Types of Dirt Bikes (All Different Styles, etc.)

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Are you thinking about buying a dirt bike, or are you just curious about how many different types of dirt bikes there are? Either way, I’ve put together a FULL list of the various offroad motorcycles.

We’ll cover the best bikes for each of the different types of dirt bike racing, as well as the different recreation bikes that are built just for fun. Overall, here’s a list of the different styles of dirtbikes out there:

  • Motocross
  • Enduro
  • Cross Country
  • Trail
  • Pit Bikes
  • Dual Sport
  • Adventure
  • Trials
  • Electric

Dirt Bike Brands

While it may seem like there are a lot of types of dirt bikes, there are just as many (actually, more) types of dirt bike brands. Of course, not everyone can be considered the “best,” but these are still the most popular and well-known companies.

  1. Honda
  2. Yamaha
  3. KTM
  4. Husqvarna
  5. Kawasaki
  6. Suzuki
  7. Beta
  8. GasGas
  9. Sherco
  10. TM Racing
  11. SWM
  12. Apollo
  13. Bultaco
  14. Oset
  15. AJP
  16. SSR Motorsports
  17. Rieju
  18. Lifan
  19. Royal Enfield
  20. Benelli

Yes, that is quite the list! Next, we’ll break these down into different types.

NOTE: The majority of the “good” brands will have one or more dirtbikes in multiple lists. This is not by mistake. These companies know what they’re doing and they make great bikes for many different riders.


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Motocross bikes are designed for racing on closed dirt tracks with jumps, whoops, tight turns, and more. Because of that, they are lightweight, agile, and powerful.

Generally, an MX bike is not a good bike to learn on. Instead, these dirtbikes are great for those who are ready for competition racing. There are a handful of different racing classes, which only allow certain-sized dirt bikes. For example, you cannot mix the various types of dirt bikes CC. Only 50s can race 50s… sort of. (450cc 4-strokes can race in the 250cc class, 250cc 4-strokes can race in the 125cc class, etc.)

Here are the common types of motocross dirt bikes:


The 50cc motocross dirt bike is the smallest type of race bike in the group. They are designed for small, young children. With a small 50cc engine, an automatic transmission, and incredibly light, these are some really cool little machines.

These are the most popular 50 motocross bikes:

  • Honda CRF50F
  • Yamaha PW50
  • Suzuki DR-Z50
  • KTM 50 SX Mini
  • Kawasaki KX50 (KX65 with a 50cc kit)
  • Husqvarna TC50
  • GasGas MC 50
  • Cobra CX50JR


Slightly larger than the 50cc bikes, 65cc motocross bikes are also designed for young riders. These are great “in-between” bike for those who outgrow a 50cc model but isn’t quite ready for the bigger bikes. Compared to the 50, the 65s typically have more power and better suspension.

These are the most popular 65 MX bikes:

  • KTM 65 SX
  • Husqvarna TC 65
  • Kawasaki KX 65
  • GasGas MC 65
  • Yamaha YZ65
  • Suzuki RM 65
  • Husqvarna TC65


The 85cc bikes are the next step up in size and power. They are best for older children and teenagers who have gained more experience in riding. These bikes offer a lot more power than their younger siblings. If you haven’t ridden an 85cc two-stroke, you ought to. They are a blast!

These are the most popular 85 motocross bikes:

  • GasGas MC 85
  • KTM 85 SX
  • Husqvarna TC 85
  • Yamaha YZ85
  • Kawasaki KX85
  • Suzuki RM85
  • Husqvarna TC85


The 125cc motocross bike is typically the entry point for adult motocross racers.

They are lightweight, agile, and usually have great top-end power/speed. It’s important to note that these dirt bikes are not recommended for beginners. They require more skill to handle than smaller models, and they are fast! Just how fast is a 125cc dirt bike? Many can go as fast as 60-70 MPH.

Here are the five most popular 125 motocross bikes:

  • Honda CRF125F
  • Yamaha YZ125
  • Husqvarna TC125
  • KTM 125 SX
  • Husqvarna TC 125
  • GasGas MC 125
  • Kawasaki KX125


This is the class where things really get interesting.

The 250cc bikes are the standard in professional motocross racing. They are powerful and lightweight, providing excellent acceleration and handling for experienced riders. 250cc motocross bikes are commonly used in both regional and national competitions.

These are the most popular 250 motocross bikes:

  • Honda CRF250R
  • Husqvarna TC250
  • Yamaha YZ250F
  • Kawasaki KX250
  • Suzuki RM-Z250
  • KTM 250 SX-F
  • Husqvarna FC 250
  • GasGas MC 250F


The 450cc dirt bikes are the largest and most powerful motocross bikes available. They are the top choice for professional motocross riders due to their high performance and ability to handle the most challenging tracks and obstacles. While some guys still ride 2-strokes, the 4-strokes have cemented their place at the top of the division.

Here are the seven most popular 450 motocross bikes:

  • Honda CRF450R
  • Yamaha YZ450F
  • Kawasaki KX450
  • Suzuki RM-Z450
  • KTM 450 SX-F
  • Husqvarna FC 450
  • GasGas MC 450F


Honda CRF450RX Enduro on white background

Enduro dirt bikes are designed for long-distance off-road racing, but they are also capable of many different types of dirt bike riding. They can easily handle changing terrains and obstacles including rocks, roots, and more.

Here are the common types of enduro dirt bikes:

2-Stroke Enduros

These enduro bikes are powered by 2-stroke engines, which are popular for being light and aggressive. This type of dirt bike is also known for being easier to maintain and rebuild than other types.

Here are the most popular two-stroke enduros:

  • KTM 300 EXC TPI
  • KTM 150/250/300 XC-W
  • Beta 300 RR 2T
  • Sherco 125/250/300 SE
  • Yamaha YZ125X/250X
  • GasGas EC 250/300
  • Husqvarna TE 150/250/300

4-Stroke Enduros

4-stroke enduro bikes are equipped with 4-stroke engines, which provide smoother power delivery and are generally more fuel-efficient. They also deliver solid low-end torque which makes them great for trail riding.

Here are the most popular four-stroke enduros:

  • KTM 350/500 EXC-F
  • KTM 350/450/500 XW-F
  • Honda CRF250RX/450RX
  • Husqvarna FE 350w/450w/501w
  • Husqvarna FE 350s/450s/501s
  • Beta 350/390 RR
  • Sherco 250/300/450/500 SEF
  • GasGas EC 350F/450F
  • Yamaha WR250F/450F

I’ve got to admit, these enduro dirt bikes really do peak my interest. In my opinion, as long as you go with one of the well-known brands you should be happy. There are plenty of types of KTM, Husky, Honda, and Yamaha dirt bikes to choose from. There’s no doubt you can pick one you’ll love.

Electric Enduros

With the rising popularity of electric motorcycles, there are also a few types of electric enduro dirtbikes available. These bikes offer quiet and environmentally friendly riding while providing impressive off-road performance.

They aren’t necessarily cheap, but they do represent the latest in technology. Here are the most popular electric enduros out there:

  • KTM Freeride E-XC
  • Zero FX
  • Cake Kalk OR
  • Alta Motors Redshift EXR
  • Tacita T-Race E


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Similar to an enduro, cross-country dirt bikes are a lot of fun and are well-rounded. These types of dirt bikes are similar to enduros in that they are built for off-road riding.

2-Stroke Cross Country Bikes

Being two strokes, these cross-country dirt bikes are light and snappy. No doubt, there’s a reason these two bikes are as popular as they are.

  • GasGas EX 250/300
  • KTM 125/250/350 XC

4 Stroke Cross Country Bikes

The future of cross-country bikes is here. This type of dirt bike is usually equipped with everything it needs to be a high-performance dirt bike.

Here are some of the most popular 4-stroke cross-country dirt bikes:

  • GasGas EX 250F/350F/450F
  • Husqvarna TX 300
  • Husqvarna FX 350/450
  • KTM 250/350/450 XC-F
  • Yamaha YZ250FX/450FX
  • Honda CRF450X
  • Kawasaki KX250X/450X


Stock Honda CRF250F dirt bike on white background

Trail bikes are the best type of dirt bike out there! Okay, maybe not “technically” the best, but they are awesome. Either way, they’ve got my vote for being the best dirt bikes for teens and/or adults who are fairly new to riding.

Most trail bikes are relatively inexpensive and they are one of the best types of dirt bikes for beginners. They are designed for recreational riding in the woods and on trails.

Not only do trail bikes generally offer a comfortable riding position, but they are also one of the easiest dirt bikes to maintain.

Here are the most popular, and best types of trail dirt bikes.

  • Honda CRF 50F/110F/125F/250F
  • Kawasaki KLX 110R/140R/230R/300R
  • Yamaha TT-R 50E/110E
  • Yamaha TT-R125LE
  • Yamaha TT-R230
  • Suzuki DR-Z125L
  • Suzuki DR-Z50

These are one of the most comfortable, inexpensive, and easy-to-ride types of dirtbikes on the market. Another nice perk is that you don’t have to mix the gas. If you’re wondering what type of gas a 4-stroke dirt bike takes, it’s just good ole pump gas. So no, you don’t have to use dirt bike race fuel and you don’t have to mix the fuel. Win-win!


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Dual-sport dirt bikes are designed for on-road and off-road riding. Depending on the exact make and model, there are some that are more road-focused, while others are more dirt-focused. Either way, these are getting better and better, and more and more people are going to be buying these.

Basically, all of the best dirt bike brands offer a dual sport model, so there are quite a few to choose from. Because of that, you can find some great Yamaha, KTM, Husqvarna, and Honda dual sport bikes out there.

Here are the common types of dual-sport dirt bikes:

  • Suzuki DR650S
  • Kawasaki KLR 650
  • Honda XR650L
  • Honda CRF450RL
  • Suzuki DR-Z400S
  • Kawasaki KLX 230/300
  • Yamaha XT250
  • Yamaha TW200

(Street-dominant or dirt-dominant)

Pit Bikes

Kawasaki KLX 110L on white background

Pit bikes (also known as mini bikes) are small, lightweight dirtbikes initially created for kids. However, these are also popular for adults to have as their “fun” bikes.

Most adults who have pit bikes have one of the popular Japan-made brands. For example, many will go with a Kawasaki because there are quite a few KLX 110 upgrades out there.

When it comes to these competition dirtbikes, there are quite a few mods you can do to improve them as long as you go with one of the big dogs. The best pit bikes for modding are Honda, Kawasaki, and Yamaha, but you can mod others as well.

Here’s a list of all of the popular pit bike brands:

  • Kawasaki
  • Honda
  • Yamaha
  • SSR
  • YCF
  • Pitster Pro/GPX
  • Thumpstar
  • X-Pro
  • OPA
  • Apollo

From the three most popular brands from that list, here are the best pit bikes:

  • Honda CRF110F
  • Kawasaki KLX110R
  • Yamaha TT-R110E


Montesa Cota 4RT 260R on white background

Although a little funny-looking at first, trial bikes are incredibly capable machines. As you may know, they’re designed to go over the most extreme terrain. Haven’t you seen those guys bunny-hop up a giant boulder? These are the bikes they’re on.

There are a few different types of trial bikes, each being focused on different strengths and weaknesses. Here are the common types of trials bikes:

  • Gas Gas TXT GP 250/300
  • GasGas TXT RACING 250/300
  • Sherco ST 300
  • Beta Evo 300
  • TRS One Raga Racing
  • Montesa Cota 4RT
  • Scorpa SC Factory 300
  • Ossa TR 280i
  • Vertigo Combat Camo Ice Hell 300
  • Jotagas JT 300
  • Oset 24.0 Racing


Photo of a new Honda CRF300L Rally on white background

While not exclusively dirt bikes, adventure motorcycles are designed for long-distance travel and can handle both on-road and off-road riding. Also known as adventure touring motorcycles, these are versatile and well-suited for different types of terrain and extended rides.

Here are the most popular types of adventure bikes today:

  • BMW R 1250 GS Adventure
  • KTM 1290/890 Adventure
  • Yamaha Super Ténéré ES 1200
  • Triumph Tiger 1200/900/850/660
  • Honda Africa Twin 1090
  • Suzuki V-Strom 1050/800/650
  • Kawasaki Versys 1000LT
  • Ducati Multistrada 950
  • Husqvarna Norden 901
  • BMW F 850 GS Adventure
  • GasGas ES 700
  • Yamaha Ténéré 700
  • Kawasaki KLR 650 Adventure
  • Kawasaki Versys 650/Versys-X 300
  • Honda CRF300L Rally


2024 Husqvarna 701 Supermoto on white background

Supermoto bikes are a mix of motocross and enduro and some street bikes.

Also known as supermotards, these are specialized types of motorcycles that are designed for racing on a mix of dirt and asphalt. These are so much fun that many people convert their MX and enduro bikes into supermoto bikes.

Here are the most common types of supermoto bikes:

  • Husqvarna 701 Supermoto
  • GasGas SM 700
  • KTM 690 SMC R
  • Husqvarna FS 450
  • KTM 450 SMR
  • Suzuki DR-Z400SM
  • Kawasaki KLX 300/230 SM

NOTE: These are fun! I owned a Husqvarna SMR510 a little while ago and it was great. They aren’t too good for long commutes or highway riding, but they’re great for in-town riding and for cruising on curvy backroads.


KTM Freeride E-XC dirt bike

Electric dirt bikes have become increasingly popular due to their quiet operation, zero emissions, and incredible torque. They offer a clean and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional gasoline-powered dirt bikes. There are actually several different types of electric dirt bikes on the market today. These can range from a kids electric dirt bike to an adults’ depending on the size.

Here are the common types of electric dirt bikes:

  • Husqvarna EE 3
  • Husqvarna EE 5
  • GasGas MC-E 3/5
  • KTM SX-E 3/5
  • Husqvarna 12eDrive
  • Husqvarna 16eDrive

In the end, all types of dirt bikes are great for what they were intended to do. It’s best to pick YOUR style of riding and match your bike to that.