Makes & Models
We highly recommend the use of a bike originating from Japan, Austria or Italy. Although the bikes from China offer great pricing and look similar, the metallurgy and design is not conducive to trail riding. We would recommend the purchase of a used Honda, Yamaha, KTM over the purchase of a new Chinese bike at similar value.
Honda Models – Honda produces a number of 4 stroke off road bikes under the designation CRF. The base CRF is an air cooled trail bike suitable for kids, beginners and the vertically challenged. The CRF-X is a performance designed "woods bike” designed for trail riding and off road competition. CRF-L’s are street legal or dual purpose bikes suitable for trail riding. CRF-R’s are motocross bikes and will need some modification to suit the woods.
KTM – The Austrian company makes a wide range of motorcycles suited for the woods in both 2 & 4 stroke. EXC’s are street legal performance designed off road bikes that can be used for trails or competition. The same applies to XCW’s although they are not street legal. XC’s are a more performance version of the line and are designed for cross country competition. SX’s are motocross machines and will require some modification to suit the woods. KTM now makes Husqvarna motorcycles which have superceded Husabergs. The "Huskys & Bergs” are like the XCW’s and are designed for woods use. KTM will continue to support Husaberg parts even though the name has become obsolete.
Yamaha – Yamaha produces TTR’s which are air cooled 4 strokes designed for kids, beginners and the vertically challenged. The woods bikes are known as WR’s and are performance 4 stokes designed for trail riding and off road competition. YZ's and YZF's are motocross designed machines and generally require modification to ride in the woods.
All of the bikes mentioned above and following are good quality built machines. The most important relationship you can build outside your home is with your local dealer who will provide technical assistance, service and parts support. Other reputable manufacturers include Kawasaki, Suzuki, Gas Gas, Beta, TM and Sherco.
Please remember to buy a quiet motorcycle or be prepared to add a quiet exhaust before riding in the woods.