This is an article on how to buy a cheap used dirt bike.
You have decided that you want to start shopping for a dirt bike but where do you start?
We have lots and lots of different options when it comes to choosing a good used dirt bike.
You can buy cheap used dirt bikes by visiting local classifieds, local dirt bike dealerships, friends, or websites like cycle trader. When inspecting the used dirt bike, always make sure that you check the engine and frame for damages, that it is properly maintained, and check if the engine works properly and starts easily.
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Types of Used Dirt bikes
- Used Motocross bikes
- Used Enduro Bikes
- Used Trail bikes
- Used Cross Country bikes
Motocross bikes are built for lots of power and suspension that can handle large jumps. The gearing is also set up to ride motocross tracks.
Enduro bikes are typically bikes that as suited to ride in the tight technical terrain. The suspension, turning radius, and gearing are all for gnarly single track. This means that the front and rear shock are going to be much softer vs a motocross bike. Trail bikes fall into this same category as well. Enduro bikes are race dirt bikes and trail bikes are softer versions of a race enduro dirt bike.
A cross country dirt bike is closely related to a motocross bike with the exception of different gearing and suspension setup. It has been said that an XC or cross country dirt bike is the do-it bike. You can ride it on a motocross track, fast flowy, whoops, and technical terrain.
Here is some information that I wish I would have known before I bought my very first dirt bike.
The first thing you need to ask yourself is where you plan to ride your dirt bike?
This can depend on where you and your friends like to ride dirt bikes.
Is this on trails or single track?
Or, motocross tracks?
Maybe both trails and a motocross bike?
Before you rush out to buy a used dirt bike let’s established a few things
The reason we need to establish this is the type of terrain you ride depends on what dirt bike you should buy.
I hear countless stories of people buying the wrong type of used dirt bikes and they end up hating dirt bikes or getting hurt.
Buying the wrong used dirt bike can ruin your experience or even hurt you.
For example, if you buy a used YZ450F motocross bike to ride a single track on you just bought the wrong bike. The suspension and power of a motocross bike are NOT set up to ride trails or hard technical terrain.
The suspension of a motocross bike is too stiff for trail or enduro riding.
If you are a beginner you DO NOT want to buy a 450F dirt bike. Learn how to ride on a smaller bore dirt bike. It’s more important to learn bike control, and clutch control. The last thing you need is a really powerful dirt bike that takes you for a ride.
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Is a 2-stroke or 4-stroke better to buy used?
Really that all depends on the condition of the bike. It is cheaper to rebuild a 2-stroke motor versus a 4-stroke motor. However, regardless of which one you choose all motors are a ticking time bomb.
Riding a 2 stroke on a motocross track is fun but takes a bit more skill over a 4 stroke motocross bike.
2 strokes are better suited to riding tight technical terrain and tend to do better than 4 strokes. You can ride a purpose-built 4-stroke for gnarly single track but a 2-stroke just does it a bit better.
The days are gone where a 2 stroke motor was hard to ride with its on-off switch of a powerband.
The choice is yours, nowadays 2 strokes and 4 strokes are both reliable. Typically with a 2 stroke, you would replace the top end every 150 hours if you are riding it hard.
Let’s switch gears and talk about what to do when you go look at a dirt bike that you are thinking about buying.
First off I recommend taking a friend that knows something about dirt bikes and telling them to give you their honest feedback. Mention to them if they help you buy a dirt bike that breaks down while riding…they will be the ones hauling you out.
If you feel uneasy or weird about the bike, trust your instincts and find another bike. You can always keep shopping until you find the right dirt bike for you. I have heard story after story of people buying dirt bikes that they have to dump a ton of money into them. At that point, you might as well just buy a brand new dirt bike.
Don’t buy a crapper just so you can ride with the boys that weekend. I like to ride dirt bikes not work on them.
Where do you find used dirt bikes?
- Local Classifieds
- Local dirt bike dealerships
- Cycle Trader
Buying a dirt bike from a local dealership that you trust is probably the best place to start.
Here are some recommended used dirt bikes
This list is for people that are new or beginners in the dirt bike world. If you want to read more thoroughly about the best dirt bikes before you make your choice, I would suggest reading this article. Trail dirt bikes are the easiest to ride and are the most beginner-friendly dirt bikes. You will notice that I did not include any 450 dirt bikes in the list below. If you are just getting started a 450 is WAY TOO much bike. The goal is to have fun and be safe.
Your dirt biking skills will improve at a faster rate if you feel comfortable with the power of the dirt bike. A smaller bore dirt bike also teaches you to clutch control which will translate over into any other dirt bike you ride.
Motocross Dirt Bikes
- Honda CRF250R
- Yamaha YZ250F
- Kawasaki KX250F
- Suzuki RMZ250F
- Husqvarna FC250
Hard Enduro Dirt Bikes
- Beta 200RR
- Beta 300RR
- Husqvarna TE300
Trail Dirt Bikes
- Honda CRF250X
- Yamaha WR250F
- Beta Xtrainer
- Beta 200RR
- Kawasaki KXL300R
- Honda CRF250F
- Honda CRF230F
- Yamaha TTR230
- KTM Freeride 250R
Cross Country Dirt Bikes
- Honda CRF250RX
- Yamaha YZ250FX
- KTM 250XCF
- Husqvarna TX300
- KTM 300 XC
- KTM 250 XC
- Yamaha YZ250X
Feel free to comment below or send me an email letting me know what your experience is when looking to buy a used dirt bike. Remember, You do not have to buy the very first dirt bike you look at. Even if the dirt bike is in good shape, it’s always a good idea to go test drive and look over lots of different used dirt bikes. That way you have a little more experience under your belt to know what to look for. I have even gone and test drove a few dirt bikes that were out of my budget to see what a newer nice dirt bike felt like. This helped me gauge how clapped out the used dirt bikes I could afford where.
You can even ask to have a professional dirt bike mechanic take a look at the used dirt bike before you purchase it.
I wish you the best of luck when finding the right dirt bike.
Here is a guide on how To Buy Cheap Used Dirt Bike:
Does it start easily?
Check if dirt bike is properly maintained.
Check if engine is working properly.
Check for Damages
Take a friend with you or an expert.
If you don’t have a friend that can help you out with the review, you can always pay or ask your mechanic.
I disagree that aftermarket parts do not make the bike worth more. Just last month I sold my bike for 25% above what I paid for it only because of the after market parts. It’s not a hard and fast rule. My example is probably an exception to the rule.
Thanks for your input.
I see you’re recommending 250 2 strokes, ok to skip the 125s? I’m about 240 lb I ride street bikes looking to ride some atv trails.
Hi, I only have a budget of £2000 so can’t afford a honda or yamaha etc so I’ve been looking at a brand new 10ten 250rx, would you purchase or stay away from it, I dont ride much so it won’t get used loads as I just dont have the time these days
Looking for a cheap 65cc dirt bike for my son
Looking for cheap Used dirt bikes
Looking for a cheap 200 or 250 dirtbike
Ktm 125 sx or yz 125
I need a cheapest one used
did someone buy it off of you if not tell me how much and ill pay you in february im only getting 200