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