Pit Bike Motorcycles Are Fun to Ride and Fun to Race

Pit bikes are not confined to the pits and garages anymore but are contenders in their own rights now in special races. They are also used often as fun bikes to tool around on on-road and off-road runs around the town and countryside. Not just for kids and teens, these bikes can be found quite affordably as used pit bikes for sale on eBay.

What is the difference between a pit bike and a dirt bike?

Pit bikes were originally used for getting around the pits (garages) and staging areas of race concourses. They are small and light in weight and have four-stroke engines. They are easy to maneuver and require minimal maintenance. It is not uncommon to see second hand pit bikes being used for recreational purposes. Dirt bikes are off-road motorcycles that are either directly manufactured as such or have been modified from other types of motorcycles. They have larger engines, which usually average around 450cc. Dirt bikes are often raced in motocross races.

Uses for pit bikes

Pit bikes are used primarily for driving around the pits and staging areas of various types of racing tracks. Recently, there has been an upsurge in recreational use of pit bikes on the streets and in dedicated bike races for smaller motorcycles. The UK has both pit bike races for pit bikes alone and mini-bike races for various ""midi"" sized bikes that can all participate. Minimotos and pit bikes are the usual contenders in these mini-bike races, which often feature different classes of races within the main event that are open to a wide range of ages.

Types of engines in a pit bikes

Most pit bike engine sizes range between 50 and 110cc with the maximum at 150cc. These engines have two-valve, four-stroke motors. A four-stroke engine has a piston that completes one compression stroke and one exhaust stroke, each of which is followed by a return stroke. The spark plugs only fire once for every other revolution, and power is produced for every fourth stroke of the piston. The oil is kept separate from the fuel.

Who makes pit bikes?

Pit bikes have come more into the forefront in racing venues and other recreational uses. There are many manufacturers of pit bikes, including these well-known brands:

  • Apollo
  • Orion
  • Kawasaki
  • Coolster
  • Yamaha
  • Suzuki
  • Roketa
  • BMS
  • RPS
  • Honda