Bike Buyers Advice

  1. I'm a road bike guy who wants to try motocross - tell me what I need to know!

    A friend messaged me the other day a question that I always get:

    Hey Derek, I now have the urge to get into off-road / motocross but haven't the first clue where to start!

    Big enough lad as you know, so bike size to get?

    What's the best option a 2 stroke or 4 stroke?

    Where to go for a bike or even how to look over an MX bike?

    What sort of budget needed for gear to get you going? Where to start on track?

     

    So here goes!


    So the first question that'll always come to mind is 2 or 4 stroke. First let's take a look at the pros and cons:

    Two stroke Pros

    1. they sound and smell great
    2. track credibility level goes sky high - even if you're a goon
    3. power delivery is addictive (this is also a con)
    4. you will get away with poor maintenance
    5. if you buy a good clean one and look after it it's unlikely that you'll lose any value - in fact they are appreciating
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  2. Funniest Honda CR500 advertisement I've read

    honda cr500 ireland

    I got sent this link from one of the followers of the Allmoto Facebook page. The bike is up for sale on Craigslist.

    The owner of this CR500 clearly knows who his market offering is going to appeal to - people with a sense of humour. Anyway below is the exact ad written by the owner himself.

     

    OK, let me start off by saying this CR500af is only available for purchase by the manliest of men (or women). 

    If you wear white framed sun glasses or jeans with fancy pockets. . .get lost.
    If you're a spode that likes to ride down grass filled ditches in shorts and flip flops. . .don't waste my time.
    If your greatest talent is doing 3-foot long pop wheelies in front of your hillbilly friends in your cousin's back yard while

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  3. 10 bikes I wanna own before I die…and why.

    I've been thinking all weekend about what bike I'd like to get next (I currently have a KTM SMT990) and it led me to making this list of bikes I want to own before I die. Don't get me wrong - I'm not greedy - I don't want to own them all at the same time like some obsessed collector - but I do want to own each one for a while.......actually if we're being honest I would be happy owning them all together:) motorcycle collection I've had a few great bikes so this list probably won't the 'best 10 bikes' list but it's the remaining bikes that I want to ride/have at some point. Before we start, understand that, I've always been a fan of riding bikes the way the original designers intended (OEM/standard bikes maybe with a high-end exhaust

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  4. 7 Tips - How to write a good 'motorcycle for sale' ad.

    Spending a few minutes really making your bike ad clean and easy to read can make all the difference. If you're serious about selling your bike then check out these 7 tips on writing a good motorcycle for sale ad:

    Scrub, scrub, scrub.

    How many ads have been wasted by posting up pictures of filthy dirty bikes. If you're not willing to spend the 30 mins it takes to get the bike spotless then don't be surprised if your phone never rings.

    Pics, Pics, Pics.

    It seems like a simple tip but take a picture of your motorcycle from both sides. If it has accessories take close pics of those. Take a pic of the speedo. Make it easy for your potential customer - give them 6-8 good pics with an uncluttered background.

    Make it as clear as possible - bullet out the motorcycle details. 

    Some people, if not most, will be reading your ad from their phone. They don't need an essay. Give then the

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  5. How to check the age of your bike - Motorcycle VIN Number.

    How to year check a motorcycle frame or Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)?

    I get SO many calls from customers wondering what year their motocross bike was made in that I felt it deserved a blog post.

    Unfortunately there are a lot of 'chancers' out there selling their bikes to unsuspecting people as much newer than they actually are. I feel terrible for people as I sometimes deliver the news that the CRF which they believed was an 08 is actually an 04, or sometimes worse.

    Where is my frame number or Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) located on my motorcycle?

    On every bike I've ever come across the frame number is located to the right hand side of the headstock tube. This is the tube of steel at the front of any motorcycle where the fork clamps bolts through. The frame number/VIN is ALWAYS stamped deep into the frame.

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  6. What 125 Motocross Bike To Buy?

    So You Want To Buy A 125 Motocross Bike?

    So you're in the market or a used 125 motocross bike - what should I buy?

    Well the truth is, these days, there's not really a bad one just some are slightly better in areas. Just incase you're unaware...and I won't repeat this...STAY AWAY FROM THE CHINESE BRANDS.

    Now that we have that out of the way, what you want to look at is Suzuki, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Honda, KTM and maybe, and a big MAYBE, TM.

    So why would you want to buy a 125 motocross bike? For LOADS of reason:

    • they're light.
    • they're easy to start.
    • they're cheap to buy (although actually appreciating due to scarcity).
    • they develop great riding style - you always know when someone has served their time on a 125.
    • they're an absolute hoot to ride whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro.
    • they're relatively cheap to maintain.
    • they come with a certain
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