Enduro motorcycles are a dream of many enduro enthusiasts. We check what you need to know before buying them.
Having the right equipment is an extremely important part of any motorsport. Not every type of motorcycle is suitable for enduro riding, nor will each one be suitable for our skill level. Here are some tips to help you choose the right machine
What is enduro?
Unlike cross, which is designed almost exclusively for sport riding, enduro boasts wider range of applications. This is one of the reasons why enduro bikes are equipped with turn signals and road lights, which are not available on motocross bikes. What’s more, in most cases enduro bikes are higher suspended and heavier (thanks to additional components and larger capacity engines).
As a sport discipline
Enduro involves traversing paved and off-road surfaces. Depending on the series of races, the route can range from 100 to 300 kilometers. Currently there are many competitions in the world of motorsport. Anyone can take part in many of them, regardless of whether they race professionally or not.
Enduro races are open to motorcycles with capacities from 50 cc to over 500 cc, and are divided into the following classes:
- E1 – 100-125 cc two-bar or 175-250 cc four-bar motorcycles,
- E2 – two-stroke 175-250 cc or four-stroke 290-450 cc,
- E3 – two-bar over 290-500 cc or four-bar 475-650 cc.
Although not as popular as motocross, this sport has its growing circle of fans and enthusiasts. The biggest advantage of buying an enduro is its homologation – these motorcycles must conform to the standards under the highway code. As a result, a motorcycle designed for enduro can also be ridden off-track.
What to pay attention to?
As in the case of other purchases, there is no substitute for a telephone conversation and thorough questioning of the seller about the details. It is worth investing in a motorcycle whose owner knows his stuff
When you arrive at the pre-arranged inspection location, check that the motorcycle has not been fired up before you arrive. It is very possible that the seller may have fired it up so that the engine would fire in our presence. We should also check for any leaks on both the warmed up and cool engine.
The next step will be to proceed to check the condition of the bearings in the wheels and frame. In this case, the most important element will be a visual inspection of the bearings in the rear suspension, because this is where repair costs are the greatest.
You should also pay attention to the condition of the rims. We advise against buying a motorcycle with crooked rims and different spokes. Finally, let’s take a look at the suspension holistically.
When looking at the engine, the most important thing will be a smooth running engine and no disturbing smoke coming out of the exhaust pipe. Otherwise, it will be a sign of serious and expensive repairs looming on the horizon. After all, at the beginning of your enduro adventure you want to acquire a motorcycle that is efficient and ready to ride.
In addition, remember to check the clutch to see if it is slipping, and if the brake discs are crooked or too worn.
If you are inexperienced in this matter, it will be a good idea to ask for a visit to the nearest vehicle inspection station or mechanic. It is not worth saving money on this procedure, as an experienced mechanic can uncover faults that you would have no idea about.
This is the most popular option among rookies. This model is widely recommended on many forums and discussion groups. The Japanese have opted for a twin-turbo engine in this case. This translates into low weight and considerable performance. However, before hitting the field, remember to unlock the machine beforehand.
KTM EXC 125
Thanks to the fact that this is another offering equipped with a dual-clutch, this inconspicuous 125 boasts really satisfying performance. This is a bike that will help you develop correct riding habits and technique.
KTM EXC 400
If you are dreaming of more power, then the KTM EXC 400 will be the perfect solution. It is worth mentioning that this model is fitted with the same engine as the EXC 450, but the reduction of capacity by 50 cc has brought many benefits. First of all, it is a reduction in operating costs, which will save you a few pennies.