F. It comes with a telescopic for in the front and a Showa rear shock. The CRF250F is a new model for Honda. This Honda trail bike comes with an electric start. It, however, does not come with a backup kick starter.

  • Aircooled 4 stroke motor
  • Fuel injection
  • Front and rear disc brakes
  • Front rim size – 21″
  • Rear rim size – 18″
  • 34.8 in Seat height
  • 265 lbs curb weight
  • Electric start

Price $4,599

Honda CRF250X
Honda CRF250X

Honda CRF250X

The Honda CRF250x is related to its race brother the CRF250R. Relatively unchanged since 2005 the Honda CRF250x is well known as fun but reliable full-sized dirt bike. It has a combination of old school XR400 reliability but a much more modern design. Rumors are they are re-tooling the CRF250X into an even more modern trail bike.

The CRF250X is Honda’s flagship 250cc trail dirt bike

  • Modern liquid cooled 4 stroke motor
  • Keihin carb
  • Electric Start
  • Back up kick starter
  • Headlight
  • Modern Showa suspension
  • Modern CRF frame
  • 254 lbs
  • 37.7 in seat height

Price $8,299

Yamaha TTR230
Yamaha TTR230

Yamaha TTR230

Like the Honda CRF230F, the TTR230 is a super reliable dirt bike from Yamaha. The TTR is an air-cooled 4 stroke that has telescopic forks and comes with full-size offroad rims. It comes with a really nice but broad powerband which is perfect for beginners and teenagers. It has an electric start but no backup kick starter. No headlight.

  • Air-cooled 4 stroke motor
  • Front disc brake
  • Rear Drum brake
  • Front rim size – 21″
  • Rear rim size – 18″
  • 34.3 in Seat height
  • 251 lbs wet weight
  • Electric start

Price $4,449

Yamaha WR250
Yamaha WR250

Yamaha WR250

The Yamaha WR250 is the benchmark for high-quality performance trail dirt bikes. The Yamaha WR250 comes with electric start modern suspension and motor specs. The WR250 has been recently updated and is a modern enduro single track warrior. Built from the YZ250F platform the WR is one of the very best enduro trail dirt bikes on the market. Yamaha is well known for having the best stock forks in the dirt bike world.

  • Rearward slanted 4 stroke motor
  • Larger radiators
  • Fuel injection
  • Electric start
  • Headlight
  • Front and rear disc guard
  • 37.6 in seat height
  • 254 lbs

Price $8,599

Beta 200RR
Beta 200RR

Beta 200RR

The Beta 200RR is a 2 stroke dirt bike. Beta makes some of the very best offroad dirt bikes in the market. The 200RR motor is a really torquey 2 stroke motor. It comes with an electric start, oil injection, and a headlight. Purpose-built to tackle hard enduro or technical singletrack. If you want an advantage over the 4 strokes in tight technical terrain the Beta 200RR is the bike for the job.

  • 2 Stroke Motor
  • Oil injection (No mixing your gas)
  • Electric start
  • Keihin Carb
  • Headlight
  • 6 Speed
  • 36.6″ seat height
  • 213.8 lbs dry weight

Price $8,699

Beta Xtrainer 300
Beta Xtrainer 300

Beta Xtrainer 300

The Beta Xtrainer 300 is a smaller framed dirt bike with a really mellow but torquey 2 stroke motor. The new version of the Beta Xtrainer comes with a counterbalanced motor to reduce vibration. Lighter and a smaller seat height the Xtrainer is a perfect starter bike or even a great bike for advanced riders. Beta equips the Xtrainer with a headlight and electric start. The Xtrainer is an oil injection dirt bike which means you do not have to mix gas.

  • 2 Stroke Motor
  • Oil injection (No mixing your gas)
  • Electric start
  • Keihin Carb
  • Headlight
  • 6 Speed
  • 35.8″ seat height
  • 218 lbs wet weight

Price $7,699

Kawasaki KLX300R
Kawasaki KLX300R

Kawasaki KLX300R

The Kawasaki KLX300R is a newer model in the KLX lineup. This is a liquid-cooled 4 stroke motor. Tuned for riding trails the KLX300R will have good power but will not rip your arms off. The KLX300R comes with electric start and fuel injection.

  • 4 Stroke liquid-cooled motor
  • Electric start
  • Fuel injection
  • Inverted shocks
  • 21″ front rim
  • 18″ rear rim
  • 36.4″ seat height
  • 282.2 lbs

Price $5,499

Kawasaki KLX230R
Kawasaki KLX230R

Kawasaki KLX230R

Built to compete against the CRF230F and the TTR230 the Kawasaki KLX230R is a reliable trail dirt bike. The KLX230R is a fuel-injected air cooled 4 stroke motor. It comes with an electric start but no backup kick starter. This is another great option for trail riding and beginners.

  • 4 Stroke air-cooled motor
  • Electric start
  • Fuel injection
  • 21″ front rim
  • 18″ rear rim
  • 36.2″ seat height
  • 253.6 lbs

Price $4,399

KTM Freeride E-XC 2020
KTM Freeride E-XC 2020

KTM Freeride E-XC

I have included the 2020 KTM Freeride E-XC electric dirt bike. Why? Because electric dirt bikes are best for riding trails when you start as a beginners. This is due to the fact that e-bikes like the Freeride E-XC have different power options that makes it really easy to start and ride it. It’s quiet and has no clutch. Both of those help beginners.
Also, being able to ride it in places you normally would cause too much noise pollution also helps get seat time in.

  • Electric motor
  • Electric start
  • No clutch
  • No noise
  • 21″ front rim
  • 18″ rear rim
  • 35.4″ seat height
  • 244 lbs

Price $10,499

Here is a List of dirt bikes that are NOT trail bikes

** Avoid these bikes if you plan on riding trails and singletrack

  • Yamaha YZ450F
  • Yamaha YZ250F
  • Yamaha YZ250
  • Yamaha YZ125
  • Honda CRF450R
  • Honda CRF250R
  • Kawasaki KX450F
  • Kawasaki KX250F
  • Suzuki RMZ450
  • Suzuki RMZ250
  • KTM 450SXF
  • KTM 350SXF
  • KTM 250SXF
  • KTM 250SX
  • KTM 150SX
  • KTM 125SX
  • Husqvarna TC125
  • Husqvarna TC250
  • Husqvarna FC450
  • Husqvarna FC350
  • Husqvarna FC250

All of the above dirt bikes are considered motocross bikes and not trail bikes.

Trail Bikes, that you SHOULD NOT BUY

Racing out to buy a 450F dirt bike is a mistake if you are a beginner or just getting back into dirt biking.

For example, if you go out and buy a Honda CRF450R that your buddy told you to buy you’re going to struggle with how powerful and stiff the suspension is.

The Honda CRF450R is a motocross bike for racing on tracks. These are really powerful but fun dirt bikes BUT not good for beginners.

Remember this is a process and there is a learning curve.

Conclusion

I hope that i explained you in detail how to choose the best trail dirt bike for you. I tried to keep my opinion unbiased by consulting the bikes on this list with fellow dirt bike riders. I will keep this post updated each year.
See you on the dirt trail.

Please comment below if you have any questions.

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