2020 saw the closure of the dirt bike, as well as the motocross fronts. However, the slowdown in the industry didn’t stop manufacturers from upgrading their existing models in anticipation of 2021, a move that will help them stay relevant in an aggressive market.
We will try to cover most of the launches that a true dirt biker anticipates for, ranging from Husqvarna, all the way to Kawasakis and KTMs. Most of the companies have embarked on an up-gradation spree, covering new models and frames, all the way down to suspension tweaks.
Here’s a brief update on the new bad boys you could expect in the market by 2021.
2021 Kawasaki KX250 And KX250XC:
After a dry 2020 which saw a slump in global sales, Kawasaki Is finally summer-ready with an array of both off-road as well as motocross competition-ready motorcycles. The updates on the 250 include a chassis, based on 450, and a swingarm that also derives its influence from the 450. Both of the updates would add a significant rigidity when it comes to its handling.
A KX250XC model would also be inducted into the Kawasaki fleet, which is being regarded as top-of-the-line by many experts. The model would come with a competition-friendly engine and suspension tuning.
2021 Kawasaki KX450
The list of updates for this famed Kawasaki model isn’t going to be as broad as that of the 250. Among the updates are a Renthal fat bar and revised frictional gears.
As it is with the Kawasaki 250, the 450 would also get an XC model, which would come with suspension configuration and a highly optimised engine.
2021 Yamaha YZ250F
Of all the sections of the motorcycle industry, the off-road sector is seeing increasing upgrades to existing models- then the introduction of new ones. Same is the case for Yamaha. The company has now made just engine up-gradation, backed by changes in the bike chassis to its 250MX model. The bike comes at a staggering $8,299 in the US market. With an additional $200, riders will get a Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Edition graphics imprinted on the bike.
2021 Husqvarna TC
After Husqvarna released the enduro range in June 2020, it’s now time for the full 2021 motocross range.
The 2021 TC bikes will get a damping system, backed by the famed AER technology. This should significantly enhance the comfort of the rider during landings. It also comes with a broader seat cover with a gripper. This would enhance the rider’s experience, keeping him implanted in his seat while he does all the maneuvers in the dirt!
2021 KTM SX
One of the few companies to bank on just one successful model, KTM recently launched the 2021 SX range. KTM fans have been waiting for a moment like this for quite some time now.
The frontrunner in this series is the mini range- consisting of the 85 SX, 65 SX, 50 SX and 50 SX Mini. They are characterised by a brand new throttle assembly for 2021, smoothing out the prior roughness.
The 2021 edition of the 125 and 150 SX, both having two-stroke engines get ‘fresh piston and clutch internals,’ as said by KTM officials.
2021 KTM 450 SX
The 2021 KTM 450 SX-F has undergone a lot of changes as per KTM officials, which effectively reduces a lot of the bike’s weight, making the bike more reliable. They include modifications in the engine piston, piston, crankshaft and casing.
All of the KTM SX series bikes will be available via authorized dealers from August 2020 as per a KTM spokesperson.
If you are a dirt bike enthusiast and planning to buy one of these bikes next year, make sure you are prepared to handle the insane power and negotiate the twists and bends of the dirt track. Avoid any unnecessary risks. And remember, always buy your MX gear from a reputed store and get your bike serviced at regular intervals to avoid breakdowns.