Different Kinds of Dirt Bikes
Dirt bikes are similar to motorcycles in nearly every way, save their suspensions and tires, which are made specifically to ride on rough and uneven terrain. Racing dirt bikes, also called Motocross, is a quickly growing sport and can often be seen as side attractions in larger venues such as Monster Truck events, racing events and they even bring crowds on their own at venues such as X Games and the like. There are several types of dirt bikes. Choosing one depends largely on how the dirt bike will be used and on what terrain they will most often be driven.
Motocross Dirt Bikes
Motocross bikes are made for racing, so they are engineered for speed and agility. Motocross usually involves riding in dirt and mud along with huge jumps and long straightaways. Motocross dirt bikes have tires with much larger tread and better suspensions than most motorcycles.
Desert or Sand Bikes
Sand dirt bikes, also called desert bikes, are made specifically for operation and racing on sand. Whether the desert bike is used on the beach or in the Mojave Desert, the sand bike is capable of withstanding the eroding and damaging effects of sand. The transmissions and drive trains are often sealed better than other dirt bikes and the tires on sand bikes are treaded specifically for keeping traction in sand.
Dirt bikes built for endurance and riding extreme distances are called endurance bikes. Endurance bikes often have more comforts for the rider, such as better seat padding, more ergonomic styling and comfortable grips. Endurance riding is a popular sport in which riders race long distances or circle a track for extremely long periods of time.
Trail bikes are the most common type and the most commonly available style of dirt bikes. Trail bikes are manufactured for normal, non-professional riding off-road and over rough terrain. Trail bikes often have a common off-road tire tread and heavy duty suspensions built to withstand the abuse of riding on rugged terrain.
Street bikes, also called dual-purpose bikes, are capable of riding on both off-road terrain and on normal paved streets. Most states allow these types of bikes to be inspected and licensed the same as normal street vehicles and motorcycles. Street bikes often have a tire tread that is better suited for street use, though larger off-road tires can be mounted on them as well.
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