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Dirtbiking

Dustin Leonhardt

Per. 4/5

Feb. 25,1997

Dirtbiking

Imagine speeding through a construction site at 80 miles

per hour. Not knowing what terrain is coming up next. You

could speed away and be OK or you could crash and burn.

That's the adrenaline rush you get when you ride a dirtbike.

Dirtbiking is an exciting, adrenaline pumping sport.

Dirtbiking is also a sport enjoyed by many people all over

the world. To get involved in dirtbiking you have to race in

the right age group. You also have to know what size

dirtbike is right for you. Next, you need to know what kind

of race you want to participate in, depending on your

interests. Last, some of the modifications that have taken

place over the years are also interesting.

First of all, if you plan on racing a dirtbike you need to

know what division to get into. Dirtbiking is a very popular

sport that has blossomed since the late 80s. The reason for

this is because dirtbikes are a lot better than they used to

be. Now a days dirtbikes look better and go faster.

Dirtbiking is for everybody 4 years old and up. The

divisions are in increasements in engine size (cc's, cubic

centimeters).For example, if you are between the ages of 4

and 7 you would race the 50cc dirtbikes. If you are between

the ages of 8 and 11 you have a choice of racing a 65cc or

an 80cc dirtbike. If you are between the ages of 12 and 15

you could race in the 80 cc or 125 cc class. If you are 16

years old or older you can race 125cc dirtbikes or larger.

Secondly, there are also a wide variety of dirtbikes.

Some dirtbikes are modified to fit giant motorcycle engines

into them. Dirtbike sizes vary from a weak 50cc engine, to

the mighty, powerful 600cc engine. There are also many

different brands of dirtbikes. Some of the main brands are

Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and KTM, so you

might want to do a little research on them before you buy

one.

Of course, if you are not into going fast and jumping

in the motocross races there are different kinds of races.

The first actual motocross race was held in the late 60s.

One other kind of race is an enduro race. In these races you

have to go long distances and usually travel at night.

Another race is a blackwater race. In these races you need a

big bike, at least 250cc. You go through rivers, thick

forests, and small obstacles like fallen logs. The last race is

called trials. In these races you must have balance. You go

over many difficult obstacles like boulders and enormous

logs. You cant put your feet on the ground, also the bikes

have no seat!

Lastly, dirtbiking is always changing. Imagine an old

clunky looking dirtbike and compare it to a new, fast

dirtbike. Dirtbikes today are safer too. For example, bikes

now a days have rev-limiters so the dirtbike doesn't blow

up. The older dirtbikes had small dual shocks in the back,

steel frames, and were very heavy. Now a days we have one

big mono shock in the back, computer designed exhaust

pipes, which give it more power, now there are even

aluminum frames. Dirtbikes have sure come a long way

over the years.

As a result, now you know about dirtbikes. Now you

know everything you need to know to join the sport of

dirtbiking, like what division to get into, what size bike to

get, the different kinds of races, and some interesting facts.

Hopefully this was interesting to you, mabey you even want

to join the sport now.



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