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An easy-to-ride trail machine for the ranch or exploring around camp.

Just looking at the Grunt you know it’s a kick to ride, but it’s also intended to be useful, with a motor that produces 75 ft-lbs of torque, towing capacity of 750 pounds and load capacity of 400 pounds. Range is aided by regenerative braking on the trail, plus it can go up to 75 miles if you carry and swap an optional second battery, which can be mounted to the frame.

As an easy-to-operate compact e-bike, the Grunt is also positioned for families to enjoy around camp, as well as those looking for a nice fishing hole hopper or whisper-quiet hunting partner. With a clutchless drive, a reverse mode and one of three ride modes being the highly governed “Stroll” setting (there’s also “Explore” and “Sport”), you can let friends and newbies give riding a try without it resulting in a viral video of them crashing through the nearest fence.

The Grunt is a wee bit heavy for its size at 330 pounds, and not quite squat with a 32-inch seat height. A single hydraulic disc brake for each wheel manages speed, while suspension consists of a basic upside-down fork and coil shock in the rear, leaving the oversized tires to soak up much of the lumps and bumps along the trail. Those fatties should also float reassuringly in the sand, snow and mud.

Its 60-volt motor has a top speed of 40 mph. However, maintaining anything like 40 mph would drain the 2.0 kWh fun size battery like a cold beer on a summer day, which brings us back to the Grunt’s main intention as a utility vehicle or backyard trail explorer, activities that involve low speeds, and the throttle variation and intermittent braking useful for on-the-fly battery regeneration.

So, yes, this mini off-road utility bike can serve many purposes. And though its 7,995 price tag might feel steep at first glance, compared to the CAKE Kalk (starting at 11,000), the Volcon looks affordable. Then there’s the all-wheel drive UBCO 2×2 Work Bike which is less expensive at 5,999. But both of those bikes appear to be more bicycle than motorcycle.

Where the Volcon is less competitive price-wise is in the arena of comparable petrol-powered trail bikes, like Yamaha’s thick-footed TW200, which has a top speed in the 50s, a sub 300-pound weight and 4,799 price. Sure, there’s a carbon footprint, but with a bike getting nearly 80 mpg, who’s gonna lose sleep? Another Grunt-like, yet gas powered bike on the market is the Rokon Trail-Breaker, 8,475, a common issue for forest service and fish and game workers.

All things considered, the Volcon Grunt has a special appeal in that it’s not just another utility bike, it’s ready for family-friendly off-road fun. Its cool modern-retro look will attract many others, while the clutch-less drive and unassuming dimensions make it a great starter bike.

In the bigger picture, the Grunt is a path light of sorts, showing the way to what the future might hold. Companies like Volcon are right on time and should be high-fived as they develop new options in this electric motorcycle marketplace that will be vital in the world’s not-so-distant future. And to date it looks like reception for publicly-traded Volcon and its products is warming, with revenue this year trending up and losses down. The company has also just announced its 100th dealership affiliation.

For more details on the Grunt, check out the Volcon website.

22 Volcon Grunt Specs

MAX SPEED: 40 mph
WEIGHT: 330 lbs.
SEAT HEIGHT: 32 in.
TORQUE: 75 ft-lbs
RANGE: Up to 75 miles with spare battery (37.5 miles single battery)
LOAD CAPACITY: 400 lbs.
TOWING CAPACITY: 750 lbs.
FRONT SUSPENSION: Inverted Fork
REAR SUSPENSION: Coil Spring Hydraulic
FRONT BRAKE: Two-piston hydraulic disc
REAR BRAKE: Single-piston hydraulic disc
BATTERY: 2.0kwh with optional additional 2.0kwh battery
FRAME DESIGN: Volcon EXO-Arch
TIME TO CHARGE: Approx. 2.5 hr charge
TIRE MATERIAL: 6-ply rubber
LIGHTING: LED
WARRANTY: One-year unlimited, two years battery

Author: Jamie Elvidge

Jamie has been a motorcycle journalist for more than 30 years, testing the entire range of bikes for the major print magazines and specializing in adventure-travel related stories. To date she’s written and supplied photography for articles describing what it’s like to ride in all 50 states and 43 foreign countries, receiving two Lowell Thomas Society of American Travel Writer’s Awards along the way. Her most-challenging adventure yet has been riding in the 2018 GS Trophy in Mongolia as Team AusAmerica’s embedded journalist.

Are Electric Dirt Bikes Safe for Kids? Best Models by Age

BMX and Electric dirt bikes for kids require important safety and training before kids are ready to ride on the road. What to know about e-dirt bikes.

BMX has always been a popular sport. What kid doesn’t want to experience the freedom and exhilaration of the sun shining on their face and the wind at their back as they strategically race to win?

But dirt bike technology has evolved so much in a few years that new dirt bike models are faster, smoother, and have more features than ever. Enter electric dirt bikes. Between the rising of gas and an increase in the concern of global warming, the demand for electric mobility has increased. In addition to that, the maintenance of the electric dirt bike is also less due to fewer moving parts and electric dirt bikes are very quiet.

Considering all the advantages offered by the electric of dirt bikes, automakers are now starting to invest in the production of electric dirt bikes. In 2019, Husqvarna launched its first electric dirt bike. Even Tesla has said they plan to roll out a model of electric dirt bikes in the future.

Let’s be honest, dirt bike riding (electric or traditional) might not be the safest sport but it can be a great tool to teach children, some as young as 3 years old, basic driving skills. That doesn’t necessarily make parents any less concerned for their child’s safety. It’s nice that there’s a more eco-friendly option but whether or not your child can safely ride an electric dirt bike is what every parent really wants to know.

What’s the Difference Between a Regular and an Electric Dirt Bike

An electric dirt bike is essentially a regular dirt bike with a fast-charging, long-lasting battery life giving it upgraded power and speed. They are compact, lightweight, easy to maintain, and budget-friendly, as well as, deliver superior off-road performance. These bikes have all the right elements (tires, high torque, dual suspension, and quick charging time). An electric motorcycle can basically be taken to any off-road adventure a child can dream of.

How Old Do Kids Need to Be to Ride a Dirt Bike?

There is no actual age limit for dirt bikes. It’s just a matter of finding the right bike and seat height suited for the size, age, and skill level of the child.

An easy way to gauge whether a child is ready to ride a dirt bike is to first see whether or not they can smoothly ride a traditional bicycle. You know what they say, you need to learn to walk before you run!

Parents should make sure their child is comfortable riding a bike and understands how to control their speed, balance, and breaking before attempting to ride an electric dirt bike.

How to Choose the Right Dirt Bike for a Child

When choosing an electric dirt bike for children, there are many things to consider like the right bike size and other safety features. Size can help the rider maintain balance, control, and confidence off-road, which is crucial for their safety.

Resist the urge to buy young riders a bigger starter bike than your child is so they can grow into it. It doesn’t work like pants. A bike that’s too big will compromise their safety. Other factors to consider when choosing the best dirt bike or best electric dirt bike for kids for your child include:

  • Bike height: Can the seat height be adjusted to grow with your child?
  • Starter systems: Can your child operate a kick start or an electric motorbike?
  • Two-stroke or four-stroke: Four-stroke engine dirt bikes are best for beginners as they provide smooth acceleration.
  • Transmission: If the child cannot manage a clutch, and let’s be honest some adults have a hard time mastering that skill, an automatic system will allow them to FOCUS on steering and balancing only.

Recommended Bike Types for Kids Based on Age:

  • Toddlers (2 to 3 years old): Try a 6V bike with training wheels.
  • 4 to 6 years old: Try either electric or battery-powered models that run below 10 mph.
  • 7 to 9 years old: Try a gas-powered 50cc models that will give them a more thrilling experience.
  • 10 years old to 12 years old: Try a mini dirt bike at 70cc and a height of 21.25 inches
  • Teenagers: Teenagers can often handle more powerful bikes of up to 250cc, and can enter competitions.

All dirt bikes follow the same basic formula: long-travel suspension system, knobby tires, lightweight frame, and one or two-cylinder engine. These features help them easily maneuver around off-road trails. However, not all bikes are created equal.

Trail bikes aren’t as extreme as motocross bikes. There are full-on racing machines, with even lighter frames, more suspension travel, grippier tires, and high-strung engines. The Honda CRF250R is 36 pounds lighter than the CRF250F and has bigger brakes and roughly 50% more front suspension travel.

How to Ensure Child Safety on a Dirt Bike

Motorbike riding is safe for little ones, as long as, proper safety measures are taken and the dependability and durability of the bike can be counted on. Some tips to help ensure your kids’ safety include:

  • Never allow a child to ride on tarmac roads. Keep them on dirt roads that are designed for starters.
  • Buy safety gear such as helmets, back and chest protection, kidney belt, goggles, boots, gloves, etc. Never skimp on safety equipment. It’s okay to be frugal but aim for high-quality equipment.
  • A suitable helmet, goggles, and pads must be worn at all times when riding an electric dirt bike.
  • Don’t allow children to ride dirt bikes at top speed. Riding at maximum speed makes it easier to lose control and get into an accident.
  • Always consult the weather and, for safety sake, only take children to ride in clear weather and not during the rain.
  • Make sure the electric bike is properly maintained to ensure that it’s in good condition before the child ever gets on the bike.

Electric Dirt Bike Maintenance

Regular maintenance is non-negotiable for any family who wants to regularly ride dirt bikes. Just because electric dirt bikes don’t require things like oil changes or new filters, doesn’t mean you don’t need to take care of them!

Ensure the battery is always charged and working correctly whenever you’re able to, ensure the bike’s tires are properly inflated, and regularly examine the bike for any loose bolts or broken parts. E-dirt bike repair should be done by a trusted professional/mechanic.

Always comply with the weight capacity of the bike. All manufacturers indicate their electric dirt bike’s weight capacity. Adhere to these capacity maximums to avoid damaging elements of your dirt bike.

Biking Safety Matters

Children must be taught the proper rules of the road when biking. They should learn about bike lanes, be advised to always watch for pedestrians, and learn the basic traffic rules and signals in their neighborhoods if they are going to go out on the road. It is the responsibility of parents to teach proper biking etiquette to kids.

You should always practice by first teaching children to ride in a controlled environment.

Use a flat, straight dirt road and an open field for leaning and doing turns. This reduces the opportunity for disaster. If you’re using dirt bike training wheels choose debris-free ground that makes learning to ride safer.

Better technology, more control and advanced safety features, these are the best electric dirt bikes for kids.

I grew up in rural South East Queensland on a little piece of land called Jimboomba. My whole family were really into dirt bikes at one point, yup even my mother and my sister, which meant family dirt bike adventure holidays – good times.

I got home from school one day and found my parents unloading a second hand CR150, it was perfect for a reckless 13 year old. My father, brother and I spent the afternoon testing it out and tearing up the Logan river bank that backed onto our property.

Now that I’ve been working with the Australian Electric Motor Co. I found myself thinking about this next generation of rural kids discovering the epic fun of a dirt bike riding weekend and the new wave of electric dirt bikes that are available for kids.

Why electric dirt bikes for kids over gas bikes?

Electric dirt bikes for kids make a whole lot more sense if you’re thinking about buying their first bike. I can’t even tell you the amount of time my father and brother spent out in the garage taking apart engines, replacing parts and fixing this or that. They were lucky enough to have a good grounding in small engine mechanics, I couldn’t even imagine the maintenance costs if they weren’t so experienced. And even though kids dirt bikes don’t take much to fuel, petrol is another cost you have to factor in – not to mention the safety factory. It isn’t exactly something you really want groms handling next to hot engines.

One of the best things about kids electric dirt bikes is they are ‘set it and forget it’ type of bikes. They take no more maintenance than a bicycle because there is so much less that can go wrong in an electric drive train vs an internal combustion engine.

Oh and the real bonus electric dirt bikes have over gas bikes… noise. Electric dirt bike engines make a much quieter winding sound which is generated from the motor, the belt/chain and the tyre hitting the dirt. Think of a louder remote control car. No pissing the neighbours off at indecent hours because there’s a two or four stroke engine revving. It was one of the biggest complaints we got from our neighbours as kids.

Warning

As any parent should know, dirt bikes aren’t the safest toy in the world. Dangerous riding and reckless behaviour leads to crashes and serious injuries, I’ve witnessed this first hand. As funny as it was watching my brother lose his mind talking gibberish with a green morphine whistle in his mouth – the bone sticking out of his ankle wasn’t. Take the time to either teach your kids safe riding practices or get them involved in a social group with mentors who can teach this sort of stuff.

Australia is lucky enough to have a pretty good extreme sports culture, so if you look around on Google, or event meet up sites, you should be able to find a local MotoX group that will be able to give your kid some pointers. And this should go without saying but, safety equipment – helmet, chest plates, boots, the works. Don’t skimp when it comes to protective gear.

One more thing to keep in mind is that the nature of electric motorcycle technology means the motorbikes can be a lot more powerful. The speed and torque on these things have been turned up high which can be very dangerous off road. Again this is an opportunity to teach your kids about safe riding, how to find their limits and getting some mentoring in a social setting.

Now we got that out of the way. Here is our list of electric dirt bikes for kids that are currently available in Australia. This list contains a mix of mini bikes for younger kids, and bigger bikes for teens.

OSET

OSET comes first on our list because of their proven track record in competition. Their multiple youth championship wins all over the world would make them a great choice for any kid interested in trials and competitive riding. The OSET electric bikes are a great introduction motorcycle from 2 years up to 16 and as a company their FOCUS is on discipline, balance, brake and throttle control instead of pure speed and power.

There are five models on offer from OSET that range from mini bikes suitable for the smallest riders, to the biggest kids. These bikes are designed from the ground up for technical ability and safety. One of the best safety features available with electric motorbikes, specifically the OSETs, is that the power, throttle response and top speed can all be controlled to suit the rider. This makes it easy for new riders to master the controls in stages, and it also allows for parental control. Like most electric dirt bikes the OSETS also offer adjustable seat heights, which means your bike can grow as your child does.

OSET Australia are currently taking pre-orders for 2023 so if you’re thinking ahead to your child’s next birthday, Christmas or starting them in trial riding, it would be well worth looking into.

KTM

The adult electric motorcycles by KTM had a limited run in Australia, we’re hoping they will be back soon, but there is still plenty on offer for young riders. These are probably the most accessible electric dirt bikes for kids because of the amount of dealerships KTM has around the country.

KTM has two electric dirt bikes on offer in a mini-cross style, the SX-E 3 and the slightly more powerful SX-E 5. There are also two balance bikes available through KTM if trials is the way you want to go.

The SX-E 3 is perfect for those grass roots level riders just getting started in their mini-cross obsession. It is the lower end of the mini-cross dirt bike KTM offers, the SX-E 5 being the more advanced in power and capacity. Like the OSET’s the KTM’s come built in with a number of safety features and ride modes that make them a great offering for young and inexperienced riders.

Even though we mentioned that electric motorcycles don’t need much maintenance or repairs, one of the benefits of having a KTM bike is that because the brand is so established in Australia with a number of dealerships and repair centers, if something does go wrong it’s much easier to access the right mechanics.

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Takani

The home grown heroes on this list. Takani are a family owned Australian brand that were developed in the Samford Valley, not too far out of Brisbane. What we like about these bikes is that they are built for the kids who love to get out and have fun on weekends. A lot of the electric dirt bikes for kids can either look like big glorified toys or are geared toward the racing market – meaning power and speed are the FOCUS. Over 30 years Takani developed their bikes for Australian kids and their two dirt bike options are pretty awesome.

Their two electric bikes, the TK1412-15 and the TK1210-13 are a great option for your teenage riders, 13-16 minimum. The top speed on these bikes reach between 30-40km/h, with no noise, no pollution and no home mechanic skills required. These electric dirt bikes also come in at the lower end of the price tag, the higher range TK1413-15 sells for 1,999. Not too bad for a modern electric dirt bike.

My heart goes out to Takani because they’re local manufacturers who are building bikes for the kids in areas I grew up in. Tried and tested on rural Queensland properties without pissing off the neighbours due to noise.

Segway

Segway have produced two electric dirt bikes, the X160 and X260 that would be more suited to experienced teenage riders. Their impressive compact and lightweight dirt bikes look like they would be a whole lot of fun winding down narrow trails and mountain treks. Segway has officially said that these bikes are for adults, but we had bikes that definitely weren’t for teens once we got our experience up. We think these would be great for riders in their late teens/young adults who like to really open up on dirt bike trails.

The Segway’s have the technology to support it too. The premium X260 model has a top speed of around 75 km/h, 120km range, 250 Nm of torque, advanced suspension and handling, and swappable battery technology. Get these bad boys out for a weekend trail ride and you’re in for a good time. The price on these bikes is getting up to around the 7,000 mark, which is why you need to be serious about your riding if you’re thinking of getting a Segway electric dirt bike.

Which of these electric dirt bikes do you think your kids would like? Or which bike do you think would have liked a go at? There’s a part of me that’s a little jealous of all the options available for young riders today, zero pollution, no noise and advanced riding features, it’s a brave new world and we’re excited to see what comes next for electric dirt bikes for kids.

The Best Dirt Bikes For Kids In 2023 [3 To Avoid]

Are you looking for the best dirt bikes for kids but not sure where to start? Whether you want a beginner bike or motocross bike for a toddler, teenager, or somewhere in between, you’re in the right place!

Choosing the right bike for is very important if you care about safety because dirt biking can be dangerous, especially if you’ve never ridden before. That’s why I want to guide you through this step-by-step to make it easy for you!

In this article, I’ll show you:

  • What the best kid’s dirt bikes are from the top motorcycle brands
  • Why it’s important to choose the right bike – especially if you’re a beginner
  • How to choose the best dirt bike based on your specific size budget so you don’t waste time money!

How to pick the best kids dirt bike

Choosing the right dirt bike can be difficult if you’re overwhelmed, but I figured out a simple process to make it easy for you. Whether you’re looking for an inexpensive dirt bike or the fastest motocross bike for kids, there are three steps to picking the best kids dirt bike

3 step foolproof process

What kind of riding will you or your kid be doing? This will determine what type of dirt bike you should get. There are two main types of dirt bikes (motorbikes) for kids; a trail bike and a motocross bike.

A trail bike is great for your first dirt bike, casual riders and trail riding. A motocross bike is for racing on tracks or off-road riding if you’re experienced and have mastered the basic techniques.

The next step is choosing the right size. In this guide, I’ll go through every age of kid, as well as cover different size bikes for each age based on your height.

The third step is choosing your budget. New motorcycles can get very expensive, especially if you don’t have a lot of extra income in your family. Don’t worry – I’ll show you the best cheap dirt bikes that are good and reliable!

Which dirt bikes to avoid for kids just starting out?

If you’re buying your kid or grandkid their first dirt bike, please don’t start them on a motocross bike. They are racing machines that aren’t not safe for beginners.

Motocross bikes, such as a KTM 50 SX, Kawasaki KX65, or Yamaha YZ85 are not good if you’re son or daughter is new to dirt biking because they are too fast and hard to control.

You need to start them on a bike that has less power, a lower seat height, making them easier to ride and stay in control so that they don’t crash and get hurt.

What are the best youth dirt bikes available?

Just want to know what all of the top rated dirt bikes are? Here’s a list of all of best name brand dirt bikes for kids:

KTM dirt bikes for kids:

  • 50 SX Mini
  • SX-E 5 (electric)
  • 50 SX
  • 65 SX
  • 85 SX 17/14
  • 85 SX 19/16

Yamaha dirt bikes for kids:

  • Yamaha PW50
  • Yamaha TTR50E
  • YZ65
  • YZ85/LW
  • TTR125LE
  • TTR230

Electric vs gas dirt bikes for kids

I rarely consider electric dirt bikes when recommending them to adults due to their lacking capabilities. However, electric bikes for little kids are worth considering for a first bike to learn how to ride.

Electric dirt bikes for kids: Are they good?

An electric bike such as a Stacyc (Amazon) is small, lightweight, and easy to ride because it’s low to the ground. There are different models, but the power is docile and smooth, so the throttle is very forgiving.

An electric dirt bike is also quiet, so neighbors can’t complain about noise. There are a few downsides to most electric bikes, however.

Electric dirt bike disadvantages

The ride time per battery charge is generally about 30 minutes. This may not be a problem, since most kids won’t need to ride longer than that before getting tired or bored at the age of 3 or 4. Long ride days are still not possible on electric bikes without recharging, which takes at least as long to charge, if not longer.

Parts availability are also another concern. Since most quality electric bikes are made in smaller quantities, they don’t stock as many parts as a large dirt bike manufacturer would. Electric dirt bike technology changes more rapidly as well, so a 3 year old model may not even be available anymore.

If you aren’t ready for a full gas dirt bike, then an electric dirt bike is a good option for learning and practice balance and throttle skills on two wheels. There are pros and cons to owning an electric bike, so you must weigh each option and decide for yourself which is best.

Electric Dirt Bike Is Better For:

  • Riding in noise-conscience areas
  • Smaller kids to learn balance and throttle
  • Not dealing with gas and oil
  • Tuning the speed (certain models)

Gas Dirt Bike Is Better For:

  • Learning how to ride an actual dirt bike
  • Kids that like an engine
  • Riding
  • Teaching your kid how to maintain a motorcycle
  • General durability (Most quality dirt bikes are more robust than electric)

Best Toddler dirt bike (2 year old)

For the youngest of kids, I wouldn’t even start them on a full gas dirt bike these days.Why? Because there are better and safer bikes to ride that will help transition them to a gas dirt bike as they get older and bigger.

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For example, the best dirt bike for a toddler (2-3 year old) to start on is a balance bike or electric balance bike (Amazon). They are lightweight, easy and safer to ride, help them build their “balancing” muscles and coordination, and they’re more affordable than a gas dirt bike.

Dirt Bikes For Kids 3 4 Years Old

Starting your little kid on a dirt bike when they’re under 5 years of age can be scary if you don’t know much about dirt bikes. You may hear stories about dirt bikers getting hurt, but that is not the case if you are properly prepared.

Best dirt bikes for 3 4 year-old:

The Yamaha PW50 is the only one of these 50cc 2 stroke dirt bikes still made today, but they’re all good starter bikes. The KDX 50 and JR 50 are 2 stroke oil-injected dirt bikes as well.

Oil injection simply means that you don’t have to premix the gas – you just have to refill the oil tank when it gets low.They all have very low seat heights (19 inches/48cm), which makes it easy to touch the ground and hold the bike up.

If you’re looking for the best small dirt bike for a 3 or 4 year old, the Yamaha PW50 is the way to go. It’s small, lightweight, and reliable, parts are easy to find, and there’s plenty of dealer support and mods available.

How fast does a 50cc 2 stroke dirt bike go?

They can all go 25-28 mph, but with a throttle limiter and/or exhaust washer to reduce power it will only go about half that speed. This is very nice for keeping your son or daughter at a reasonable speed when they’re just starting out.

All of these 50cc dirt bikes have a single speed transmission. Start them out slow to teach them balance, turning and throttle control, then adjust the throttle as you feel more comfortable.

Dirt Bike With Training Wheels For Kids

The PW50 and CRF50 are good dirt bikes to add training wheels onto if you don’t feel comfortable with your little boy or girl trying to balance.

These training wheels from Amazon are affordable, easy to install if you have basic mechanical ability, and it builds riding confidence. Your child only has to concentrate on throttle and brake control without having to worry about tipping over.

Best Dirt Bike 5 Year Old and 6-Year-Old

Once you get into the 5 year old age and up is when there are more youth dirt bikes available. You can choose from multiple trail bikes and race bikes, so I’ll show you the differences to make the best decision.

Best dirt bike for 5-6 year old beginner:

The CRF50F, TTR50E, and DRZ50 are all 50cc air-cooled 4-stroke dirt bikes that are built for brand new dirt bikers. They are taller than the 2 stroke 50cc bikes mentioned above, coming in at a 22″ seat height, which is 3 inches taller.

The Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki 50cc 4 stroke trail bikes are very similar in specifications. They all have a 3-speed semi-automatic transmission, about the same power, and the same size wheels.

Honda 50 vs Yamaha 50 vs Suzuki 50

The biggest difference is the weight and how to start each dirt bike. The Honda CRF50F is kick-start only, which makes it a little harder for you or your little kid to start it.

With that said, it starts quite easily, and as a benefit, it’s noticeably lighter than the TTR 50 and DRZ 50. The Honda 50 comes in at 110lbs ready to ride, while the Yamaha 50 weighs 126lbs wet (wet curb weight is full fluids).

Having electric start is the biggest advantage the TTR50 and DRZ50 has over the CRF50F, so if the extra 11-16 pounds isn’t a big deal for your little new rider then the Yamaha TTR50 or Suzuki DRZ50 is the better starter bike for a 5 or 6 year old child.

Best motocross bike for 5-6 year old:

  • KTM SX-E 5 (Electric)
  • Cobra CS50e (Electric)
  • KTM 50 SX Mini (Small-wheel)
  • Cobra CX 50JR (Small-wheel)
  • Husqvarna TC 50 Mini (Small-wheel)
  • KTM 50 SX
  • Cobra CX 50SRX
  • Husqvarna TC 50

50cc mini vs 50 big wheel motocross bike differences

If your kid has already learned how to properly ride on a 50cc trail bike and is ready for a faster dirt bike then a motocross bike is the next step. You have two size options: the 50cc mini, which is about the same seat height or slightly taller than the trail bike, or the larger 50 that’s a 4-5 inches taller and has more power.

Best cheap used dirt bikes for 5-6 year old:

Can’t afford one of the newer dirt bikes listed? These are older and generally cheaper models you can buy used. They’re name brand and still reliable if you properly maintain them.

Best Dirt Bikes For 7 Year Olds and 8-Year-Olds

While a 7 or 8 year old can ride a 50cc dirt bike (I started out on a Honda XR50 when I was 7), they are generally big enough for the next size up. A 110cc dirt bike is generally the best size, and there are two seat height options if you choose Kawasaki.

The best dirt bikes for a 7 or 8 year old beginner are:

Kawasaki has been selling the KLX110 since 2002 and had one major change in 2008. The ’08 and newer models have slightly more power, an added 4th gear, and a large wheel model.

The KLX110R L (large wheel) has more suspension travel, a manual clutch, and a slightly taller seat height. It’s the most popular pit bike for adults, so there are many mods available.

Honda vs Yamaha 110 mini dirt bike

Honda and Yamaha came out with their 110cc air-cooled 4-stroke in more recent years. They all have a 4-speed semi auto transmission, so there is no clutch to worry about. However, the features are slightly different on each dirt bike.

The best first dirt bike for a 7 year old is the Honda CRF110F to start out on. This is simply because of the new fuel injection system. You don’t have to deal with starting problems like a carb would, and it will always run smooth if you keep it stock.

The Yamaha and Kawasaki 110 do have electric start as well as the Honda, but they are still running a carburetor that can get dirty more easily, potentially requiring more maintenance and tuning.

If you want a reliable, hop-on-and-go beginner bike, the CRF110 is the way to go.

Best motocross bikes for a 7 or 8 year old child:

  • Kawasaki KX65
  • Yamaha YZ65
  • KTM 65 SX
  • Husqvarna TC 65
  • Cobra CX65
  • GasGas MC 65

You shouldn’t start out on a race bike because they’re much harder to control, but they’re definitely the way to go if you (your kid) is confident and ready to race motocross or off-road. A 65cc 2-stroke has about 3 times more horsepower than a 110, much better suspension, and a manual clutch with a 6-speed transmission, so it’s just like an adult motocross bike at a smaller size.

Best cheap used dirt bikes for 7-8 year olds:

There used to be a Honda CRF70 and a Yamaha TTR90 that were a good transition from a 50, but they have been replaced by 110cc 4 strokes. You can still find them used if you want to save some cash over buying a newer dirt bike.

Best Dirt Bike For 10 Year Old Kids

Moving up to the 9 and 10 year old age range, you’ll most likely want a dirt bike with a manual clutch. Riding with a clutch is not hard if you start on a dirt bike that’s easy to ride, which is a trail bike.

Although 110cc to 125cc isn’t a big jump, the size of the bike is the big difference here.

The Honda CRF125F has a seat height of 29.1″ and weighs 194lbs, while the Kawasaki KLX140 has a 30.7″ seat height and weighs 205lbs.

The KLX140 is the better bike for a slightly bigger kid, being slightly taller and more powerful. A KLX110L is also a great choice if your 10 year old is shorter and still wants a dirt bike with a clutch.

The CRF125F has some better technology with the electronic fuel injection so you don’t have to mess with jetting. Both bikes are super reliable 4 stroke trail bikes if you do simple maintenance.

The top motocross bikes for 9 10 year olds are:

  • Kawasaki KX65
  • Yamaha YZ65
  • KTM 65 SX
  • Husqvarna TC 65
  • Cobra CX65
  • GasGas MC 65

A 65cc 2 stroke is usually still a good choice for an MX bike at the age of 9 or 10 – most amateur racing has classes that range from 7-11 years-old for 65’s. However, if you’re already too big for one and can handle a bigger and faster MX bike, then an 85cc 2-stroke is your best choice, which I’ll cover more in the next age range.

Best cheap used dirt bikes for 9 or 10 year old:

The Honda XR and CRF 80 are basically the same bike – the CRF is the name model name for it. They have a 5-speed manual clutch transmission. The TTR90, on the other hand, still has a sem-automatic transmission without a clutch.

Best Dirt Bikes For 12 Year-Olds

Once you get up to 12 years old, it’s about time to learn how to use the clutch. This will bring you to the medium size bike category for most kids, whether they’re a boy or girl.

The top motocross bikes for 11 12 year:

  • Kawasaki KX85
  • Yamaha YZ85
  • Suzuki RM85
  • KTM 85 SX
  • Husqvarna TC 85
  • GasGas MC 85
  • TM Racing MX 85 2T

Stepping up from a 65cc, an 85cc 2-stroke is the next class for kids motocross racing. Unless you’re taller than average, a small-wheel 85 is most likely the right size for you if you’re 11-12 years old.

If you’ve never been on an MX bike before, make sure to scoot up on the seat because most 85’s hit pretty hard when you “get on the pipe” at high RPM and can easily pull a wheelie.

Best cheap used dirt bikes for 11 or 12 year old:

Can’t afford one of the newer models? No sweat! You can find these older discontinued trail bikes at a cheaper price on the used market and still have a blast riding off-road!

Best Dirt Bikes For 13 or 14 Year Old

Depending on how tall you are, there are several good dirt bikes to start on for 13-14 year olds.

All of these air-cooled 4 strokes have electric start. The KLX140L has a slight power advantage due to the extra 20cc.

The CRF125FB comes in at a 30.9″ seat height and 194lbs. In 2019 it quickly received some updates. Electric fuel injection is the most notable, making carb adjustments obsolete. It only has a 4-speed transmission, so top speed will be slightly less than the other 125cc and 140cc four stroke bikes.

The TTR125LE has a seat height of 31.7″ and weighs 198lbs. The 4lb weight difference will be hardly noticeable, but the 0.8″ taller seat height might be better or worse for your 13 year old.

The Yamaha has a 5 speed transmission, but it still runs an older carburetor that can be finicky if it sits for a few months.

Lastly, the KLX140L is a 144cc trail bike with a 5 speed transmission. Aside from not having EFI, it’s still one of my favorite beginner trail bikes for teens and women.

It has a seat height of 31.5″ and weighs 209lbs. A few pounds heavier, but it’s hardly noticeable because it handles so well.

Top motocross bike for kids 13-14 years old:

  • Kawasaki KX85
  • Yamaha YZ85
  • Suzuki RM85
  • KTM 85 SX
  • Husqvarna TC 85
  • GasGas MC 85
  • TM Racing MX 85 2T
  • Honda CRF150R (4-stroke)
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Aside from the CRF150R, these are all small wheel 85cc two-strokes. They’re light, fast, and built for racing. Most of them have very little low-end torque, so they’re not good for trail riding or if you’re a beginner.

Best Dirt Bikes For Teenagers

Riding a dirt bike is a great way for teenagers to blow off some steam, learn new skills and challenge themselves. These are the best beginner bikes for teens 13 years of age and older:

  • Honda CRF150F
  • Kawasaki KLX140G
  • Yamaha TTR230
  • Kawasaki KLX230R
  • Honda CRF250F

All of these dirt bikes have electric start, which I highly recommend for new riders to reduce frustration.

The CRF150F is the only bike on this list that has wheels that aren’t full size (21/18″), so it’s a good bike if you’re a smaller teen.

On the other hand, the KLX140G is similar in size, but it has full size wheels. It has the lowest seat height for a full size bike, making it a nice transition from a standard KLX140 if you don’t want more power.

The TTR230 is a good option if you like blue bikes, but there’s nothing special about it. It’s easy to ride, is very reliable, and has decent aftermarket support.

The KLX230R is new to the game for medium size dirt bikes. Fuel injection is a big addition, so no carb cleaning or tuning to worry about.

The CRF250F has been available for a few years now, so the aftermarket support is growing. Being a 250, it will have the most torque and power available in this group of bikes for teenaged riders. It’s on my list of best beginner bikes for many reasons.

Best kids motocross bike for teens:

  • Kawasaki KX112
  • Yamaha YZ85LW
  • Suzuki RM85L
  • KTM 85 SX 19/16
  • Husqvarna TC 85 19/16
  • GasGas MC 85 19/16
  • TM Racing 2T MX 112
  • Honda CRF150RB

While these are made from the original small-wheel 85cc 2-stroke MX bikes, they are an upgraded “supermini” class bike for teens. They have bigger wheels and max engine size 112cc, which makes them incredibly fast if properly tuned because they’re so light.

Best Electric Dirt Bike For Teenager

In a noise-conscience area and need a full size electric dirt bike? Battery powered electric dirt bikes are still relatively new, and there aren’t many options for teens or adults.

However, the Oset 24.0 electric dirt bike is probably the best choice for a 13-18 year old.

It’s going to be a lot more reliable and higher quality than the typical electric dirt bikes you can find on Amazon.

How to safely ride a dirt bike with your kid

Are you getting into dirt biking to ride off-road with your son or daughter? Starting on the right bikes is super important, but there’s one thing that will really help give you more control and prevent having an accident.

It starts with your riding technique, and I want to show you all the basic techniques to safely ride with control in a super short and practical training guide. Click here to get started now.

The Top Electric Motocross Bike Brands of 2023

If you’ve been following the motorcycle industry (or reading our blog), you already know that electric motorcycles are booming in popularity. The industry is expected to hit 40 billion by 2026, fueled by the rise of mainstream electric rides from Harley-Davidson, Honda, and seemingly every other major motorcycle manufacturer. But as the electric motorcycle space matures, exciting new niches are emerging. One of our favorites? The electric motocross bike.

What is an electric motocross bike?

Electric Motocross Bike Under the Magnifying Glass

Of all the electric two-wheelers out there, the electric motocross bike is in a league of its own. But before we dive into what it is, let’s clear the air on what it’s not.

An electric motocross bike is not an electric dirt bike, which is heavier, similar to a traditional motorcycle. It’s not an e-bike, which has skinny tires and no suspension, and is designed for riding on paved roads. And it’s not an electric mountain bike, which has pedals and electric motors that assist the rider when going uphill.

What is an electric motocross bike? A lean, light two-wheeler designed for affordable off-road fun. If you’re looking for all the thrills of a traditional motocross bike but with an eco-friendly edge, this emerging class of electric two-wheelers could be the ideal partner for your next rough-terrain ride.

How to find the best electric motocross bike

The electric motocross bike is still new, which means your options will only get better (and more affordable) as the market matures. But if you’re looking to buy one now, there are plenty of high-quality options to make your next off-road ride a whole lot of fun.

We’ve surveyed the landscape to find you the top 5 electric motocross brands of 2023: Kuberg, Bultaco, Cake, Sur-Ron, and Electric Motion. Read on for more on how these innovative brands are delivering the motocross bikes of the future.

KubergThis Czech company is turning heads with its wide range of electric two-wheelers designed to offer the rider an all-out outdoor adventure. Its high-performance electric motocross bikes are clear standouts. For adults, Kuberg’s gem is the Ranger, an electric motocross bike designed for short off-road rides. Mid-power and lightweight, the Ranger offers 60 minutes of adrenaline-pumping ride time powered by a 48V drive hub delivering 8000W of power and a top speed of about 34mph. Its battery has a lifespan of 1000 charges, and its Wi-Fi connectivity makes it a standout. (Explore the Kuberg Volt mobile app for a glimpse into this ride’s slick user experience.)Want your kid to experience the joy of riding? The Kuberg Start is designed for 3-to-5-year-olds just being introduced to the world of two-wheelers. Control your kid’s top speed and torque via a Wi-Fi adapter sold separately, and explore a wide range of seat options to ensure the Kuberg Start grows right along with your young rider. With a one-hour battery range and a 15mph top speed, the Start could be just the electric motocross bike to spark your kid’s love of off-road rides.

Every motocross fan will know the Bultaco Pursang MK6 that Jim Pomeroy rode on his way to win the 1973 Spanish MX Grand Prix. It’s a testament to the times that Bultaco has reinvented itself and come out with a new range of electric motocross bikes. The Bultaco Brinco line offers six models, all of which are sleek powerhouses that offer you absolute control to get your heart pumping as you hit that dirt road. The one notable downside? These electric motocross beauties can be tough to find in the U.S. at the moment. Whether you’re on a dirt road or an urban trail, a Brinco bike can take it all. All models have three riding modes: Sport, for up to 23 miles on a single charge; Tour, for about 46 miles; and Eco, which offers a 62-mile range. The dual adjustable suspension lets you tweak the precharge and shock absorption, helping you achieve the ideal riding experience. The Brinco’s high-quality lithium-ion battery charges up in just three hours, and its companion app offers geolocation and a host of other real-time ride metrics. Want the ultimate Brinco experience? The Brinco RB and the Brinco Discovery, Bultaco’s top-of-the-line models, can clock up to 37mph and come with other next-level features to elevate your adventure.3. CakeThis Swedish company’s mission is to redesign green vehicle technology for the great outdoors. The result? A range of electric motocross bikes that sit at the apex of innovative design and off-road fun. Cake’s Freeride and Race lines offer seven models with a range of off-road exploration capabilities. The Freeride series was designed with backcountry exploring in mind. Described by the brand as “an agile, lightweight, and torquey off-road bike,” the Freeride Kalk OR features a 51.8 volt, 2.6 kWh battery and an 11kW motor capable of delivering 206 nm of torque. Its three ride modes range from top speeds of 28mph with Explore to about 55mph with Excel. The battery can charge from 0 to 100% in three hours, a figure comparable to other leading electric motocross bikes on the market today. What’s not comparable with Cake electric motocross bikes? Their premium, Scandinavian-inspired designs—and premium price tags.4. Sur-Ron

Sur-Ron Electric Motocross Motor

Sur-Ron is gaining major traction in the emerging electric motocross bike market for its surprisingly rugged all-terrain bikes. Case in point? Its Sur-Ron LXB line, which features five well-equipped electric dirt bikes (including one for kids). No roundup of Sur-Ron electric motocross bikes is completed without highlighting the Sur-Ron Light Bee LBX. This lightweight-yet-powerful ride delivers more than 6kW of peak power and weighs just over 100 pounds. It can hit a top speed of 45mph and a range of up to 60 miles per charge depending on its mode, making the Sur-Ron Light Bee LBX ideal for short rough terrain rides. With an acceleration of 0 to 30mph in just under four seconds and an advanced Intersect TR suspension system, there’s a reason why riders around the internet have been raving about the Light Bee’s “fun” factor. Joining the Light Bee LBX in the Sur-Ron LXB line are the L1E LBX, a road-legal electric motorcycle moped; the Storm Electric MX Dirt Bike and the Storm Electric road-legal model, both available for pre-order now; and an electric motocross bike for youth.5. Electric MotionThe aptly titled Electric Motion makes green motocross bikes that are silently brilliant. The all-new Escape R is a rough-terrain delight with a maximum speed of about 47mph, peak power of 11 kW, a blistering 600 nm torque, and a 38-mile range. Add in its signature Hydraulic Diaphragm Clutch, and you’ve got a system for perfectly modulating your ride’s power. The design stays true to motocross bike roots. The result? A two-wheeler that can take you on one wild outdoor adventure. The Epure Race model sits just below the Escape R with a maximum speed of 44mph, a 26-mile range, and 600 nm of torque. The Epure Race weighs in at about 165 pounds, a few lbs shy of the Escape R. Whichever model you choose, you’re getting an electric motocross bike designed for speed, comfort, and off-road agility. Once you find the best electric motocross bike for your riding style, trust Motorcycle Shippers to help you transport it quickly and safely—whether that’s from a dealer to your home or from your home to your next off-road adventure. Our specialized shipping system will ensure your electric motocross bike arrives safely, and our expert team will handle all the ins and outs of transporting your electric vehicle’s batteries. Get your instant electric motocross bike shipping quote.

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