There are two basic types of motorcycles. One type is made for riding on smooth
surfaces like roads or paved race tracks. These motorcycles are called road bikes. They
are heavier, faster, and more powerful than off-road bikes. Off-road motorcycles, or dirt
bikes, are lighter than road bikes. Dirt bikes are built to handle rough terrain like dirt,
mud, and rocks.
Not all people use dirt bikes for sport. Some people need their dirt bikes for work.
“Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police ride Honda, Kawasaki, and Suzuki dirt
bikes instead of horses.';(Motocross, 128) Forest rangers take dirt bikes out on patrol.
Some cowboys even herd cattle from the seats of their dirt bikes. “Workers also
travel deep into the woods on dirt bikes to repair telephone equipment.';(Chris Lace,10)
“Most people ride dirt bikes for fun. They enjoy being out doors and
finding new places to ride. They can follow an old trail or blaze a new one.
Riders are basically free on their dirt bikes, just be sure that you know what
your doing and do not get lost. Also make sure the area you are riding
permits the use of dirt bikes. Due to the stupidity of some reckless riders
areas for riding are diminishing.';(Chris Lace,45) This is true places to ride
are becoming less and less due to a few unmannered people.
Many people also use dirt bikes to experience the excitement of competition.
Different types of dirt-bike racing include motocross, supercross, trials, and enduro.
Motocross is held out-side. It usually has about twenty to forty participants. They race
on tracks about three quarters to one mile long. They usually lap around five to twenty
times give or take some laps, depending on the race. Supercross is held in an indoor
stadium on oval to circular tracks. Usually you need an sponsor to get into one of these
races. Trials are not even actual races, and requires a special trial bike. These bikes are
longer and lighter with lower geared engines than the typical dirt bike. Trial bikes are
specially designed for balance and stability. During a trials race you are tested on your
skill, stability, and balance. The coarse is an obstacle coarse with things like boulders,
logs, and streams that you will have to cross or maneuver on top of. The final kind of race
is enduro. They are very long races which test your skills in map reading and if need be
fixing your bike in the middle of nowhere with what you got. One famous race is the
Paris-Dakar Which is an astonishing 6,371 miles (10,250 kilometers).
“All dirt bikes share some basic...