Dirt Bike Parts and Accessories

ssaDirt bikes are off-road bikes specially designed for off-road events. In comparison with the regular road motorcycles, dirt bikes are simpler, lighter and feature perfectly in long suspension travel, high ground clearance. The rugged construction with little framework and no fairings compensates for less damage in spills. Wheels (usually 21″ front, 18″ rear) have knobby tires, often clamped to the rim with a rim lock.
There are different kinds of dirt bikes for different motorcycle sports events such as:

Motocross

These bikes, also known as “scramblers” are raced on short, closed off-road tracks with a number of obstacles. The motorcycles have a small fuel tank for lightness and compactness. Long-travel suspension feature allows riders to take jumps at high speed. Motocross engines are usually single-cylinder two-stroke or four-stroke units, which vary in size from 50cc up to about 650cc. Motocross sidecar features includes, bigger engines, usually with four-stroke and twin-cylinders. Motocross bikes are also used in Freestyle Motocross.

Enduro

It is a modified and road-legal motocross bike, having the addition of a horn, lights, effective silencing and a number plate.

Rally Raid

Rally raid or “Rallies” is a special type of enduro bike with a significantly larger fuel tank for very long distance racing; typically through deserts (e.g. Paris-Dakar rally). Engine capacities tend to be larger, usually between 450 cc and 750 cc.

Trail

A trail bike is a dual-purpose bike, made for on-road and recreational off-road riding. A trail bike may resemble an enduro bike and may be less rugged. They are equipped with dual-purpose tires with more road legal parts, such as indicators, mirrors and extra gadgets.

Trials

A trials bike has a smaller (125 cc to 300 cc) engine with the two-stroke type being common. It may have a single vestigial seat or no seat at all. Fuel tanks are very small and as a result, give a very limited distant range.

Track racing

These bikes typically are with no brakes, nor rear suspension. The engines, fuelled by methanol, are long-stroke four-stroke singles, such as JAP or Jawa. They have at most two gears.

Here are the lists of parts and accessories of a dirt bike compiled for your viewing,

Riding Gear

• Jerseys, Pants, Gloves, Helmets, Boots

Tires

• Tubes

Oils

• Engine Oils, 2-Stroke Engine Oil, Transmission Oil, Shaft Drive Oil, Brake Fluid, Cable Lube, Chain Lube, Grease and Lubricant, Fuel Cans and Accessories

Brakes

• Brakes, Brake Shoes, Brake Pads, Brake Rotors, Brake Fluid, Brake Lines and Cables

Control

• Handlebars, Clutch Cables, Grips, Levers, Throttle Kits and Tubes, Brake Lines and Cables, Hydraulic Clutches

Drive

• Drive, Chain and Sprocket Kits, Sprockets, Chain Guides, Chain Lube, Drive Tools

Body Parts

• Fenders, Fork Guards, Number Plates, Radiator Scoops, Side Panels, Seats and Covers, Tank Covers

Exhaust

• 4-Stroke Exhaust, 2-Stroke Pipes, 2-Stroke Silencers, Exhaust Tools

Electrical

• Batteries, Battery Accessories, Ignition Coils and Stators, Spark Plugs, Sparkplug Wrenches and Accessories, Starters

Engine

• Engine, Big Bore Kits, Camshafts, Clutch Kits, Crankshaft Assemblies, Cylinder Kits, Drain Plugs and Oil Caps, Engine Valves and Shim Kits, Flywheels and Flywheel Weights, Gaskets, Pistons

Suspension

• Fork Guards, Fork Seals, Shock Bearings, Shock Seals, Shock Linkage Bearings, Suspension and Steering Tools, Swing Arm Bearings, Fork Covers, Fork Oil

Bearings

• Bearings, Shock Bearings, Shock Linkage Bearings, Steering Stem Bearings, Swing Arm Bearings, Wheel Bearings

Accessories

• Body, Fender Packs, Flags and Flag Holders, Fork Guards, Gas Caps, Kickstands, Seats and Covers

Intake / Fuel

• Fuel and Air Intake Systems, Air Filter Maintenance, Air Filters, Carburetor Jets, Fuel Controllers, Fuel Filters, Fuel Lines, Fuel Tanks

Beginner’s Guide To Buying Paintball Equipment

f6If you’ve never played paintball before, it’s best place to try this game first to make sure you like it before investing in your own gear as the equipment can be fairly expensive. Many players have their first experience at camp or a local commercial field or park. It is a lot easier to rent all the equipment needed, than spend hundreds of dollars on paintball supplies you only use one time because the game was too intense. Renting equipment at a field will run a player from $10-$30 per day; this is recommended for the first few times you play to make sure you will want to play enough times to warrant purchasing your own. Rental paintball guns and gear is often basic models and very easy to learn on. Shooting a paintball gun is not a complicated matter, however it can take a few games to familiarize yourself with the intensity of this venture when other players are shooting at you. When you get hit, you’re not only out of the game, but it hurts! The fear of getting hit causes many first time players a type of paralysis that takes some getting used to.

Once you’ve played with rental (or borrowed) gear a few times and decided paintball is the sport for you, a bit of research is in order. The first decision a new player who’s in the market for buying new gear is to decide what type of paintball they want to play. There are basically two different types; scenario and tournament paintball. Scenario paintball is played on an open course often in a natural setting (also called woodsball) with players carrying out military style missions using realistic looking assault type rifles and camouflage clothing. Tournament paintball is played on a closed course often with inflatable bunkers to hide behind for timed elimination matches (which team can eliminate the other in the given time period). These players use faster, electronic paintball guns and wear professional athletic jerseys and/or uniforms. Once you’ve determined which game you like best, the first piece of gear to purchase is a beginner level paintball gun. Starter paintball guns are simply made so they are easy to maintain and keep clean. Whether you choose woodsball or tournament play, beginner markers are easy to distinguish because they have the cheapest price tags.

After you have a good beginner paintball gun, the next required item on your list is a protective mask. You are not permitted to play without one, so this is mandatory equipment. There are other pieces of protective gear like elbow and knee pads, neck and chest protectors, however they serve only to keep the game more enjoyable/less painful but are not required. Paintball masks come in a wide variety of styles and price ranges yet all offer the same level of protection. Cheaper, entry level masks have less features and often single pane lenses that tend to fog up more. Expect to pay a bit more for thermal lenses but this feature is definitely worth the extra money. Generally, when it comes to protective gear, there is no specific gear for a specific type of play. However, manufacturers do make more “flashy” gear for tournament players and more “military pattern” gear for the scenario players.

The final piece of your initial set-up is an air tank; this is what powers your paintball gun. Some beginner paintball gun packages come with a CO2 tank but if yours doesn’t, this is a necessary expense. CO2 tanks come in different sizes but for the longest play choose the largest available; these are either 20 or 24oz. tanks and you can expect to pay $30-$40 for one. Air tanks come empty so you will have to get it filled before you can use it. Refills can be found at commercial fields, big box sporting goods stores (like Dick’s, Bass Pro or Cabellas) and some gun shops that sell air rifles. If you don’t have access to these types of facilities where you live, you can buy an adapter for your marker to use CO2 cartridges. These are cheap and readily available at Wal-Mart or gun stores however only offer a few shots/cartridge (25-30 depending on the gun). Depending on this method requires constantly changing out cartridges during play and will drain the fun right out of your game. If you have to go this route, paintball is probably not the sport to get into.

Unlike renting equipment, owning your own equipment will require you keep up with maintenance. Paintball guns work on bursts of high pressure air/CO2 to propel the ball at a high speed. The constant high pressure makes it common for little things to go wrong like busted o-rings causing malfunctions with your marker. Paintball is also very messy; the very nature of the game is shooting paint and getting hit (marked) with paint, so expect to have to clean your gun regularly after playing for even just a short period. Most paintball guns come with a barrel squeegee, cleaning cloth and extra o-rings for maintenance. Beginner markers are also usually very easy to take apart for cleaning and maintenance however this is not necessary but for maybe once/year for re-oiling and more thorough cleaning. Even though break downs occur regularly, most issues can be handled by yourself however it’s smart to purchase equipment from a well known brand name so there’s a good warranty in case you need to send something back.

Once you have everything you need to play, you will be excited to play and want to practice every chance you get. If you’re interested in climbing the tournament ranks, getting on a team or organizing your own will be paramount. To do this you will want to play with as many different teams/players at as many different fields/venues as possible. Even if you think you aren’t ready, choose a beginner level tournament and go ahead and enter. Getting tournament experience early will help you shape your skills, strategies and practices to hone yourself into a competitive player. Waiting until you feel ‘ready’ to compete will just put off learning important skills you need early on in your career. Competing will also tell you if it’s something you want to follow through with. Some players think they want to compete but after their first tournament change their mind and only end up playing recreationally; this is of course fine, but will shape how you play and what type of equipment you end up eventually buying.

Know going into it; paintball is not a cheap hobby. It can be quite expensive, but just like any hobby, if you love it, it’s not expensive at all! Test the waters first before diving into this investment by playing with rental or borrowed gear first. If you like it, buy a beginner’s set up to keep expenses down while you learn the game and what equipment you might like. If you fall in love with the sport (like most players end up doing), save your pennies for more expensive, higher performance markers and supplies. Once you have your dream set-up, costs go down, however ongoing expenses such as air refills, paintball ammo, tournament and travel fees must also be considered. If it’s all too confusing, don’t hesitate to ask a more experienced player for their advice about how to play or what to get and why.

Military Simulation Combat Paintball – As Real As It Gets

kiGames set up like real life military missions offer the chance to get lost in the scenario; forgetting you are only playing paintball, the adrenaline is much higher and the play is much more fun. Tactical scenario paintball will only allow total immersion however if your gear is as realistic as possible. When shopping for the best equipment, you have the choice of how authentic you want to get by choosing paintball guns that are life like replicas of real rifles, camouflage gear and high tech accessories. Depending on how far you’re willing to push the envelope (and how much you’re willing to spend), you can show up at the battlefield like a special ops paintball ninja decked out with the latest weapons and accessories for an experience you will never forget!

When it comes to paintball gear, there are lots of items you’ll need and want but the main piece is your marker. For a total immersion into the world of scenario paintball, choose a paintball marker that’s a realistic replica of a rifle or machine gun used in actual combat. Fortunately, there are tons to choose from, allowing you to not only cater to both your sense of style but also the position you play on the field. If you prefer the fast action of close quarter fighting seen on the front lines, choose a compact paintball sub machine gun for speed and mobility. If you’d rather pick your shots from a safer distance, sniper paintball rifles are fun to shoot and much more accurate if you like a stealthy advantage. If you want to keep your options open, try an M4 carbine replica dressed up with the coolest accessories to roam the field and be effective from both close or distant ranges.

Perhaps the most realistic tactical paintball guns on the market recently are magazine fed. Instead of the traditional hopper that sits clumsily on top of the gun, magazine fed paintball markers use functional magazines just like real rifles. While these guns behave nearly exactly like the real thing, there is a trade off for carrying less ammo; most paintball gun magazines carry no more than 20 balls. Another fun aspect of using tactical paintball guns is their ability to accept accessories and parts from real guns. Most tactical markers have military spec rails that are compatible with any scope, sight, laser, grips or carry handles that would work any real firearm. This makes customization totally fun as there are tons of accessories available to offer virtually unlimited options for what you can transform your marker into. These accessories not only make your tactical paint gun look the part but can also improve aim and accuracy for better results on the field.

Other than a paintball gun, hopper and air tank, there is only one more piece of equipment that’s mandatory to play, a protective mask. Masks are the only mandatory paintball protective gear required to keep the game safe. While getting hit by a high velocity paintball anywhere in the body is not dangerous, it can cause permanent blindness if one hits the eye, so masks are must-have gear no matter which type of game you play. Since you have to have one, you might as well choose a paintball mask that will enhance your tactical outfit while you’re at it. There are many styles and colors to choose from including army colors and camouflage patterns to match the rest of your realistic gear. Choose a paintball mask that will not only give you a fierce tactical look, but also perform well too. The best paintball masks have anti-fog lenses and plenty of ventilation so you don’t overheat and won’t muffle your voice when calling commands to your team. For the coolest look, choose dark lenses and make sure you pick a mask that will fit under a paintball helmet.

After your gun and goggles, choose a tactical outfit that will glue it all together for a cohesive look. Camouflage clothing can be bought at a military surplus store however best equipped for your sport from a paintball supplies store that carries woodsball gear. There are several brands of paintball jerseys and pants made specifically for this type of play; this style of clothing is your best bet because they have pockets designed for carrying specific pieces of paintball equipment. They are also made with certain features to cater directly to certain actions commonly performed while playing, like extra padding over the knees and hips to offer more protection when crawling or sliding. When choosing a camouflage outfit, it’s best to try and match the color pattern with the specific environment you’ll be playing in whenever possible to take full advantage of the invisibility they could offer.

If you want to look (and play) like a special ops paintball ninja, pay attention to the details. For a complete costume, covering your hands and feet with matching cool accessories is the way to go. Paintball gloves will not only offer more protection for your hands against scuffing them up in the woods, but will also take the sting out of getting nailed in the hand with a paintball. Camouflage tactical gloves make a nice addition to your matching scenario paintball uniform while also improving your grip when holding your gun or other gear preventing you from dropping and losing valuable items. Gloves come in various styles including full finger, two finger or fingerless depending on how free you like your trigger fingers to be. You can use any type of shoes for scenario woodsball but the best type of paintball footwear for this game is combat boots. High top combat boots will not only give you a realistic soldier look but are great for providing plenty of support when running around in the bush and uneven ground common to this game.

One of the best additions to any realistic scenario outfit is a tactical vest. These garments come in all typical military colors including various camouflage patterns to match your underlying BDU’s exactly. Tactical paintball vests not only give you a fierce look, but offer many pouches for carrying tons of gear in a very balanced way. If you use a magazine fed paintball marker, a vest with pouches to carry extra magazines is essential. Tactical vests can be customized with pouches to cater to whatever types of gear you need to be effective for the particular position you play on the field. Vests are the best way to pack tons of extra ammo for extended play and still be able to run and be active without feeling unbalanced from all the extra weight. Customize your vest with pockets to carry your paintball air tank, grenades, extra parts for your gun or even supplies for your teammates.

The Journey to Become a Motocross Athlete

cggSome of the world’s most elite athletes live lifestyles that are far different from any other professional athlete. Motocross riders endure the most physically demanding and dangerous conditions and are only recognized by a small portion of the total population. These athletes compete year-round for championship tiles and race victories for race teams which are much like employers. These athletes must maintain their lifestyle of extremely demanding training to keep competitive with other top performing competition. As new technology advances these race machines become even faster and more maneuverable than ever before.

This has pushed these athletes to the edge as racing has become increasingly dangerous. One small mistake at these speeds can cause severe injury to these athletes, forcing them to sit out for the duration of the season.

Training never stops for these athletes as they transition from an indoor season directly into an outdoor season. They are then exposed to the natural elements of extreme temperatures in head to toe gear in addition to wet and muddy conditions increasing the risk of a mistake which can be devastating to the riders. They are forced to relocate their family to be able to train at team race facilities located in Florida and California. These strategic locations allow these race teams to practice year-round for both indoor and outdoor seasons. Controlling these 250lb pound machines on technical tracks battling with 20 other riders is no easy task. Heart monitors on these riders show results of anaerobic plus heart rates. This form of endurance has granted motocross the title of the most physically demanding and dangerous sport in the world.

The journey to become a professional athlete in any sport whether it be baseball, basketball, football, golf, or motocross begins at a very young age. Many athletes were introduced to a particular sport by their parents in which they competed for many years. Their will become a point in a child’s life when he or she starts to make their own decisions as to whether or not they wish to continue to pursue their passion for a sport. Unlike any other sport in the world, motocross forces kids to sacrifice many things other sport do not, making their dream and passion a lifestyle. For example, the other sports I had listed previously allow all the athletes to compete in school organizing functions or town related teams that permit kids to compete on the weekend when school is out of session. Motocross is not one of these sports. Schools and towns cannot host their own motocross teams due to the high risk and liability to host one of these events. These Athletes then turn to nationally held events which host the top riders around the world for every age class. These events require most of the athletes to travel hundreds of miles to compete. At a young age these competitors rely on parents or guardians to cover costs and traveling arrangements to stay competitive. Many kids are then forced to be home schooled as a majority of their time is spent traveling and competing in hopes of one day accomplishing their dream of a professional motocross racer

Magazine Fed Paintball Gun Controversy

cjFor tournament play, you will find some of the most expensive paintball guns on the market costing upwards of $2000. For woodsball, the most expensive markers are by far the magazine fed. The high price is for the different internals of these guns but mostly the external details. For some players, the fun is found within the details of using only the most realistic paintball guns and gear possible. These players are often ex-military, law enforcement and scenario enthusiasts who love to get lost in the game and become totally immersed in their mission. Magazine fed paintball rifles and pistols do have an actual use besides recreational play. Conflict simulations are important for military and police training to prepare these peace keepers for real life situations. These exercises must use the most realistic gear possible to mimic actual potential events and these realistic markers definitely fit the bill. For recreational players however the extra realism comes at a cost that extends beyond the pricey initial investment. Using a magazine fed paintball gun demands changing the way you play and also requires other accessories for additional costs.

While they may look much cooler and more realistic, magazine fed paintball guns are lucky to hold a tenth of what standard markers carry. While most standard markers use hoppers that contain up to 200 rounds, typical magazines generally hold about 20. This is a significant reduction in ammo capacity leaving the mag fed player at a distinct disadvantage. This means mag fed players must have good shooting accuracy so every shot counts. Beginners who are anxious to shoot their guns often use up all their ammo in the first few minutes of action and end up hiding behind cover until the game is over. Magazine fed paintball guns are best for experienced players who are better at shooting and have more patience to last through an entire game. The reduced ammo capacity may also have to be taken into account for the role you play on the field. If your job is to provide copious amounts of cover fire so the front players can make maneuvers, perhaps this type of marker is not the best tool.

With magazines only carrying up to 20 rounds, this also means players will have to carry numerous full clips during a game. These accessories are bulky and should be carried so they are easily accessed for quick reloading when empty. The best way to carry these ammo cartridges is with a tactical paintball vest customized with as many magazine pouches as possible. This is an added expense but a must-have if you choose this type of realistic marker. Specialized leg harnesses are also available for carrying magazines however only hold 2-4, but offer another option for packing the most ammo to extend game play. Standard hopper fed paintball guns are easily reloaded by dumping a pod of balls in for a fast refill; this can generally be done in the middle of a game without issue. Magazine fed guns are as easily reloaded by simply popping in another loaded clip, however they must be loaded one ball at a time and must be done before the game starts.

Another expense that must be considered before buying a magazine fed paintball rifle is the type of ammo it requires. These guns are particularly hard on paintballs and must use a certain grade. Paintball ammo comes in different grades separated/classified by the hardness of their shell. Premium grade is used for tournaments and has very brittle shells so they break easier upon impact. This grade of paintball tens to break inside magazines causing a mess in your marker leading to more maintenance procedures. Recreational grade paintballs are the lowest class of paint and has the firmest shells. This is the best grade to use for magazine fed guns however some brands work better than others. Valken’s Graffiti and Redemption brands work well; Rap4 also makes a paintball specifically for this type of gun that’s also very consistent. While most commercial fields sell recreational grade balls, it’s smart to call ahead to first find out if they allow mag fed guns on their field, and second to find out if they have the right kind of ammo for your marker.

You can also expect a bit more maintenance with magazine paintball guns. While every type of marker that shoots paint will require some amount of cleaning and maintenance, these guns have a few extra parts that need attention. Not only are the internals a little different but the magazines themselves sometimes require cleaning or pieces that need replacing. Fortunately, magazine fed paintball markers have been out for more than ten years and prototypes have come and gone. When they were first introduced, most models were riddled with problems and it seemed like the movement would never get off the ground. Now there are only a few magazine fed brand names but all of them have very finished, reliable products that shoot accurately and are fun to use. Despite this, it’s smart to read product reviews, check the company’s history and study their warranties/return policies before buying any new paintball gun.