Comparing Dirt Bike Sizes: Which Dirt Bike is Right for You?

Posted on March 11, 2015 by TwoWheelMania.
Honda CRF125F Honda CRF125F Dirt Bike

When it comes to picking the perfect dirt bike there several factors to consider such as your riding experience, height, and weight. Your riding experience will help determined whether you should get a bike with a bigger or smaller engine thus more or less powerful bike. Your height and weight will help determine the seat height.  There are a variety of dirt bike sizes and and when determining which is best for you it's important to pay attention to the seat height and engine displacement of the dirt bike.

Adult sized dirt bikes will have taller seat heights ranging from about 35" to almost 38" with an engine displacement ranging from 230cc to 450cc. A kid size dirt bike will have a seat height that will range anywhere from 18" to 34" with engine displacement varying from 50cc to 150cc. While these numbers are general guidelines there is obviously room to cross over where you may be able to safely put an adult on a kid size dirt bike and vice versa. It comes down to your riding experience, height, and weight. When picking out a dirt bike your main goal is to be able to stay comfortable and secure on the bike. Going with a bike that is too tall or has too much power can be dangerous while going with a bike that is smaller or has less power can be great for those just learning but may be underpowered or too cramped and uncomfortable for taller or more experienced riders. 

Your Experience Level

Whether you're just getting your first dirt bike at 30 years old, or if you're planning on getting your child his or her first bike, experience is a critical factor to your decision. First off, if you're buying a bike for a new rider less than 5 feet tall and 10 years of age, you're going to want a dirt bike under the 110cc range. There are plenty of options that come with three-speed transmissions and automatic clutches to help a young first-timer get used to riding on two wheels before learning the clutch system.

However, if you're an adult and a first time rider, you want to get with something more appropriately sized, but likely keep the cc's under 250 to get used to the feel of a dirt bike. Additionally, if you're 15 or older, you want to get used to the clutch system if it's your first bike, but if you're already used to it, then size should be your next priority. Size plays an important role, but first you have to know your experience level before you purchase your first bike.

2013 Kawasaki KLX 140 Kid Riding Kawasaki Dirt Bike on Track Kid Riding Kawasaki Dirt Bike on Track

Dirt Bikes For Beginners

If you're just starting out on a dirt bike then it's always best to go with a smaller displacement motorcycle. Smaller displacement dirt bikes have less power and are much easier for beginners to handle. With less power these bikes aren't as intimidating and the power is more manageable for those who may be nervous or anxious about riding. For kids there are quite a few smaller engine displacement  options with varying seat heights that can fit them. For adults on the other hand, you may find that you might have to jump on a  bike that's not exactly the ideal size and may be a bit cramped but won't overpower or intimidate a new rider. A 125cc four stroke dirt bike can be a great bike for taller kids and smaller and lighter weight adults as the bike offers a decent seating position without having too much power.

Before you throw a leg over any dirt bike, no matter the size you should get in the habit of wearing the proper protective gear. Getting all the necessary dirt bike gear such as a helmet, dirt bike boots, gloves, pants, jersey and mx goggles, will help you stay protected and safe as you ride.      

Your Height

When deciding on a new bike, your size truly matters to your overall safety and comfort on a dirt bike. You can get a general idea as to what size seat height will suit you best based on your overall height. However, before you purchase a dirt bike it's best to actually sit on the bike to see if it really does fit your stature as some people have shorter inseams or others have taller torsos or longer arms. The best ways to know if a dirt bike fits you is to get on the bike, sit forward and see if your feet touch the ground.

If you are flat footed on the ground while sitting up on the bike, the ride is likely too small for you. This will put more weight on the suspension, which you'll really feel when you hit a bump or a rock in the trail. However, if you're barely able to stand up straight on the bike and find yourself using the very tips of your toes to find balance, the bike is probably too large.

You want to be able to put one-third of your foot on the ground, so you're not flat footed or unbalanced on your tip-toes. If any big bump were to come your way, you want to be able to control the bike if you have to put your feet down.

Your Weight

For beginner riders who weigh less than 100 pounds versus a tenured rider who weighs 200 pounds, the amount of suspension you need will change dramatically. Beginner riders shouldn't start with a bike that is too small because their weight could affect the suspension, but people often learn how to ride much faster on smaller bikes instead of taller rides.

For those who weigh 150 pounds or less, it might be smart to work with something under 250cc to get accustomed to the bike's height and weight. However, for bigger riders, you want a ride that has enough suspension to take you down any dirt path comfortably. Choosing something between 250cc and 450cc might be a better choice. However, again, experience plays an important role - even if you're heavier or taller. Choosing a 450cc might be too powerful for the extremely novice rider, but going above 250cc's is smart for those who have grown accustomed to riding dirt bikes.

Dirt Bikes For Kids

If you're looking for a kid size dirt bike (we're talking kids under the age of 15) you want to pick something based on the kid's riding experience, height, and weight. There are quite a few kid size dirt bikes to choose from that range anywhere from 50cc to 150cc.

If you have a kid that is five or six years old and has never ridden a dirt bike then a 50cc dirt bike such as the Yamaha PW50 would be a good choice. The Yamaha has a low seat height of only 18.7" so it should fit the smallest of riders. The PW50 only weighs 90 pounds so it isn't overbearing or too heavy for most little ones. You can set the throttle to limit the amount of power the bike puts out which is very useful for brand new riders. As they gain more experience and confidence you can adjust the throttle to enable them to go faster. The PW is also has an automatic transmission so they don't have to worry about dealing with a clutch or shifting gears and they can strictly focus on throttle control, steering, and balance.

If you've been wondering what size dirt bike is best for a 13 year old, again the decision will be based on the kid's height and riding experience. Let's say for example the kid is of average height of about 5'1", and has no riding experience, then something like the Kawasaki KLX 140 may be a good option. This is a 4 stroke trail bike that is offered in three different heights ranging from 30.7" to 33.9" allowing them to choose which fits best. Taller/heavier riders should go for the tallest of the bunch, the KLX 140G, and shorter/lighter riders could opt for the KLX 140. Being an trail/offroad bike it is tuned and geared differently than a track oriented dirt bike to deliver smooth and predictable power--perfect for beginning riders.

On the other hand if you want to know the dirt bike size for a 14 year old that is a very experienced rider then you'll probably want something like a KX250. With a seat height of 37.3" the KX250 may be a bit tall for some 14 year olds but as experienced riders they will know how to properly handle the bike and over time most will grow into the bike in a few years. If the bike is just way too tall you could always make modifications to lower it so it's better suited for the rider. There is plenty of power from the KX250 to keep aggressive riders happy and racers competing at the top levels.

Dirt Bikes For Adults

Choosing an adult size dirt bike will consist of the same factors as choosing a kids size dirt bike: rider experience, height, and weight. An inexperienced adult who is on the shorter and lighter side could possibly find themselves sitting comfortably on a 125cc dirt bike such as a Honda CRF 125F. This is a trail bike with mild power and the Big Wheel version has a seat height of only 30.9" inches would should fit those with short legs. It's a light weight bike so it's easy to maneuver and pick up after a spill.

If you're over 6 foot 200-plus pounds, and a highly experienced rider then a 450cc dirt bike is the way to go for you. There are plenty of options in this rang,e it all depends on if you want a track oriented dirt bike or will be spending more time aggressively riding single track and trails. If you will be riding a lot of motocross tracks check out the YZ450F, the bike will suit your height and weight very well and there's plenty of power. For trail riders you could look at the Honda CRF 450X. It's based off the CRF 450R but has been tailored for the open world of high speed offroading with a wide-ratio six-speed transmission as well as other key components.

If you're riding experience is above beginner but not quite advanced and you're of average height and weight then a 250cc dirt bike would probably be ideal for you. Again there are plenty of options but if you just want a fun bike that isn't too powerful then something like the KLX 250 might be right up your alley. The KLX is a Dual Sport dirt bike that is completely street legal with a headlight, license plate holder, and blinkers. This means you can cruise down the road or city streets and then dip off onto a trail whenever you feel like it. With a 35" seat height and a curb weight of 305 pounds the KLX has a moderate seat height but is a bit heavier than a standard dirt bike, this isn't necessarily a bad thing as the heavier weight will make you more stable when cruising at speed around other vehicles on the highway.

The three adult size dirt bike examples we provided above are three different types of dirt bike intended for different types or riding/terrain and therefore differ in performance and components. The CRF 125 is a small and compact trial bike that is geared for easily chugging over tougher rugged terrain where low speeds might be the norm but can get moving at a decent pace when on flat sections. The YZ450 is a performance-oriented motocross track bike that is geared and tuned for quick acceleration and nimble handling. While it can be used on trails and offroading, the bike really excels in close quarters and dealing with obstacles where the rider has to repetitively jump, skim whoops, brake and accelerate quickly. As a dual sport dirt bike the KLX 250 is a middle of the road machine that can adequately tackle a variety of terrain, roads, and obstacles, giving you nearly limitless options for riding.

  • teesha ford
    What bike would meet these?

    38 yr old female
    Experience level younger was not so bad. Now I suck.
    I'm 5.5 inches tall and a fatass 190.
    Single mommy so it must be cheap
    Something I can bang around without having to fix much. I plan on taking some dives.

    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Teesha, thanks for checking out our article. That's awesome that you are interested in getting a dirt bike. It sounds like its been a while since you've been on a dirt bike? With that being the case we would suggest looking at something like a 150-230cc trail bike from Honda or Yamaha. These bikes are easy to operate, have good power without being overbearing, and are often less expensive than the race-oriented dirt bikes. With you being on the shorter side the Honda CRF 125F Big Wheel might even be something to consider. It's got good power for a 125 but the larger wheels put it a bit higher than a standard 125, which suit your inseam better. Honda is widely known for its durability and can just chug along for miles and miles. Check out the 150cc trail bikes as well. The larger displacement trial bikes like the Yamaha TT-R230 are taller which may be too tall for you but you can modify them to better suit your height and as you get more experience and more comfortable on the bike the height won't be such an issue and you'll appreciate the extra power. Hope that helps.
      • Cody Hoggatt
        I am a 13 year old boy and I was wondering if you has a recamindation on a bike because I want a bike that will be able to Carrie me up a hill I way 180 so I need paower suspicion and strength and durability on a trail so if you have a recomindation I would like it thanks.
        • Eric Ellis
          Ho Cody, thanks for taking a look at our article. If you have never ridden a dirt bike before, we would suggest looking around your area and see if there is a dirt bike school you can sign up for. These schools are a great way to learn the basics and get a feel for which sized dirt bike would best fit you and your riding style. If you can't find a dirt bike school near you maybe a friend or family member has a small dirt bike they can teach you to ride on.

          If you are an experienced rider then we would suggest going to your local dealership and sitting on several different bikes to see which fits you best. You'll probably be looking at something like a Kawasaki KLX140 (there are three different models of varying heights) or maybe even a DR-Z125 or a Honda CRF125 .

          Best of luck riding,
          • Saber
            Yo I’m like 5’8 without shoes and I’ve rode my friends 450cc quad and his yz85 a couple of times just wondering what kind of dirt bike should I get kinda starting out I was think about getting a yz125 but idk if it’s too tall
            • Eric Ellis
              Yo Saber, what up! Since you have some riding experience you could probably get way with riding the YZ125, it's a good bike and shouldn't be too tall.
            • Enzo jacobsen
              Hi! I am enzo Jacobsen, I'm 12 years old, 5"1' and have one experience with riding a crf125f big wheel. I am trying to find a race ready bike that is not to hard to ride and is 2 stroke
              • Eric Ellis
                Hi Enzo, thanks for reading our blog. Check out the Yamaha YZ 85, its a two stroke race bike and has a seat height of 33 inches. It's 3 inches taller than your CRF125f but you can make some mods to get it to sit a little lower. Plus once you get used to the bike you won't notice the height difference so much. Best of luck.
                • Madison mck
                  Hey I am 14 and I used to have a dirt bike and I want to get back in to riding I weigh 130 and I am 5,6 with pretty long legs do you have any recommendations on what kind of dirt bike I should get ?
        • Jase jennings
          Jase jennings June 7, 2019 at 9:50 am
          Klx 140l or a klx 140g
        • Dallan
          Hey I am 13 also and race motorcross, so if you want more of a race bike get a 85 supermini or a 100, but if you just want to ride trail a good size is a ,klx 140,normal 85, or a 105. Also.another good bike for trail would be a 125cc your choice. If that didn't help to check out a bike shop and ask them thanks have a nice day.
        • Cash
          I weigh around the same as you I am 5’3 and I ride a yz 125 4 stroke it fits me perfectly and its still fast
      • Nolan Kivi
        I’m looking to buy a 2007 Honda CRF 230F, and I’m 5’9-5’10, 160 pounds. Is this a good fit?
        • Eric Ellis
          Hi Nolan, that's a tough question to answer without knowing your riding experience. While size-wise it may be a good fit, if you are totally new to motorcycles you may feel that that bike has too much power. However, if you have experience riding smaller displacement dirt bikes and feel confident in your riding skills then yeah the CRF230F would be a great bike to get.

          Best of luck,

          • Vic Anderson
            Thanks for the great article! I am looking at a couple different bikes for my 14 year-old son. He recently took a beginner course on a CRF150F and other than riding on the back of my Harley, that's his level of experience. I've looked at the 150's, KLX140G, and the CRF230. He currently is 5'7 140. He sits perfectly on the KLX140G, feet not flat on the ground. My fear is that as he grows, his brother is 6'4, that by next year it will be too small. However, with his level of experience, am I giving him too much power with the CRF230F? Thanks for any info you can provide!
            • Eric Ellis
              Hi Vic, I can understand your predicament with a growing child. The KLX 140G has 21" front and 18" rear wheels with a 33.9" seat height. The Yamaha TT-R230 also has 21" front and 18" rear wheels with a seat height of 34.3-so not too much taller than the KLX. So other than the power the KLX140G isn't too far off size-wize, so the 140 might not be a bad choice if you're concerned with the 230 having too much power.
        • ace
          Hi im 5'4 should i go for klx 150 ? or am i able to ride the kx250 ? i weigh 130lbs
          • Eric Ellis
            Hi Ace, unfortunately it's impossible for us to answer this question without knowing your dirt biking experience. Are you a beginner, intermediate, or highly advanced rider? Also what are you currently riding? Would you say you are completely comfortable and confident on your current dirt bike--meaning does it fit you well and you can handle the power no problem?

            While size and weight does come into play when choosing a dirt bike, skill and ability are almost more important factors. Even the smallest of people can safely ride a big and powerful 450cc dirt bike if they have excellent riding skills and know how to properly handle the bike.

            So if you can answer the questions above we can help steer you in the right direction. Thanks
            • Jackson Willis
              Jackson Willis May 5, 2020 at 2:12 pm
              Hey man. I’m almost 14. 5’11 145 lbs and I was wondering what a good dirt bike for having fun around my yard that is 20 acres with my neighbor who is an experience rider. I also don’t want to break the bank. If you have any suggestions on good starter dirtbikes that are under 1000 dollars do you mind letting me know. Thanks man!
            • Trent Miller
              Hey I am 14 years old I am 5’10 and I way 190 I am a intermediate rider and I like Honda dirtbikes I currently ride a crf 125 2019 and think I should ride a 150 maybe because I am Football player also so I am big and heavy so I think a 150 but I am not to good at reign what I should ride thank you!
              • Eric Ellis
                Hi Trent, the Honda CRF150R is a great bike and would probably suit you well. You are still growing and would probably be able to move up to the 250 in a year or two. Take note that there are two Honda CRF150Rs. There is the base model which has 17/14 inch wheels and the Expert which has 19/16 inch wheels. The Base model has a seat height of 32 inches and the Expert model has a 34 inch seat height. If you can try to find a place that has both bikes so you can see which fits you best, however, I'd probably say go with the expert since you are still growing and that bike will give you room to grow. Hope that helps. Ride safe.
            • Aaron
              Hey I am 29 about 5'10-5'11 and about 175-180 pounds I have experience on a 125 pit bike Chinese brands and have a little experience on a YZ85 2 stroke want to get into trail riding what would be my best option on bike size and motor size thaks
              • Eric Ellis
                Hi Aaron, thanks for reaching our post. I would say take a look at something like the Yamaha WR250F. It's a great general offraod/trail bike with plenty of power but is still very user friendly and easy to ride. It may seem a little tall but there are modifications/parts you can swap out that you help make the bike a better fit for you. Hope that helps.
      • Sebastiano De felice
        Sebastiano De felice June 11, 2018 at 11:41 pm
        hi I race a 2017 ktm 85sx and i am 5'7 and i weigh 117lbs and i am 13 what bike do u recommend 250? thanks
        • Eric Ellis
          Hi Sebastiano, thanks for reading our article. For your weight and size I would say to take a look at the Honda CRF 150R or the KTM 125 or 150 SX . For you height, weight and riding experience I think you'll be really happy with either of those bikes.

          Best of luck,

      • Nina
        I'm 5'0 about 120lbs and female. I'm interested in buying my first dirtbike as well but don't know what is a good size. You said under 250cc but I'm mainly concerned about height and getting 1/3 of my feet to touch the ground Haha. I've heard of being able to lower the bike or seat? What do you suggest for someone like me, I'd really like to be able to ride! Thank you
        • Eric Ellis
          HI Nina, if you find a bike you really like but think it's too tall yes you can install a shorter/lower seat or change up the suspension so that the bike will sit lower. If you've never ridden then a 250cc bike may be a bit intimidating to start out on especially because most are rather tall and wouldn't accommodate your height to well as a beginner. It's all about feeling comfortable and confident when sitting on the bike at first (before it's even started up). If you're just starting out then you should look at a bike the best suits your height.If you can get over to your local dealership and sit on a couple bikes so see how you like the size. A couple bikes to look at would be something like Yamaha TT-R125LE or the Honda CRF125 they have two versions of this bike a base model and big wheel which sits a tad bit taller. Hope that gives you a better idea. Best of luck. Ride safe.
      • daniel
        Hi, im 16 and i am intermediate on a dirtbike, i used to have a ttr250 but as i have grown bigger (6'1) and (198) im thinking it may be a better option to get a 450, my only issue is that i want to be able to throw the bike around
        • Eric Ellis
          Hi Daniel, a 450 would probably fit you but I'd say since you're coming off the TTR250 you'd be better off on something like a YZ 250F. The TTR250 is a trail bike that's not quite as powerful or performance orientated as the YZ 250 is. If you want a light an nimble bike then we'd say go for the two stroke YZ 250 or the YZ 250X if you're going to stick with open trails and general offroading. These bikes are less expensive, easier to maintain and a ton of fun to ride. After a couple years on either of these bikes then I'd say consider getting onto a 450.
      • Austin
        Hi I’m 5.9 and was wondering if I’m tall enough for a yz125 or a cr 125 I am a very experienced rider and will I be close to flat footed
        • Eric Ellis
          Hi Austin, I think the YZ125 would be ok, but it's best to try and sit on a bike to find our for sure. Everyone has different body shapes and so you may have longer or shorter legs than someone else that is you height.
    • Kurtis GuzA
      Hi, I’m 13 years old and 5’ 4”, and will be getting a bike next summer, I hope to grow a few inches. I ride a klx 125 with a total overhaul, I am a very experienced rider. I have been riding since I was four, but I do not race. I would like a race-oriented bike though
      Thank you, what are your thoughts for next bike?
      • Eric Ellis
        HI Kurtis, With your riding experience and desire to race I would suggest taking a look at the Honda CRF 150R , it's offered in two versions the base and the Expert. The expert has a little but taller seat height, so I would suggest you find a dealership that has both and sit on each one to determine which fits you best and you feel most comfortable on. Another option would be a KTM SX 150. That's a great bike for racing.

        Best of luck, enjoy your new motorcycle.
    • Amelia
      Hi I’m 5’3 and weigh 125lbs
      I have been riding a 125cc Chinese Pitbike with clutch and gears and a 125cc semi auto Chinese quadbike.
      They have both proven unreliable so I’ve decided to splash out on a branded bike.I prefer gears and clutch and I’ve been riding them for about 6months. I just want a bike that’s fast but I can also go on trails with.
      Any recommendations?
    • Jake
      Kawasaki 110
      Kawasaki 150
      KX or KLX
    • Luis S
      my son is 10 weighing in at 125-130 range and is 4'10" and he has litteraly never ridden a dirt bike in his life what should I get him a 50cc
      or 80cc
      • Eric Ellis
        Hi Luis, really before you go out and purchase a dirt bike for your son, I would suggest seeing if there is a rider training course in your area that he can enroll in. These riding schools will provide your son with a bike for the course and will teach your son the basics of riding a dirt bike and help him develop the skills necessary to become a safe and competent rider.
        • Eli Huffman
          I have a Kawasaki kx65 and I am flat footed and my knees are bent... I am nearly 4 foot 10 inches, I weigh 86 pounds... I’ve been riding Sense I was 4 years old... should I get a kx 85 or a Honda 150r? Let me now what you think I should get
          • Eric Ellis
            Hi Eli, thanks for reading our article. Your best bet is to get to a motorcycle dealership and sit on both bikes to see which fits you better/feels more comfortable. But with your riding experience I think the jump up to a Honda CRf 150R would be a good choice. There are two options for the CRF150R, the CRF150R base model which has a seat height of 32.8 inches and the CRF150R Expert model that has a seat height of 34.1 inches. The base model is almost the same height as the KX85, so with the Honda you'll have a bit more power and will probably get more enjoyment out of it for a longer period of time. Hope that helps.
    • nick souza
      what bike would meet me?

      13 yr old boy 5 feet

      dealed with dirt bikes before NEVER fixed one before

      one that won't break easy or at all, strong so i can jump over stuff and do jumps and can take a beating and were do i get it or do i order it from you
      • Eric Ellis
        Hi Nick, the Honda CRF 150R is a great bike. There are two versions the base model and the expert, the difference is that the expert is a bit taller because it has taller wheels. It's extremely well made and reliable. As long as you perform the regularly scheduled maintenance the bike will just jeep running. Id you're in our area you can contact our Vehicle sales department to make sure we have a unit in stock and if we do you can come check it out and purchase it. You can reach our vehicle sales department by calling (909) 889-2761x123
    • Cheyenne
      Hi. My name is Cheyenne, I am 5 foot and I’m trying to find a dirtbike but I don’t know what size I would need because normally I just ride my 400 arctic cat, but I think I want to ride dirt bikes. But I don’t know what size to get
      • Eric Ellis
        Hi Cheyenne, thanks for checking out our blog post. While your Arctic Cat 400 is good experience its not the same as a dirt bike, and since it sounds like you don't have much dirt bike experience I would suggest before you go out and purchase a dirt bike see if there is a dirt bike school in your area. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has its Dirt Bike School which is open to all ages and teaches the basics of how to ride a dirt bike and trail riding. They will go through everything you need to know and have bikes on hand of varying sizes to suit your size and ability. By taking this class you will not only establish a strong foundation of basic skills to build upon but you will also have an idea as to which bike suits you best. Here is the link to the Dirt Bike School
        Also, once you've learned how to ride and are proficient, knowing what kind of riding you plan on mostly doing will help determine what dirt bike to get. Best of luck. Ride safe.
  • Ava Murphy
    I like that you suggested buying a dirt bike that's under 250 cc if you're an adult and a first-time rider to make sure that you'll be able to get the feel of a dirt bike first. My son is interested in buying a KX250F dirt bike. His birthday is coming soon, so it will be nice for me to know how experienced he is un using a dirt bike to give me an idea if the motocross that he's interested in will suit him. Thanks!
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Ava, thanks for reading our article and posting your comment. Has your son ridden before motorcycles before? The KX250F is a great bike, but if he's never ridden could feel a little intimidating to him at first. The power is easy to manage but it'll take some getting used to if he's never ridden. It might be worth him spending some time on a trail bike or even a 125cc to get the hang of things. Just some food for thought.
  • Ty
    I am looking to get back into dirt biking, I am 20 years old and 5,11 and 170 lbs. I've been riding quads my whole life and had a little CRF 90cc with an automatic three speed transmission when i was 11 so its been a little while since Iv'e been on two wheels. i am currently looking at purchasing a YZF 250, but i am unsure if the bike may have too much go for a rider just getting back into bikes. Am i better off to go with a 150 or would you recommend buying a 250?
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Ty, thank you for checking out our blog and commenting on this article. Glad to hear you are interested in getting a dirt bike. Before you jump into purchasing a dirt bike I would suggest seeing if you have any family members or friends that have either a 150 or 250 and if they will take you out riding. This way you can get an idea as to which bike fits you better and has the power you are looking for. They can also give you some riding tips and help you determine which motorcycle would be best for you.

      Hope that answers your question. Best of luck, Eric.
  • Keven
    Hi, I'm looking for a moment what dirtbike I should buy and i'm still lost. I want a dirtbike to do trail riding. I do not intend to make track. I do not want something too aggressive to scare me and not too relaxed either.

    I am 30 years old
    150 pounds
    I have no experience with a motorcycle and no cluth experience

    Thank you !
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Keven, thank you for reading our article and posting your question. That is awesome that you are interested in getting into dirt biking. We would recommend before you go out and purchase a dirt bike you try and find a friend or family member that has one and can teach you the basics of how to ride and operate the clutch and shifter.

      An even better solution would be to see if there is a dirt bike school in your area. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has its Dirt Bike School which is open to all ages and teaches the basics of how to ride a dirt bike and trail riding. They will go through everything you need to know and have bikes on hand of varying sizes to suit your size and ability. By taking this class you will not only establish a strong set of foundational skills to build upon but you will also have an idea as to which bike suits you best. Here is the link to the Dirt Bike School

      If you can go about either of the two suggestions mentioned above you can get a feel for dirt bike riding and see if its something you really want to stick with and pursue without having to spend a lot of money on a dirt bike up front. Then once you get into it and depending on how get comfortable and confident you feel on a bike you could consider looking at like the 150cc or 230cc Honda or Yamaha Trail bikes.

      I Hope that answers your question. ---Best of luck, Eric.
  • Blake lawson
    I'm 14 and im 5,5or 5,6 ans I'm 140 pounds
    And i have and rm 85
    I was wondering if that I needed a bigger bike or not. Or how to make ot taller for me. I have the rear shock pretty much fully expanded pls help me.
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Blake, thanks for reading our article and checking out our page. The RM 85 is a great bike. As far as if you need a bigger bike that would depend on you. If you feel like you've outgrown the 85 and are cramped on the bike or you are extremely confident on the RM 85 and feel like it's just not carrying the power you want anymore then it may be time to consider stepping up to something like 125. However, if you are comfortable on the RM85 and feel that it still has plenty of power for you but you just want to get a little more room on the bike then you can look at getting a taller seat. Companies like Seat Concepts offer replacement foam that is taller than the stock foam. That may be one thing to consider to make the bike "taller". Hope that helps.
  • Dallas Turner
    Dallas Turner May 14, 2018 at 9:37 pm
    Been riding 450 quads for a few years, 5 10 - 5 11, stocky built at 270. Looking at a rmz250 along with a kx450f, what do you think would be a better fit?
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Dallas, thanks for checking our our article and posting your question.
      We would more likely recommend the Kawasaki KX 450F. Being that, as you say, are "stocky" and you have some decent height, the 450 will suit you well. Although a 250F will still get you around, the motor will go through more work, essentially wearing out parts quicker. Plus you are used to a 450 motor from the quads already. Some advice though, respect the 450, we know its the same size motor in your quads, but it's half the weight as your quad. Enjoy!---The Chap Moto Team
  • Corey Maggard
    Corey Maggard May 15, 2018 at 4:31 am
    Been riding a 150 4 stroke Hensim for a long time to small for me i am 200 lbs and my height is 5'10. I want something for trail riding/enduro.
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Corey, we appreciate you reading our article and posting your question. If you have a lot of experience on dirt bikes and are confident in your riding skills and throttle control we would suggest taking a look at bikes like the Honda CRF 230F or the Yamaha TTR-230, both are great bikes to cruise trails and what not. If you plant to do some aggressive trail riding and maybe even compete in some hare and hound events or enduro racing KTM offers some great bikes in the 250cc range such as the 250 XC, 250 XC-W,and 250 XC-W TPI. The XC-W has wide ratio gearing which is good and the XC-W TPI is wide ratio gearing with KTM's new fuel injection for 2-strokes. Yamaha has some very competitive trail bikes as well with their WR250F (this is a wide ratio four stroke) and the 250FX. Hope we answered your question. Ride safe.
  • Harris
    Hi. I’m 14 and 6 feet tall 150 pounds and I was wondering if a crf 250r would be to tall for me or if it would be a good fit. Thanks
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Harris, thanks for reading our article. In regards to your height you should be fine on a CRF250R. The bigger question is, what is your dirt biking experience? Are you a first timer/beginner or have you been riding for a few years? The reason we ask is because the CRF 250R is a great bike but it's a performance oriented track bike with a good amount of power. If you're just starting out, that bike might be a little much to handle and more performance driven and track oriented than what you need at this point.
      However, if you're an experienced rider then yeah that bike should be a pretty good fit for you. And if you feel that you're not happy with the ergonomics you can always change out the seat foam with some that will raise or lower the seating position and you can change out the handlebars to a set that fits you better.
      Best of luck finding a new bike. Ride safe.
  • Oliver
    Hey I’m 15 years old and it would be my first bike with a clutch and I’m wondering what I should get I’m 5,7 thanks
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Oliver. Thank you for reading our article. Since you are new to dirt biking, before going out and purchasing a motorcycle right away we would highly suggest one of two things: either take a dirt bike training course or find a friend or family member that has dirt bike that is around 150cc that they are willing to teach you how to ride. The training course is your best option as most programs have dirt bikes of various sizes on hand for you to ride, and the class leaders are experienced riders who know how to teach someone how to properly handle a dirt bike.

      But if you are set on purchasing a bike and learning as you go, your best bet is to find your local dirt bike dealer and sit on a few bikes to find which best fits your height and weight. You don't want to get a bike that is too short as you'll feel cramped on it and a bike that is too tall can be dangerous for someone just learning. So you want to find one that is just right. Remember too, you can adjust the height on dirt bikes with different seats if you feel you are almost at the right height but need to go just a little bit higher or lower. Engine size wise you want something that wont be too much to handle but also that you wont get bored of once you get the hang of it. Look at something in the 250cc range. We wouldn't recommend at track oriented bike right off the bat as it has more power and performance than what you will initially need for the first couple months to a year--depending on ho quickly you progress.

      Take a look at the trail bikes offered by Yamaha and Honda. Something like the Yamaha TTR-230 or the Honda CRF230F, both of these bikes have good power, are easy to handle and fun bikes to do all sorts of riding with. If you find that they are a little too tall, again you can change out the seat for a short seat and make a few other minor adjustments so that they suit you better. Hope that answers your question. Best of luck Oliver.
  • Randy
    I’m 44 and have driven some bikes but definitely not a lot of experience. I’m 6’ about 190 pounds. I just want something to go on tracks and trails. At the same time I want something that everyone will say nice bike also! Not way to expensive with though so what would you recommend?
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Randy, we would suggest for your height, weight, and riding experience something in the 250cc range. And since you want to ride MX tracks and trails you might want to check out the YZ250X or the two stroke YZ250 . There's also the KX250 from Kawasaki too. be sure to check out the lineup of bikes from KTM as well they have more variety of displacements and models. Hope you find what you are looking for.
  • Kylee
    Hi I am 16 years old, 160 pounds and 5’4. I was wondering what would be the best dirtbike for a beginner my size and height. I would also like to know the speed and price if you would be able to find out for me,
    Thank you
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Kylee thank you for reading our article. Ideally we would say a 250cc dirt bike would be good for you, however before you purchase a bike we would suggest trying to get some seat time on something in the 150cc range just so you can get accustomed to riding and operating a clutch. Check with your friends and family and see if anyone has a smaller dirt bike that they can teach you how to ride. And then when you are more experienced and have the confidence take a look at something like the YZ250, CRF250R, or KX250F. They may initially feel a little too tall for you but you can do things like lower the seat height and change out the handlebars to get the bike to fit your better.
  • Joey
    So I’m not an experienced rider but would love to get into it. Haven’t rode since I was a like 12 I’m 23 now 5’7 5’8 175 pounds. I sat on a 150 and a 230 today. The 150 seemed to small and the 230 seemed just a tad too big as I couldn’t have both feet on the ground at the same time. Any suggestions?
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Joey, yeah we'd say the 150 would be too small and once you got the hang of riding again you'd probably feel that it's underpowered. The 230 is a better option. Honda has the CRF230F as well as a 250cc with the CRF 250L, the Rally version is really cool if you want to do both on and offroad riding. and Yamaha If it was too tall you can swap out the stock seat foam for a thinner seat foam so that your both your feet touch the ground. Make sure you sit on a couple different bike though before you make a purchase because they all different seat heights so one may fit you better than the other. Most of the MX/track oriented bikes will sit a little taller than the trail bikes. Have fun riding.
  • Nick
    Hi, I’m 32 5ft 6 inches and 157lbs.
    I’m a road motorcycle rider and have done trials riding in the past.
    I fancy a mx bike but unsure what size I need for my height?
    Advise would be great. Thanks
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Nick, since you're an experience rider and for your height and weight we'd say that a 250cc dirt bike would be great for you--plenty of power and should fit you nicely. Yamaha has its YZ250 (two stroke) and YZ250F (four stroke), Honda offers the CRF250R, Suzuki has the RMZ250, Kawasaki KX250F, and KTM has the 250SX and 250SX-F (four stroke). So as you can see there are quite a few to choose from. It's best of you find a dealership and sit on all of them to see which you like better. Hope that helps. Best of luck.
  • sylvie bee

    I am 26 years old, 5 foot with a 26 inch inseam and about 190 lbs. I am a beginner rider. I would be riding with experience riders. Is there anything that could work for me?
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Sylvie, thanks for reading our article. We would suggest getting together with those experienced riders you mentioned and check out the bikes they are riding, maybe someone in the group has like a 150cc-230cc bike you can sit on and get the feel for and they can teach you the ropes. Since you are a new rider you don't want a bike with too much power but you also don't want a bike that is going to be too small for your ergonomically. Trail bikes like the Honda 230 and Yamaha TT-R230 offer good power but may feel a little too tall for you, so you can also check out the Yamaha TW200 which is a great beginner bike and has a license place so it can be ridden on the road. There are things you can do to lower the height of a dirt bike (different seat) so if you find a bike that's close to feeling comfortable for you just know that you can make some minor adjustments to get it to fit your better. Best of luck in your dirt biking adventures.
  • Jaxx
    What type of dirt bike would best fit me? I am 5 `11 and 140 pounds. I play basketball and football competitively so I want a safe but fast bike with good handling. But the most important is it to be cheap. Thanks
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Jaxx, thanks for checking our post. You said you have some experience on a dirt bike, well then, for your size and weight we would suggest something in the 250cc range, most likely a four stroke as the power is easier to manage. All the dirt bike manufacturers offers bikes in this size, so take a look at the Honda CRF250R, Kawasaki KX250F, Suzuki RM-Z250, KTM 250SX-F, or the Yamaha YZ 250F Hope that answers your question. Best of luck in your search.
  • Elizabeth R
    I'm 21, about 5' 4 and roughly 125 lbs. I currently own a YFZ450 quad and have ridden it for a couple of years now. I'm looking to get a dirt bike, but have never owned one. I've ridden once or twice, a couple years ago.
    What size would be best for me or even comparable to the likes of my quad?
    I want something that I can easily fit on and that is going to give me enough speed an power to what I'm used to.
    Open to brands - yamaha, kawasaki, etc. - maybe a couple of options for each brand.

    Thank you in advance.
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Elizabeth, thanks for reading our article. So it sounds like you've got quite a bit of experience riding, just not on two wheels, no problem you'll become a proficient rider in no time. A dirt bike handles quite differently than a quad, so even though you're extremely familiar with the power of a 450 quad, and because you're a bit shorter, we would suggest spending some time on like 150cc dirt bike--maybe you have a friend or family member that has one. Then once you're confident with your riding skills, because of your experience with the power of a 450 quad you could easily step up a 250cc dirt bike--you might like the power of a 250 two stroke. And since you're you're so light, the power to weight ratio of a 250 two stroke dirt bike versus that of your quad would be significant and you'll really enjoy it.

      You could step up to a 450cc dirt bike if you wanted, but again, the weight difference between a quad and dirt bike (a dirt bike is more than 100 pounds lighter) would be so significant that a 250 (especially a two stroke) would be more than enough power to keep you happy for years to come. Keep in mind dirt bikes are pretty tall and there is only a like 1/2 inch difference in seat height most 450s and 250s. The good news is there a are things like lowering links and shorter seats that you can install to help a dirt bike fit you better.

      As for bikes we would suggest checking out the Yamaha YZ250 or the KTM 250Sx both of these are two stoke dirt bikes. If you want to jump straight to a 450cc dirt bike then we would suggest you visit your local dealer and sit on all the bikes to see which fits you best and feels the most comfortable. Remember you can swap out the handlebars and pegs if something is close to feeling right but you need just a little more reach or something. Hope that answers your question Elizabeth,best of luck in your new adventure.
  • Stefania
    Hi there, I'm looking to buy a dirt bike and have narrowed it down to 2 specific bikes, however I don't know which one to get-
    I'm 4'11'' and 30 years old. I started riding on a Yamaha TTR-110 when I was 25. After a year I sold the dirt bike and got a dual sport, which I mostly ride on the street. Since my dirt experience is limited, do you think I should get a Kawasaki KLX-110L or a Honda CRF125?

    The KLX is smaller and lighter and fits me better. But Honda seems like a better brand and a bike that I can grow into, so to speak. I'm on my tip toes on the Honda. I'm looking for some Any advice you could give me would be super helpful!

    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Stefania, the Honda CRF125 is a pretty good choice. It offers good, easy to manage power and great dependability. If you feel that it is too tall you could always get a lower seat or change out the handlebars.

      Best of luck on your adventures,

  • Kayla
    Hi, I am interested in getting a dirt bike but have zero idea what to look for. I am a 30 year old female, avid quad rider but have little to no experience on a dirt bike. I am 5’ 1” and 140 pounds. What would you suggest I look at?
  • Manda
    Hello, I've been riding for quite a few yrs now but only on a 50 yamaha. I was thinkin of moving up to a 100 or 150 becuz the 50 is way too small. im only 5.0 and about 130 lb ...any advice?? Thank you :)
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Manda, we would suggest looking for a dirt bike riding school in your area and signing up for a class. Most 50cc dirt bikes are automatics and you'll be looking to jump onto something with a clutch so you definitely want to get taught properly how to operate a manual shift motorcycle. Besides learning how to ride, you'll also get fitted on on e bike that is comfortable for you. Once you get accustomed to riding on the dirt and operating the clutch while shifting then maybe you can take a look at like a 150cc Honda or a 140cc Kawasaki or possibly a Yamaha tt-R125 depending on what feels best to you.

      Best of luck,

  • Josh Witts
    Hey I am 16 about 65 and about 170 cm and I would just like to have ur opinion. So I have a crf230f and I just can’t chooses between the KTM 350 excf ot the 250 excf Dirt bike all my mate who ride day to go with the 350 but I am just unsure which one to choose me I am good rider and I am down for any opinion
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Josh, thanks for bringing your question to us. As for which bike the 350 EXC-f or the 250 exc-f we would suggest going to a dealership and sitting on both to see which feels better. They are both about the same height but the 350 is a little but heavier. If you feel as though you fit comfortably and safely on the 350 we would suggest that bike since you might feel as though the 250 doesn't have enough power.

      Hope that helps. Best of luck,

  • Colton S
    I'm 14 5'6'' and I was wondering what bike would be better a Y250F or a kx 85 2 stroke I have been riding for about 4 years and I am currantly riding a ttr 125
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Colton, since you have quite a bit of experience riding and are familiar with the power of the 125 and if you are extremely confident in your riding skills we would suggest the YZ250--it may be a little tall for you but you can always lower it. If you get the 85 you may find the power lacking and quickly grow bored of it.
  • Art
    Hi. I'm 63, 5-10, 175. I'm an experienced street rider (retired motor cop) and off and on trail rider. My first bike 5 years back was a TTR 230. It felt too small and I couldn't keep up with my buddies on their 400's. So I've had a few different 400+ dual sports. I'm no hot shot rider, so I'm wondering if a 250 would be enough for me. Just gonna do some easy trails with the wife on a quad. So, 250 or 400? I'm liking the prices of 250s. Thanks.
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Art, thanks for reading our article. You've got quite a bit of experience, that's awesome. We'd have to ask, how did you feel on the 400cc+ dual sports, did you think like the power of did you think it was too much? If you were ok with the power we would say the 250 might not be enough to keep you happy. The nice thing about a 400cc+ dual sport is that you don't have to use all the power but it's there if you need it. With a 250cc bike once you peg the throttle, that's it, there's no more power to give. How about splitting somewhere in the middle and go with a KTM 300 XC or an 350 XC-F? The 300 XC is a two stroke with peppy low end power and the 350 is a four stroke with a nice smooth powerband. The are a bit more pricey than the 250 though.

      Hopefully we gave you somethings to consider. Best of luck,

  • Pat Hache

    I'm currently looking into getting a dual purpose bike that I can take both on and off the road. I've driven bikes growing up but nothing larger than a 125cc. I'm about 6 feet tall and around 235lbs. what size and make of bike would you suggest?
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Pat, thanks for reading our article. Since you have experience riding and are familiar with 125s, based on your height and weight we would suggest something like the Honda CRF250L or maybe even a Yamaha WR250R. Both of these bikes are dual sport/street legal motorcycles that offer great power and are fun to ride. They should both fit you ergonomically as well.

      Hope that helps. Ride safe,

  • Oskari sahramo
    Oskari sahramo May 29, 2018 at 2:50 pm
    Hi i'm 13 years old and i get my first bike when i was 9.My weight is 155lbs and i am 172 cm tall so can i ride honda crf 250.and i'm good with clutch
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Oksari, if you feel extremely confident in your riding skills and ability then yeah you could ride a CRF250--you just want to make sure you can safely fit on the bike and operate the controls and support the motorcycle with your feet when stopped. If you feel the bike is too big you can lower it and change out the seat and handlebars. Or you could take a look at some of the 150cc bikes that are available.
  • Lynn Grieve
    Hi would like some advice I’m looking to get a dirt bike in the next few months and wounding which dirt bike would suite me I’m 27 I’m about 5 foot 10insh and about 13 stone first time but looking for one to be road legal just to get to and from college
    First time though and don’t want to just go out there n get one n it’s to powerful n put me off

    Any idea
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Lynn,

      Since you are looking to commute to and from college and need a street legal motorcycle, a dirt bike might not be your best option. Firstly, since you plan on doing a lot of street riding we suggest you take a motorcycle riding training course. Besides teaching you how to ride a motorcycle safely on the street this course will help you with attaining a motorcycle endorsement for your driving license (which is required to legally operate a motorcycle on the street in most areas). Once you get proper training you should go to a motorcycle dealership and sit on a bunch of different motorcycles to see which fits you best and you feel most comfortable on. You may even want to consider looking at some scooters--these are great commuter bikes as they are easy to operate (most are automatic), lightweight, extremely nimble, and rather inexpensive.
      If however you do plan on maybe doing some offroad exploring then a sub 250cc dual sport might be a good option for you. Again it comes down to finding a motorcycle that you feel comfortable and safe on and fits the type of riding you plan on doing.

      Hope that helps. Best of luck,

  • Brandon
    Hey , I am 14 120 pounds and 5’7 I haven’t rode a dirt bike since I was very young . I would like to get back into riding but have no experience with a clutch and shifting gears . I’ve had a few quads and a little 50cc when I was younger . I’m not new to riding on 2 wheels as I own a Moped so I am comfortable in that way . I’ve been looking at a 2 stroke 125 but is this too big or too small ? Thx
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Brandon, thanks for reading our article. It's good to hear that you have experience on two wheels, however adding in the clutch and shifting gears can be a little intimidating at first. If you can find a dirt bike riding school in your area we would suggest signing up as they can put you on a bike that fits you and your skill level. Do you know someone that has a 125? If you do maybe they can teach you how to ride it and then once you get comfortable you can take a look at something like a 150. A 125 is a good bike for you to learn on but you might get bored of the power fairly quickly. If you can get to a motorcycle dealership sit on a couple different bikes and see which fits you best.

      Best of luck.
  • Nolan Isaac
    Ok, another question. I'm about 5' 8", 16yrs, 155lbs, minor experience on a manual clutch 60 cc trail bike(which I can run smoothly). I'm also cash strapped. Im looking at a dual sport or trail/Enduro bike. I don't want a huge bike, but the 60 cc was to small physically and engine wise. I always would bottem out the suspension. Any specific size/ model/ year suggestions? Hope I've covered everything. Thanks in advance!
    • Eric Ellis
      HI Nolan, thanks for checking out our article. Sounds like you've got some experience on a dirt bike, so based on your height, weight, and the type of riding you want to do, we would suggest taking a look at KLX 140g or a CRF150 or maybe even a CRF230F depending on how confident you are in your riding skills. None of these bike are street legal, but depending on what state you live in you might be able to convert them to street legal bikes.

      Hope that helps. Good luck,

  • Cassondra Rippy
    Cassondra Rippy June 2, 2018 at 1:51 am
    I am 5 feet exactly and I weigh about 150lbs. I need something that I can reach but I want to have something that has enough power to keep up. My family rides at rampart. We like the trails my daughter has a 125cc Kawasaki and I fit on it pretty well, should I just stick to the same bike? What do you recommend?
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Cassondra, thank you for checking out our post.

      You could step up to like a 150cc dirt bike if you feel confident with your riding abilities. Take a look at the Kawasaki 140G or 140L whichever fits you best. Another bike to look at would be the CRF150F or if you're a really confident and skilled rider maybe take a look at the Yamaha TT-R230 , it might be a little tall but you can make lower it and modifications so it will fit you better.

      Hope that helps and ride safe,
  • Marcelino M
    I’m 15 I’m 5,7 and weight about 125 pounds I’ve only rode quads my whole life and had a pw80 when I was little, what type of dirt bike should I get,preferably a 2 stroke
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Marcelino, for your height. weight, and experience we would suggest looking at either a Honda CRF150R or maybe even a KTM 150SX. The CRF is a four stroke but the KTM is a Two stroke. Since you have experience on quads you'll probably get the hang of it pretty easily and will make a smooth transition to a 250cc dirt bike after spending time on a 150cc dirt bike.
      Have fun,

  • Mark Gledhill
    Mark Gledhill June 3, 2018 at 3:28 pm
    Great artiical guys
    I'm 35 and moving abroad to the sun
    Looking for something to ride trials and the mountain forests in the heat
    I'm new to dirt bikes but have alot of experience of sports bikes, ninjas, sv's etc
    I'm 6ft and 210lb
    Totally unsure on dirt bikes,
    Wanting reliability mainly, looks half decent maybe take it on road and beach every now and again
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Mark, thanks for reading our article. It sounds like what you are looking for would be a dual sport motorcylce (something that is street legal but light and fun for trails) Since you are new to the dirt you might want to consider something in the 250cc realm, like a Honda CRF250L or a Yamaha WR250R . My only concern with these bikes is that since you have lots of street experience and are accustomed to the power of sport bikes once you get the hang of dirt riding you may want more power than what a 250cc engine can provide. So you may want to consider jumping right onto something like a KTM 500 EXC-F. This is a great bike that seems to best fit everything you are looking to do. The power is easy to manage even though it's double the displacement of the 250s.
      Honda just announced that it will be releasing a street legal CRF450L which will most likely be a huge hit when it hits dealers in the fall of this year. Honda is known for it dependability and the CRF platform is extremely well-liked for its performance. So if you can wait a few months and maybe borrow a friend's or family member's dirt bike to get some experience we would highly suggest looking at the Honda.
      Hope that helps.
      Best of luck, Eric
  • Jonas
    I have a tt-r 230 and it is the size is right there is just not as much power as a want what would you recommend that isn’t a trail bike?
    • Eric Ellis
      HI Jonas, thanks for reading our article. Sounds like you are looking for something a little more performance oriented, we'd suggest maybe checking out the two stroke Yamaha YZ250, it's a really fun bike that packs a punch or maybe even step up to one of the 450 models like the KX450F, Suzuki RM-Z450, Honda CRF450R, or KTM 450SX-F. But if you really like the Yamaha brand then you can't go wrong with the YZ450F, it's got some great tech that allows you to tune and monitor maintenance intervals with your phone.
  • Keithen Harris
    Keithen Harris June 5, 2018 at 2:51 am
    Hi my name is keithen. I'm 6'3 and 270lb. I have ridden before and have ridden 250cc but wondering if a different displacement would be better
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Keithen,

      based on your riding experience and size, you might find that a 450cc dirt bike is more enjoyable and suits you better. However, before you buy a new dirt bike do you have a friend or family member that has a 450 that you could spend a few hours on to see if you like it? You know, the whole "try before you buy" thing? If you do decide to get a 450 the YZ450F is a great bike as it now comes with an app that you can download to tune and monitor your service intervals. All the 450cc dirt bikes are great bikes, it's just a matter of sitting on each model and determining which feels best and has the features you are looking for.

      Best of luck in your search,

  • Joe
    Hi I'm 15 and I'm thinking about getting a 2-stroke 125. I'm 5'11" and 145 lbs. Would a 2-stroke 125 be to short for me? Thanks
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Joe, thanks for reading our article. A 125 shouldn't be too tall, but your best bet is to visit a motorcycle dealership and sit on a couple different bikes to see which feels best to you, you finds fits that a 150 fits you better. Each motorcycle is slightly different, some are taller and some are shorter so it's best to find one that you feel comfortable on. Keep in mind that if you find a motorcycle that you like but doesn't quite fit you exactly, you can always make modifications to it such as lowering the suspension or swapping out the handlebars.

      Hope that helps. Ride safe
  • Brandt Carrico
    Brandt Carrico June 7, 2018 at 11:06 am
    Hey I’m looking to buy a 450cc. I’m going to be 16 in September and I weight about 160 and I’ve rode dirt bikes for 4 years now. And I’ve rode a 230cc for the 2 years now. Should I buy a 450 for my age and weight.
    • Eric Ellis
      Hey Brandt, thank you for reading our article. Based on the info you've provided us we'd say you could definitely be happy on a 450. Dirt bike sizing isn't so much about age, it's about riding experience, skill level, how comfortable you are managing the power output, and finding a bike that fits you and you feel comfortable on. Since you have a couple year's of experience with a 230 you coudl easily hop on a 450 and quickly get accustomed to it. Or you might even want to check out a two stroke 250 like the YZ 250 which is a very fun bike and has a different power band than a four stroke. Either way we suggest that you find a dealership near you and sit on a couple different dirt bikes and see which feels best to you.
      Best of luck, ride safe,

  • Brandt Carrico
    Brandt Carrico June 7, 2018 at 11:22 am
    And btw I’m 6’2”
  • Tom
    I'm 5 1' , 90 pounds and an experienced rider. Wondering if a Klx 125 would fit me? Want something that will last a little longer as i grow into it and with enough ground clearance for some of my trails.
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Tom, I would suggest heading to your local motorcycle shop and sitting on a couple different bikes. If you're a fan of Kawasaki I would recommend looking at the KLX 140. Kawasaki offers three different versions with three different wheel sizes. Each version offers a little different seat height so you can sit on each one and see which fits you best. The KLX 140G offers the tallest seat height and is close to the bigger 250/450 bikes size wise with its 21 inch front wheel and 18 inch rear wheel. If you like this bike but it feels too tall you can always get a lower seat or lower the suspension a little. Or you could go with the KLX 140L which has a seat height that is about 2 inches shorter and has a 19 inch front wheel and 16 inch rear wheel. Lastly would be the KLX 140 base model which has a 30.7 inch seat height. These 140s would offer good power and should keep you happy for a while.

      Best of luck,

  • Kahn
    Hi there I'm looking for a good bike for trails. I'm 6ft an 150lb I have a 1988 Cr250 but the powers abit too much for the bush tracks. I've seen a crf250r that I like but would that be any good for trails?
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Kahn, thanks for reading our article. The CRF250R is more of a performance oriented track/motocross bike, so I don't think it would be a good fit for you as it will have more power than you want. I would say, check out the Yamaha TT-R230, it's great for the trails and should provide plenty of power without being overbearing.

      Good luck in your adventures,

  • Kyle
    Hi I am a 52 yr old male and am an experienced rider. It has been a long time since I’ve road but I know how to. I’m 5,10 and weigh 200-300 pounds. What would be the best option for me.
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Kyle, thanks for reading our article. What kind of riding are you looking to do? Track? Trail. Dual Sport? Since it's been a while since you have ridden I would suggest seeing if there is a dirt bike training course in your area. Even though you know how to ride a refresher course wouldn't be a bad idea and they'll most likely have different bikes you can try to see which fit your best.

      Best of luck,
  • Troy Webber
    My partner and I are looking into getting bikes. We can both ride. Me a bit better than her.
    Im 175cm tall and 85kg.
    I have owned a 250 2T and ridden a 125 2T and it seemed a little gutless.
    Have ridden quite a few older 4T bikes and quads.
    Partner is 177cm and 65kg female.
    She use to have a 450 quad (far to powerful for her).
    She can comfortably ride an old 1973 yamaha dt175. Can ride hogg et r bikes but not comfortable on sand or loose surfaces.
    I have been looking at most Japanese bikes like klx250/450 and wr250f/450f.
    And partner has been looking at 230/250 enduro/dual sport bikes.
    What bikes would you recommend for us?
    Second hand or new. Will be used for forest trails and farm exploration.
    Easy stuff. Never going to be used on a race track.
    Any help would be appreciated.
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Troy thanks for reading our article. I'd say with the riding experience you two have you are right on the money with the KLX250 for yourself and the Yamaha TT-R230 for your partner. Another option to consider for yourself would be the Honda CRF450L, it isn't available yet, its a brand new bike but is street legal and would be an awesome dual sport for the highway and trail use. And if your partner finds that the TTR230 is too tall or too much bike then maybe consider the TW 200.

      Hope that helps. Happy bike hunting.
  • Jacob Sullivan
    Jacob Sullivan June 12, 2018 at 4:34 am
    What size/CC Bike should I get being:
    6’5” male
    170 lbs
    Experienced with two wheel balance on BMX bikes only. Never ridden a motor bike.
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Jacob, thanks for reading our article. While there are some similarities between riding a dirt bike and a BMX bike, before purchasing a dirt bike I would recommend looking to see if there is a dirt bike riding school in your area. By signing up for a basic dirt bike training course you can properly learn all the techniques and skills necessary to safely operate a dirt bike. By taking one of these course you'll also get an idea as to what size/model dirt bike would be best for you. If you can't find a dirt bike class maybe you can find a friend who can teach you the basics on their bike?

      Once you get get some seat time and have a good understanding of how to manage the clutch, shifting, and the power of a dirt bike for your size you'll be looking for something in the 250cc-450cc range. It really comes down to what type of riding you plan on doing. If it will be mostly track riding than you might want a motocross oriented bike like a two stroke Yamaha YZ250 or a four stroke Honda CRF450R. If you plan on just putting around on trails and the desert/forest then a 250cc offroad bike like a Yamaha WR250F or even a KTM 350 XC-F .

      Hope you enjoy dirt biking,

  • Louca Maheu Legare
    Louca Maheu Legare June 12, 2018 at 7:33 am
    Hello, I need to know what bike would fit a friend of mine.

    14 years old
    Experience is a week of motocross last year, on a 125cc. Gotta admit though, he was pretty good for his situation. Control-wise and shifting-wise.

    The occasion is motocross camp, where me and him sign up, rent equipment and a bike for a week. We have people coaching us and everything. But this year they don't have a 125cc for him, only a 150cc. I called up the place and they said it would be a stretch, but they can't be sure until they see him. I need to know if 150cc would be fitting for my friend.

    Much appreciation
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Louca, sounds like a great time and a really fun camp. I would venture to say that the camp organizers run into this kind of situation all the time and are pretty good at making sure all their riders are safe and comfortable with the bikes they are riding. Based on the info you provided about your friend it sounds like he get the hang of things like dirt bike riding pretty easy, so stepping up from a 125 to a 150cc dirt bike won't be a massive shock. Hopefully the counselors will spend plenty of time with him to make sure he has a good grasp of how to manage the power of the 150, but really it's not a huge jump in horsepower from the 125 so with a few hours of instruction and observation he should be fine.

      Have fun,

  • Annie
    Hey, I was thinking about getting a dirt bike for me. No one in my family or friends have one so I have no one to give me advice. I'm 14 and 5'3, weight 160 pounds. I've never ridden a dirt bike and I really want one just don't know which one to get. I'm a fast learner and I want one with power because I plan on taking up some hills. Please give me some advice.
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Annie, that is awesome that you want a dirt bike, you will really enjoy riding. However, before you purchase a dirt bike I would highly suggest you learn how to ride and since you don't have any family or friends that ride that could teach you I would suggest trying to find a dirt bike school in your area.
      Here is a link that might help:

      If that doesn't work, google dirt bike training or dirt bike schools. Hopefully there is a program in your area that you can enroll in, as this is the absolute best way to learn how to ride a dirt bike. These course usually have different sized dirt bikes so you can find the size that is right for you.

      Hopefully that helps Annie.
      Best of luck,
  • Oliver Hughes
    Oliver Hughes June 13, 2018 at 9:58 pm
    Hey, I am 14 almost 15 years old I am 5,5 and weigh 130 pounds I have been riding dirtbikes for 6 months now and I feel like my TTR 230 is really sluggish and heavy especially when I take it to a motocross track. I feel like I am using my bikes full capability in speed terms and when I ride my friends 250 it seems a lot faster and more fun to ride, I also feel quite confident on it as I pick things up really quickly. I can flat foot my TTR but I can only one foot my friends 250. If I should get a 250 how should I approach my parents on the issue as I am not sure how they will react since I have only had the bike for 5 months (BTW I HAVE A JOB). If I should get a 250 how much should I spend on a second-hand bike and what year should I get and what do I need to look out for when buying a second-hand bike.

    By The Way, I live in Australia so if you could tell me in AUD the would be great.

    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Oliver, TTR 230 is a great trail bike but wasn't intended for the MX track and that is why it feels so sluggish as you have found out. Most riders can only tip toe one foot on the MX bikes like the 250s and 450s, which is fine. However if you aren't comfortable with it you can swap out the seat foam for lower set foam or lower the suspension.

      You could explain to your parents that the TTR 230 is good all around bike but it doesn't have the specific performance features necessary to provide the fast and precise handling characteristics that a motocross track demands and therefore you want to get a bike specifically for the motocross track. If your dad is mechanical you could explain it as wanting to have the right tool for the job. Sure you can use a pair of pliers (the TTR 230) for a variety of nuts and bolts but it's not the best tool as it's not very precise and can damage the nuts and bolts and sometimes might not work best. Therefore you should use the correct size socket or open end wrench (which would be the equivalent to the 250R).

      As for pricing for a used 250 in Australia, I can't really speak on that because it all depends on supply and demand in your area. Here is an article with some tips on what to look for when buying a used motorcycle:

      If you can bring someone along that has more experience with dirt bikes that would be great as they can help determine if the bike you are looking at is worth the money or not.

      Best of luck Oliver.

  • Dillon Collins
    Dillon Collins June 14, 2018 at 4:51 am
    Hi. I’m 5 foot 4 inches and 120 pounds. I’m looking at getting a new dirt bike. I currently ride a ttr230, rm85, and a crf150r. I was looking at either the crf250r or the rmz250. Would they be too much? I’ve been riding the three bikes for a short amount of time. I feel like the 150 and the 85 have good power but I don’t think it’s going to last long as it’s already gotten a little boring. As for the ttr230, I will be keeping it for trails. So...should I get a 250r/250f ?
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Dillon, thanks for reading our article. Sounds like you have some wide ranging experience with different bikes, that's awesome. Yeah we'd say a 250 would be a great bike for you. As for which one, that's tough to say as all 250 modesl from Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki,KTM and Honda are really good. Many people are loyal to a certain brand so that's how they tend to choose which bike to get. We would suggest you go to your local dealer and sit on each bike and see which feels best to you and has the features you are looking for.

      Best of luck,

  • Jackson Zeron
    Hi i am 5,11 almost six and way 135 any recomendations on engine size. I was looking at a 150 but im not sure, this would be my second bike
    • Eric Ellis
      HI Jackson, what size is your current bike? if you feel really confident on it and it's less than a 150 then yeah stepping up to a bigger bike might be a good idea. If you are into MX racing and ride a lot of tracks the Honda 150R is a great bike. There are two versions, the base model and the expert, the expert is about 2 inches taller because it has a 19 inch front wheel and 16 inch rear. The base has a seat height of 32.8 inches with a 17 inch front wheel and 14 inch rear. I'd suggest sitting on both of these bikes if you can a see which feels better to you.

      Best of luck,

  • Shilah Wallace
    Shilah Wallace June 17, 2018 at 5:38 am
    I’m 4’11 And 15 what bike would be perfect for me
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Shilah, it really depends on how much riding experience you have. Have you ever ridden a dirt bike before? If not how comfortable are you on a bicycle? If you can try finding a dirt bike riding school in your area a sing up for a course. They will teach you all the basics of dirt biking and can help determine what size/model dirt bike would be perfect for you.

      Best of luck,

  • Brandon
    I’m 23, 5’7” about 150lbs
    I currently ride a ttr230, got it as my first bike to learn. I’ve been riding it for less than a year and have “outgrown” it already. I like the height and e start though. I’m looking for a new bike and have narrowed it down between KTM 150/250XC-W and Husqvarna TE150/250. I like the idea of 2 stroke because of how light they are and easy to work on, and these bikes also offer electric start. I was hoping someone could nudge me in the right direction and any other suggestion would be appreciated. I also worry I would outgrow a 150 and want more power. Oh, and I mainly ride single track trails in BC.
    • Eric Ellis
      The Husky TE150 is a great bike and could be really fun. However, if you're not really drinking the Austrian Kool-Aid, the Yamaha YZ250FX would be sweet! You can always add a headlight, gear it to your riding style, and keep the bike for many years. It would be a good transition from the TTR230. All in all... it sounds like you are definitely ready for a bigger bike.
  • Gavin
    Hi, I am 13 years old and have never ridden a dirt bike. I am 5'8" and 160 pounds. I am looking to do jumps with my friends. What would you suggest? Thank You!
    • Eric Ellis
      Hey Gavin, thanks for checking out our article. It sounds like you have some friends that ride? Do you think they'd let your ride their dirt bikes and teach you how to ride? That would be one of the best ways to learn and then you could get an idea as to which dirt bike fits you best or which brand you like better.

      If you can't learn on your friends motorcycles then I'd suggest taking a look at something like Yamaha YZ125 or maybe a Kawasaki KLX 140. If you can get to a motorcycle dealership sit on a couple different bikes and see which feels most comfortable to you. You'll probably be looking at something in the 100cc-150cc range.

      Good luck,

      • Gavin Cook
        Thanks so much Eric, will look into it.
      • Gavin Cool
        Last week I tried my friends85cc 2-stroke dirt bike but I’m not a fan, although I did try a 150cc Honda, I liked the way it felt to ride it and how smooth it was do you think this would be a good fit for me
  • Eric
    I’m a beginner with no experience. I’m 5’1” and I weigh 120. I need to know what kind of bike to get
    Thanks, Eric
    • Eric Ellis
      Hi Eric,

      thanks for reading our article. I would suggest trying to find a dirt bike school in your area where you can learn the proper techniques and how to start, stop, and manage the motorcycle’s power properly. If you can’t find a dirt bike school maybe you have a friend or relative that has a small dirt bike you can learn on.

      If you can't find a dirt bike school or someone you know with a dirt bike you can learn on, I would say for your size you might want to start out on like a 85cc-110cc dirt bike. Check out the Honda CRF 110 or even the Yamaha YZ85. These two bikes offer significantly different seat heights so check out which feels best and most comfortable to you.

      Ride safe and have fun,

  • Sandis Dravnieks
    Sandis Dravnieks June 19, 2018 at 4:01 am
    Hi! Im 14years old 5,10 and 110 pounds...What first dirt bike i should get? And can it be 50cc beacuse i only have scooter license.
    • Eric Ellis
      Hey Sandis, that's great that you are interested in getting a dirt bike. Not sure where you live but here in California you do not need a license to ride a dirt bike and there are no restrictions on engine size.

      I feel that you are probably too big for a 50cc dirt bike and wouldn't be very comfortable on a motorcycle that small. I would suggest trying to find a dirt bike school in your area where you can learn the proper techniques and how to start, stop, and manage the motorcycle's power properly. If you can't find a dirt bike school maybe you have a friend or relative that has a small dirt bike you can learn on. I would recommend something in the 100cc to 150-cc range to start out on. Maybe like a Yamaha TTR-110 or a Honda CRF 125 . Both of these bikes should fit you comfortably and help you feel confident when first starting out. They have decent power which is easy to manage.

      Best of luck,

      • Daniel
        i am 12 and am a boy and am looking for a dirt bike that fits me i am like 110 pounds and im 5 foot 1 and im starting todo motocross
        • Brandon Jason
          Hey I'm looking for a dirtbike that I can fit on but has a bit of a kick to it and isn't too heavy and is capable of doing some decent enduro
          Im 11
          and roughly 45kg and currently ride a kx 85 big wheel
          • Eric Ellis
            Hi Brandon, thanks for checking out our blog post. You're in a pretty good position as there are a couple bikes to consider that would fit your desires. First you could stick with a Kawasaki two stroke and go with a KX 100. The KX 100 is only about 2 inches taller than your KX 85 so you'll have room to grow and it weighs only a few pounds more. You're already accustomed to the KX power delivery so with a a little bit more displacement in the KX 100 you'll get used to it real quick. The only issue is that the KX is more of an track/race-oriented bike but that doesn't meaqn you can't have fun doing some enduro style riding on it.
            The other option for a more enduro oriented bike would be the KTM 150 XC-W TPI. This is an awesome enduro machine with great two stroke power and fuel injection--no more messing with fuel mixtures or rejetting. This bike sits pretty tall and is about 5" taller than you current KX, however you can lower the bike and customize it to suit you and have plenty of room to grow into it. It will put out quite a bit more power than your KX but if your confident in your riding ability you should be able to get used to the power delivery of this bike rather quickly.
            Lastly, another option would be the Yamaha YZ 125X. This bike is based off the track-oriented YZ 125 but has been tweaked for performance for offroad/enudro riding with a 6-speed transmission. Like the KTM it's taller and heavier so this is only recommended if you have a lot of experience riding and are confident in your skills. But it would be a blast for years of riding. I would definitely recommend getting to your local dealership and sitting on each of these bikes to see which fits you best and feels most comfortable. Best of luck.
            • Bobby Wolfe
              I’m 6’5” and 300lbs. Is a 250 cc track bike too small? Are the frame and tire sizes the same?
              • Lucas Dawson
                I am 6' 190lbs. I have a lot of experience I have been riding since i was 4 and am now 15. Should I go with a 250 or 400?
                • Eric Ellis
                  Hi Lucas, thanks for reading our post. I'd say go with a 250 now, that was in a couple years you can move up to the 450 and it will be like a riding a completely different bike.
                  • Dirt dude 00t7
                    Dirt dude 00t7 June 1, 2020 at 4:19 pm
                    I’m in a similar situation. I’m (12 but when I get a new dirt bike I will be 13) and right now I have a ttr110. It’s still fun to ride around on but I’m way too big for it cause I way like and it only has a 4 speed transmission so it really feels like the transmissions limiting it. even going over some root at very high speeds might bottom the suspension out. Now my cousin has a older cr 85 2 stroke and I rode that and had a blast on it. Now I really want a 2 stroke because I love how they are so light and the tight punchey power band. And I kind of want to start doing motocross...or at least ride on a track. And I was looking at my options and I look at Yamahas website and I see the yz125x. From what I’ve heard this is just a slightly modified version of the motocross version. And I read how Yamaha tuned the engine or something more for trail riding and stuff. Not just motocross. This sounds just right up my alley because we live on about 20 ace res of land around our house and lots of trails in the woods. If you can adjust the suspension do I weigh so much this if I jump the suspension will bottom out easy. Or will it be find. Thank you. Please answer. I’m 5 foot 3 by the way.
                    • Eric Ellis
                      Hi Dirt Dude, thanks for reading our post. The YZ125X is a great bike and yes it is really similar to the YZ motocross bike, just tuned and setup a tiny bit differently for trail/cross country/enduro style riding. The suspension on the YZ125X can be tuned and adjusted. At your weight, if you're a mellow rider you should be fine. However, as you progress and ride more aggressively and tackle more technical/tougher terrain you'll probably notice the suspension begin to bottom out. The YZ125X coudl be a good start for now, but you're still growing and in a year or two you might outgrow the bike and the suspension's abilities to adequately handle your riding style as you get more advanced and your weight and a 250X could soon be a more suitable bike for you. Hope that helps. Ride safe
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