In this article, we discuss what the best dirt bike brands are in the world today.
Dirt bikes have been around for a couple of decades. We have seen some dirt bike brands come and go with time. Fast forward to 2020 we actually have a pretty healthy group of dirt bike brands in the world today. I am sure in this article you will recognize some of the brand names but hopefully, I will not miss any dirt bike manufacturers you feel like should be included in this article.
Creating the best dirt bike really comes down to a handful of dirt bike manufacturers. We are talking about the best dirt bike brands this means dirt bikes that are high quality and are the best your hard-earned cash can buy.
YOU WANT TO BUY A QUALITY DIRT BIKE
You can buy lots of different dirt bikes from all around the world but how do you know if its quality and the motor, frame, and suspension will hold up.
BEST DIRT BIKE BRANDS HIRE TEST RIDERS
Typically the best dirt bike brands pay the very best professional dirt bike testers in the world to help them with product testing and development. These test riders abuse and break the dirt bikes to allow us normal dirt bike riders to enjoy a well-built dirt bike.
Quality Dirt bikes are the top of the line and win races and will not leave you stranded out in the middle of a dirt bike ride.
All this testing and research will give us dirt bikes that have the best suspension, frames, motors, and parts in the entire world.
What we are looking for when it comes to the best dirt bike brands in the world
- Product line
- Quality built
These are the marks of one of the best dirt bike brands on the market. They are the companies that have spent all the research and development dollars on producing the best dirt bikes. You can find these high-quality dirt bike brands in the following places in the world.
There are what the dirt bike industry refers to as the “BIG 5” best dirt bike brands.
Later in this article, we will go into more detail what dirt bike manufactures are included in the big 5.
Really we can break up where the best dirt bikes are built.
BEST DIRT BIKE BRANDS IN JAPAN
Here are the VERY BEST dirt bike brands made in Japan. These for a very long time were considered the “big 4” best dirt bikes you could buy. Japanense dirt bike brands are really known for their high-quality build.
2020 HONDA’S BEST DIRT BIKES
This is a list of the top 5 best honda dirt bikes for 2020. The Flagship dirt bike from Honda is the 2020 Honda CRF450R. This is a dirt bike that is raced by professional races like Ken Roczen.
- 2020 CRF450R
- 2020 CRF250R
- 2020 CRF230F
- 2020 CRF50F
- 2020 CRF450RX
2020 YAMAHA’S BEST DIRT BIKES
Like Honda, Yamaha is very well known for being one of the most reliable and high-quality dirt bike brands out there. They are known to be a little more adventurous then Honda when it comes to the different dirt bike models in their lineup. Yamaha dirt bikes are really popular in the motocross and offroad dirt bike worlds.
Below is a list of the best 2020 Yamaha dirt bikes.
- 2020 YZ450F
- 2020 YZ250F
- 2020 YZ250
- 2020 TTR230
- 2020 TTR50E
2020 KAWASAKI’S BEST DIRT BIKES
Kawasaki has one of the best racing programs in the supercross world. They have been able to be extremely competitive and they build quality dirt bikes. Mostly focused around the motocross and supercross world the KX has been a staple for decades. Below is a list of the best 2020 Kawasaki Dirt bikes made.
- 2020 KX450F
- 2020 KX250F
- 2020 KLX110
- 2020 KX100
- 2020 KX65
2020 SUZUKI’S BEST DIRT BIKES
Suzuki has a lot of success in the supercross and motocross world, especially during the early 2000s. Known for the RMZ450 the Suzuki dirt bike is also a quality dirt bike manufacture in Japan. Here is a list of the 2020 Best dirt bikes from Suzuki.
- RMZ 450
- RMZ 250
- RM 85
- DRZ 50
- RMX 450Z
BEST DIRT BIKE BRANDS IN EUROPE
That wraps up the best dirt bike brands from Japan. Let’s know jump into Europe. There still is only 1 manufacture that has been able to play with the big Japanese dirt bike brands but that doesn’t mean that the other dirt bike brands in Europe are not quality build dirt bikes.
The best European dirt bike manufactures are mostly known for making high-quality offroad enduro dirt bikes. KTM is the only dirt bike manufacture that really has had any real success in the world of supercross and motocross here in the United States.
The dirt bike brands mentioned below all have had lots of success in the offroad and hard enduro racing niches.
We are going to list out the dirt bike brands here but keep in mind that KTM owns a few of those different brands and we will mention it when they appear on the list.
List of the Best European Dirt Bike Brands
- KTM – Austria
- Husqvarna – Sweden
- Beta – Italy
- Sherco – France
- GasGas – Spain
- TM – Italy
2020 KTM’S BEST DIRT BIKES
For a long time, KTM was considered to be an excellent hard enduro dirt bike. KTM decided that they wanted to break into the supercross and motocross world here in the USA. They hired the legend Roger DeCoster to help them. This has led to many years of success in the supercross world and motocross. All the money that was poured into research and development allowed KTM to build even better hard enduro dirt bikes. In fact, KTM is a HUGE part of the success of modern-day 2 strokes.
Here is a list of the best 2020 dirt bikes from KTM
- 2020 KTM 300 XCW TPI
- 2020 KTM 300 XC TPI
- 2020 KTM 450SXF
- 2020 KTM 250SXF
- 2020 KTM 65 SX
2020 HUSQVARNA’S BEST DIRT BIKES
Husqvarna dirt bikes have been around for a while and in recent years got bought out by BMW and now KTM. Husqvarna dirt bikes are just white KTM’s for the most part. There are a few differences but they are minor. However, that’s not a bad thing as the KTM dirt bikes are REALLY good and that makes the Husqvarna dirt bikes REALLY good as well.
Here is a list of the best 2020 dirt bikes from Husqvarna
- 2020 TE 300i
- 2020 FC 450
- 2020 TX 300i
- 2020 Fx 350
- 2020 FE 501s
2020 BETA’S BEST DIRT BIKES
Beta makes some of the best hard enduro dirt bikes in the world. They are known for building quality 2 stroke dirt bikes. They have 2 strokes that are oil-injected and counterbalanced. Beta also makes unique CC 4 stroke dirt bikes as well. The Beta 390 RR is a popular 4 stroke dirt bike.
Here is a list of the best Beta dirt bikes for 2020
- 2020 300 RR Race Edition
- 2020 390 RR Race Edition
- 2020 200 RR
- 2020 430 RR Race Edition
- 2020 480 RR Race Edition
2020 SHERCO’S BEST DIRT BIKES
Sherco has been making hard enduro dirt bikes for a long time. While not as well known all the Sherco dirt bikes are high quality and well built. They are well known for there quality 2 strokes as well but make really competitive four strokes.
List of the best 2020 Sherco Dirt Bikes
- 2020 Sherco 300 SC
- 2020 Sherco 300 SEF FACTORY
- 2020 Sherco 300 SE FACTORY
- 2020 Sherco 300 SE RACING
- 2020 Sherco 450 SEF FACTORY
2020 GASGAS’S BEST DIRT BIKES
GasGas has not released any 2020 dirt bikes yet as they were acquired by KTM in 2019. Will we see a red KTM under the GasGas name? Who knows. I am not going to list any of the dirt bikes from GasGas for 2020 but previous GasGas models are high quality offroad hard enduro dirt bikes.
2020 TM’S RACING BEST DIRT BIKES
While TM dirt bikes are not very well known to the general dirt bike population here in the USA. They also are a really HIGH quality built dirt bike. TM dirt bikes have been compared to a work of art and the crew at TM really prides themselves in building a quality and beautiful dirt bike. They have 2 strokes and 4 strokes but are more known for the hard enduro 2 strokes.
List of the Best 2020 TM Racing Dirt Bikes
- 2020 TM EN 300 ES
- 2020 TM EN 450 Fi
- 2020 TM MX 450 Fi
- 2020 TM MX 300 ES
- 2020 TM MX 300 Fi
There you have it. The above dirt bike brands are the very best in the world. While they differ in color design and even models. Each of the dirt bike brands listed in the article is considered the best in the world. However, there are 5 brands that still are leading the pack when it comes to making the very best dirt bikes in the world. Now, the reason they are considered the big 5 is they lead the pack in manufacturing and also in the racing world they have the most wins and championships.
The list below is not really in any particular order but these are still the biggest and the best dirt bike brands in the world. Chances are you have heard of all of the five dirt bike brands below but you haven’t probably heard of all the dirt bike brands I have listed in this article.
TOP 5 BEST DIRT BIKE BRANDS IN THE WORLD
Suzuki is probably the only dirt bike manufacture that has really cut back so to speak.
Will we see the rise of another dirt bike manufacturer join the ranks of the big 5 dirt bike brands?
Time will only tell. Let’s hope that Suzuki decides to return to its ways and bring us more dirt bike options if they don’t it might go back to being the big 4…
Or, maybe…just maybe Beta or Sherco will sneak up in the ranks.
Remember to get out and ride but be safe out there.