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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
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.
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
- Weight59.7 pounds
We love that the MM-e250-PR comes pre-assembled, which makes this a very easy gift to give (especially if you’re having the item dispatched elsewhere)- all the while coming with a toolkit, so you still have the option to play or customize to your heart’s content.
This isn’t the most powerful mini motorbike out there, but it’s still great fun and the easy-to-use set-up makes this a great option for first timers who are yet to get to grips with the ins and outs of motorbike life. All-in-all, this is the best mini bike for newbies.
Comes pre-assembled, so no need for a mechanic
Heavy-duty frame can handle the bumps and jumps
Speed limiting feature, ideal for children
- BrandMonster Moto
- Weight51 pounds
Looking incredibly sleek and stylish, the Gas Pocket Bike from Rosso Motors is a great choice if you prefer the feel of a gas-powered mini motorbike. This option combines an aerodynamic frame with a powerful engine, with speeds reaching 25mph- making this a great choice for teens who are looking to get to grips with the feel of a full-sized bike, without the risk of full-sized speeds.
The maximum distance you’ll get out of this bike is around 20 miles, which is due not only to the engine but the 11-inch pneumatic rubber tires. Even better, the customer service has been lauded by reviewers, as the manufacturer always has the right parts in stock.
Gas fueled for more power
Light, aerodynamic frame
Perfect for 13 years and up
- BrandRosso Motors
- Weight42 pounds
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.
A great mini dirt bike for kids
Dual suspension softens the jumps and bumps
Higher weight limit of 175 pounds
- Weight112 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.
Very high weight limit of 220 pounds
Provides a comfortable ride with dual suspension
Very large, powerful tires
- Weight114.3 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.
Very powerful pocket bike
Sturdy and well-made, for lots of heavy-duty fun
Gas-powered up to 98cc
- BrandColeman Powersports
- Weight82 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.
One of the fastest options on our list
Front and rear disc brakes, so less chance of tipping when stopping
Great for street riding
- Weight53 pounds
Designed for younger riders to have fun on off-road, flatter surfaces, the Mini Motorcycle from Go Bowen is made with the experience of fun with your friends and family in mind. This particular option has some nice features, such as a longer range for riding- while the 4-stroke engine means less maintenance as you no longer need to mix oil and fuel.
This is a great choice for beginners, and you’ll have a lot of fun, but the lack of suspension or safety features holds it back. Still, for those who are a little more relaxed about riding their mini bikes and those who don’t want to splash out on an expensive ride, this is a great choice.
Tubed steel frame for additional stability
1.2-liter engine means longer rides
No need to mix fuel and oil
- BrandGo Bowen
- Weight55 pounds
A great choice for fans of motocross riding, this bike takes direct inspiration from Jeremy McGrath and so would make a great gift for keen kids of the motocross world. Bear in mind that this choice has a surprising level of power from the 3, 12-volt battery system which sees this mini dirt bike carry a lot of power with it’s high-torque design.
The dual suspension and riser handlebars make for easier riding, while the knobby tires keep grip perfectly over tougher surfaces. This really is a great choice for mid-range riders who might be looking for the next step up on their mini bike journey.
Lasts up to 40 minutes with continuous use
Inspired by Jeremy McGrath
Features dual suspension for easier riding
- Weight113 pounds
Our final pick comes with a classic motorbike design that will delight road-based mini motorcyclists. The black TT250 from Burromax has been created to bridge the gap between classic mini chopper bikes and the safer, simpler pocket bikes. The power, however, comes at the lower end of the mini motorbike range, making it a great choice for kids.
Again, the twist grip does a great job at keeping the theme of the classic bike going and the 8-hour battery life means you can have a great time with your kids when it comes to days out, without worrying about lugging this pocket bike home with you. Just be aware that there’s no suspension on this option and only one disc brake (located at the rear of the bike).
Classic motorbike look
Mid-weight power, making it a good choice for younger kids
Up to 8 hours riding time
- Weight54 pounds
Best Mini Bikes Buying Guide & FAQ
Things to Consider When Buying a Mini Bike
First thing’s first: you’ll need to check out if you are allowed to ride a bike in the streets near you- or you can 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 Cycle 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.
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- or 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.
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 bikes, 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 filer 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.
Best Mini Bikes FAQ:
Q: What is a minibike?
A: 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?
A: 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?
A: 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 14mph 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.