APOLLO DIRT BIKES REVIEWS
125cc & VS 250cc
A lot of people still tend to frown on Chinese products without really judging their merits, which is why it’s time that we did these Apollo dirt bike reviews.
Chinese-manufactured and sold for far less than most of their Japanese counterparts, Apollo bikes tend to get a lot of bad press for complaints that actually appear with other countries’ products, too—only they’re somehow magnified when the party at fault is a Chinese manufacturer.
It bears noting that the current response to Chinese goods has a similarity to the former response to Japanese goods in the US. Several decades past, Japanese bikes actually met scathing reviews and widespread skepticism as to quality when they were being brought into the country. Nowadays, of course, they dominate And few really doubt their quality.
China, too, has come a long way, and its manufacturing capabilities have improved a lot (see list of Chinese bike manufacturers here). It’s just one of the many reasons Apollo dirt bikes may be worthy of a second look, especially as they start to corner the market for cheaper machines. See why in our quick overview and reviews of 2 Apollo Dirt Bikes below:
1) Apollo 250cc
Apollo’s AGB-36 is a 250cc dirt bike equipped with a single-cylinder 4-stroke engine. The exact displacement is actually 229.20 and the bike uses air cooling. It boasts a maximum horsepower rating of 11.5KW/15.64HP and a maximum torque of 17.5/5500 Nm/(r/min). The bore stroke is at 67MM*65MM and it uses CDI ignition with a kick and electric start.
A Jinke carburetor is fitted onto this 5-speed bike, which also sports front hand- and rear foot-operated brakes. It has an 8L fuel capacity and a 272.8-pound weight. The maximum load the bike can support is 440lbs.
The 250cc AGB-36 is one of the bigger “cheap” bikes on the market. It’s easy to see its size when you take a look at some of the specs: it has a wheelbase of 55.9in, for instance, as well as a 36.6in height to seat measurement. As such, it’s really meant to be an adult’s bike, although bigger teens will probably be able to handle it as well—provided they have sufficient experience to handle the powerful motor.
First thing’s first: one does wish the assembly manual were a little better, but if you’ve put things like this together before, it shouldn’t be impossible. It’s not bad-looking once assembled and actually feels quite solid—except for a part here and there, like the slightly cheap chain. Fortunately, that’s easily replaced, so you can do away with any chain stretching issues early on.
Performance-wise, it’s definitely fun. It gets pretty fast, especially for bikes at this price point ($1,395), and can take off like a rocket if you really let it go. You can weigh above 210lbs and this thing will still haul you off happily with no problem. It does feel a bit bumpy—a better suspension would do a lot for it—but it’s far from intolerable. Lighter users probably won’t even notice.
The electric start is really nice, and overall handling is good. On the whole, this Apollo dirt bike is a great buy at its current price, even if you might end up spending a little more to do a few upgrades here and there.
2) Apollo 125cc
The AGB-37CRF-2 is a 125cc dirt bike fitted with a single-cylinder 4-stroke engine. It has a manual transmission, a kick start, and a maximum power of 10.0km/9500r/min. Both its front (760mm) and rear (320mm) suspensions are non-adjustable and it uses front and rear hydraulic brakes. The frame is of heavy-duty steel and of the twin spar type. It has a 49.6in wheelbase and a 4L tank.
This is a fairly nice Apollo dirt bike for under $1,000 ($960, actually), and it makes a great beginner’s bike for a lot of teens and adults new to off-road biking. The kick start’s performance is excellent and the bike itself can get up to a decent bit of speed even with bigger users (think someone around 180lbs). With a rider of that type, it can still get up to the high 50s (in mph) quite easily.
It’s a mid-sized bike, too, which means there’s a broader possible rider base for it than with the bigger bikes. Still, shorter people may find it hard to work—anyone 5’3” and under, for example, should probably look elsewhere. Other users should find it relatively well-balanced. It’s also nicely-constructed enough that you feel it can last… although probably not if you’re not the type who believes in bike maintenance.
Overall, you could do much, much worse with your money than this Apollo dirt bike. It’s fast, cheap, and generally smooth to ride. Its parts are easy to replace, and since each part costs so little, it’s easy to fix without breaking the bank. Some might say that it can be a headache to have to ship parts in from another country if something happens, but there are actually a lot of local distributors for the brand now. It’s not that hard to get the right parts these days, as a result.
These 2 Apollo dirt bikes are both great bargain bikes, but one is really better-suited for beginners while the other is best handled by more experienced (and bigger) users. Even those who are used to doing dirt bike jumps or other tricks will find it dependable.
The 250cc bike is probably a little too strong for the still-slightly-green and casual users—it’s not ideal if they never plan to push their off-road biking to new levels.
This doesn’t mean the 125cc bike is just a boringly safe choice, however. It can offer its share of thrills to both capable and inexperienced riders. It’s also significantly cheaper, so that may be a deciding factor in which one you end up picking for yourself.