Riding dirty: an introduction to some great MX machines

More than being on the road, the thrill of going off-road gets you off. There’s dirt and plenty of crashing and burning to be had. You’ll need a pretty damn good dirt bike first though, especially if you’re planning on doing a little more than just riding through mud.

Here are a few to get your off-roading bug ticking.

2008 Honda CRF450R

There is a lot of debate going around regarding the 2008 Honda CRF450R dominance over current 450s. But let's not digress. Touted to be the best MX bike that Honda has ever made, its the last 450 to have a carburetor. 

 

1981 MAICO 490 MEGA 2

In the early years of motocross, there was one name that dominated the dirt: Maico. The German company's prized possession was the 1981 Maico 490 Mega 2. It handled better than anything else out there, and the motor was perfection -- or very close to it. Honda and Yamaha responded by making their motors more powerful, but never came close to replicating the excellent Maico power delivery. In 1982, the Maico motor  lost its lustre after being stuffed into an overweight single-shock frame. Not long after, the Maico magic vanished.

 

2016 KTM 350SX-F

The KTM 350 -- or the people’s motorcycle as it's been deemed -- appeals to the rank-and-file rider who doesn’t want to deal with 60 horsepower. The 350s have steadily improved over their lifespan and are currently better than ever.

If you like getting things done fast — and really, which real motorcycle rider doesn’t? — then skip the reading and get straight into it here. The search function is really convenient if you know what you’re looking for. Or if you want to sit back, have a smoke and surf the dirty, the catalogue takes you from make to model to MX haven real quick.