May 11, 2021 5 min read
There is always an important (but confusing) question in your mind if you are a Motocross fan and want to own a dirt bike of your own. Is it cheaper for you to build a dirt bike from scratch, or just buy yourself one that’s already assembled for you? From my own experience as a Motocross rider and owner of a business dealing with motocross products and related gear, I am confident I can provide you with a clear answer to this question.
There are three options to own a motocross dirt bike. 1) You build it from scratch 2) You buy a pre-assembled bike that is ready to go, is pricey but very reliable, and 3) You buy a cheap or used bike that is ready to go, but will need parts to be replaced and that's when you select the aftermarket upgrades as replacements.
If you want a bike that will be less expensive and faster to own while simultaneously giving you some control over the parts that you replace as per your liking then let’s read on.
Building a dirt bike from scratch gives you the most control over the parts that go into your bike but this will be an expensive and time-consuming process. When you buy a pre-assembled bike, you do not know the quality of the individual components that have gone in the bike-assembly though this will definitely be the cheaper and faster option.
If you are an avid fan of dirt-bikes then it’s most probable, you know what Motocross is. This term can be loosely defined as “crossing” or “whizzing across the land” on a cycle contraption with a “motor” attached to it.
When you take part in a motocross event, you are expected to mount your dirt bike and fly along a purpose-built dirt-track full of hurdles, raised land sections, steep slopes and bumps, ahead of other fellow-racers. The off-road event would normally include very rough tracks with sometimes large stone or rock formations for you to ride over.
Challenging? Yes, it definitely is and that is what the adrenaline rush is all about!
Of course, if you are put-off with these obstacles, then there are definite chances of you being found, in a horizontal position, on a dirt race-track. In that case, it is more advisable for you to stick to the boring, though mundane, bike-riding activity over the asphalt, on a normal highway. Agreed?
Building your own dirt bike does have its advantages and privileges.
A decision that you make on our topical question of whether you build or buy your own dirt bike fully depends on the following, among others:
If you are a serious DIY person who has the know-how and is well experienced in building dirt bikes then building from scratch is a possibility. I would say 99.9%of the population needs to go a different route. There are reasons why dirt bike manufacturers spend millions of dollars year after year perfecting their product line. To assume that you can produce the same quality of a product yourself is a pipe dream, to say the least.
If you fit into the 99.9% of people looking for a bike but are not extremely experienced, then the sensible option for you would be to buy your dirt bike at a reputed brand store near you.
The big catch for this is that you need ready money to pay upfront or the ability to pay monthly installments with applicable interest. Of course, you need a good credit history and a means of income to finance your purchase.
Let us consider the probable best option for most people. This is very simple to understand and implement.
You buy a cheaper model with decent parts or components built into its assembly. All the better for you if the bike is discounted. Try ensuring the bike has a strong frame and attached fork. Certain components are bound to wear out and need replacement as you continue using it. When you do your replacements, buy better quality components for your bike.
In this way, you will save money on your initial investment and learn a few DIY processes along the way.
We have checked out three options to answer our topical question. To buy a bike or build your dirt bike? While both building or buying have their own pros and cons, we have come up with another option that is probably best.
Maybe now is the right time to head to a dirt bike store near you and start weighing out the options. Don't forget to check Facebook marketplace, Craigslist, or your favorite app for used bikes as well.
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