10 Great Used Dirtbike Buys

Here are 10 used dirtbike models that won’t bust your wallet. Is your favorite model on the list?

2. 2005-2016 Honda CRF450X

2006 Honda CRF450X
2006 Honda CRF450X

Honda’s CRF450X is still around in the same configuration that it has been since it was first introduced in 2005. That might sound like a knock, but it isn’t. The X has proven itself as a stone-reliable, EPA-legal trailbike as well as a capable, championship-winning off-road machine in the hands of Johnny Campbell Racing and the OX Motorsports Honda team in the wilds of Baja California, Mexico, where race-modified versions of the CRF450X have captured the SCORE Baja 1000 win nine out of the past 10 years.

Electric start is a major bonus feature of the CRF450X, but you may want to avoid first-year models which are reported to have weak starter motors [Honda reportedly beefed up the starter motor in 2006, solving the problem]. Find a stone-stock model and you’ll have a bike that can be ridden in any OHV park in the country, but we doubt that you’ll find a stocker. The CRF450X takes to engine modifications like a duck to water, and that usually means tampering with or removing its emissions equipment. Clapped-out versions can be brought back to life with relative ease, but there are plenty of clean CRF450Xs on the market, so you should be able to find a really good one in the $3000-4000 price range.