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The five best motocross bikes for beginners

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Do you want to get your first MX machine? We introduce you to the best beginner bikes.
Motocross is without a doubt one of the coolest ways of being for motorsport junkies. Nothing gives you such an adrenaline rush than flying through the air on a dirt bike.
However, if you missed out on the sport in your childhood days, the off-road spectacle can seem a bit intimidating to you from the outside - and you may even feel as if the motocross train has left for you.
In this case, we can assure you of one thing: your concern is unfounded. You will be surprised how easy it is to get started. These days you get a lot of good bikes for your money, so let's not talk about it for long and introduce you to the bikes that will take your first step into the wonderful world of MotoX.

Two-stroke vs. four-stroke

But before we start, we have a summary of the differences between two-stroke and four-stroke machines for everyone who still needs a little tutoring.
Basically, two-stroke bikes are cheaper to buy as well as to maintain them. They're easy to use and they sound pretty cool. It is also often said that two-stroke engines are generally more fun. However, there are also some disadvantages: On the one hand, you will have to go to service more often, while on the other hand you will have some difficulties as soon as you want to bring more speed to the dirt.
Riding is a lot easier with four-stroke bikes, as they deliver more power and offer you far more options in racing situations. On the other hand, they weigh a lot more and are more expensive to obtain. And if you don't want to indulge in the luxury of an e-starter, then the Kickstarter won't give you much pleasure.

Here's our pick of the top five motocross bikes for beginners (and if you scroll down you'll find the best bikes for kids ...)

    Why we rely on them: Lots of power, fast and immediately ready for the competition
    If you intend to stand at the start line immediately, then you are well equipped with the KTM 250 SX-F. This bike is considered by many to be the most competitive 250 four-stroke machine on the market. After all, KTM has won eight of the last nine MX2 world titles - with these statistics there is no longer any discussion!
    In 2011, KTM replaced the carburetor on the 250 SX-F with a more advantageous EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection) system. That's why our advice is to start with at least a 2012 model. In the same year, e-starters were also installed as standard - and, believe us, you absolutely want one!
    Why we rely on them: Durable, good handling, great standard equipment, top quality.
    The YZ125 is a two-stroke machine perfect for those just starting out in the sport. This bike is known for its durability. That, in turn, has to do with Yamaha's high quality work. It also offers you incredibly good handling, while at the same time it has the best standard suspension setup ever built in.
    The YZ125 may not be the fastest bike in its engine class, but it will definitely be a lot of fun for your money. Yamaha hasn't really put much brainpower into the further development of this machine since 2005, but you shouldn't tinker with something that has proven itself over and over, right?
    Why we rely on them: Extreme power, great quality and durability and easy to ride.
    If you're after a lot of power, the Honda CRF450R is for you. Honda is famous for high quality and durability, and there is no doubt that this machine meets these standards.
    In 2013, Honda gave the CRF450R some great updates by adding an aluminum frame and an air suspension fork, as well as making some significant changes to the engine. For 2017, Honda continued to improve and gave it a completely new character. The CRF450R is ideal for an open-class racer who is just starting out. Although the machine has a lot of power, it also gives you good handling, which even beginners can handle with it.
    Why we rely on them: Light, powerful and the original factory bike feeling
    KTM is one of the few manufacturers to build a 150cc two-stroke machine - and the 150 SX has everything that could make it your all-time favorite dirt bike. It's as light as a spring, while delivering more torque and power than a 125. The driving experience is really unique. If you swing your leg over a 150 SX, you won't be able to stop smiling - believe us.
    Why we rely on them: Cheap, powerful and serious investment potential.
    The backstory of this machine turns out to be a bit tricky. In 2007 Honda stopped production of its CR250 model. Nevertheless, this bike has definitely earned a place in the "Dirt Bike Hall of Fame". MX legend Ricky Carmichael made the machine famous during its first undefeated season.
    The CR250 is the last two-stroke bike that Honda produced, which is why this model has become a real cult. If you do it right, the CR250 is the cheapest option to get a foothold in motocross - and in the end you can even make some money with it as its value is constantly increasing. With this bike, too, you get an extremely stable and powerful machine, while it also makes for a wonderful ride.

    And the three best bikes for kids ...

      It felt like 90% of motocross racers worldwide started on a "Pee Wee". This bike was specially designed for the real youngsters between the ages of four and six, which is why it scores with a lot of safety. The PW50 is not too fast either, which is why it offers the youngsters the best opportunities to acquire the basics of the sport.
      The ultimate racing machine for racers between nine and twelve years of age. The KTM 65 SX is the first step towards a geared motor. In contrast to the old days, thanks to KTM and their 65 SX model, kids have the opportunity to ride a well-equipped race bike.
      The Husky TC85 is perfect for children and teenagers between 12 and 16 years of age. This bike is literally a smaller version of the equivalent for the older generation, which is why a TC85 is hardly a more perfect start to a successful racing career.