Best 2 Stroke Dirt Bike Guide [Trail vs Enduro vs MX]

Wondering what the best 2 stroke dirt bike is? It really depends on what your needs are, whether you’re a new rider or want to ride hard enduro trails.

Either way, I’ll cover the best two stroke models available from the most popular dirt bike brands so that you can choose the one that will suit you best!

For a complete beginners guide to 2 stroke dirt bikes read this first to understand how they work and what’s the difference

Best 2 Stroke For New Riders

20 years ago, 2 stroke dirt bikes were not known to be easy to ride and beginner friendly. However, more brands have come out with models that are designed for you if you’re new to dirt biking. 

The best 2 stroke dirt bikes for a beginner are:

KDX200 is a good 2 stroke trail bike for beginners
The original 2 stroke trail bike.

Why it’s important to start on a beginner friendly dirt bike

A good beginner bike has less power, which makes it easier to ride and builds your confidence much quicker. Too many new riders start on a powerful dirt bike, thinking it will make them go fast, but they end up getting frustrated because they lack the skill and control to stay on 2 wheels.

Learning to ride a dirt bike off-road with control is hard enough, unless you start with proper riding techniques from my Virtual Dirt Biker School here.

Best 2 Stroke Trail Bikes

Trail riding is the most common type of dirt biking to start out on, other than riding in your yard or an open field. This means that most trail bikes are good for beginners, but there are more options if you’re a better rider. 

The best two stroke dirt bikes for trail riding are:

  • KTM 150XCW
  • Beta 200RR
  • KTM 250XCW TPI
  • Husqvarna TE 300

Top Enduro 2 Stroke Models

Enduro riding is the next step up from basic trail riding. It generally consists of technical single track trails, also known as hard enduro riding. 


For this kind of riding, you’ll want more performance. This means more power, better suspension and a setup that won’t overheat, which is why 4 stroke bikes don’t work as well.

The best 2 stroke dirt bikes for hard enduro are:

  • KTM 250XC
  • Yamaha YZ250X
  • Husqvarna TX 300
  • Beta 300RR
  • Sherco SE 300 Factory

Best 2 Stroke For Tall Riders

Pretty much any enduro or motocross bike will be tall, comparatively speaking. If you’re riding motocross tracks, then the YZ250 2 stroke has a slightly taller seat height than most European bikes.

If you want to ride trails, then the YZ250X is the better bike for woods riding.

Both bikes can be made to fit you more comfortably with taller handlebars and a seat. For a complete guide on making your dirt bike feel bigger click here.

Best 2 Stroke Motocross Bikes

There’s so many good motocross bikes these days. They’re pretty much all reliable if you do simple maintenance and don’t ride like a fool.

But, if you’re new to mx riding, the best 2 stroke dirt bikes for you are:

  1. Yamaha YZ125
  2. KTM 150SX
  3. Honda CR125
  4. Kawasaki KX125
The YZ125 is a good choice if you want to start racing motocross
2006 YZ125; Yamaha set the standard for 125 2-strokes in ’06.

Looking for more power? The 250cc class is still around, but like the 125’s, there’s only a few choices.

The best 250 2 strokes for motocross are:

  1. KTM 250SX
  2. Yamaha YZ250

Best 2 Stroke For Teens

If your son or daughter is stepping up to the big bike class, a 2 stroke is a great way to keep teaching them proper riding technique. With that said, you don’t want them to start on a 250 or 300cc bike or else they’ll get into trouble real quick.

The best 2 stroke dirt bikes for teens 13 years and older are:

  • Kawasaki KDX200
  • Yamaha YZ125
  • Beta 200RR
  • KTM 150XCW
  • KTM 200XCW
KTM 200XCW is a great 2 stroke trail bike for newer riders or tall teens
My 200XCW is a great bike but it’s a little tall for my liking.

How To Make A 2 Stroke Dirt Bike Faster & More Reliable

There’s an easy way to tune a 2 stroke dirt bike without spending much, if any, of your money. The simple answer is in the jetting, but it’s becoming a lost art. I break it down and show you how to do it and why it can give you more power without blowing up your engine. Click here to learn more.


Kelley Fager

I help newer riders learn to safely ride with confidence by teaching basic techniques in a way that's easy to understand. Learn To Ride With Control Here

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