Venom Vmx 450 Dirt Bike
One look at the Venom VMX 450 Dirt Bike and you know it means business! Everything about this radio controlled motorcycle is something that you'd like in a motorbike. It comes with a big engine, is in 1:4 scale and there is a lot of room for making adjustments, improvements and general tinkering about. All in all, the Venom VMX 450 Dirt Bike is the perfect motorcycle for the radio controlled hobbyist who is looking for power and speed with durability and control.
Unpacking the Venom VMX 450 Dirt Bike
The entire experience begins with the box and from the word go, the size is quite awe-inspiring. Everyone loves to hold a big solid motorcycle in their hands because of the confidence it gives you about its structure. This bike is no different! It comes as a Ready-to-Run model with only the battery pack requiring assembly, so you can hit the road almost instantly. The bike has a massive V 540 4800kv brushless electric motor and that means just one thing - power!
The chain-drive system on the Venom VMX 450 Dirt Bike looks and feels strong, and it is. In fact, the moist impressive thing about the model is the impressive use of aluminium. You just don't feel like you're holding a radio controlled model - it is solid as an Ox! In fact, the aluminium also adds a bit to the look and while it's no chrome, it still lends a bit of shine and sheen to the bike.
The Venom VMX 450 Dirt Bike is a tad bit expensive but then, it is a bigger bike with a bigger motor, so you won't be rushing in for upgrades anytime soon. The side-guards need to be installed too but that's a few minute's job. The LiPo battery pack that comes with the model is perfect although you can put in your own variety and it's just as good as anything you can buy in hobby stores today. The Venom VMX 450 Dirt Bike, however, is not meant for absolute RC bike novices and you might need a break-in period to learn the process of controlling and running the bike.
Running Riot with the Venom VMX 450 Dirt Bike
To say that you will remember your time with the Venom VMX 450 Dirt Bike is an understatement. The first thing to remember is that the bike leans when turning and turns while leaning. As a result, it might take a bit of getting used to if this is the first time you are running a bike like this. That means, when you want to turn, say, right, the front wheel of the Venom VMX 450 Dirt Bike will actually turn a bit to the left, forcing the bike to lean over to the right and make the turn. The opposite-turn of the front wheel helps maintain balance during that leaning process.
With a bit of time and practice, you get used to this concept - something that you'll often see riders do in real-life Motocross racing. Just give yourself a bit of time and space and you will get the hang of this, the most important bit about running the Venom VMX 450 Dirt Bike. Another thing about this bike is that it forces you to think ahead about what you are going to do. Although it is a Ready-to-Run RC motorbike, you'll need time before you can just hit the road and do everything you want to with it. It takes some practice before you can actually accomplish simple things like turns and U-turns, but once you get there, it's smooth-sailing from there on.
For track-racing, you will need a lot of practice simply because of its unique turning methodology but here's the deal - if you are running it on a dirt-track, at high speeds, you are likely to get a bit of drift-turning ability here thanks to the way the controller works.
The Venom VMX 450 Dirt Bike is one solid bike and you can get around at pretty high speeds, catching a bit of air and landing quite smoothly all the time. It runs on almost all-terrains and has been tested out extensively on mud, slush and even snow, without any issues. Even in the worst conditions, the Venom VMX 450 Dirt Bike eats up jumps for breakfast, if you can aim it well-enough i.e. There aren't too many issues with the landing and the rear-wheel gyro does a great job of keeping the bike upright and steady on landing.
What's more, the bike can take those high jumps and hard landings, even on tarmac or concrete, without flinching. The pain-job might get chipped here and there from crashes but you can rest assured, the bike itself will be unharmed and ready to run again. If you are a new hobbyist or new at the RC bike arena, we wouldn't recommend this to you. However, if you are already quite experienced at running different kinds of RC bikes, then the Venom VMX 450 Dirt Bike is the perfect model for you!