- "The classic bike for tooling the neighborhood or doing a double peg grind. Reinforced steel, super comfortable seat that wont cut off the circulation to your scrotum too bad. (i.e. for wimps!) A great deal for the cash-strapped."
The BMX, as implied, is a BMX bike sporting a compact frame, wheels, and a sturdy handlebar. While the San Andreas rendition consists only of the bare essentials, the Vice City Stories rendition comes with padding on portions of the frame. Vice City Stories also features a female variation of the BMX, which features a step-through frame (as opposed to a diamond frame), a pink frame color and a front mounted basket. The Vice City Stories rendition features larger wheels and higher handlebars, appearing larger than the San Andreas rendition. In Grand Theft Auto V the BMX has almost the same design from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas but looks even smaller. Despite the bicycle's description stating it has pegs, the in-game model does not feature pegs. The BMX in GTA San Andreas features a bell, whilst the BMX in Vice City Stories and GTA V does not. In GTA San Andreas and GTA V, bicycles are ridden by pedestrians. In Vice City Stories, however, only the protagonist will ride a bicycle.
One of the BMX's major advantages is its maneuverability. In addition to its compact size, the BMX also allows the player to execute super high bunny-hops along with the standard fare of wheelies and stoppies. In Vice City Stories, players can only execute a low bunny hop using the BMX.
The BMX's top speed, however, is wedged between that of the Bike and the Mountain Bike, and is not considerably fast as a result. The BMX is also unintended for off-road use, as the player is prone to dismounts from the bike and the resulting injuries; neither is it suited for getaways when pursued by cops.
In Grand Theft Auto V the BMX is not as fast as the Race Bikes and the Scorcher but is faster than the Cruiser, which is the slowest bike in the game. The BMX is quite small and light, making it easier to perform stunts such as bunny hops and wheelies. The bike is quite maneuverable, owing to its light weight and short wheelbase.
The BMX in GTA San Andreas and Vice City Stories is indestructible, though will burst into flames if it rests upside down, and the BMX in Vice City Stories can be damaged by the Flamethrower. In GTA V, BMXs are no longer indestructible, and the wheels can break off if the player collides with another object at high speed.
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Prominent Appearances in Missions
The BMX is the first vehicle the player uses in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. During the mission Sweet & Kendl, four BMX bikes are used as "getaway vehicles" by Carl Johnson, Sweet, Ryder and Big Smoke to go back to Grove Street after the Ballas destroyed Smokes's car.
Also in GTA San Andreas, the player can participate in a side mission called the BMX Challenge where Carl must pass through a number of red coronas.
In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, Vic can use a BMX bike in the mission Kill Phil: Part 2 while he is inside the Hyman Memorial Stadium. This the best way to travel through the Stadium as there is a limited amount of time.
GTA San Andreas
- Parked next to Roboi's Food Mart in Commerce, Los Santos. (Starts the courier side mission for Roboi's Food Mart)
- Usually parked on the front lawn of the house across from the Johnson House. It may not always spawn though.
- Parked in the skate park in Glen Park right next to the skate ramp. (Starts mini mission BMX Challenge when entered)
- Parked in the alley behind Ammu-Nation in Palomino Creek.
- Parked in a small alleyway between some houses in East Los Santos.
- Parked on the pier in Verona Beach.
- Parked next to the trailer in the Angel Pine Junkyard. (Not in PC version)
- Spawns regularly around Ganton.
- Spawns regularly around East Los Santos.
- Spawns regularly around Foster Valley.
- Spawns by the Police Station in Los Santos. (Only if the game progress is 100%)
- Parked behind the garage of the house in Palisades, San Fierro.
GTA Vice City Stories
- Inside the Vice Point Mall (It automatically activates the mission Mashin' Up The Mall when the player gets on it and it cannot be removed from the mall).
- Besides Stonewall J's in Little Havana.
- The dirt-track in Downtown, activates the BMX Time Trials.
- The pink step-through frame variant can be found west of the Mendez Mansion.
- Parked between some decrepit house in Little Haiti
- Parked in the apartments behind Malibu Club in Vice Point.
- Inside Hyman Memorial Stadium during the mission Kill Phil: Part 2 only.
- Can be bought for $500 from Pandmcycles.com.
- Can be found around the streets and alleyways in Chamberlain Hills with The Families members riding them. They will attack the player if their bike is hijacked.
- Can be found around Grove Street in Davis, usually ridden by the Ballas.
- Can be found at Vespucci Beach in a Skate Park.
- Spawns beside 'BIG' Juice Strand on Arthur's Pass Trails, Vinewood Hills, Los Santos County.
- Can spawn at the half pipe at BJ Smith Recreational Center.
- Spawns at the half pipe at Broker Park, in East Vinewood.
- Often seen being ridden by some cyclists at the Redwood Lights Track during evening hours.