4 Amazing Dirt Bikes for Female Riders

| February 11, 2014 | 9 Comments

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Once firmly entrenched in the domain of masculinity, Motocross has recently experienced an explosion of female riders, with talented ladies like Jessica Patterson and Kiara Fontanesi proving that women hold plenty of potential in both Motocross and Supercross. Despite these advances, women still run into issues when hunting for dirt bikes amenable to their height and builds. Not to mention loading those precious bikes by themselves could pose a challenge (Check this YouTube Channel to learn more about loading ramps). According to the American Motorcyclist Association, the key is finding a slightly smaller bike with plenty of adjustable features to get a perfect fit. Bikes such as the Honda CRF230 and Kawasaki KX100 meet these requirements without sacrificing handling quality.

Honda CRF230

The CRF230 serves as a versatile option for novices and intermediate riders alike. As Motocross Action Magazine notes, it’s largely considered a play bike by more advanced riders, but this in no way diminishes from its value as an excellent introductory vehicle. It costs around $3,500, offering the owner plenty of bang for the buck. Popular features on the CRF230 include an electric start button located conveniently on the handlebar, a long-running battery and seamless shifting.

Kawasaki KX100

There’s no better way to navigate that tricky transition from 85cc to 125cc bikes than with the stylish Kawasaki KX100. With the bike redesigned to look like factory rider Ryan Villopoto’s machine, it looks as good as it runs. Still, you may want to up your style quotient with matching motocross gear and helmets. There’s plenty of function behind the form, boasting top-notch stability at high speeds and adept handling on tight corners. Perhaps the greatest benefit to the female rider is the adjustability factor. Dirt Rider notes the presence of adjustable handlebars and a shock best suited to riders between 100 and 145 pounds, making the $4,600 KX100 an amazing choice for smaller female riders.

Yamaha WR250F

For the more advanced rider or the intermediate looking for a challenge, the $7,000 Yamaha WR250F proves an excellent step up from the easier to handle CRF230 and KX100. Taller females should find the bike to be a great fit. Top Speed highlights the WR250F as the go-to bike for harsher terrain, as its sturdy build holds up well under a wide array of conditions. The bike also boasts excellent handling, although smaller riders may struggle with its larger frame.

Honda CRF150R

It may be Honda’s smallest MX option, but the CRF150R packs plenty of punch for its size. According to Insider MX, the CRF150R proves particularly popular among younger guys, but this should in no way discourage adult females from taking on the surprisingly powerful dirt bike. The suspension holds up spectacularly on larger jumps, making this a nice option for riders looking to take on greater challenges. Surprisingly, although it only costs $5,000, this bike is incredibly stable through all kinds of terrain.

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  1. Kelly says:

    This is sexist and roude showing a women wearing a too too saying serous gear

  2. Obed says:

    My fiance is 5′-2″ and 120lbs, she currently rides a crf 150f but the thing is heavy (230lbs) and therefore easy for her lay it on its side and hard to pick up. Her riding skills are definitely beginner but at the dunes is where she feels the most comfortable, the 150f pinned in 3rd gear can harldy go up the dunes. Im thinkig if getting her a 2016 kx100 or 2016 crf 150r for her birthday this weekend. Which is better for her situation? Thanks

  3. NotaPrincess says:

    Who exactly are the women riding these bikes supposed to be keeping up with? Women aren’t all 5′ 2″ delicate little flowers. Some can handle a real bike that can keep up in the woods. Sure they can get heavy when loading or picking them up, but after practice and working out it won’t be such a problem.

  4. Josh says:

    My girlfriend is 5′ 6″ and 120 lbs. She grew up on a xr 50. She then graduated to a xr100 and now riding a crf150r. The 150r seems to be too much power which causes her to lose confidence while trail riding. The 150r has now been sitting for three years and I want her to start riding again. I’m considering purchasing her a kx100 , but the only difference I can read up on is the weight of about 10lbs meaning the KX is lighter.

  5. Jamie Keiser says:

    I wish they would come up with a big wheel, lighter weight, slightly shorter bike for women. I loved my CRF250r on the MX track but it was too big in the woods. My crf230 was lacking responsive power and super heavy – but a perfect fit for MX and woods. I had a TTR125 but it was too small. I am looking at 150 big wheel version but I really want the performance and wheel sizing of a 250 🙁
    Any suggestions beside and after market big wheel conversion of a 150?

    • David says:

      Hi Jamie, I just found this site while searching for input on bikes for my wife. But for an experienced rider like yourself, I’ve met a few women who were very happy with their Beta xTrainer 300’s and/or KTM Freeride 250’s.

      They’re both “mid-sized” framed bikes with high-torque two-stroke engines. They may be worth checking out.

  6. Almarile Anderson says:

    Hi their Im a beginner driver and cant decide if I must get myself a 230 CRF or a CRF150R.

    Im 1.64 and weigh 60 kg. consider the CRF150 Because of the height and size. Going to do more trail adventure. no motorcross for me.

    Please let me know what you think?

    Greetings from South Africa
    Almarie Anderson

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