When Buying A Used Dirt Bike...

Buying a used dirt bike can be a bit of a gamble. But, if you're not fortunate enough to be able to afford a brand spanker - or your other half will leave you if you fork out ten grand - then make sure you give the potential new family member a thorough inspection before buying it.

It is always a smart idea to have someone who has mechanical knowledge to come with you.

I've owned three secondhand bikes in my riding career. When I was 14 I slaved my guts out all holidays to save for a RM80. After paying $2100 of hard-earned cash to a prominent motorcycle dealership, I walked away with my first ever motocross bike... Two hours of riding later, the piston blew and my new-found joy had seized. Have you ever heard a 14 year old boy's heart tear in half?

Motocross bikes don't come with a warranty, especially used ones. So, if you're not sure what to look for, here's a USED DIRT BIKE CHECKLIST to help. Some of these things don't cost much to replace. But if the bike has a lot of small faults, the $$ can quickly add up.

Carefully consider what type of riding you will mostly be doing before you rush out and buy a bike. There are a wide range of used dirt bikes available these days, and they are designed for different purposes.

  • There are purpose built motocross bikes - two strokes and four strokes.
  • Trail and enduro bikes for bush, trail and long distance riding.
  • And on/off road dirt bikes as well.

Avoid buying a bike that is too powerful for you as it will actually slow you down because you won't be able to control it properly. It will also tire you out faster and consequently become quite dangerous for you to ride.

If you are mostly hitting the sand, go for a bike with plenty of grunt. Soft sand will slow your bike down and make it work twice as hard to get the same kind of speed as you would get on dirt. For someone weighing over 70kgs (154 pounds) I would suggest a 250cc two stroke or something of equivalent power, or more.

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Are You Thinking.. "Which Dirt Bike Should I buy?"

Happy hunting!

Have You Got A Question Regarding Used Dirt Bikes?

Here's the place to fire off any questions you may still have. Or, if you have some advice of your own that can potentially help others please let us all know. I will do my best to answer your questions but I aint no pit mechanic, so maybe someone else in this forum will have the answer for you.

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