Best BMX Bikes for Adults Review

As we get older, we pay great attention to our health and our productivity as a person. This is the reason why a lot of people decide to engage in different activities such as biking. If you are one of those people who enjoy the sport because of the benefits it gives you in terms of health and recreation, then you are on the right track. With the motivation and drive you already have, the only thing left to do is to find the right model to suit your needs. Do this by reading on the following reviews on the best BMX bikes for adults.

Best BMX Bikes for Adults Review

Dynacraft Magna Throttle Boys BMX Street/Dirt Bike

This is a great choice for those who want a smooth and easy riding experience for their kids. The Dynacraft Magna Throttle Boys BMX Street/Dirt Bike features a battery with 80% capacity. It has an adjustable padded black saddle seat for easy alteration and premium comfort.

You can also bank on this rugged BMX bike frame’s aesthetic as it comes with deluxe paint with black and red graphics. As for the safety of this unit, you can count that its coaster braking system delivers crisp and excellent stopping and control. Its wheels ride smooth and are altogether stylish to make sure the young ones have fun looking at it too.

When you order this unit you can have the peace of mind that any type of refund or replacement will be accommodated within 90 days of the item’s receipt. It also comes with a lifetime warranty for its fork and frame, how’s that for value? This is ideal for kids weighing up to 105 lbs. and ages 6 to 10. The only drawback for this model would be that the instruction manual can be a bit difficult to follow.

Pros:

  • Comfortable seating
  • Solid and sturdy frame with kickstand
  • Reliable braking system
  • Lifetime fork and frame warranty
  • 90 days refund and replacement service

Cons:

  • Instructions a bit difficult to follow

Dynacraft Tony Hawk Park Series 720 Boys BMX Freestyle Bike 24″”

The Dynacraft Tony Hawk Park Series 720 Boys BMX Freestyle Bike 24” features a design that will surely appeal to most riders. This features a combination of eye-catching Tony Hawk graphics, bright neon green hand grips, see-through chain guards and a sleek black seat. Along with this amazing build comes Promax alloy rear U-brakes to guarantee you with reliable and responsive stopping power.

As for functionality and strength, you can rely on its alloy threaded handlebar to get you jumping, wall riding or performing other tricks. The best part about it is that it also works great for neighborhood cruises and casual rides. Rest assured, you will never feel uncomfortable because its saddle seat comes with an adjustable alloy clamp that you can adjust to your liking.

This also has an excellent shock absorbing mechanism thanks to its 24-inch sleek black tires with black alloy rims. Its overall structure is designed to take on hard impact and endure various elements and weather conditions. A lot of bike enthusiasts claim that this is indeed a bang for the buck owing to its overall build and one-year limited manufacturer warranty.

You can be sure that you can rely on the company in case of repairs and replacements. This is ideal for riders weighing 275 lbs. and those aged 12 years and up. However, this does not have the option for training wheels so those who are trying to learn how to bike may not find this model suitable for their needs.

Pros:

  • Stylish and eye-catching graphics and design
  • Easy to assemble
  • Built is solid with excellent shock absorption
  • Adjustable seat post can accommodate growing riders

Cons:

  • Does not have room for training wheels

Elite 20″ & 18” BMX Bicycle Destro Model Freestyle Bike

The search for the best BMX bike for varied terrains is over. The Elite 20” & 18” BMX Bicycle Destro Model Freestyle Bike is a great choice for riders who want to have a comfortable spin around dirt, parks or on the streets. Let’s take a look at the variation of the two models.

The 20” bike specs include a hi-tensile steel frame and fork, 1 1/8” integrated sealed headset, 50mm reach stem alloy, 3-piece cranks, sealed 48T Spline bottom bracket, hi-density plastic platform pedals, Tektro Alloy brake lever, Tektro Alloy U-brakes, and 25T sprocket. Just by looking at this build, you can tell that this is made for heavy use and long ventures.

On the other hand, the 18” bike specs include a hi-tensile steel frame and fork, an alloy stem, unsealed American 19mm bottom bracket, 1 1/8” integrated sealed headset, thread plastic platform pedals, Tektro Alloy brake lever, Tektro Alloy U-brake and 170mm Chromoly cranks. This build is commended for providing a high-end BMX feel without spending a leg and an arm.

This model comes 85% assembled so you can be confident that you can have this all set up in no time. You can expect this to perform like high-end BMX bikes but generally, you still need to check on it from time to time for maintenance. Extra caution should be taken over time to prevent the bike from breaking from wear and tear.

Pros:

  • Easy assembly process, comes 85% assembled
  • High-end BMX riding experience
  • Economical
  • Works great in varied terrains

Cons:

  • Prone to wear and tear

Framed x Spacecraft Twenty9er BMX Bike

If you are looking for a BMX bike for professional riders, the Framed x Spacecraft Twenty9er BMX Bike is the best pick for you. This can accommodate riders as tall as 6” and is guaranteed to be easily assembled as it includes all the tools you need to put it together. This saves you time and resources too.

It comes with a reliable brake system thanks to the Avidd BB7 disc brake. Rest assured, you can still have a crisp and responsive braking mechanism in varied weather conditions. This stylish cruiser lets you ride and turn smoothly through its rear hub and sealed bearings. Grip and control is also exceptional for this one because its handlebar and fork is crafted with solid chromoly.

As for its frame, you are given a 100% solid alloy material designed to let you ride with your desired speed and durability while still being lightweight. For this unit, all you need is proper tensioning of the drivetrain and a few brake adjustments then you are good to go. The only comment made by its users would be that the drivetrain is not as solid as the other parts but nonetheless, it still works and delivers.

Pros:

  • Allows easy assembly
  • Reliable brakes for all weather conditions
  • Good control and grip
  • Solid and lightweight frame

Cons:

  • Drivetrain prone to wear and tear

Conclusion

Gone are the days where you settle with the standard bike build and structure when riding through different terrains. Now, you can enjoy bike frames that are specifically built to give you everything you need for the type of riding and environment you want. From entry level to professionals, BMX bikes are now made stronger and more functional than ever.

If you are planning on purchasing a BMX bike that you can use for transportation, recreation, exercise or professional sport, check out the following models mentioned above. Breeze through their respective reviews to know whether the build and model is truly for you. Always remember that the type of BMX bike you get gives a huge impact to your entire riding experience.

Adv Bike Selection 1 | Sibirsky Extreme

Some stick to the old maxim that any bike is an adventure bike.  Any bike can take you anywhere.  A recent conversation with Austin Vince found us in complete agreement.  That maxim is bollocks.  That maxim worked in the 1980s and 1990s when Adventure Motorcycling was crossing continents like Africa or South America.  When routes were undocumented, even main “highways” unpaved and uncertain, and mystery was around every corner.  Back in those days, when the term “Adventure Motorcycling” was born, a trans-continental motorcycle journey inherently consisted of both travel to exotic places and the adventure of expedition motorcycling to actually get there.  This is epitomised by the journeys of people like Chris Scott, Grant & Susan Johnson, Helge Pedersen, Eric & Gail Haws, and others.  This complete  intertwining of these two elements that make up “Adventure Motorcycling” of exotic motorcycle travel and expedition riding can be seen in the Austin Vince film, Terra Circa, where the exotic travel goal of riding across Russia to Vladivostok was inextricably linked to the need to ride across what the team christened, the “Zilov Gap” –  several hundred kilometres of swamp – on nothing more than unmaintained railway service tracks.

New DVD Trailer | Sibirsky Extreme

At long last, we have the trailer clip for the upcoming Sibirsky Extreme Trail DVD.  There are many more months of editing still to go, but I hope to have something ready in the new year.  As always, it will be available exclusively at www.Adventure-Spec.com.

Mapping an offroad trail from the EU to Magadan, the Sibirsky Extreme crew set out on adventure motorcycles, from the Poland-Ukraine border, in May 2012, with a plan to spend over 3 months on the road.

The goal: To map an offroad trail route all the way from the edge of the European Union, across Eurasia to the Pacific Ocean at Magadan. The planned route took in Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Siberia and involved riders from the UK, Holland, US and Norway as they took on challenges as diverse as the steppes of Russia, the mountains of the Altai, the grasslands of Mongolia and the pinnacles of Siberian adventure challenges, the BAM Road and the Road of Bones – Old Summer Road.

This video is a trailer for the DVD that resulted from the trip, currently being put together, with an anticipated release of early 2014. The DVD will be available exclusively at www.adventure-spec.com

Adv Bike Selection 2 | Sibirsky Extreme

Adventure Bike Selection Myths and Old Wives Tales

In the previous post on bike selection I looked at weight and how it is the single most critical part of adventure motorcycle selection, and how 90% of riders end up with a bike that’s much too heavy for their first real adventure ride into the likes of Siberia or Mongolia. Having debunked the “I need an obese bike” myth, we will look at other adventure bike selection criteria, and see if we can’t debunk a few more adventure bike selection myths.  In particular we are going to look at carbs, fuel injection, reliability, and air cooled vs water cooled engines.

Fuel injection is one of those topics that has the old guard screaming “no no no, never go adventure motorcycling on a fuel injected bike. You can’t rebuild a broken fuel injector or fix the electronic black box (ECU) that drives it in the middle of Mongolia, whereas you can rebuild a carburetor.” And to be fair, they are kinda right with the facts. And yet wrong with their conclusions. Why?

Fuel injection is simply the most simple, reliable and efficient way to get fuel into an engine. Mission critical machines like submarines and single engine light aircraft use fuel injection – demonstrating the extreme reliability of FI as a system for getting fuel into an engine. Those who rail against fuel injection often do so claiming its some sort of new fangled technology. Fuel injection was first used in an aircraft engine in 1902- YES 111 years ago. Fuel Injection is about as modern as the late Queen Mother! Direct injection has been around since 1925. In the second world war, Merlin powered Spitfires were upgraded to fuel injection (under the name Pressure Carburetor) because the engines would cut out in dives and negative G situations (engines cutting out in the middle of a dogfight with an angry fuel injected ME109 on your tail has to be the ultimate benchmark in unreliability). Alfa Romeo developed electronic fuel injection for cars in 1940. Sterling Moss won the F1 season in 1955 in a fuel injected Mercedes. EFI went into mass production automobiles in the US in 1958.

So FI is new? High tech? No.

EFI is many times more reliable than a carb. The failure rate among modern ECUs or actual injectors is near zero. The argument that ECUs can’t be fixed by the side of the road is rendered mute by the complete absence of ECU failures, even on the most brutal of adventure rides. I had a long discussion with adventure motorcycling legend Chris Scott some years ago and despite us racking our brains over an entire pub lunch session, neither of us could recall ever knowing first hand of an ECU failure stopping an adventure bike trip.

As for injector reliability … My previous car was a 1994 V8, in which I racked up 250,000 miles. It had 8 fuel injectors. Not once did I have to touch, service, tweak, adjust, clean or do anything to any one of the injectors that collectively logged two million injector miles. In complete contrast, my cousin has a 1970s car with triple carburetors. Every month he is in the garage balancing his carbs, cleaning the carbs, after just a handful of miles. The idea that his triple carbs could go a quarter of a million miles in perfect balance and reliability without ever being touched is so far removed from reality (and even possibility) that it might as well be in a fairy tale that has the car turning into a pumpkin at midnight.  And yet that level of reliability is absolute reality with EFI.

The fuel injector itself is the pinnacle of simplicity; A system with almost no moving parts. Compare a diagram of a fuel injector with a carburetor (see below) and you will see why the fuel injection requires no maintenance, while the carburetor requires a lot. And if it needs a lot of maintenance, it’s not reliable. Simple.

Adv Bike Selection 3 | Sibirsky Extreme

When I look at the most common selection of bikes going into the Sibirsky Extreme part of the world, taking on the BAM Road, Old Summer Road etc, usually after blasting through Mongolia, there are three models that stand out as the most commonly used and in my view, they are three of the most logical bikes to take for those challenges. The KTM 690, the BMW G650 X-Challenge and the Suzuki DRZ400. The latter two are not made any more (or at least availble in Europe), so I will begin a look at suggested adventure bikes for this part of the world with the only one of the three that still is in production, the KTM 690.

As one of the first KTM bikes to feature EFI, the 690 did pick up a reputation for fuel pump related issues in its early years (2008 in particular). In the half dozen years since the bike was launched, there have been countless small refinements and current versions enjoy a much more trouble free reputation. The bike is exceptionally light (138 kgs) for its power (65hp), and remarkably fuel efficient, both for its power level and for KTM in general. In many ways, it just doesn’t fit in KTM’s catalogue as an EXC (Enduro / Cross-Country) bike. It’s around 25 kgs heavier than all the other EXC bikes. Unlike all the other EXC bikes, it’s not built for racing (it has an economical engine and 10,000 km service intervals). Unlike all the other EXC bikes it has lower quality suspension, and much shorter suspension travel. It really does not belong in KTM’s EXC line up and consequently, I would not be surprised to see KTM offload the 690 to a sister brand.  But some of those qualities that clearly mark the 690 as NOT a competition bike, are exactly what make it suitable as a base for an adventure bike. The long service interval, the efficient engine, the sturdy frame are an ideal base for an adventure transformation. The last 12 months or so has seen the range of adventurisation products for the 690 expand considerably. For the first 3-4 years after its introduction, the challenge of adding fuel capacity and wind protection to the bike was one without options.

Safari Aqualine in Australia made a heavy, fat, ugly 14 litre blob that took the place of the side panels, and added to the bike’s internal 12 litre tank. 26 litres in total was more than enough fuel, but the tank was ungainly, held the weight of the fuel both high and forward, and the feedback I head from many 690 riders was that it seems to contribute to front wheel washouts.

Great Winter Reading | Sibirsky Extreme

www.ADVrider.com is very much the home of pictorial adventure riding blogs and stories and this winter there has been a plethora of great blogs on ADVrider related to off-the-beaten-track real moto adventuring in Mongolia and Siberia, all from great rides by guys in 2013.

For riders thinking of their own trips, don’t just take my word on how to pack, what to ride, and what kind of real world adventures you can have out there, see what other people are doing too.

And for riders who just love seeing stories and pictures from riding adventures in Siberia and Mongolia (I am absolutely one of those myself) ….

The Sibirsky Extreme officially endorsed winter 2013-2014 approved Adventure Motorcycling reading list (not comprehensive and in no order of awesomeness):

1) American Noah Horak on a KTM 690.  This link joins his RTW ride at the Caspian Sea ferry and goes on to cover his adventures in Central Asia, Altai, Mongolia and Siberia, including the Western BAM:  http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=781893&page=102

2) Bob and his bunch of crazy Romanians on KTM 990s doing Mongolia and Tuva:  http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=902393

3) British rider Wesley on his first ever adventure on a DRZ 400.  Wesley learned to ride just before he set off, so for novice riders his experiences will be particularly valuable.  Seeking adventure he went through Chechnya and Dagestan on his way to Central Asia.   http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=934709

4) Belgian couple Seb and Kim on a pair of DRZ 400s, go thru Ukraine, Kazakhstan, the Altai, Mongolia, and back to the Stans, and do a great job of picking great, remote, out of the way tracks along the way.  http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=932067

5) German Steffen on a BMW G650 X-Challenge (who is currently way behind in his blogging) rode through Kazakhstan, the Altai, Mongolia and Tajikistan.  While he hasn’t got there with his blogs yet, I have seen the pics from Mongolia and Tajikistan and they are excellent.  http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=943080

6) Speaking of excellent pics, Romanian couple John and Ana on a KTM 690 and a DRZ 400 having been riding around the world for some years now.  Picking up there story at this point covers the Altai, Mongolia and the Western BAM.  http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=710660&page=35

7) The write up of the annual Russian “off-road people” ride to Mongolia and Siberia including a first ever ride of the “110”.  http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=946704

There are plenty more private blogs out there that make great reading from 2013 adventures as well if you search for them … Chris, Kurt, Adam et al.  Great stuff.

Contact | Sibirsky Extreme

For general enquiries about specifics of road conditions, availability of fuel, food or accommodation in Siberia be sure to check out this website first as there is a lot of information already provided in great detail. Should this website not provide the required information take a look at the following threads on www.ADVrider.com

Data 2009 | Sibirsky Extreme

The Tuva Track

Kosh Agach, Korkorya, Buguzun Pass, Ak Khol, Khindiktig Khol, Mugur Aksy, Sagli, Solchur

Siberia – Tuva to Irkutsk

Siberia 1, Tuva, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk

Siberia – Irkutsk to Ust-Kut

Siberia 2: Irkutsk, Baikal, Olkhon Island, Zhigalovo, BAM, Ust-Kut

Siberia – Ust-Kut to Udachny

Siberia 3: Ust Lut, Lensk, Mirny, Aikhal, Udachny

Siberia – Udachny to Yakutsk

Siberia 4: Udachny, Aikhal, Mirny, Suntar, Nyurba, Vilyuisk, Yakutsk

Siberia – Yakutsk to Magadan

Siberia 5: Yakutsk, Khandyga, Kyubeme, Ust Nera, Artik, Kadykchan, Susuman, Ust Omchug, Magadan
Siberia 6: Vladivostok – Khabarovsk – Vanino
Siberia 7: Vanino, Komsomolsk, Urgal, Fevralsk, Skovorodino
Siberia 8: Tynda, Yuktali, Chara, Taksimo, Severobaikalsk

 

Siberia 9: Severobaikalsk, Ust Kut, Lensk, Udachny, Bratsk, Krasnoyarsk

Siberia 10: Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Ulan Ude, Ulaanbaatar
Mongolia: UB – Avarga – Kharkhorin – Tosontsengel – Uliastay – Altai – Hovd – Olgiy – Tsagaannuur

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Trip Data (as at 26.05.10, Return to London)

Total KM travelled:  61,139

Total Fuel Bought:   2645 litres

Total Fuel Cost: EUR 1599

Avge Mileage: 23.2 km/l  (4.32 l/100km)  [65.3 mpg – UK gallons]  {55.4 mpg – US gallons}

Avge distance per riding day: 422 km