5 of the best motocross bikes for beginners

1. KTM 250 SX-F. Best Dirt Bike

Why do we like it? Competitive straight out of the box, a lot of power, easy to drive quickly
If you are looking to jump straight to the starting line, the KTM 250 SX-F is your best bet. This bike is considered by many to be the most competitive four-stroke 250 on the market. KTM has won eight of the last nine MX2 World Championship titles with this machine - and you can not argue with those numbers! In 2011, the 250 SX-F went from a carburetor to a more modern and preferred EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection) system. Our advice is to opt for a 2012 model to come. In 2012, electric starters were also fitted as standard - and trust us, you'll need it! With a smooth and usable motor boat load, the KTM 250 SX-F is very easy to drive at the pace. You can find pre-2012 machines for less than £ 3k and a 2016 model for under £ 5k.

2. Yamaha YZ125

Why do we like it? Reliable, good handling, excellent standard specification, superior performance
The YZ125 is a two-stroke machine perfect for beginners in the sport. This bike is known to be incredibly reliable, thanks to Yamaha's impressive build quality. Recognized for its excellent driving ability, the YZ125 is arguably the best suspension of any motocross. The YZ125 may not be the fastest bike in its class, but it could be the most fun for your buck. Yamaha has not developed this machine much since 2005 - but if it is not broken, do not fix it properly? You should be able to find a 2005+ YZ125 model for less than £ 2k.

3. Honda CRF450R

Why do we like it? Super powerful, high quality of construction and reliability, easy to assemble
So far we've only been talking about MX2 machines of smaller capacity, but if you're looking for pure power, the Honda CRF450R may be the right bike for you. Honda is famous for the quality of its construction and reliability, and without a doubt the CRF450R meets these standards.
In 2013, Honda updated this bike to include twin hoses, air forks and major engine changes. For 2017, Honda has further improved the engine characteristics of the machine. If you're a fan of power, the CRF450R is a great choice for an open class runner just starting out. It has tons of power, while being usable and easy to assemble for a beginner. You are looking at prices starting at £ 3k for a 2013 model.

4. KTM 150 SX. Best Dirt Bike

Why do we like it? Factory bike feel, lightweight, powerful
KTM is one of the few manufacturers to build a 150cc two-stroke motocross machine, and the 150 SX may be our favorite bike. He is light as a feather, while having more torque and more power than a 125, he feels really special. It's like setting up a complete factory of 125 for a fraction of the price. Trust us on this one: if you swing your leg on a 150 SX, you will not be able to stop smiling. A 2009 model will cost you around £ 2k, or you can take a new one for around £ 6k.

5. Honda CR250

Why do we like it? Cheap to run, powerful, investment potential (serious!)
So, this one is a bit curved. Honda stopped production of its two-stroke CR250 in 2007. But despite that, the CR250 definitely has its place at the Dirt Bike Hall of Fame. The CR250 was made famous by the "greatest of all time" Ricky Carmichael in his unbeaten first season.
Being the last two-stroke machine that Honda has produced and the almost legendary status of the bike, the CR250 has built a cult following. If you do things right, owning a CR250 could be the cheapest way to get started with motocross - and it could even save you money in the end; If you find the right bike, these machines take on value. Again, these bikes are incredibly reliable and beautiful to watch. With impressive power, the CR250 provides a pleasant feeling while driving. You will have an explosion aboard one of them, and when it comes time to retire or move on, you will probably have your money back! The models to follow are from 2001-2007. If you do enough research, you'll find a good one from £ 2k.
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