Bargain Bin: More Roost, Less Dough
Buying new is a lot of fun. You get a shiny bike that no one else has messed with, neglected, or crashed. At the same time, it's a pain in the wallet and often not necessary. Need a way to get a great dirt bike for less cash? We'd suggest a secondhand two-stroke motocross bike.
•Motocross bikes generally offer more advanced suspension technology compared to play bikes.
•Motocross bikes are popular models, and aftermarket parts are readily available. Performance upgrades aren't as readily available for play bikes.
•Two-strokes cost less to maintain, are mechanically simpler, weigh less, and produce more horsepower per cc than their four-stroke counterparts.
•What sounds cooler than the "braaaaaap" of a two-stroke? Snappy power and flickable handling make for a high fun factor.
•There are some things to be aware of, so we offer some caveats:
•A used bike is always somewhat of a gamble. The seller may not know the bike's complete history if he or she is not the original owner.
•Mechanical condition varies wildly, depending on how meticulous the seller has been with maintenance.
•As the years progress, parts for older bikes become harder to find and can be more expensive.
•The best value per dollar comes from motocross bikes from the late '90s up through current models. By the late '90s, most bikes had good reliability, power, and suspension technology.
•California residents should know that motocross bikes up to the 2002 model year are eligible for an off-highway Green Sticker that allows them to be ridden year-round in OHV areas. Model years 2003 and newer receive a Red Sticker, which means a restricted riding season in some OHV areas.
If you want more roost for less dough, check the classified ads for a used two-stroke motocross bike. Save cash, go fast, and have fun!