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Ridin Blog

MX - The Ride

Bryan Burnett

Part of the reason i wanted to get into Motocross more extensively is it’s a whole another sensory experience from street riding. On a dirt bike you typically don’t have to worry about a car t-boning your or someone on their cell running into your lane. Also there’s more of a sense of raw wildness, ripping through the mud, popping wheelies, running up creeks, jumping over obstacles. If i were to use a metaphor street riding is more clinical, and dirt bike riding is more raw. Another reason for dirt bike riding is just to become a better rider in general, the majority of the greatest racers in the world got their start sliding around in the dirt.  

After riding in the dirt i noticed being much smoother street riding, easier traditions between downshifts and getting on the throttle. That fine line between  your wrist and the rear wheel comes into play much more on a dirt bike, give it some gas and feel the rear lose traction. You can do this on a street bike, but unless you’re pro it could result in a high side. A two stroke is a little tricky as the power doesn’t exactly “kick in” but it does have a less then liner power line. A four stroke will provide more toque down low in the power band, where as a two stroke makes it’s horse power towards the top of the power band. For beginners it’s recommended to ride a four stroke because of the liner power band. But two strokes are appealing because they are simpler to maintain and for their size/weight make more power then a four stroke.