The Best ATV Buying Guide for 2019

the best ATV buying guide for 2019

ATV Brands and Models for All Riding Levels

Get your boots on because mud season is here! It’s been a long, tough winter, but now it’s finally time to enjoy some ATV weather. This is cause for celebration! And what better way to celebrate than to create this ATV buying guide for you.

This ATV buying guide covers all level of experience; whether you’re looking for the right ride for your kid, we have ATVs perfect for all levels of riders! So, let’s take a look at some of our favorite makes and models of ATVs for the 2019 season.

ATV Buying Guide: Honda

take a look at some of our favorite brands and models in our ATV buying guide

2019 TRX250X – Starting at $4,849

If you’re looking for a great sport model ATV, you’d love the new TRX250X from Honda. With its powerful engine and sleek design, the TRX250X has something to offer everyone. The light handling is easy for beginners, and seasoned riders will appreciate its athletic performance on the trail.

It’s also fitted with the Honda SportsClutch, which allows for manual shifting but takes away the chance for stalling caused by shifting. It’s light enough for smaller adults and big enough for full-sized riders with a powerband you can rely on.


FourTrax Rancher – Starting at $5,349

If you need a real workhorse of an ATV, look no further than the Honda FourTrax Rancher. The Rancher has a 420cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder design with fuel injection. It also offers models with both independent rear suspension as well as swingarm suspension systems for those really tough jobs.

The Rancher also offers electric power steering to assist with those tough jobs, and automatic dual-clutch transmission to help with the shifting so you can focus your attention on riding.

ATV Buying Guide: Kawasaki

get an ATV that can handle the toughest terrain

Brute Force 750 4x4i EPS – Starting at $9,999

The Brute Force does just what the name implies- it gives you all the power you need to handle the toughest jobs on your ATV. With a towing capacity of over 1,200 pounds and cargo racks that carry up to 264 lbs of extra weight, there’s nothing the Brute Force can’t handle.

The Brute Force is equipped with a digital fuel injector to give you top performance under any circumstance. It also gives you the ability to toggle between two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive with just the push of a button. All of this on an ATV with an impressive liquid-cooled 4-stroke 749cc 90-degree V-twin engine.


KFX 90 – Starting at $2,599

If you’re looking for a great sports model ATV, the KFX 90 is worth considering. Outfitted with 89cc four-stroke engine, and push-button start, this is a great ATV for your kids. It offers parental controls like an adjustable throttle limiter and Continuously Variable Transmission collar that allow you to customize speed and performance for any experience level.

ATV Buying Guide: Suzuki

no matter your level of experience, our ATV buying guide has something for you!

QuadSport Z90 – Starting at $2,999

Another great option for teaching the younger generation how to get dirty is the new QuadSport Z90 from Suzuki. The Z90 has a 90cc four-stroke engine with a smooth automatic transmission so your kids can get the hang of riding, and also offers an adjustable throttle limit so parents can limit the available power to suit their young rider’s needs.

It was specifically designed for riders 12 and older with a sturdy steel frame for a great ride, and semi-sealed front drum brakes and fully-sealed rear drum brakes for perfect handling.

KingQuad 750 AXi – Starting at $8,799

Suzuki took one of the best utility ATV’s and made it even better with their 2019 model of the KingQuad. With an increased towing capacity of up to 1,322 lbs and a 722cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, four-stroke engine, you know they’re not messing around.

This newest model also features an increased oil pump size and capacity to increase the flow and supply of fuel that will increase your engine durability. There is also a model with power-steering for even better control in the saddle.

ATV Buying Guide: Yamaha

the best engines on the best ATVs can be found in our buying guide!

Grizzly EPS SE – Starting at $10,499

Yamaha has been making great ATVs for years, and it’s no surprise that they’ve outdone themselves with their latest Grizzly model. It features a 686cc liquid-cooled four-stroke engine and an on-command 3-way locking differential between 2WD, 4WD and locked 4WD. This was specifically designed for the trails. Power steering and all-wheel engine braking means this beast handles like a stallion!

Kodiak 450 – Starting at $5,999

Just like the bear it was named after, the Kodiak 450 is one tough S.O.B. With nearly 10 inches of ground clearance and adjustable shocks, you can get your Kodiak ATV out on just about any terrain.

It uses a 421cc engine and on-command selectable 2WD or 4WD to give you the power and handling you need to go up against any trail.

ATV Buying Guide: Polaris

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Sportsman 850 SP Premium – Starting at $11,199

The premium model of the Sportsman 850 offers a 3,500 lb winch. With 26” tires and 14” wheels, this thing was built tough for a tough world. With an engine braking system coming standard as well as active descent control, you always feel safe riding this behemoth.

It has an 850cc engine, and this newest model features a battery that’s a whopping 67% larger than others, so you’re always going to have the power to go up against any trail and complete any job.


Sportsman XP1000 – Starting at $12,199

Ever felt the power of 90 horses under your ATV? The XP1000 can give you that in this 952cc engine on a model with the industry’s only rolled independent rear suspension system. With A-arms that give 10.25” of wheel travel and up to 12” of ground clearance, you’ll feel like you’re riding an actual horse.

It has a towing capacity of 1,500 lbs and 575 lbs of payload so you’ll never be stuck in a situation you can’t get out of.

The Best of the Best

tear it up anywhere when you find the right ATV for you

As much as we’d like to, we can’t take the time to talk to you about all of our favorite 2019 models because we’d be here until 2020! But this ATV buying guide still features some of our very favorite models from some of our very favorite brands.

So whether you’re looking for a utility ATV to help out around the farm, a sports model ATV to hit the trails with, or something smaller to teach the youngin’s in your life, this is a great jumping off point. Be sure to check out the manufacturer’s website for great deals and financing options, and get ready for a great mud season!

Also, be sure to check out our list of 15 of the best ATV trails in the USA!

Motorcycle Riding Apparel: A Safer, Better-Looking You

motorcycle riding apparel for a safer, better-looking you

Protective Riding Gear For Ultimate Road Safety

It’s finally Spring, and if you’re in a state that gets a lot of snow, you’re anxious to get out there on that bike. You’ve been looking at your motorcycle sitting in the garage all winter, all covered up and sad looking. But now it’s hot, the sun is shining, and it’s time to get out on the road. But if you don’t have the proper riding apparel, you’re going to be signing up for a stay in the hospital if you get into a wreck.

So what kind of protective riding gear should you have before you get out on the highway and live your Easy Rider dreams? Luckily for you, that’s somethin’ we happen to know a lot about.

it's very important to have proper and protective riding apparel when riding a motorcycle

Why is it Important to Have Proper Protective Safety Gear?

Riding a motorcycle is freeing, it’s fun, and it fills that need for speed we all have. But riding a motorcycle is also potentially dangerous. More than 5,000 riders died in motorcycle crashes in 2017. That’s more than 13 deaths every day. On average, more than 4,000 people are killed every year in motorcycle accidents.

And it’s not like the rest of us haven’t had a spill or been close to it. If you can look someone straight in the eye and tell them “I’ve never been close to being in a motorcycle wreck”, well good for you, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to ride safely.

You might be the best rider in the world, but one thing you can never account for is other drivers. There’s a reason why people have those “Check twice, save a life” bumper stickers. Motorcycle riding is fun, it’s a great way to get on the highway and feel alive, but if you don’t do it safely, you’ll wind up feeling another way.

So let’s take a look at the gear that every rider should own and use on every ride.

Must-Have Motorcycle Riding Apparel

If you’re going to ride and you want to do it safely, consider these pieces of gear that offer protection when you’re headed out on the highway.

motorcycle helmets are the most important piece of riding apparel

Motorcycle Helmet

This is a no-brainer (and you will be too if you don’t use a helmet). Currently, 28 states require motorcycle riders to wear helmets. But even if you live in the other 22, there’s no good reason you should ever ride without one.

According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, “Helmets work. Helmet effectiveness has been confirmed by scientific studies, while helmet myths – ‘helmets break necks, block vision and impair hearing’ – have been consistently disproved”.

They also recommend that you buy at least a ¾ cover helmet, although a full face helmet is going to offer the most protection. Another thing to look out for is Snell certified helmets. Snell testing is heavily involved and will provide more protection. Similar to Snell, the DOT (aka Department of Transportation) also has a list of certifiably safe helmets. Take a look at this video that shows the difference between DOT-certified helmets and ones that are not DOT-certified. And if you’re in Europe, the ECE (aka the UN’s Economic Commission for Europe) is the European equivalent to America’s DOT.

a good motorcycle jacket will protect you in case of an accident

Motorcycle Jacket

While many people might think the leather jacket is just for looks, riders know; it can save your life. But it’s not just any leather jacket you’re looking for. The best motorcycle jackets are just like an armored vest. They’re going to have protective armor or places to put your padded armor, like in the shoulder and elbow section of your jacket. You can even get back armor pads!

The more armor in your jacket, the less likely you are to have skin to pavement contact during a wreck. But padded armor isn’t the only safety feature that jackets have to offer you. This is also your chance to be more easily seen by motor vehicles. Consider getting a jacket that couldn’t be missed from a mile away and you’ll automatically increase your chances of cars seeing you on the highway.

Riding Gloves

Not only are you going to get a better grip on your handles, but it is also going to protect your hands. If you get in a wreck and fall off your bike, what will you do? The most likely thing that’s going to happen is that you’ll put your hands down to break your fall. It’s instinctual.

But what’s going to happen if your bare skin hits the hot asphalt at thirty miles per hour? You’re going to come up with hands that look like Freddy Kreuger’s face. That’s why leather riding gloves are so important when it comes to safe riding apparel.

the best riding apparel will always include a great pair of riding gloves

Riding Pants

Just like your jacket, your pants are part of your motorcycle riding apparel. If you try riding in jeans, you won’t be a happy camper if you hit the ground. Denim and cotton jeans are going to shred like wet tissue paper if you get scraped across the asphalt. However, there are special riding jeans, and they’re quite common in riding apparel.

Many of the best kinds of riding pants or riding jeans are made with protective armor material like Kevlar, and you always want to make sure they either have knee guards or slots to put them in yourself.

Motorcycle Boots

Not shoes… boots. What you really want for motorcycle protection when it comes to footwear riding apparel is something that is going to protect your ankles. However, there are riding shoes available that look like street shoes but still cover the ankles. Although boots are preferred, they aren’t the only way to protect your feet.

If you drop your bike on your leg or you get side-swiped by a car you’re going to wish you had something to protect your ankles. They’re also going to protect your skin from the hot exhaust pipes and road-debris that’s been kicked up by drivers in front of you.

Another thing you need to think about when you ride is just the act of stopping. If you’re stopped at a red light, you’re supporting not only your own weight but the weight of your bike as well. Now, what do you think would make it easier to support all that weight? A pair of sturdy boots or riding shoes that support you above your ankles… or a pair of flip flops?

The Essential Riding Apparel

keep yourself and everyone else safe by investing in safe riding apparel

Keeping Yourself and Everyone Else Safe

So there’s our list of all of the gear you really need to have if you want to ride your bike safely. And truth be told, this should factor into your motorcycle expenses or budget. If you have enough money to buy and maintain your bike, but not enough money to invest in good, protective riding apparel, you don’t have enough money to ride a motorcycle. It’s as simple as that.

Riding safely is going to keep you upright and out of the hospital, and it’s not just for your benefit that you ride and dress safely. It’s for your family, for your kids, and for all of the other motor vehicle riders out there on the road.

By practicing safe riding habits and investing in essential, protective riding apparel, your experience on the road will be wonderful. On behalf of the TMS team, we hope you have a great motorcycle season as a better, safer-looking biker!

Purchasing a Used Snowmobile: A Buyer’s Guide

The best used snowmobile is out there for you. You just need to find it!

Looking to Invest in the Best Used Snowmobile?

 

There are so many reasons to buy a used sled over a new one. Maybe you’re getting your kids their first ride. Maybe you’re looking for a beater when you want to go on those rough rides, or maybe you’re just on a budget.

No matter what the reason is for buying your snowmobile used, there are some important things to keep in mind before you write that check. Just like buying a pre-owned car, buying a pre-owned sled isn’t something you do without a little know how. And of course, you want to land the best used snowmobile possible.

 

Know Your Used Snowmobile Budget Ahead of Time

 

Obviously, you want to know how much money you have to throw around for this investment. Sleds aren’t cheap, especially if they’re some of the best used snowmobiles on the market. The most important thing to keep in mind is that the price of the sled isn’t the only thing to consider. Beyond what you’re shelling out for the snowmobile, you also need to think about what other costs might come up.

Think oil changes, spare parts, tune-ups. There are lots of little factors like this that can really add up if you’re not careful, even when it comes to landing the best used snowmobile for the price. Maybe you’re buying your used snowmobile as a project. In that case, you’re probably already thinking about these factors. But if you’re buying it to start riding this season, make sure you take some time to mull over those extra expenses. When you go to see your potential new, pre-owned snowmobile, try to get an idea of what those additional expenses are going to be and factor that into your budget.

 

The best used snowmobile depends on a lot of factors. Make sure you understand them all.

 

Unfortunately, there’s no real rule of thumb with these additional figures, but use your common sense with what you already know about snowmobiles and what it costs to repair them. If this is your first snowmobile, take a buddy with you who has an idea of what it might cost to get your sled in riding condition.

Consider becoming part of a snowmobile club to gain some additional knowledge (or even a buddy) on these costs. Not every snowmobile is the same, and widening your pool of knowledge will only be a good thing.

Explore Your Options When Searching for the Best Used Snowmobile for Your Style

 

How can you ensure you're buying the best used snowmobile for your needs?

 

Whether you want a Ski-Doo, Polaris, Arctic Cat, or any other kind of sled, just make sure you truly know what you want. Ask your friends what brands they like best, and more importantly, what brands they like least. Also, what do you want to use it for? Is this a mountain sled or a trail sled? Again, know what you want!

When you figure out what brand and/or what model you’re looking for, do some research on which one is considered the best used snowmobile and why. Read up on the brand’s website. Perhaps more importantly, check out a forum.

Online forums for snowmobiles are full of unsolicited opinions from people who just want to talk about what they like and what they don’t like. You should also consider making your own post, listing your budget and what you’re looking for in an ideal, used snowmobile.

Snowmobilers are a great group of people (and their snowmobiling memes prove it) who want to make sure you’re out there having fun. They don’t want you getting hosed by a snake oil salesman.

 

Take a Look at the Exterior of the Used Snowmobile

 

The best used snowmobile will make you feel like you received a huge value for your hard earned dollars.

 

What’s on the outside is usually pretty indicative of what’s on the inside. Take a look at the tunnel and the body for any bending or warping. Check out the skis. Are they worn or missing any carbides? Inspect the spindles for any looseness. Also, test that suspension. Don’t be afraid to get on top and shake it around a little bit. If it’s supposed to be the best used snowmobile out there, it can take it.

Lift the skid and rotate the track. Look out for worn lugs or clips and make sure the sliders are in good shape. Any of this can be fixed, but it’s all going to add to your budget, so the fewer problems the better.

If you don’t feel particularly confident in your ability to know where to look and what to look for, watch this quick video to get some ideas of where to start and what to do.

What’s Under That Hood?

 

The two people riding this used snowmobile made sure to do their due diligence before purchasing it.

 

Now comes the moment of truth. The way the engine and mechanics work should be your telltale sign of whether or not this sled is worth investing your time and money into. Give the engine and clutches a look for leaks. Also, check to see if they’re clean. If the engine looks dirty and not very well taken care of, this is a clue as to how well it was taken care of.

A great test is to just start her up. Let the engine run for 10 minutes or so and listen to how it sounds. It should rev evenly while it’s on. Peaks and valleys in the sounds are an indicator that the engine is going to need some work.

Look at the oil and keep your eye out for sludge. This is a sign that it’s been sitting a while, and again, a sign that it needs work. Also, inspect the rest of what you can see easily on the outside for mechanics and electric. Check that the gauges work and that the brakes are responsive and function properly. This is how you’re going to get a good idea of how much extra money you need in your budget, especially if you love the brand but the one you’re considering isn’t the best used snowmobile you’ve ever come across. Sometimes inventory can be tight when it comes to preowned sleds.

Most importantly, run a compression test and see for yourself how healthy that engine is.

Ask Questions!

 

You can bet this guy didn't buy his pre-owned snowmobile without asking a bunch of questions first.

 

This is the most crucial part of the process! You’re going to get vital information by asking questions from your seller.

 

Keep these questions in mind:

  • How many owners has this sled had?
  • Has it ever been in a wreck?
  • Where do you ride?
  • How many miles are on it?
  • When was the last oil change?
  • Was it transported on an open or closed trailer?
  • How has it been stored?
  • Are there any current problems with it?

 

While they don’t have carfax for snowmobiles, one thing you can do is to google the VIN number. It might not be able to tell you every detail, but you should be able to find out where it came from. If sleds are ever totaled, a lot of times they end up in an auction house, and a little bit of research should be able to tell you that much.

 

Shop Smarter When on the Hunt for the Best Used Snowmobile

 

No matter what your riding destinations or track lengths, the best used snowmobile is out there for you!

But don’t pay out every dime you own just to save yourself on the sticker price. There are used sleds out there that are more trouble than they’re worth. So keep these tips in mind when you’re out there looking for a new ride.

Amazing Motorcycle Gifts for the Rider in Your Life

riders don't have to be challenging when you are shopping for motorcycle gifts like these ones

Finding the Perfect Motorcycle Gifts this Holiday Season

We get it. Finding the perfect motorcycle gifts for the rider in your life can be a very stressful endeavor. You have to find the right gift, not just any old stocking stuffer, like socks or soap. And finding one for the extreme motorcycle enthusiast in your life can present even more of a challenge.

What do you get them?!

So… that leaves you considering where to get it, how to get it, and how much it’ll cost! Ack! The dreaded price tags on the things you want!

Well, we are here to help take the guesswork out of motorcycle gifts. We can make things a bit easier for you when shopping for that perfect gift for that certain someone. Here we will share some of our favorite gift ideas for the rider in your life.

 

Motorcycle Gifts Can Vary Greatly

 

Motorcycle gifts aren’t just gear or tech. Of course, those are two very popular categories, but keep in mind that there are other things that the rider in your life needs, even if they don’t realize it. So, let’s get started with some gifts we think will be a big hit no matter the occasion.

 

Adventure Medical Kits Survive Outdoors Longer Origin Survival Kit

 

It’s never a bad thing to be prepared in case an emergency strikes. Give an awesome medical kit for outdoor survival to the adventuring motorcyclist in your life. Make sure that they have everything they could possibly need (or want) from a survival kit at their disposal. You know, just in case.

 

Motorcycle Gifts: Adventure Medical Kits Survive Outdoors Longer Origin Survival Kit

 

Features include:

  • Compact waterproof case
  • Flip-up signal mirror
  • Liquid compass
  • 10-lumen LED lights
  • 100-decibel rescue whistle
  • Fire striker and four pieces of Tinder-Quik fire starter
  • Folding knife
  • 3sq.Ft. aluminum foil
  • 6ft. Stainless steel wire
  • 10ft. Nylon braided cord
  • One sewing needle and three safety pins
  • Fishing line and four fishing hooks
  • Two snap swivels
  • Two split shot lead pellets
  • And instructions with over 62 survival techniques and strategies from Buck Tilton

 

SENA Attachable Boom Microphone for 20S Communication System

 

Wouldn’t it be great to communicate hands-free during your ride? With an attachable boom microphone from SENA, you can do just this… safely!

This is one of those tech motorcycle gifts that is no hassle at all! The microphone easily attaches to the rider’s helmet and keeps communication clear.

SENA even offers a great video that shows you little tips and tricks to make sure that it stays secure inside the helmet at all times.

 

Motorcycle Gifts: SENA Attachable Boom Microphone for 20S Communication System

Features include:

  • Bluetooth capability
  • Best audio quality with foam protection
  • A leading brand that offers and guarantees quality products

 

Raptor ll Interchangeable Goggles

 

The frames in the Raptor II interchangeable goggles are shatter resistant and offer a bold design that complements the wearer. The goggles have two removable foam pieces to guarantee a secure and comfortable fit.

While on the road your eyes still need protection from the elements. Why not do it in style?

 

Motorcycle Gifts: Raptor ll Interchangeable Goggles

 

Features include:

  • Sculpted frames made of grilamid TR90
  • Clear anti-fog lenses that provide 100% UVA/UVB protection
  • Comes with carrying pouch and microfiber cleaning cloth
  • A removable/adjustable strap included
  • Accepts prescription lenses (not included)

 

MSR Malcolm Autobiography

 

For any true motorcyclist and off-road enthusiast, the autobiography of Malcolm Smith is a gift like no other.

Malcolm Smith is the famous American off-road racer. He gained fame for his accomplishments in the Baja 1000 and won gold medals in the International Six day Euro competition.

To many fans, he made his name as the star of the 1970’s movie On Any Sunday, a movie that sparked a love for motorcycles and off-road adventures in America.  

Add this to the growing collection of motorcycle memorabilia, and excellent autobiographical reads. 

 

Motorcycle Gifts: MSR Malcolm Autobiography

 

Features include:

  • An oversized, hardcover, coffee table book
  • Written with personal storytelling, rich details and many never before seen photos from Malcolm’s personal archive
  • Details over his early years, first bikes, and races in the US, Baja, Europe, and Asia. Including excerpts from his family life. All told by the world’s most legendary motorcycle and off-road racers.

 

Fly Racing Elite Insulated Water Bottle 23oz.

 

This is the next generation of a water bottle. It’s the most flexible one you can find out on the market and the only one that can guarantee a clear pure taste like no other.

 

Motorcycle Gifts: Fly Racing Elite Insulated Water Bottle 23oz.

 

Features include:

  • The bottle is made with Purist tech that purifies the water before you have a sip offering you a healthier option.

 

Cortech Blitz Off-road Helmet Bag

 

Does the rider in your life have a place to stash their helmet? Is it secure? Can it offer protection? Protect the thing that protects the noggin!

This plush, synthetic fleece lined bag is the perfect gift to give on any occasion, or even just because. Gift them a carrying case for their vital piece of equipment in style.

 

Motorcycle Gifts: Cortech Blitz Off-road Helmet Bag

 

Features include:

  • Heavy duty 600 Denier Carbolex
  • Full-length zipper for easy entry
  • Comfortable carrying handles
  • Fits most off-road and street helmets
  • 22 liters

 

Cortech GPS Bag with Mounting Bracket

 

Make things easier for your traveling motorcyclist with this GPS bag. Not only will it protect the device you’ve invested money in, but it offers a design that guarantees a snug fit no matter the GPS you have.

It has foam inserts that ensure the best fit possible for your device. And thanks to the sturdy adjustable mounting bracket that’s attached there’s no need to fear that it will get lost on the road.

 

Motorcycle Gifts: Cortech GPS Bag with Mounting Bracket

 

Features include:

  • Dryer Tank bag
  • Map pocket in the design
  • Waterproof molded 195-gram jersey knit material for the outer shell
  • Easy access waterproof zippered main compartment with clear window for easy visibility
  • Water resistant audio ports allow the GPS to be hardwired to the motorcycle
  • Direct mount bracket will mount to most motorcycles

 

Bobster Eyewear Bugeye Goggles

 

Here are some sleek, stylish goggles that won’t break the bank. Try out these shatter resistant polycarbonate lenses that block out harmful UVA and UVB rays. These babies have adjustable straps to offer a comfortable fitted feel and look that rival other goggles. This eyewear is a “classic touring shapes that envokes a bygone era of motoring on the open highway”.

 

Motorcycle Gifts: Bobster Eyewear Bugeye Goggles

 

Features include:  

  • Glare-free lenses for enhanced visibility
  • Vented black frames and adjustable straps
  • Ultra comfortable foam cushion strap
  • Open cell foam surrounding eye cups offering comfort, durability, and assists in thorough airflow

 

Bikemaster Brake Bleeder Vacuum Test Kit

 

A true motorcycle enthusiast will always want the best for their bike. They take pride in their machine and, for many, want to be a part of the whole process, start to finish. They aren’t just in it for the ride. Why not help them be a part of that?

This is the ideal kit for any person that wants to take a hands-on experience with their machine. This kit makes bleeding your brakes a snap and finding vacuum leaks easy as pie. It’s the perfect piece of equipment to add to any motorcyclist’s garage.

 

Motorcycle Gifts: Bikemaster Brake Bleeder Vacuum Test Kit

 

Features include:

  • All metal construction body, heavy duty pump
  • High-quality  gauge with reading to -1.o bar  (-30in/hG)
  • Extra long (23.75 in.) hoses and a myriad of adapters
  • Protective rubber gauge cover for durability and impact absorption
  • Multiple use tool for motorcycles, automotive, and marine applications

 

Nelson-Rigg Compact Rain Jacket

 

Help your rider prepare for unfortunate weather conditions. Rain can strike anywhere and anytime. Expect the unexpected!

Why not gift them with a compact rain jacket to keep them dry? It comes in two colors, a nice neutral dark color or a vibrant fluorescent yellow. The latter is to make sure other drivers know you’re sharing the road. 

 

 

Features include:

  • Packs into an integrated zippered pouch for convenient storage
  • 100% waterproof Tri-Max Nylon with heat taped seams
  • Waterproof zippers and material to keep water out
  • Lightweight and relaxed fit
  • 2 side zippered pockets and 2 inside stow away open pouches
  • Concealed hood with drawstrings
  • Adjustable drawcord waist for improved fit
  • 1-year warranty

Now You’ve Seen the Variety of Motorcycle Gifts for the Rider in Your Life

 

We know something caught your eye on that list; admit it. Hopefully, you’ve found just the gift you were looking for an upcoming celebration.  Save yourself the headache of running out to the stores and fighting over the leftover scraps on the shelves.

And maybe, just maybe, you found something that might be perfect just for you. Might be time to treat yourself a little as well!

 

Motorcycle gifts wrapped for the holidays

TMS Parts’ Buyer Guide Series: What to Ask When Buying a Used Bike

What do you look for in used bikes? Perhaps something like this red and black beauty.

What to Look For Before You Buy a Used Bike

In a perfect world, motorcycle enthusiasts everywhere could have all the brand new or vintage bikes they dream of. However, many of us aren’t financially able to buy a brand new motorcycle; so instead, we often shop around for a quality used bike that we can work on and fix up. 

As you begin your search for a used bike, make sure to do your homework before you purchase any second-hand motorcycle. In order to make a well-rounded, informed choice, you definitely need to have an idea of what kind of bike you’re looking for and where you’re planning to buy your pre-owned bike. 

Man in all black riding a used bike that he fixed up.

First, Know What You Want in a Used Bike

Before you even begin your search, take a step back and figure out what type of used motorcycle you want to buy. Is there a specific bike make and model you want? Are you looking for something you can ride for long extended periods or one that’s more for show? Is there a specific brand you gravitate towards? What about the mileage? Are you looking for something that is under or over a specific mileage? Are you looking for a project with a donor used bike?

It’s easy as a shopper to focus on just the price when you first start looking, but a cheap bike may not give you what you want or need. When you have a better idea of what you’re looking for in a used bike, and what your goals as a rider are, you’ll know where to do the looking. 

Do Your Research Before Investing in a Used Bike

Know your budget and do your research! Research the kind of used bike that will best meet your needs, and understand the likely price-range you’ll be facing for it. This way, you’ll have a rough estimate of what you’ll be paying when you find your ideal pre-owned bike. “Only go above [your budget] if the bike is truly exceptional or comes with a massive list of useful aftermarket accessories or spares”, notes this site.

glove on top of a motorcycle from someone who was working on their used bike

Have a Used Bike Inspection Checklist

If you’re buying secondhand, the bike is probably not going to be without flaws. But it’s still important to have an idea of what potential problems may come up and how you’re willing to deal with them. Bikeexif has a great checklist for you to use while shopping for a used bike.

guy sitting on a Honda that was a pre-owned bike

The Checklist Broken Down

    1. Look at the bike
    1. Touch and listen
    1. Sit on the bike
  1. The road test

More Questions…

    1. How many miles are on the bike?
    1. What’s been serviced before?
    1. Has it been inspected, and if not, does your seller know if it will pass inspection?
  1. Ask the seller not to start the bike before you look at it.

man replacing a tire on a used bike

Second, Know Who You Want to Buy a Pre-Owned Bike From

The next decision you make will be where you want to purchase the used bike from. Buying from a motorcycle dealership is probably your safest option, but there are perks to buying from a private seller, like someone from Craigslist, as well. Decide what’s best for you.

man handing over the keys to a pre-owned vehicle

Buying a Used Bike from a Dealership

Going with a dealer is a safer bet; “one of the main advantages is that if there are things wrong with the bike, you can get them to agree to sort them out [or alter the price to compensate for the fixes] if you intend to buy”, according to this site. They also point out that you have, “…theoretical legal protection if the bike you have bought turns out to be a complete lemon.” Buying from a dealer will give you consumer protection, as well as, “…access to dealer financing and maybe even a warranty.” 

The downside, they note, is that you’re more likely to pay more for the bike than you would through a private sale. “Motorcycle dealerships make far more money on trade-in bikes than they ever do on selling new machines, as they buy cheap and sell expensive…”, so if the price tag seems a bit too inexpensive in the shop, definitely make sure to ask a lot of questions about the secondhand bike. 

Buying a Used Bike in a Private Sale

Private sales pose a much larger risk for buying a bad used bike and/or getting ripped off. As you would at a motorcycle dealership, it’s still very important to have that checklist ready. Paying attention to the seller themselves is also key; if you can’t trust the seller, or you get a bad vibe, forget it.

Consider asking yourself these questions: Does the seller look like a motorcyclist? Can they answer all your questions about the bike? Do they know the history of the bike? For an initial understanding of the seller, ask the seller why they are selling and if they have a history of making successful purchases or sales before this. This gives you an idea behind their motivation to sell, as well as a peek at any issues the bike may have.

pre-owned bikes can be an excellent investment if you know what to look for, like this beauty here

Third, Make a Well-Rounded Decision

Just because the nearly-new bike looks nice, doesn’t mean that it’s roadworthy. You need to look at the engine, the machine, and the parts before you make your purchase. Otherwise, you might spend just as much to fix the bike as it cost to buy it! If you’re paying an exorbitant amount for the used motorcycle, knowing you’ll have to fix it, it’s just counterproductive. (Unless it’s that rare bike that you’ve been hunting for years and years, but that’s another story.) Be sure you’re considering the price vs the condition of the bike. Does the pricing justify the potential for more fixing?

black used bike at night with the headlight on

Know the risks, do your research, and buy from somewhere (or someone) you trust. If you keep these three things in mind, you’ll be ready to find, and buy, yourself an awesome used bike. Once you find the bike that best fits your needs, you’re good to go.

And, as always, if you need OEM parts, we have you covered.

Happy riding!

UTV Parts Buyer’s Guide: 5 Top UTV Wheels for Off-Road Adventures

UTV wheels can make your off-roading experience even better

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: there is nothing quite like a beast of a machine racing down a dirt path terrain, UTV speakers blasting while you torpedo through the mud.

The perfect balance of nature and machine comes out when you’re rearing up that engine to go adventuring your UTV, and of course, UTV wheels play a major role in that experience. Since this season has been prime for days out playing in the woods, we know you’ve ridden that monster as much as possible.

Now let’s talk about some UTV wheels you might want to start thinking about as we get into some cooler days ahead on your SxS.

5 Types of UTV Wheels to Rock Your World

UTV wheels can really have an effect on the way your vehicle handles dirt roads like these

But that also means that you’ll probably need to replace some of your UTV parts after running that machine so much. Especially those tires and wheels, since they end up taking a rather hard beating. They will always need to be replaced because of wear and tear and luckily (as always) TMS Parts has exactly what you need.

We’ve gathered our favorite top 5 UTV wheels that deliver true strength and durability for your machine.   

UTV wheels should be sturdy and dependable

DWT A5 UTV Wheels

DWT A5 UTV Wheels

Douglas Wheel is a company that truly puts their products to the test and takes special pride in the equipment they manufacture. These UTV wheels are part of that refined process.

The DWT A5 wheel uses a high-performance alumilite design; a revolution of 16-years-worth of design innovation, metallurgy, and proprietary forming processes. It’s durable yet forgiving. It’s lighter and stronger than its competitors. Its rolled inner outer lips reinforced center and 6061 t6 heat treated construction make the DWT design truly unlike any other.

This wheel is engineered to have a better offset and width than the stock rolling gear allowing you to free up horsepower and really see what your beast can do!

The Ultimate Sports UTV Wheels

Douglas Wheel Ultimate Sports UTV Wheels

These UTV wheels truly take after their namesake. The Ultimate Sports utility wheel is one of the toughest UTV wheels on the market and rightfully so. It’s another Douglas Wheel product that drives as hard as it’s made.

Just like the A5, this has a 190 rolled inner and outer lip with a reinforced center and 6061 T6 heat treated construction. All of which ensures durability and strength when put to the test on any terrain it’s up against.  This style of wheel also comes in an array of sizes in order to achieve a perfect, streamlined fit to your UTV.

ITP SS312 UTV Wheels

ITP SS312 UTV Wheels

From a company that specializes in ATV and UTV parts and wheels, this is truly a product that is built to handle anything that nature might throw at it. These are the strongest and lightest UTV wheels on the market that will not encumber the integrity of speed that you crave.

Made of high-grade aluminum, they are ideal for their speed and design. They come in a variety of sizes to perfectly match. Diamond cut with a matte finish provides a sleek design that will cause many onlookers envy.

ITP System Six UTV Wheels

ITP System Six UTV Wheels

Ultimate customization” doesn’t do these UTV wheels any justice. When we say customization, we truly mean an ingenious piece of machinery that is tailored exactly to the specifications that you need. Everything from coloring, to the sizing, and even the wheel inserts (such as decal, design, coloring, etc.) will be what you want. The customization feature is what makes this your UTV.

What’s more, its ITPs exclusive Advancecast process to exacting QS9000 quality specifications that make this the pinnacle of UTV wheels.

Sedona Raceline Scorpion UTV Wheels

Sedona Raceline Scorpion UTV Wheels

This eight-spoke design wheel is a strong, sturdy, and reliable piece of equipment that won’t break the bank or destroy your wallet. These are a set of UTV wheels and come in a variety of sizes that are tailored to fit the needs of your utility terrain vehicle while keeping your rides smooth and fast. It’s constructed of high-grade aluminum and ready to take on and handle anything nature dares to throw at it.

You Just Need to Fill Out those Finer UTV Details

UTV wheels come in many shapes, sizes, and costs

All you need to do is apply is the year, make, and model for your beast and you’re ready to fit yourself with an all-powerful, durable, customizable set of UTV wheels. Choose your favorite wheels and they will get you prepped and ready to add another unforgettable adventure to the books. What more could you ask for? 

We strive to offer the best gear and parts available to our customers. The finite details, such as the quality of UTV wheels, does not go unchecked.

For any and all of your motorsports needs such as gear, accessories, and equipment check out TMS Parts and see all we have to offer!

certain types of UTV wheels make desert adventures incredibly fun

ATV Parts Buyer’s Guide: ATV Wheels

quality ATV wheels make summertime riding fun

Tips for Buying the Best ATV Wheels

It’s officially summertime, which means it’s time to get your ATV ready for a fantastic few months of warm-weather riding if you’re up North, but for you Southerners, what are you waiting for? It’s time. To do this, you’re gonna have to make sure you have all your ATV parts up to date. Now’s the time to start looking for the best ATV wheels.

You already know there are a ton of options when it comes to choosing the right tires and wheels for your four-wheeler. Changing your ATV wheels isn’t that difficult — but choosing the right wheels can take some time.

man on motocross track using the best ATV wheels

Luckily for you, we’ve got some advice for upgrading to the best ATV wheels for your four-wheeler this summer. The following article will help make your parts shopping a little easier since we’ll explain a little bit about how to tell when you need new ATV wheels and the signs to look out for when replacing the wheels. We’ll also cover the different types of wheels for the terrain you’re riding on, some tips for keeping up with ATV wheel maintenance, and we’ll share a handful of recommendations for the best ATV wheels TMS Parts offers!

How to Tell You Need New ATV Wheels

Right off the bat, the easiest way to tell if you need new wheels for your ATV is by making sure you’re regularly keeping up with the maintenance and work your vehicle requires. It’s the safest thing to do, but it’s also going to save you a lot of work down the line (and also money) by stickin’ with those routine checks.

However, you might just feel it – something’s off. Or maybe you can see it. Often times, well-used wheels will have unsecured axle nuts. Or maybe the handle of your ATV feels off. As a rider, you know that broken wheels are only going to cause trouble and could possibly damage the tire. Keep in mind, the ATV tire/wheel life lasts about four, maybe five years, following the manufacture date.

Of course, you want the look of your wheels to catch people’s eye, but you want to make sure that the appearance of your rims isn’t the only factor to consider when looking to upgrade your wheels. UTV Action Magazine states that the sizing, offset and even the beadlocks, “…allow for lower operating pressures and a smoother, more reliable ride.”

Keep Up with Proper Maintenance for Your ATV Wheels 

Here’s the thing – it doesn’t matter what type of wheel, or tires, you end up choosing for your ATV if you aren’t keeping up with the proper amount of maintenance it needs. Pay attention to how your ATV handles and check to make sure there are no cracks, rust, or damages to the rims.

The last thing you want is to end up stranded somewhere just because you didn’t take a quick look at the condition of your tires and wheels before heading out for the day. That being said, consider investing in a two-way radio just in case this does happen. Whether you ride alone or with friends, as a rider, you can’t always count on your cell phone to have service when you’re off-roading on the ol’ ATV!

mechanic handing the keys to the ATV rider

Inspecting Your ATV Wheels

Provided below are a few brief “how-to’s” when it comes to inspecting and taking notice of your wheel offset, wheel bolt patterns, understand how to read wheel sizing.

Wheel Offset

ATV Wheel Offset Diagram

The wheel offset allows you to change the width of the rear or the front, which alters the handling of your ATV if you’re noticing it’s too stiff or too loose. The offset of the wheel means the number of inches off centers the offset to the number of inches on the outside of the wheel. Changing the wheel offset will indeed have a slight effect on the suspension, allowing for you to find the right balance between stiffness or looseness that best works for your riding style. However, TMS experts will tell you the major change a rider will notice in regards to the cornering stability and handling of the vehicle has to do with a wider or narrower riding stance: a narrow vehicle will tend to tip over before a wider vehicle would. 

Wheel Bolt Patterns

ATV Wheel Bolt Pattern Diagram

Usually measured in millimeters, the space between the bolt holes and the number of bolt holes in the wheel determines the bolt pattern. There are three lug patterns for your ATV: 3-Lug, 4-Lug, and 5-Lug. You may not realize this when you’re shopping for new wheels that your choice is going to have to depend on the make and model of your ATV. Knowing what lug pattern fits your ATV, and understanding how to measure the bolt pattern on your wheels, will, at the very least, save you time by knowing exactly what you’re looking for.

Wheel Sizing

ATV Wheel Sizing Diagram

Just like tires for almost all vehicles, your ATV wheels have numbers on them to inform you of their size. The diameter of the wheel should match up with the inside diameter of the tire. As mentioned before, you may be limited on what size of wheels your ATV can handle based on the specific make and model, but so long as the tire is the same size of your wheel, you have a little flexibility when it comes to choosing to go smaller or bigger.

The Relationship Between ATV Wheels and ATV Tires

Here’s the thing: your fancy ATV tires won’t be of any help if the wheels don’t match up; you should think of your wheels and tires as one entity. Without a good set of wheels and a good set of tires, swapping a good set for a cheaper set will ruin both the tires and the wheels. 

Primarily, the All-Purpose, or All-Terrain wheels, provide an all-around, general riding grip for average, non-extreme riding conditions. ATV itself stands for “All Terrain Vehicle,” so owning an ATV with all-purpose wheels isn’t unheard of — and it’s perfectly safe for riding aside from the more extreme conditions.  

These wheels are best for the rider who wants to do a little bit of everything without having to switch up their wheels for every occasion or terrain, and without having to spend too much money to have multiple types of tires for their ATV.

However, while the quality of All-Terrain wheels can still be fantastic, there’s a reason there are wheels explicitly made for the types of terrain you ride on. Because of this, you’ll likely find when buying these wheels that most of them will still be made to favor one type of terrain over the other, so be sure to purchase the wheels best-suited for where you’re going to be riding most.

group of ATV riders using the best ATV wheels

Riding Style and ATV Wheel Selection

Depending on the terrain you’re riding on and your particular riding style, some ATV wheels work better for some terrains. Whether or not you like to ride your ATV a little rough, or even if you race, your riding style makes a difference in what rims will best suit your ATV and the terrain you take your ATV on.

How you ride most-definitely affects the tires and wheels. Monitor how heavily you’re braking and accelerating, as heavy-footing will cause more wear and tear. I know. I know. Sometimes it’s fun to go a little crazy. But if you’re looking to keep those ATV wheels for an extended amount of time, try and go easy on your riding style for the most part. It’s safer, too. 

Types of Terrain and ATV Rims

Below are a small handful of types of terrains and a few types of the rims ATVs will use and also a helpful terrain-safety article found in the Off-Road Education website:

Off-Road Terrain

It’s in the name. Off-roading is literally driving off the road. Sometimes there are trails, but most often, you’re riding through the woods or whatever area outside of an official track or park that is open to your riding. 

Mud Terrain

You’re going to want to have the rims that provide the right amount of power to pull your ATV (tires) through thick, soupy mud — often times, if you ride in the mud, the tires, wheels or rims you choose will help in the snow, too.

Sand Terrain

Sand is very difficult to ride in/through/on, so you’re going to want wheels that are both light-weight and will have the right strength to pull you through the dunes without constantly spinning your tires.

Motocross Terrain

This type of terrain features big jumps and other man-made obstacles. The grip is key (for any terrain, really) and the motocross wheel designs are great for loose track conditions commonly found in MX racing. The wheel you choose must be able to endure those hard landings and big jumps on the motocross track.

For information about the construction of the best rims for your ATV, take a look at this website, which features information about Aluminum alloy, magnesium alloy, and steel wheels.

You will find that Aluminum is the most commonly purchased rim, mostly because they are strong and reliable. Steel is heavy but normally less expensive as steel material costs less to manufacture than aluminum would. The magnesium is the lightest of all.

man on ATV

TMS Parts Top Picks for Your ATV Wheels

Generally, the price for ATV wheels ranges from an average $40 all the way up to a fancy $400… most rims, however, will stay between $80 and $150. Considering how long you can make these last by keeping up with the best maintenance practices and riding habits, those prices are fantastic.

If you’re looking to personalize your ride, a new set of rims is a great way to do it. TMS Parts wants you to have awesome wheels for your awesome tires on your awesome ATV. Below, you’ll find some of the best ATV wheels fit best for your pocket, your material goals, and of course, for your ATV.

The ITP SS212 ATV Wheel – Platinum

ATV Wheels ITP SS212 Platinum

Features: The ITP SS212 ATV Wheel is both incredibly affordable and described as the strongest, lightest and best-looking wheels out there today. With the custom wheel cap included, these diamond-cut wheels are offered to you with your choice of a machined with black accents, sleek satin black or a brilliant show-chrome lustrous platinum finish. The split-spoke design adds both style and strong load ratings up to 1000 pounds.

Sizes: Available in 12×7, 14×6, 14×8 and 15×7 (the SS212 is 14×8,4/137,5+3)

The ITP SD-Series Dual Beadlock ATV Wheel

ATV Wheels ITP SD Series Dual Beadlock Wheel

Features: The ITP SD-Series Dual Beadlock ATV Wheel is the first beadlock wheel made from a single piece of aluminum and TMS ensures riders that no matter what happens to your tire, ITP guarantees the rims will stay attached at both the inner and outer beads. The innovative manufacturing process provides an incredibly lightweight, strong wheel. Included with this product are matching wheel caps and are topped with a tough, protective clear coat finish.

Sizes: Available in 12×7, 14×6, 14×8 and 15×7

The Sedona Storm ATVWheel

ATV Wheels Sedona Storm Wheel

Features: The Sedona Storm ATV Wheel is constructed of high-grade polished-black aluminum, making this wheel ultra-strong and lightweight. For further protection, while riding, this wheel located the valve stem in between the wheel spokes. Ultimately built and made for larger ATVs, this wheel is no joke! And it’s incredibly affordable… so that’s cool.

Sizes: Available in 12×7 and 14×7

The Sedona Riot ATV Wheel

ATV Wheels Sedona Riot Wheel

Features: The Sedona Riot ATV Wheel is exactly what the name infers… it’s a riot, that’s for sure. With the badass, sleek design these wheels not only look hot, but the high-grade aluminum construction makes for that lightweight, super-strong power you need out there.

Sizes: Available in 12, 14 and 15 inch sizes.

The DWT Ultimate Sport ATV Wheel

ATV Wheels DWT Ultimate Sport Wheel

Features: The Douglas Wheel Tire (DWT) Ultimate Sport ATV Wheel is a solid, heavy-duty choice. Constructed of .190 heat-treated aluminum with rolled lips and a reinforced center for that extra durable toughness for a super-strong, lightweight utility wheel. Available in both polished and black finishes, this wheel is worth the extra cash… cause it can handle the extra weight and the extra tough-riding!

Sizes: Available 14×8, 14×10, and 14×11

The Hiper Wheel Fusion ATV Wheel

ATV Wheels Hiper Wheel Fusion Wheel

Features: This Hiper Fusion ATV Wheel is the lightest and strongest wheel available for elite side by sides and ATVs. Constructed of a carbon fiber technology used in the wheel area with 6061 billet centers, this 3-piece wheel is available in single or double beadlock configurations. While most places sell this wheel for well over five-hundred bucks… you won’t beat our prices.

Sizes: Available in 14×6, 14×7, 14×8 and 14×10

Time to Hit the Dirt!

Keep in mind, even if you aren’t a motocross rider, choosing the right ATV wheels for the terrain you most often ride on is the best bet for saving money, saving maintenance, staying safe… and, of course, having fun!

motocross track for ATV riding with the best ATV wheels

Check out TMS Parts for more information about the different brands, parts, accessories, riding gear, and prices for all your awesome ATV needs!

The Best Dirt Bikes for Kids

dirt bikes for kids honda image
Image courtesy of Honda

Dirt Bikes for Kids that are Parent Approved

So your kid(s) want a dirt bike, huh? As a parent, preparing to purchase dirt bikes for kids is understandably a little bit nerve-wracking. But this could be as exciting as it is scary, so don’t worry. We’re here to help you through it, we promise!

This guide covers dirt bikes for kids and will help you in making sure any worries you may have about buying the right dirt bike will be minimal moving forward. This way you can focus the inevitable fingernail-chewing worry for when your kid is revving up for the first time, ready to hit that dirt!

Here is a simple rundown containing the best combination of advice, steps to take, and some specific dirt bike models that may just work best for your child, ages six and up.

Time to Talk Dirt Bikes with Your Kid

Consider chatting with your little one about why they want a dirt bike in the first place. You know your kid best, (and ultimately, you know BEST best), but it’s important to think about what your child’s interests are so you can find the best bike for them.

Ask these questions if considering a dirt bike purchase for your kid:

  • Does your family already play around with dirt bikes?
  • If so, where and how were they introduced to dirt biking?
  • Who or what influenced them?
  • Should you consider enrolling your child in a beginner-riding course?
  • Is your child ready and fully prepared to tackle the mechanics and safety tools while riding solo? (The answer is yes – so long as you’re in on it too!)

Once you know what your child is looking for from this activity, you can integrate your own inquiries to make sure before anything else that the dirt bike you choose for your little one is safe for them to ride.

kawasaki kx 65 - dirt bikes for kids
Image Courtesy of Kawasaki

Choosing the Right Dirt Bike for Your Kid

As with any beginner activity that calls for a sizeable investment to start out, we advise you to try not to go too crazy with your dirt bike and gear shopping spree. The motocross track is still a while away! Our advice is that it is especially important to introduce children to new things at the most basic level and to also consider enrolling your child in a dirt bike riding course. 

As it comes time to start shopping for dirt bikes for kids, take it easy at first: look for used bikes, just to start, just to save money. That way, if they decide they aren’t as into it as they thought, you aren’t out of a ton of money and that brand new youth dirt bike (or two) won’t be gathering dust in the garage. However, once it is established that this hobby seems promising, it’s time to start looking for the more expensive, real-deal models.

For your reference, here are some great examples of the top brands of dirt bikes for kids:

  • Suzuki
  • Yamaha
  •  Honda
  •  Beta
  •  Maico
  •  KTM
  • Kawasaki

Now according to this article, there are a few really great dirt bikes for kids that are known to work best for children/beginner riders. BUT! Keep in mind that despite your best efforts as a parent to keep your kidlings sweet and little forever, they do grow fast. Just like they outgrow clothes, they will also outgrow their youth-sized dirt bike. One quick piece of advice would be to compare brand-name prices across the web to find the best deals, and also the best service out there. Of course, we’re partial to Temecula Motorsports for all of your dirt bike shopping and service needs.

Starting with the babies of your fam first (ranging between 6 to 11 years old) and ending with the oldest kiddos (ranging between 12 to 16  years old), below are a few examples of the models TMS Parts wants you to happily consider when shopping for the best dirt bikes for your kiddos.

Top Recommendations for Dirt Bikes for Kids

honda dirt bikes for kids
Image courtesy of Honda

The 2019 Honda CRF50F is one of the speediest, coolest dirt bikes and perfect for kids on the market today! Featuring a reliable four-stroke engine best for easy, smooth power, a rugged suspension, and an automated clutch three-speed transmission (which is especially great for beginners so they can worry less about stalling).  And for the parents, this dirt bike has an adjustable throttle limiter, allowing you to limit just how fast your child can go as they learn how to safely ride. The bike itself has the classic Motocross style – so your kid will love riding around on this one. Brand-new and priced directly from Honda, this (2019 model) dirt bike is currently $1,499.00.

The Suzuki DR-Z70 is basically in the running for a ‘Children’s Choice Dirt Bike Awards’ nomination – it’s a very cool bike for any trail. Better for children who are a little bit older, this bike features a smart 49cc single-cylinder engine designed for easy-to-control RPM power.

dirt bikes for kids - Suzuki DR-Z70
Image Courtesy of Suzuki

This bike can reach speeds of up to 30 mph, has that popular authentic dirt bike frame, and additionally features a throttle-limiter for parents to set in order to make it easier for limiting your speed demons. This particular bike is easy to find for an early model, which means it will be so much cheaper when you go hunting one down to purchase. 

The 2018 Kawasaki KX 65 is a fantastic choice for slightly more advanced dirt bike riders, especially those who are getting a taste of competitive riding, as it features a workable 64cc engine. These dirt bikes are praised for their safety features, and parents seem to love them.

dirt bikes for kids - kawasaki kx 65 dirt bike
Image Courtesy of Kawasaki

This bike is great for staggered progression and will probably last for a long while — long enough for you to hand down. This bike is typically best for children between the ages of eight to twelve years old. Additionally, the 2018 Kawasaki KX 65 can be found new on Temecula Motorsports for $3,699 MSP.

The Yamaha TTR50 has a sweet, heavy-duty design, electric start, front, and rear drum brakes, and features a 49cc four-stroke engine to make for a wicked smooth, safe ride for your little dirt biking beginner – AND it has parental speed-control capabilities, too. Featuring advanced suspension and a robust large drive chain for low maintenance, this bike is great for the kid who is committed to biking, and its features allow for a progressive learning curve.

dirt bikes for kids - Yamaha TTR50
Image Courtesy of Yamaha

This bike does not have a kick starter, however, but that’s okay. Most kids won’t have the proper leg strength (yet) to kick-start without at least a few tries, per the helpful advice from this article from Dirt Bike Planet. Prices for this model typically range between $1,500.00 and $1,900.00 for the newest models after registration and fees.

Without Risk, What is there to Learn?

We get it, even dirt biking as an adult is risky, so riding as a child probably increases the risk of injury. It’s totally understandable that as a parent, above anything else, the most important thing to you is making sure your child is safe. If you keep them inside and away from all potential dangers, sure, they’ll be safer, but what happens when they grow up? How do they confront their fears or any new challenge?

Try to think of it this way: introducing and teaching your children how to safely handle a dirt bike from a young age teaches them to develop courage, knowledge, and confidence when operating machinery. You probably don’t want to read this next bit, but a twisted ankle as a result of making the wrong call will serve as a lesson, and it’s one your child will learn from. Dirt bikes for kids can really empower confidence in little ones. 

And let’s be real – your kid is susceptible to a twisted ankle in your own home, on the playground, or pretty much anywhere; why not teach them how to be safe and responsible with their physical activities from the start?

kids riding Yamaha dirt bikes
Image Courtesy of Yamaha

Looking for more help? Contact us here to speak with folks who can tell you all there is to know about the safety features, safety gear, and all of the dirt bike parts your kid needs for their bike!

Scooter Parts Buyers Guide: Scooter Wheels

make sure to understand how to care for your scooter wheels

Tips for Buying Some Sweet Scooter Wheels

So you got yourself a scooter, eh? Awesome!

Scooters are quickly becoming an attractive and especially amazing economical alternative to the cars, trucks and heavy-duty motorcycles on the road today, and most states don’t require a special riding/driving license if the engine is less than 50 ccs. Score!

Recently, scooters have become particularly alluring for college students, generally because they are fairly inexpensive to purchase (including the registration and maintenance costs of upkeep), especially when compared to motorcycles and four-wheeled vehicles, etc. Not to mention that riding a scooter for your quick, local errands (or just for fun!) is so much cheaper when it comes to filling up that tank every 100 or so miles. Yeah. Scoot scoot!

Scooter Wheels on a 2014 Honda Ruckus

Scooters are a category of their own – and so are all their parts. Scooter wheels are not motorcycle tires or bicycle tires. In this buyers guide, we’ll let you in on the essentials you need to know when it comes to buying wheels for your special member of the two-wheel family. TMS Parts provides all the best types of scooter wheels and serves as a valuable resource when looking for the right scooter parts for your needs, budget, and style.

Know Your Scooter Wheels

Before you go on a buying spree, you’re going to need to know what kind of scooter wheels you’re looking for. Start by finding out what kind of front and rear wheels are currently on your bike. Generally, scooter wheels range from ten to sixteen inches in height and come in varying lengths, widths and other assembly types.

Where can you find out what kind of wheels you need for your scooter? Other than the manual or handbook that presumably came with your scooter, everything else you’ll need to know about your wheels can almost always be found printed on the physical tires themselves.

get to know your scooter wheels

Not sure what the numbers mean? Check out the Type Size Calculator to help you understand tires and codes better. Once you know all the info about your wheels, you’re ready for the next step!

Finding the Right Scooter Wheels

Okay, so now that you’ve determined what size wheels you need for both the front and rear on your scooter, and it’s time to think about the style you want for your ride. But first, it’s important to explain the distinction between the two different types of scooter wheels; radials (more modern, for faster scooters) and bias-ply (most popular and old-school but still effective!) tires.

Radial wheels tend to provide better a lighter, more high-speed performance – so if you have a more modern, high-powered scooter, pay attention, these might be best for you. However, it’s good to know beforehand that radial tires are better equipped for motorcycles. They are typically more firm, which helps in allowing that high-speed, as well as a longer tread life. Scooters, however, aren’t exactly known for being speed machines, so be sure to know what your scooter can handle before purchasing radials.

scooter wheels on a Honda Ruckus

Bias-ply wheels are most likely what you want for your scooter because they’re built for that easy-ridin’ feel. These tires have a better ability to absorb the shock from bumps, potholes, etc. because most scooters ride on local roads. These scooter wheels are made of layers of rubber weaved together in a criss-cross pattern, making them both comfortable to ride on and excellent when handling heavier loads.

Maintaining Your Scooter Wheels

Just like you would for any other vehicle – keeping up with the maintenance is crucial for both riding safely and for protecting all parts of your scooter. In fact, if you’re riding any kind of two-wheeler (you better have a helmet, first of all!) on the road, keep in mind you are at that much more of a risk.

scooter wheels require maintenance to keep them running smoothly and safely

That being said – following Motorcycle Safety Foundation official advice is a smart call – and for a complete checklist of the expectations when inspecting your scooter or moped, read here. Essentially, try and do a quick inspection whenever you get ready to ride, but especially if you haven’t used your scooter for a while.

Periodical, Do-It-Yourself Scooter Wheel Check-Ups

  • Always check the general tire pressure and condition of your wheels before each ride
  • Check the tread wear on your wheels (FYI: most newer scooter and moped wheels will have a tread indicator telling you when the tread is too low (that’s your cue for new tires for your bike), but if your scooter doesn’t have tread wear indicators, just use a proper tread gauge.)
  • Keep your tires properly inflated
  • Check the brakes

Time to Hit the Road! Scoot! Scoot!

Keep in mind, even if you aren’t riding your scooter all that often, these checks and maintenance inspections are just as important as would be for any other vehicle on the road.

keep your scooter wheels maintained so you can hit the road and have a blast

Remember – ride safely and always wear a helmet and any other necessary protective gear. And don’t forget the best part – have a blast!