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Old 07-26-2013, 07:00 PM   #1
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Question Start Riding Dirt?

okay, so after saving up for a while to get a street bike and some really good gear, I came into unforseen expenses and can no longer afford it. I see theres a really nice CR125 for sale for a great price on MH and was wondering about trail bikes/dirt bikes? Also what's the difference between a motard and something like a CR125?
Also what gear would be needed for using it and maybe some great places to go or learn to use it?
I apologise if these are pretty noob questions, just trying to get as much info as possible! I've never really payed much attention to off street riding (except for main stuff like supercross or xgames competitions).
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:41 PM   #2
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well a motard is a dirt bike with street tires. You can tard a cr125 if you want, but will not be economical for street duty. As far as gear goes a helmet and boots are good for putting around, but for woods and motox riding I wear body armor and knee pads as well. As far as places to learn to ride, they are everywhere pretty much. Not legal though lol.
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:57 PM   #3
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Dirt is super fun, it has it's own risks and different skill sets. I wear knee braces, crash shorts, a roost guard and neck brace. Some people ride with way less, some with way more. Ride around in open dirt lots to get a feel for it, then maybe some less-aggressive trails, then bring it to a mx track.
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:35 PM   #4
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Dirtbikes are a great way to learn how to ride a motorcycle. Seems like you have no experience. It will be a ton of fun. Be aggressive with it. Those experiences will be great for when you start riding a street bike.
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Dirt bikes are good fun but they're much more expensive to ride than street bikes although they may be cheaper to initially buy. Especially if you ride it often. You can ride a street bike all year with nthing more than a set of tires and a couple oil changes. A year of frequent riding on a dirt bike will require a of a lot more than that. Just keep that in mind when deciding.
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Dirt bikes are good fun but they're much more expensive to ride than street bikes although they may be cheaper to initially buy. Especially if you ride it often. You can ride a street bike all year with nthing more than a set of tires and a couple oil changes. A year of frequent riding on a dirt bike will require a of a lot more than that. Just keep that in mind when deciding.



Can you or someone expand slightly onto why dirt may end up more expensive than street? (not counting crashes + injuries)
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Thanks everyone for the input! I decided I'm going to invest and start on the dirt! Especially considering a trailer setup to haul just one dirt bike isnt expensive at all, so going to tracks and places to learn isnt a problem!

Random question:
Would I be able to get street/track tires for something like a CR125 and do a smart ride so I can become familiar with riding a bike around a track/on the street?
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Street riding? Cheaper bc u dont wear on anything. Track riding, dirt is waaaay cheaper.

Hit your first double and you will say eff street tired lol
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Can you or someone expand slightly onto why dirt may end up more expensive than street? (not counting crashes + injuries)
frequent valve checks, oil changes, filter changes, rebuilds, dirtbikes take a lot more abuse than street bikes, so in return they take a lot more maintenance. a full blown MX bike is only a couple grand cheaper than a 600.
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Thanks everyone for the input! I decided I'm going to invest and start on the dirt! Especially considering a trailer setup to haul just one dirt bike isnt expensive at all, so going to tracks and places to learn isnt a problem!

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Would I be able to get street/track tires for something like a CR125 and do a smart ride so I can become familiar with riding a bike around a track/on the street?
That CR125 will blow up on the street...not a good road/track bike at all....at a mx track is the only place for a cr125
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Old 07-27-2013, 10:49 PM   #13
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Dirt is my favorite color. With the right bike and the right hand holding the wrench (left hand is okay too), dirt is an exciting and inexpensive hobby. If you want to ride, learn to fix it yourself. I think it's a great place to begin your motorcycle passion and everyone could benefit from dirt experience.

If you can, borrow before you buy. Find some friends to take you out.
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