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What is a pit bike for? Pit bike vs. Dirtbike
Posted March 24, 2008 - 04:17 PM
Posted March 24, 2008 - 04:22 PM
Posted March 24, 2008 - 04:23 PM
Posted March 24, 2008 - 04:34 PM
Posted March 24, 2008 - 04:40 PM
I purchased a pit bike from Outlaw about 2 weeks ago and am VERY happy with the decision. We have a small "track" if you wanna call it that, which is just a part of my long dirt driveway and an old loggin' trail that forms a circle. What a blast to rip around that circle time and time again.
My buddy got the same bike, at the same time and this past weekend we rode an old logging trail behind my parents home that had multiple trees down crossing the trail. It was so easy to hop off the trail and maneuver through the bush to get around the blowovers.
Pit bike = Pure Fun
Posted March 24, 2008 - 05:28 PM
Posted March 24, 2008 - 06:06 PM
plus you'll be grinning at all the money you've saved over spending money on a big bike
although, the shorter wheelbase can take a minute to get used to, and sometimes the riding position is a bit cramped, but usually if you add a tall seat or some extra foam to your pit bike seat, it's just like riding a larger bike.
my pitbike gets ridden more than my larger bike, you can just hop on and take off
Posted March 24, 2008 - 06:10 PM
It fazed out for about 10 years....and then Low and behold Hondas Best selling Bike of all times (Below) the XR/CRf50
the XR/CRf50 becomes popular again and Companys such as BBR, CHP and REEG start producing Adult friendly parts for this (4yr olds bike) and the Fiddie Crazy scene goes wacko and $10,000 dollar Pit Bike bikes start becoming obsessive and Highly Competetive with bikes like below
Posted March 24, 2008 - 06:23 PM
Posted April 06, 2008 - 04:33 AM
should feel like a little kid on your first bike all over again on a nice muddy/sunny sunday!!!
Posted April 06, 2008 - 06:39 AM
Posted April 06, 2008 - 11:02 AM
Precision is correct.
Pit bikes started out as a form of transportation at tracks so the racers could get around easier/quicker,I believe somebody had a kids bike with them to cut down on fatigue inbetween races & it cought on with other racers.A couple of guys thought it'd be cool to try to race them for fun,that turned into more serious competition which leads us to where pit bikes are at today.
Riding their full sized race bikes around the pit area wasn't practical,so the guy with a 50 could get around without much hassle & if their race bike needed mechanical attention they couldn't ride it around anyway.
BITD in my BMX era (80's),we used to ride pit bikes at the tracks.They were smaller versions of what we raced,insted of 20" BMX bikes they were 16" & meant to be beginner bikes for small kids but turned into what a 50 was to a MX racer at the track.Same logic,no motor.
Not to mention the rules at tracks won't allow you to ride your race bike around other than on the track itself,be it BMX or MX your race bike is a track bike only.
A pit bike is more of a personal preference thing,you have to try one out before knowing if you'd like it enough to have one.Once you do though you'll probably be dying to get one,they're just too much fun to say no to.Plus there's nothing wrong with having both a big bike & a pit.
Posted April 06, 2008 - 11:57 AM
Posted March 27, 2012 - 06:53 AM
I came from a 400 dual sport, now even though it was a great bike and worked fine off road when you sit on it you feel like 5 feet high
So on those tight mountain trails that are 2 feet wide, looking down the side of a cliff it gets pretty scary
Im over 6 feet and I only tip toed on that bike
where the pit bike you can easily flat foot it, get off and throw it around if you have to U turn
Ive been on crazy steep rocky up hill rides on my old pitbike I had years ago also a 125
But the seat was rock hard and ergonomics wasnt nice compared to the one I just recently got
Im not a racer, or a jumper just trail rider
So I can get away with lesser quality parts
Got the bike so I can go back to those trails, been years since ive done that
I love the ease of working on them, im not into tearing apart engines but I have no problem spending $300 to swap one out if something goes bad. Cant find new engines for full size bike for that price
Posted March 28, 2012 - 02:07 PM
Problem 1: The ergonomics were terrible. I'm a small guy at 5' 4" and still couldn't stand it. I rode for about a half hour on it, but just couldn't get used to it. The seat was like a board too. When i stood up on the bike, i was crouched over on the bars, which is the reason i got handlebar risers on my own bike. That just bugged me.
Problem 2: Gutless. I was expecting something more out of this tweaked out little 88cc, but it didn't deliver at all. With the stock three speed tranny, the power just wasn't there. When he was in top gear with it pinned, I still had gears to go.
Problem 3: Tire size is ridiculous. I don't know how you guys can ride the woods in these things. The reason I got the large wheel TT-R was exactly that. More traction. In the pumice and loose dirt we were riding in, the bike just wouldn't hook up.
If you want a cheap bike to screw around on in your backyard, get a pit bike, but if you want a bike that can actually ride, get an actual bike.
Yeah. I'm a hater.
Posted April 06, 2012 - 07:36 AM
I hate saying "in my day" -- but in my early days, the pit bikes of choice were XR-75's (which did have a clutch) -- the XR-75 was the KLX110 of its era -- people bolted on Fox shocks and Supertrapps to trick them out a little. Also used were Z-50's and the early generation 3 wheelers. 3 wheelers were nice because 3 kids could ride on one with strategic placement, but they would take up a whole pickup bed themselves.
So thats my personal take on pit bike history -- and it may be a bit regional. My area had the XR 75's, another are might have seen a lot of CT-90's, IDK.
The true premise of a "pit bike" is still the same, and plenty of guys have mildly modified KLX's and XR-70's like mine below. I put a FMF pipe and some taller bars on it, and stiffer springs, but other than that, i dont worry about it -- its just a fun low maintenance bike and when mine is not at the racetrack, i use it to pull the trashcans to the curb and check my mail (400 ft driveway)
The "racing pitbikes" are kind of an oxymoron i think, but they are fun. As i said, I think with a true pit bike you should be able to ride and drink a beer (err-- Hi-C/Coke Suicide) -- that means a 4 speed , clutch and a 20hp engine are out for me ---That crosses the line into racebike territory- while still being kind of a pitbike
But while i think the line is blurry on the racing pitbikes, ---- i can tell you that anything that was originally designed specifically for the track is not a pitbike -- 60's, 80's, 85's and the CRF150 racing version are not pitbikes
Pitbikes are just nice, fun bikes to do anything on within reason
Edited by DMC707, April 06, 2012 - 07:37 AM.