Riding Dirt Bikes On A Budget


Riding dirt bikes is one of the most thrilling hobbies (or lifestyles) out there, but it can come at a high cost. You’ll need to have a dirt bike, a way to transport it, protective gear, and you’ll rack up a long list of repairs over the years. Don’t be intimidated, though, there are plenty of ways to cut back on the cost!

Buy a used dirt bike

If you don’t already have a dirt bike, your initial concern will be the investment of purchasing one. If you are an experienced rider you will probably know exactly what you want, but if you are a novice rider, buying your dirt bike used is a great way to save money. Riding can be a bit rough as you learn the ropes, so your bike will probably take a bit of a beating anyway.

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Keep on top of preventative maintenance

The cheapest way to fix your dirt bike is to make it so that you don’t need to fix your dirt bike! Routinely changing the oil, There are certain types of preventative maintenance that you can perform regularly to keep down repair costs. This might include: changing the oil, changing your tires when they show signs of wear, cleaning (or changing) the air filter after every ride, and thoroughly cleaning the whole bike after riding.

Buy used parts for repairs

No matter how great a job you do maintaining your bike, you will inevitably have to repair one thing or another at some point. Doing those repairs with used dirt bike parts will help you keep the cost low, and if you are thorough in your search you will find parts that are just like new at a much better price. You can find dirt bike parts used online, local salvage yards, and sometimes local dirt bike shops.

Learn how to do repairs yourself

Hopefully you already know the basics of washing your dirt bike and changing the oil. If not, there are great resources online that can help you step by step. Learning more advanced repair techniques is also helpful because over the years, the majority of your expenses with dirt bike riding will be either parts or mechanical service. Buying used parts can save you money there, but if you are paying $80 an hour for repairs, it is still going to be costly overall. If you are a part of a dirt biking community, see if someone can help teach you more about the mechanics of your dirt bike, or do research online for more advanced repair techniques and videos.

Whether you are a new rider looking to buy your first dirt bike or an experienced dirt biker, there are several ways you can save money on dirt bike repairs and maintenance.

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