Changing Dirt Bike Brands? Here’s What You Need to Consider

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There's nothing like getting a new bike, especially when you're switching manufacturers. With a change in brand, there are many things to consider - we've compiled the top four factors to think about when you're transitioning to a new dirt bike brand.

Spare parts: When you stick with one dirt bike manufacturer for a number seasons, you tend to accumulate a lot of spare parts, which in most cases, still fit from model to model. It's things such as brake pads, air filters, oil filters etc. that generally don't change much between year models of the same manufacturer. 

When you change brands, all of those spare parts you've been hoarding become irrelevant, and you'll need to stock up again with the correct fitting components. The good news is that you're likely to be able to sell the parts for your old bike through online classified websites, which can then fund the spares for your new ride.

Dirt bike intricacies: Riding the same brand of motocross bike for years on end, you begin the learn the intricacies of the motocross or enduro bike. This can be from common problems through to parts that simply wear out more regularly. Sometimes, these things can only be learned through years of experience with the one manufacturer, so it's something you'll need get on top of when transitioning to a different make of off-road bike.

There are many resources online that will give you heads up on common issues that arise and how to avoid them for each particular bike, as well as anything else you should watch out for. Do your research and make yourself knowledgable on any concerns other riders have faced, so you can take action and save money. On most occasions, these things are relatively minor, so don't let them deter you from switching to that trail bike brand.

Bike set-up: Adding the point above, a dirt bike brand usually has the same handling characteristics from model to model, even if it's a new-generation bike - they typically have the same traits and feel. Because of this, you begin to know exactly how to set your bike up when you stick with the one manufacturer. You know if the forks need to be dropped or if the shock compression needs to be wound out - experience allows to quickly identify what needs to be done to make positive changes. 

Jumping over to a new brand, those changes you'd usually make on your old bike could have a completely different impact. Again, this is something that riding more and getting more experience on the bike will allow you to develop a greater understanding of the bike's handling characteristics.

Tools: With a new brand bike comes the need for new tools - sometimes! Some manufacturers, especially if you're switching from a Japanese bike to European or vice-versa, have different size nuts and bolts in particular areas of the bike. You may find you have everything you need already, but there is the possibility you may need to add a couple of new tools to your toolbox, which is something to consider.

Most popular dirt bike brands:

  • KTM 
  • Honda 
  • Yamaha
  • Husqvarna 
  • Kawasaki
  • Suzuki
  • GASGAS 
  • Beta
  • Sherco 

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