Motocross bikes are created for off-road races. Due to their purpose, these types of bikes are equipped with most dynamic and cross indexes. These motorcycles are not really common (sometimes their price just scares off), so, you can rarely see them on the streets or international routes.
There is a specific check list of technical specifications for this kind of two-wheel vehicle. Each of them appeared historically to improve controllability, manoeuvrability and mobility of bike, criss-crossing beyond solid surfacing.
The very first cross-country motorcycle race united owners of highway motorcycles. They upgraded their iron horses adjusting them for cross-country ride. All racers did it on their own. First of all, motocross motorcycles became lighter in weight. It was reached due to removal of all unnecessary for races parts, including headlight, brake lights, baggage holds, passenger footpegs and mirrors.
Besides, the suspender was significantly upgraded. We won’t fail to mention that motor power of dirt bikes was also increased.
History of motocross bikes
Initially, occurrence of iron horses meant for motocross races caused evolution in construction of many motorbikes. In such models you can find many innovations. Engineers removed wide handle-bar, increased fork and fly wheel lift. Exhaust pipes were also upgraded. The exhaust system was lifted to prevent exhaustion damage in case of fall.
Pre-owned motocross bikes are still high-powered, despite engine wear out after each race. And their cost is much lower than of new ones.
For historical reasons, evolution of dirt bikes engines caused case weight reduction and motorcycle power increasing. Due to this, reduced in weight and high rotational speed two-stroke engines were returned to the construction. And most of these power packs had only one cylinder.
Motocross notorcycles, which are not considered the most expensive, have got unusual tires from global moto-brands. This improved maneuverability of these bikes immeasurably. Besides, they became easier to use. Electric starter has also been removed, which is at times so needed for iron horses. There is only a kickstarter for starting engine. The engine was also significantly annihilated, which reduced weight of motocross cycles.
In 1980-s racing bike mentioned above went through many upgrades, construction of which haven’t changed significantly up to nowadays. First, motocross motorcycles seats, which surprise by variety and constructively reel up gas-tank. This provides convenient position for racer. Second, heavy and ineffective drum brake was replaced with disk one. Besides, motocross bikes were equipped with advanced suspender, adding monoshock to vehicle. And finally, they were equipped with water-cooling system. Therefore, dirt bikes overheated less without power loss, like the ones with air-cooling system.
Absence of lighting system elements and number plate gained maximum weight reduction of iron horse.
Main manufacturers of motocross motorcycles
You can buy motocross bikes in many places, which was encouraged by active marketing policy of many motorbrands.
Main manufacturers of these motorcycles are:
- Japan (Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha и Kawasaki);
- Austria (KTM);
- Spain (Alfer, Gas Gas, Ossa);
- Italy (Aprilia, Benelli, TM Racing, Vermati, VOR);
- Germany (Husqvarna, Maico);
- Great Britain (CCM);
- Czech Republic (Praga).
Once there were very popular motocross bikes produced by such manufacturers as:
- Cooper ;
To the last category once also referred American motorcycles Harley-Davidson.
Sometimes market offers dirt bikes for children. Motocross bikes will render obedience even to race newcomers. They’ll help to develop off-road riding skills to anyone. Besides, these motorcycles are considered to be the best present sport vehicle.
Motocross bikes for children are significantly different from pit bikes. Last ones are also meant for adults. And pit bikes have prolonged wheel base, which children at times can’t handle. These motorcycles have pretty wide price band and can be easily bought as by mature bikers, so by newcomers.