New Year, new bike? No matter the circumstances, there is a time where you are either looking for a new dirt bike or maybe even your first dirt bike.
If you are in the market for a new bike it is not uncommon to feel overwhelmed on where to start. The good news is there are a lot of options, but the bad news is there are a lot of options! You want to be confident when making a big purchase like this, so here is a list of recommendations on how to make the process a little bit easier. There are so many bikes you want to make sure you absolutely love the style of the one you are going to buy. There are many ways to try out a bike, but here are a few.
|Demo A Bike|
Dealerships do not offer test rides on dirt bikes, but some manufacturers host demo days throughout the year and at various locations where they let anyone who is signed up take their bikes for a spin. This is an incredible opportunity to try out different bikes in new and stock condition. These are not learn-to-ride days; these are events set up for riders with experience who are in the market for a new bike.
KTM demo days are especially great because KTM offers so many models in their line-up. They make two and four-stroke bikes for motocross and off-road in more engine displacements than any other manufacturer. KTM bring out a major support effort and they are known for throwing a fun event. Check the KTM website for locations and dates, but most events require you to contact your local KTM dealer to get an invite.
Yamaha also offers a demo ride opportunity through its association with the Raines Riding University. Yamaha brings out the race models (two- and four-stroke, motocross and off-road) but also lines up some beginner bikes for test spins. Check the Raines Racing website to see if a demo day will be coming your way.
|Borrow A Bike|
Borrowing a bike gives you the opportunity to test it out without making a purchase you could possibly regret. It is not uncommon for riders to ask their friends or fellow riders to try out a bike when they are in the market for a new one. You want to get a feel for the bike, its characteristics and what you like and dislike about it.
|Rent A Bike|
Renting a bike is not very common, but there are rental businesses out there. If you have one nearby, consider yourself lucky, then check it out as best you can to make sure their equipment is relatively current and in safe condition.
These are just a couple ideas of how you can get on a bike that allows you to get some knowledge on the type you are looking to invest in. Feel free to get creative, when it comes to picking out a new ride you want to feel overly confident going into the dealership to get your new baby.