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Published Jun. 25, 2019

If you’re new to the world of motorbikes and aren’t quite ready for the bigger engines- or, if you have kids who are keen to get involved in the motorcycling world- mini bikes are certainly one of the best options for you. Small but mighty, these mini dirt bikes are rough and ready to play- at a fraction of the cost in both dollars and risk.

Below, we discuss the best mini bikes and what makes them perfect for the rider in you. We’ll also be answering those all-important, frequently asked questions and letting you know everything there is to know about these pocket bikes.

The Best Mini Bike

Another choice from the masters at Razor, the MX500 is designed for those teens who want to have a go at dirt biking without risking the harm that comes with full-sized dirt bikes. The dual suspension is a huge bonus here, as you’ll find yourself easily navigating simpler jumps and bumps of dirt tracks without causing any unwanted damage to your own rear.

You won’t get a lot of distance out of this particular option- with the guide rating up to 10 miles per charge- but it’s still a lot of fun to ride and comes at a great price. Ideal for testing the tracks before committing to a larger bike.

Key Features
  • A great mini dirt bike for kids
  • Dual suspension softens the jumps and bumps
  • Higher weight limit of 175 pounds
Specification
  • Brand Razor
  • Model 15128190
  • Weight 112 pounds

True to its origins, the MX-series of mini dirt bikes look strikingly like scaled-down versions of their full-size counterparts. Razor makes incredible electric motocross mini bikes and you’ll be seeing them a lot on our list- but our favorite has to be the MX350 Dirt Rocket, which looks great, comes at an amazing price and packs just enough of a punch to be suitable for both younger kids and young-at-heart adults.

We love that this pocket bike is powerful enough to provide a great ride, sturdy enough to handle the standard bumps of going off-road but stable and affordable enough to be a great option for a kids first mini dirt bike.

Key Features
  • Electric motocross bike for off-roading
  • Ideal for teenagers and hobbyist aged 13 and above
  • Amazing price that won’t leave you out of pocket
Specification
  • Brand Razor
  • Model 15128040
  • Weight 59.7 pounds

Next up is the MX650 (named after the 650-watt motor) from Razor. This is a bike that comes as a good mid-range starting point for those who want to head a little farther or go a little faster but still aren’t ready to commit the big bucks to full-sized motorbikes.

Not ideal for younger kids, the starting range of this option is from 16 years upwards, which is understandable given the top speed of 17mph (faster than a lot of options out there- especially at this price). Of course, the higher weight limit means that this is also a great choice for adults who just want to have a little fun.

Key Features
  • Very high weight limit of 220 pounds
  • Provides a comfortable ride with dual suspension
  • Very large, powerful tires
Specification
  • Brand Razor
  • Model 15165090
  • Weight 114.3 pounds

Easily cruising in as the most powerful choice on our list, the Coleman CT100U from Coleman Powersports is designed to handle like a full-sized motorbike at a pocket bike size. This is perfect for big kids who want to have a lot of fun on a smaller bike- but not so ideal for younger riders, so be sure to know the risks if you’re looking to grab this for your teen.

The marketing for this bike has placed this bike as a great mini dirt bike- however, there’s no suspension on only a rear disc brake, so get yourself accustomed to this mini bike before taking it onto the tougher tracks.

Key Features
  • Very powerful pocket bike
  • Sturdy and well-made, for lots of heavy-duty fun
  • Gas-powered up to 98cc
Specification
  • Brand Coleman Powersports
  • Model CT100U
  • Weight 82 pounds

Slightly more expensive than some of the other options out there, this 4-stroke, gas-powered mini bike is still a great choice for a few reasons. Firstly, this pocket bike looks amazing and comes highly-rated as a great ride for newbies, being so easy to handle- a big benefit for new riders in the mini motorbike game!

Secondly, it comes with a pretty high range at 42km from it’s 1.2-liter engine- ideal for a little runaround mini bike that can actually get you places. Finally, it’s a great mid-range minibike, as it has a maximum speed of 18mph but comes with quite a nippy little engine at 40cc.

Key Features
  • One of the fastest options on our list
  • Front and rear disc brakes, so less chance of tipping when stopping
  • Great for street riding
Specification
  • Brand XtremepowerUS
  • Model GPB-W
  • Weight 53 pounds

Sporting a long-lasting motor rated at 200cc, the M Massimo Motor Warrior200 is a good-looking trail bike with a top speed rating of 30 miles per hour. It has a 280-pound carrying capacity, which makes it suitable for both kids and adults. It’s generally easy to operate and even a beginner will find it easy to control.

The bike has a durable design and a plethora of extra features guaranteed to ease your riding experience. This includes a kick-stand, sturdy braking system, chain guard, an exhaust heat shield, and a storage compartment for keeping your accessories. For optimal rider safety, the bike features a built-in kill switch that immediately stops the engine in case you need to make an emergency stop.

Key Features
  • 200cc engine
  • Can carry up to 280 pounds
  • Can attain a top speed of 30 mph
  • Easy to start, control, and stop
Specification
  • Brand M Massimo Motor
  • Model Warrior200-196CC
  • Weight 152 pounds

This dirt bike from X-Pro is designed with a four-stroke engine that’s not only durable, but also offers a smooth start and a steady acceleration. This is one of the reasons that it’s great for beginners and children since they will have an easy time controlling the speed of the bike until they can gain enough confidence on the road.

The bike is designed for children 4-7 years old, and it features a pull-start engine so it should be easy for young children to get it started. An air-cooled engine prevents overheating and allows the user to ride continuously.

Key Features
  • Four-stroke air-cooled engine
  • Features both front and rear disc brakes
  • EPA-approved
Specification
  • Brand X-Pro
  • Model LY40MT1
  • Weight 44 pounds

Featuring a 49cc engine, the Holeshot X is a well-built mini dirt bike that’s designed to give beginners a comfortable ride. It has a two-stroke engine that operates rather quietly. Also included is a speed limiter that allows you to choose the maximum riding speed. You can choose between 15 and 30 miles per hour.

A front and rear disc brake allow for comfortable braking, and a rear suspension system offers a comfortable ride on rugged terrain. Since the bike is lightweight, it should be easy to ride and control for young riders. It has a maximum weight capacity of 160 pounds so bigger kids can enjoy it as well.

Key Features
  • 2-stroke engine
  • Speed limiter included
  • Front and rear disc brake
Specification
  • Brand SYX MOTO
  • Model Holeshot Series
  • Weight 48.5 pounds

The X-Pro Supersized Mini Bike is another great option for both adults and kids. It has an automatic transmission with a durable 200cc engine that can maintain a maximum speed of 25 miles per hour. Starting the bike is fairly easy owing to its pull-start system, and it has a large capacity fuel tank so you can ride for a relatively long time without refueling.

Since it has a large size, it can accommodate adults weighing up to 200 pounds, and the large tires give it a height advantage over other minibikes. Also, the large and wide tires are great for offroading since they can easily move through rough terrain. A dual front suspension system will also help to cushion the effect of bumps and obstacles when offroading.

Key Features
  • 200cc, four-stroke engine
  • 200-pound maximum carrying capacity
  • Dual front suspension system
Specification
  • Brand X-Pro
  • Model DB-S001
  • Weight 48.5 pounds

Best Mini Bikes Buying Guide & FAQ

Things to Consider When Buying a Mini Bike

  • Location

First things first: You’ll need to check out if you are allowed to ride a bike in the streets near you. You can also check online to find a local kart track that is mini bike friendly.  Sometimes a few modifications, such as the addition of lights, to your mini bike can make it comply with local and state regulations, but always check before riding.  If street riding is okay near you or you can find a suitable location, then you should be OK to go ahead.  Of course, if there’s nothing near to you where you can ride, it may be an idea to put things on hold.

  • Fuel

There are two different fuels used for mini bikes, the options being gas or electric. Gas powered pocket bikes have more power than electric, and they can quickly be refueled. However, these gas bikes are more expensive and will generally require more maintenance. In short, they require more maintenance and are better for regular users.

Electric powered mini bikes are less expensive than gas and need less maintenance. Of course, this added convenience can be negated by the loss of power, when compared to gas and will need time to recharge the battery after riding.

  • Personal Preference

There are lots of different mini motorbikes out there, even custom-built ones to your own specification, and there are lots of different reasons for choosing to buy one. So, read on, we’ll cover the main points and help you choose the best mini bike.

Who Should Buy a Mini Bike?

Have you always dreamed of owning and riding a custom-built motorcycle but it’s been beyond your budget?  Well, a mini bike can make that dream become a reality. The smaller size means they come in at a lower cost and, of course, you can get that custom uniqueness.

Maybe you are new to riding or looking to get your first bike. Again, the mini motorcycle is ideal for you as its size makes it easier to handle. Naturally, if you feel confident and you are in control, you’re less likely to be involved in any major accidents, so there’s the safety aspect.

Perhaps you’ve found yourself with an itch to try out tricks or something a bit more adventurous. Maybe you have young kids who want to go for a spin, in which case the mini motorbike is ideal for you and your family. The lower power and smaller size make these pocket bikes the perfect recreational vehicle.

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Different Types of Pocket Bikes

Pocket Bikes can range from a powerful, gasoline-powered four stroke engine down to the electric-powered bike. The 110 – 125cc gasoline version can read speeds of around 60 – 80 mph whereas the electric bike coasts at around 10-15 mph (16 – 24 km/h). These bikes are called by various names: Mini Bike, Pit Bike, Pocket Bike, Super Pocket Bike and Mini Chopper, so a general overview of the names is useful before heading out to buy.

The Mini Bike is just that, a motor bike that is smaller than the averaged sized motorcycle. This can mean they are more affordable, easier to maintain and maybe even easier for a first-time rider to handle. All in all, a good choice for your first motor bike.

The Pocket Bike is only around a quarter of the size of the average motorcycle, but the two-stroke engine version can still reach speeds of around 25 to 35 mph. Upgrade that to a four-stroke engine and you are cruising at 60 to 80 mph! Not bad going for a little guy!

The average pocket bike can be a good choice for both adults and children, as long as you’re safe and educate yourself about the rules of the road before setting out. If you already enjoy supporting race meets or even having a go at racing yourself, this could be the one for you. Whoever is riding though, always make sure the correct protective gear is being worn- after all, there’s some stylish fear out there. Don’t forget to set a good example to the children, it will serve them well for the future.

The Super Pocket Bike often comes with lots of upgrades on the basic Pocket Bike- hence the ‘super’! We’re talking headlights, signal lights, horn and keyed ignition system just for starters. Add to that a cushioned seat, flexible suspension and electric ignition. The sky’s the limit- as long as you have the cash for it, of course. Bear in mind that the top speeds of these little ‘supers’ can be almost double those of the regular mini bikes- so therefore aren’t always the best choice for younger folk.

If you are in the market for a custom-built bike, check out the Mini Chopper. As I’m sure you can guess by the name, this is a smaller version of the regular chopper and, like the Super Pocket Bike, it has lots of variations. Start by choosing your engine, industrial, power sport, ATV, then rims for tires and maybe even larger pneumatic wheels for the back. You may be looking for a Mini Bike for a specific use, such as a dirt bike. The Mini Chopper can be made to your specifications and isn’t going to cost as much as a regular-sized custom-built bike. As it’s a smaller size means it can be made in a shorter time too.

How to Choose the Correct Size Mini Bike

Manufacturers always provide recommendations with their Mini Bikes, so be sure to read through carefully and abide by these guidelines. The recommendations give weight and height limits for riders and also advice regarding the skill level of the rider. Naturally, to be safe, the more powerful the machine, the more skill the rider will need to stay in control. Ride safe and ride long!

Pocket Bike Maintenance Tips

If you want to ride a minibike, you really should know how to maintain and care for it. Even younger kids can get involved with the simpler tasks and learn but, of course, they’ll need help and supervision! It’s a great way to get to know your bike, fellow riders and can be very rewarding.

Tires:  Easy to check and Maintain. Firstly, check in your bike manual to see what pressure is recommended before inflating or deflating your tires and always check for any visual damage before riding.

Chains:  Again, check for any visual damage and make sure the chain is taut enough to run.  Lubricate before riding. This is how energy from the engine gets to the wheels so it’s important to check carefully.

Air Filter:  Engines use clean air to help cool it and run smoothly. If it’s not filtered properly, dirt and particles can get into the engine and cause damage so it’s important to clean the filter regularly. You’ll find the air filter under a protective cover at the front of the engine.

Spark Plugs:  Another easy, visual check to keep your bike working well. The spark plug ignites the fuel, if it’s dirty or damaged, your bike won’t start! Look for any white discoloration on the plug.  His could mean the engine is running too hot or the fuel isn’t mixed correctly. Always keep clean and replace any plug as soon as it shows any damage or when worn out.

Fuel and Oil:  Here’s another one for the manual. You don’t need to change the oil if your bike uses a fuel and oil mixture, so check with your manual first. The fuel and oil mixture is 25 parts fuel and one part oil before you fill up the tank but only if your bike uses a fuel and oil mixture!

Throttle:  Very important as the throttle starts the ignition. It is connected to the engine by a cable. Take a good visual check to make sure there are no breaks in it and that it is clean before going for a ride.

Brakes:  Again, very important to check before riding for obvious reasons. There are two main parts to check here, the cable and the drum. As above, give a visual check to the cable making sure it is clean and there is no damage. The drum should be checked to make sure it is fitting in place properly. If unsure, check with a fellow bike enthusiast who does their own maintenance or with mechanic.

Carburetor:  This is a more complicated bit of kit that mixes air from the air filter with the fuel. If the mix is too rich or too poor, the engine will sound rough and become damaged. In this case it’s best to leave it to the professionals and have a mechanic check it out for you.

You’re sure to pick up more maintenance tips and gain more experience by working on your bike with fellow enthusiasts.  Check out your local group.

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Best Mini Bikes FAQ:

Q: What is a minibike?

Minibikes and Pocket Bikes are slightly different, but people tend to interchange the names.  So, for the record: The Minibike originated as a small-wheeled motor scooter built in Webster City, Ohio in the late 1940s by the Beam Manufacturing Company and marketed under the name of ‘Hiawatha’.  By the late 1950s into the early 60s, people started to build their own at home using spare parts and lawnmower engines.  They became popular with children around this time.  As demand increased, small independents and some major industries began manufacturing them.  Some of these companies, such as ‘Rupp’, gained a cult-following. Usually, the Mini Motorbike has a 4-stoke engine, chain drive, flathead engine and a centrifugal clutch. A Pocket Bike is generally used in Pocket Bike racing on kart racing tracks.  They look similar to a sports bike and range between 20 inches (50cm) to around 3ft 3 inches (1M).  They can be gasoline or electric-powered with a 39 – 50cc approx. 2 stroke engine.  There’s also a Super Pocket Bike version with a 110cc 4-stoke engine.

Q: Can I ride a pocket bike on the street?

This depends on your state or local municipality, so always check.  Many do not allow pocket bikes to be ridden on highways, public roads, streets or trails. As a general guideline, check if your pocket bike needs to be registered with the DMV. If it doesn’t, it’s probably not a good idea to drive them in your area.

Q: Are mini bikes safe for children?

First of all, let’s be clear that a mini motorcycle is not a toy. Children must be properly instructed on how to ride safely, must wear the correct protective gear, ride the age and skill appropriate vehicle and be supervised. Dr Jonathan Cohen, an orthopedic surgeon in Modesto, Calif. researched the safety of motocross because his own children wanted to take up the sport. He discovered that injuries were extremely rare in children up to the age of eleven years old, probably because of the low powered, small bikes they were riding. However, as with all sports, there will bumps and bruises along the way.

Our Top Pick

The MX350 from Razor shot to the top of our list, not only because of its high ratings and many happy customers but thanks to the sheer fun that this option brings to the table. It’s ideal for younger kids as it’s not too powerful, without losing any of the thrill at a top speed of 14 miles per hour yet is stable enough to handle the lumps and bumps that come with minibike riding. With some assembly required, you can be having fun in a local park with your kids in next to no time.

Sources:

  1. What Are “Pocket Bikes” or “Mini-Motorcycles”? – Legal Match
  2. A Dangerous Sport? – The New York Times

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