Since the early s pit bike racing, a sport similar to motocross, has become popular in the United States, especially in Southern California. The name pit bike originated from the use of a Honda Z50 to ride around the pit areas of dirt bike races and race events across the United States. The fairly cheap price and the mobility of these bikes made them easy to use at racing events.
By the time the trend caught, Honda had changed the name from Z50 to XR50 in and made great changes to the bike. A few of these changes include a plastic gas tank, single rear shock, spoke wheels, seat, plastics, total rede of the frame, and the total appearance of the bike. As teenagers and young adults began to show interest in Z50's, companies started to be formed which make upgraded aftermarket parts for pit bikes that make them comfortable and powerful for bigger riders. Some of these parts include heavy duty suspension, tall handle bars, tall seats, and big bore kits.
As more and more people put these upgraded parts on their Z50's their popularity grew and lead to pit bike races across the United States.
InKawasaki came out with the KLX This bike, as with Honda's XR50, was deed for smaller riders. The KLX is bigger and faster than an CRF50 and has a greater top speed so it needs fewer parts to make it comfortable for bigger riders.
Pit bike riders realized this and started moving their focuses to the KLX Due to the popularity of the sport, many pit bike race series have appeared in various parts of the United States. Sincestarting with the SDG Speed Mini, an alternative to upgraded kids' bikes became available. In Xtreme Motor Corp, a company founded by ex-motocross champ Guy Cooper, and SDG began producing fully upgraded Chinese pit bikes, unfortunately in they went out of business.
These pit bikes were deed around the Honda CRF's frame and used larger displacement engines, as well as tall handle bars, stronger suspension, and various other upgrades. The demand for these production minis was not quite as great as these companies had anticipated.
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