Modern dirt bikes?
I don’t think having a newer modern dirt bike would be as much fun as an old shitty dirt bike.
Hear me out on this one…
I’ve been going back and forth with my friend Kevin about this. He likes to disagree with me for the sake of disagreeing. He thinks (and I’m paraphrasing here) having an older dirt bike; even a yz250 from 80s or early 90s would not be his thing… Specifically he said “cool but not for him”, and modern (newer than mid 2000) is the only way to go…
I completely disagree.
Unless you’re full-on doing modern dirt bike racing and actually competing on a real dirt bike track, I see no need for a modern dirt bike.
Here is why:
Dirt bikes from the 70s and 80s are fast as shit.
A 80s yz250 has mid 40hp, which is equivelant to what a 2015 yz250 2stroke has.
Ok, yes, a 2015 yz450f four stroke has about 52hp I think? But whatever… an early 80s yz490 2stroke has same power if not more.
Ok, modern dirt bikes have better suspensions so they’re faster for that reason alone. Yes, no argument about it, but 80s – 90s suspensions def aren’t bad or horrible at all. They have upside-down forks and mono shocks. Lots of travel. Seem pretty damn similar to modern shit, just not as advanced.
Older dirt bikes make everything feel more fun because its partially more of a challenge. Especially the really old dirt bikes / enduros.
Last point, is if you had a modern dirt bike I guess you’d have to wear the ugly modern dirt bike gear? That would suck. Shit is gross looking.
Look at these pics below.
The older stuff is badass and those dudes are ripping.
So much cooler.
Who the hell wants a modern dirt bike with fuel injection? Or where the entire bike is perfect as is. Does not sound fun to tinker with at all.
Love my 79 IT250. Def trying to go race on some real tracks this year.
4 responses to “Modern dirt bikes?”
Published - Aug 5, 2014
I love the old performance modification articles. This guy Don Vesco looks like the man and apparently knows his shit when it comes to modifying 2-stroke bikes. If anyone reading this has any old enduro/dirt bike magazines from the 60’s or 70’s they want to sell, i’m interested.