FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What is the FX Mountain Moto?
A: It’s the world’s lightest off-road motorcycle, a superlight dirt bike that crosses over between motocross and mountain bike to form a totally new category of ‘mountain motorcycle’ – that’s why we call it Mountain Moto!
Q: Is it really the world’s lightest off-road motorcycle? By how much?
A: At 125lb / 57kg ready to ride, we know of no other high performance adult sized dirt bike that comes close. Sikk was the first company to follow the FX Bikes concept with a similar looking machine that has a claimed weight of 161lb / 73kg (not sure if this is ready to ride or dry weight). Trials motorcycles weigh around the same (minimum 152lb / 69kg dry weight for adult size) but have no seat and very specific setup for low speed obstacle-tackling. Some kids-sized bikes are lighter than the FX, such as the Scorpa 4-Tricks, a BMX-sized bike with a 70cc engine targeted at skate park riding. Otherwise, if you want an adult-sized dirt bike you are looking at 200lb / 90kg to 265lb / 120kg or more, standard.
Q: What can I do on an FX?
A: The FX Mountain Moto is perfect for seasoned adventure riders to explore virgin territory, or for virgin dirt bike riders to explore a new world of adventure!
FX wants to put high performance and superb handling in the hands of as many people
as possible, to provide the dramatic increase in safety and fun factor
which only a quality motorcycle can provide. The FX Mountain Moto
can be used for trail riding, play riding, hill-climbing. It offers the
maneuverability of a trials bike with a comfortable motocross-style riding position that fits most almost anyone, grown-ups and teenagers.
Q: Where can I ride it?
A: FX can be ridden on motorcycle trails, mini motocross tracks anywhere an off-road motorcycle can ride and more. It is ideally suited to tight trails and technical singletracks, and, due to its agility and nimbleness, is also a superb companion for hunting & fishing.
Remember – the FX Mountain Moto is a motorcycle, albeit one which is very gentle on the terrain, thanks to its lightness and smooth power delivery. If you wish to ride on private property, you may need permission from the owner of the land.
Q: I have a CRF 50/Replica/pit bike engine at home. Can I buy the FX
Mountain Moto without an engine and install my own?
A: You can order the FX Mountain Moto without the engine at a reduced price, but we don’t recommend it. Some engines don’t fit easily and require modifications at a machine shop, which can quickly cost you what you would have saved, plus it voids your warranty, so unless you have a super-kitted race engine and workshop access, we recommend buying your FX complete and keep your engine for a spare.
Q: Where do FX Bikes come from?
FX Bikes started in Christchurch, New Zealand, and has just recently opened its first office in California, USA. Our bikes were dreamed up, designed, developed and
dirt-tested in NZ, a small country that has a history of spawning new sports and recreation ideas like jet boats and bungy jumping. Now our testing and development program includes riders from the USA and Canada, and will grow in these countries and many others.
Q: Can I test ride a Mountain Moto?
A: We have limited availability for demo & test rides in California. So far almost all our orders have come sight unseen from people who instantly click with the Mountain Moto concept, often people who ride dirt bikes and mountain bikes and have dreamed of this kind of crossover for some time, or people who just want the lightest off-road bike they can get. Keep in touch for more demo opportunities as our network grows.
Q: Is the FX Mountain Moto fitted with mountain bike brakes?
A: No. We use motocross brakes, because most mountain bike
brakes lack the strength to pull up even a superlight motorbike and tend to fade after a while. (In some of the images on this website, you may see the bike fitted with mountain bike brakes: these photos were taken during the development and testing process, and
the brakes were fitted for testing purposes).
Q: How much does the FX Mountain Moto cost?
A: Check out the ‘Sales’ page of the website for latest prices.
Q: How and when can I get one?!
A: Check the ‘Sales’ page on our website for latest info and email or call to find out more.
Q: Do you sell just a frame-set? If not, why not?
A: No, we do not sell frame-sets. The rider’s safety
is of supreme importance to FX Bikes. The components our Mountain Motos are
fitted with have been carefully chosen, strenuously tested and proven to
withstand the structural stresses and demands of the machine, and we
will not put the lives of our customers at risk by encouraging the use
of forks or other components which have not been tested and proven safe. The FX is still a motorcycle, albeit a very light one. And it is the lightweight nature of its components which requires them to be exceptionally durable and strong.
Q: Do you have dealers in the US?
A: We have a sales office in the US, and at first we are selling factory direct. If you have a favorite dealer a good idea is to ask them to think about being your local FX sales and service center.
Q: Do you have dealers in Europe, UK, Australia, New Zealand, etc.?
A: To reduce costs and get to know our customers as closely as possible, we will ship direct from our factory until we roll out our dealer network. Like most new model motorcycles, the initial focus of our sales and support is in a concentrated region, in this case the USA. But we will eventually ship to most places in the world so please ask us about getting your name on the wait list while early bird discounts still apply.
Q: I’d like to become an FX Bikes dealer. Where can I find more
information on setting up an FX Bikes dealership?
A: Send an email to [email protected] along with some information on your background and your current or envisaged operations and we’ll see what we can work out together.
Your question isn’t answered here? Try our blog, which will grow with information over time, or get in contact, we’re happy to talk.