TOUGH TIRES Built for pure off-roading, dirt bikes need tires that are going to claw into the terrain for traction.
VERSATILE Dirt bikes are available in a wide range of engine and chassis sizes, from 50cc bikes for kids to 500cc machines for adults. When in doubt, you can't go wrong with a smaller bike for newbies.
GREAT STARTER BIKES The lower price, light weight, simple construction, and the fact that you don't have to contend with traffic make dirt bikes great for beginners.
EASY TO HANDLE While recreational dirt bikes don't have the high-performance components found on motocross machines, that's actually better (and cheaper!) for most casual riders. Their broader powerbands also make them more forgiving than racing bikes that require serious precision.
HIGH MAINTENANCE Dirt bikes have a simple construction that makes them ideal for the DIY mechanic, but the beating they tend to take also means that mechanic will be doing more wrenching than the average street rider.