A dirt bike is a lot of fun. It doesn’t matter if you are new to riding or have been riding for many years, riding a bike on dirt is something that every rider should experience. As well as being fun it can improve your riding ability on road.
However, if you are looking to invest in a dirt bike you need to be aware of which bikes make the best investment and which parts are likely to break first. Tis will help you prepare for the downsides of dirt bike ownership.
It’s worth noting that a good starting point is to look at some of the best KTM bikes currently available. KTM has established a reputation for reliability, power, and all-round great off-road and dirt bikes. In short, you’ll be purchasing a bike built for the job.
But, all dirt bikes that are used on dirt will experience a hard life. It’s a demanding environment and you need to know which parts are likely to break on your bike.
Unsurprisingly the chain is one of the first components to suffer. Even if you look after it properly it is unlikely to survive more than 3 or 4 months. The reason is simple, chains need lubrication to work properly. They are quickly dried out in dirt, causing a dry chain which becomes brittle and more likely to snap. Keeping it lubricated and changed regularly will help to prevent this from happening when you need it the most.
The best dirt bike riders barely use the brakes. This can actually cause an issue in that they are more likely to stop working. But, the average rider will use them often and dirt will get on the pads. The result is less efficient braking and potentially damaged discs.
As well as cleaning them and checking them regularly, you’ll have to be prepared to change them frequently. They are, after all, one of the most important parts of your dirt bike.
Most dirt bikes have similar suspension systems to road bikes but they use stronger springs. Of course, a dirt bike will be going up and down a lot and you are likely to be doing a series of jumps. This all takes it’s toll on the suspension and will make it more likely that it will break. It’s a good idea to have spare pats available
Another key element of your dirt bike and one that often needs replacing, is the tires. These are the only point of the bike in constant contact with the ground. The impact, debris in the dirt, and other factors means that tires can quickly perish and need to be replaced.
You should keep an eye on the condition of your tires and replacer them before they become too badly worn or damaged. This will reduce the likelihood of issues occurring.
Finally, you should always be aware that the engine can give you issues. After all, it needs lubricant to run smoothly and you are using it in the harshest possible environment.
When you own a dirt bike, maintenance is the key to ensuring it lasts and doesn’t let you down when you need it the most.