Today I want to shift gears, open the floor for discussion, and talk about the state of dirt biking as it relates to the bikes we buy, ride, and maintain. In my relatively short existence, a number of things have happened in the industry which has been interesting to see. A few examples, which are not by any means exhaustive of all that has gone on, include the emergence of the four-stroke power plant, electronic fuel injection, improved tire technology, electric bikes, and the development of air forks. On a more micro-level we’ve seen improvements to materials, new manufacturing processes, and coating processes which have allowed ever increasing performance.
As a fellow rider and someone who has no bias or stake when it comes to manufacturers and product offerings, I’d like to hear your thoughts as they relate to today’s machines.
- My question to you is a simple one, are your needs as a consumer being met by today’s manufacturers and bikes?
- What aspects of today’s machines do you love and what are pain points for you?
- If you could do things your way, what would you change?
- Are there machine variants that aren’t being offered?
Leave a comment below that addresses these questions or share your historical perspective! I look forward to your responses.
Thanks and have a great week!