Trail Riding Bikes

Trail Riding Bikes

Choosing the right trail riding bike depends on a number of factors including the geology of where you will be riding, your riding experience, and your budget. Some of the lanes that we use can be a challenge for big adventure bikes, though the ability of the rider can sometimes compensate.  We are fortunate to have access to many gravel and stone tracks on Salisbury Plain which are more suited for larger adventure type bikes.

Wiltshire TRF at FIBUA

Feel free to ask advice regarding bike and tyre choice at one of our monthly meetings. 

A safe choice for those new to trial riding is a four stroke 250cc trail or enduro motorcycle with electric start as these bikes are a popular choice and easily resold if you later decide that trail riding is not for you. 

Our members use a mixture of two and four stroke motorcycles including older bikes such as:

Yamaha XT and TT, Serow 225, Suzuki DRZ, Honda XR – these bikes can  be heavier than the more modern enduro bikes, however, they require less maintenance, and can have lower seat heights.

Kawasaki KLR 250, AJP 250/350, Honda CRF250L, Honda CRF230F, some of these have lower seat heights and the servicing is not so intensive as the Enduro bikes.

Newer enduro bikes such as KTM Freeride, KTM 250/350/450 EXC, Husqvarna 250/350/450FE, Honda CRF250/450X,  Yamaha WR250/450F, Husaberg 250/350/390 – these bikes are usually lighter with a higher seat height that can make riding more challenging if you are not particularly tall. Being competition bikes, they also require more maintenance.

Big trail bikes such as Husky 701, KTM 690, Kawasaki KLR650, Yamaha XT600Tenere.

Large adventure bikes including KTM950/990/1050/1150, BMW GS 850/950/1100/1200, Honda Africa Twin, Yamaha XT1200, Triumph Tiger XC.

Yamaha XT1200z Super Tenere

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