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In these best street legal dirt bikes reviews, we’ll cover five dirt bikes that you can safely and legally ride on the pavement as well as the trail. Keep in mind, though, that the laws for street legal qualifications are ever-changing. They also happen to be different from state to state.
While the dirt bikes listed here are street legal in most states, it’s still your responsibility to check that your state is among those. Read about specific dirt bike laws on your state for further info and until you're sure, better to mount your bike on a good dirt bike trailer, bring it to an off-road trail and safely drive to your heart's content.
6 Best Street Legal Dirt Bikes
1. Apollo AGB-36-250cc DOT
This is a Apollo AGB-36 with 250cc motor which comes with a single-cylinder 4-stroke engine. It is also labeled online as X-PRO.
It is the most affordable/cheap street legal dirt bike in our list. It is a chinese dirt bike that has been proven to work for many years.
Its max horsepower is 11.5KW/15.64HP and it has a torque of 17.5/5500 Nm/(r/min). it has an electric or kick start and CDI ignition. As for ground clearance, the minimum is at 11 inches.
It includes a Jinke carburetor that supports the 5 speeds of this bike. Its fuel tank has a capacity of 8L and it weights 272.8-pounds. Its maximum load capacity is 440 lbs.
- It is the most affordable street legal dirt bike considering all its specs and quality.
- Big gas tank and great load capacity.
- Tires have great traction.
- It is a great value for the price.
- If you put some bucks to it you can convert it to a high end dirt bike.
- A bit stiff on the rear after a while.
- Chain seems to be a little prone to stretching.
2. 2015 Husqvarna FE501S
Image via husqvarna-motorcycles.com
The 2015 Husqvarna FE501S is the street-legal version of the FE501 model (hence the added “S” to the name). On it is a 95mm bore, 510.4cc 4-stroke engine with titanium intake valves and steel exhaust valves. This dirt bike can get up to 58 hp without strain. A counterbalance shaft reduces vibrations and a damped diaphragm steel clutch delivers smooth control. This electric starter has 6 speeds, liquid cooling, a chrome molybdenum frame, and a 113.3 kg weight.
- Rear suspension is great
- Huge torque
- Excellent clutch action
- Seat is a bit stiff
- Stock gearing is too high for the trail
The FE501S is a great dual sport motorcycle. It has a few quirks, like the slightly stiff seat and the super-high stock gearing. Fortunately, both are fixable, so they’re not really deal-breakers. Once geared right and with a softer and less slick seat, this baby will give you truly impressive off-road action as well as it does street riding. It runs around 10 grand, but is money well spent.
3. KTM 500EXC
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One of the most powerful Enduro models in its class, this KTM machine is low in weight but high in displacement, at 510.4cc. It has a single cylinder, 4-stroke engine with a 95mm bore and 72mm stroke. The KTM 500EXC sports Brembo hydraulics, a DDS clutch like the FE501S, and a dry weight of 111.5kg. No wonder why it's included in our best street legal motorcycles list.
- Shifting is very smooth
- Big, 2.25gal fuel tank
- Great suspension
- More ground clearance
- A bit tough for long periods of pavement driving
This KTM bike has a lot in common with the Husky above, and actually handles more or less like it. It’s strong, has huge torque, boasts great handling on the trail, shifts like a dream, and has a sufficiently subdued snarl to pass for street usage. It’s even around the same price range. The only real difference worth mentioning is that this one is slightly less comfortable on the road than the FE501S—that’s because it just happens to be a street legal off-roader that’s still primarily an off-roader.
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The TW200 is one of the best-known street legal bikes, and is immediately distinguished from the rest by its slender, lightweight frame and fat, high-traction tires. It has a low seat height, an electric start, and a 4-stroke, air-cooled 196cc engine with an automatic cam chain tensioner for easy maintenance. If you need a 125cc engine, we also compared the Best 125cc Dirt Bikes too. The engine has a counterbalance for minimal vibration and it also has a ground clearance of 10 inches. It has a 5-speed transmission and is passenger-ready.
- Great, grippy tires
- Slightly underpowered
This is the most beginner-friendly bike of all the ones listed here. It’s not only friendly to the greenhorns handling-wise but also in terms of pricing, given that it can actually cost as little as half the two previous bikes in this lineup. That’s a fantastic price, especially when you consider that the TW200 still performs brilliantly enough to please many an expert rider.
That’s even with an underpowered engine; mind you, which should attest to the overall quality of its riding experience. It’s also super-light, so if you do topple over, it’s a simple matter to get it up and going by yourself. Besides, it’s a bike meant to take hits without a flinch—truly something many a beginner will appreciate on the trail.
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With its inverted front forks, the Suzuki DR-Z400SM introduces less unsprung weight and smoother handling to the Suzuki DR-Z400S design. It is also equipped with wider rims and grippier tires than the 400S. It also has a compact 4-stroke liquid-cooled 398cc engine. It can put out 32HP at 7850RPM and 24ft-lbs at 6750RPM.
- Fun and easy to upgrade
- Relatively low maintenance
- Decent stock suspension
- Seat can get slightly uncomfortable after long periods of use
- Somewhat small gas tank
This is another fun little beginner’s bike, typically running anywhere from $6,000 to $7,000. It’s not hugely powerful but has pretty nice handling and can still put out enough power to keep most users happy. It’s also one of the easiest-maintained and easiest-upgraded bikes available. It could use a better seat and gas tank, but it’s still a solid little bike with a lot of fans—give it a spin and you might find you’re one of them, too.
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This bike has a 4-stroke, 4-valve single cylinder 650cc engine married to a 5-speed transmission. It has a large 6.1 gallon tank, a multi-contour seat, a composite cargo rack, and a 41mm telescopic fork. The front and rear brakes are different, with the front being twin pistons and the rear single-pistons. It also has frame-mount fairing. The one downer in this bike is that it still has a carburetor instead of a fuel injection, which is a common feature in more modern bikes such as the Yamaha WR250R.
- Quite cheap for a big adventure bike
- Better stock suspension than the old KLRs
- Decent gas mileage
- Still a bit slow for a 650cc
- Has a lot of “past tech” elements, like a carburetor instead of fuel injection
This hasn’t changed much from the old days, but what has changed about it has done a lot to make it very attractive as a street legal adventure bike. It may be on the big and heavy side like the Honda CRF450L but it’s actually a pretty good off-roader—although of course its bulk means it tends to perform a bit better on the pavement, especially acceleration wise. It does have more off-road-ready suspension than before, though, which is a real boon.
Considering it costs only about $6,500, a lot of people will be giving it a good look right now, particularly when most of the other big adventure bikes cost three times what it does.
These are all great street legal dirt bikes, but it falls to you to choose one based on your needs. Beginners who don’t need a lot of power may want to go with either the Suzuki or Yamaha—they’re really nice riders despite not giving you loads of muscle, and in many situations can actually be more fun than the big boys. Cheaper options are available too, so check out this list of the Greatest Apollo Dirt Bikes.
The Husky and KTM yield bigger power for the trail, although if you really want a huge bike and are willing to put up with a bit of dinosaur in its makeup, the Kawasaki is one of the best street legal dirt bikes for you.
Our list of legal dirt bikes would be great for your next motorcycle adventure. For enthusiasts looking for other options, see this list of the best electric dirt bikes we also reviewed.