We Review The 5 Best Teen Dirt Bikes Of 2017
When it comes to dirt biking, there are a lot of considerations to think about when buying, especially if its your first purchase. If you’re buying a dirt bike for your teenager, then there’s a chance you’ve already owned a dirt bike and you’re upgrading. That means you probably also know a thing or two about dirt bikes – great! However, if this is your first purchase of a dirt bike sized specifically for teens, then we think you will find this review of the 5 Best Teen Dirt Bikes very useful indeed.
You see, the thing about dirt bikes is that the manufacturers can only do so much to target their bikes to be age appropriate. For example, some teens are bigger than others. This is one of the main things that make a dirt bike either suitable or not for your teenage son or daughter. Dirt bikes for teens are a little bit larger than those for younger kids, and so that is one big factor to consider when buying. You don’t want to spend a lot of money on a bike that’s too small for your big teen, or a bike that’s too big for your small teen. We will be discussing this more when we talk about the specific bikes.
Power And Responsibility
Another big consideration to think about is how much power the bike is going to provide. Is it going to be enough? Some teen riders have been riding for years, while others are just starting. Knowing a thing or two about how much power your teen can handle, depending on their experience level, is crucial. Dirt bikes that are designed for teenagers are generally bigger and badder than those that are for little kids, and so if your young rider is new to dirt biking, you’ll want to think about this as well.
Let’s get into our review of the 5 Best Dirt Bikes For Teens in 2017!
#1 – Razor MX350 Electric Dirt Bike
Let’s start with this one – the Razor MX350 Dirt Rocket – because, first off, Razor is a company that literally dominates the dirt biking realm, with several models out on the market suitable for teens. The Dirt Rocket is one of their bikes designed for ages 13+, but it is not the most intimidating bike you’ll see. It handles well and has large, knobby tires that keep it glued to the earth as you tear it up.
With the Dirt Rocket, they’re basically designed a bike that is ready to introduce your teenager to the exciting world of off-road biking. As for size, the dimensions here are: 44 inch x 24.5 inch x 31 inch once it is assembled. It is not a huge bike, so if your teen is on the larger size, you’ll more than likely be needing something a bit bigger.
In terms of aesthetics, this bike is basically this bike is simply a scaled down version of a gas motocross bike, with an electric 350-watt motor that allows it to race up to 14 mph, so its no slouch.
Here, Razor has built the MX350 for pre-teens and teens who really enjoy an awesome version of an off-road dirt bike. The Dirt Rocket, is a great performing electric dirt bike with an authentic dirt bike frame and beautiful styling. Highly recommend this one!
Here’s a video demo of the MX350 Dirt Rocket just in case you want a sneak peek at the action.
#2 – Kuberg 2016 Freerider Electric Dirt Bike
If there was any doubt that the last bike may not be quite enough for your teen rider, then the Kuberg 2016 Freerider should put those concerns to rest.
Not For Kids
This bad boy has 8 kW of pure power that provides extreme torque from start to top speed, getting you moving at a blinding clip within seconds. Top speed here is roughly 34 mph, so you know this bike isn’t for kids. Even though this bike is clearly not for children, at only 79 pounds, the Kuberg 2016 Freerider is not bulky, and this helps with sustaining battery life, as this is an e-bike. In fact, for its size, it is quite light, and actually perfect for trick biking because of the design of the bike.
Going along with that last point about being great for performing tricks and stunts, Kuberg puts an emphasis here with this bike on making it extremely responsive to the rider, and excellent when it comes to turns. My 15-year-old nephew has had this very same dirt bike for over a year now, and tricks are what he loves to do best. He’s a serious biker, and the Kuberg 2016 Freerider here has served him well.
MOTOR – 48V, Peak power >8kW
TOP SPEED – Approx. 34 mph (55 km/h)
RANGE – up to 1 hour
CHARGE TIME – 2.5 hours
BRAKES – Hardened 203 mm brake disks with sintered brake pads
FORKS – 180 mm Manitou Dorado Expert with air pump
SHOCK ABSORBER – DNM BURNER RB-RCP
WHEELBASE – 48.5” (123 cm)
SEAT HEIGHT – 34.5” (86 cm)
WEIGHT – 79 lbs (36 kg)
WIFI OPTION – set up and control your bike with our mobile app (WIFI adapter sold separately)
Here’s a quick look at the Kuberg 2016 Freerider in action!
If you are 160 pounds, it is estimated that you should get the full 1-hour runtime; I’m 180 myself (not a teen btw) and I get more like 45-50 minutes flat out. It has massive torque, but the top speed for this bike with my weight is only about 36 miles per an hour. If you had grown up riding professional trick bikes, this bike is great for off-road trail riding and jumps, like I said. My nephew sure does some of that, from time to time, but mostly he would use it to commute to school or football practice. This bike definitely grabs people’s attention. I wish I had one like it when I was a high schooler!
Using This Bike On The Road
I also want to mention, lights aft and fore for night riding are critical. I also would like to recommend a rear light with an accelerometer, like a Lupine Rotlicht, so that cars driving behind you can see when you are braking (very important). If I were you, I wouldn’t really want to be in traffic with this bike (I commute in the bike lane mostly) the bike lane or sidewalk should work just fine, though. As I know, sometimes it’s unavoidable.
#3 – Razor SX500 McGrath Dirt Rocket Electric Motocross Bike
The Razor SX500 McGrath Dirt Rocket is comparable more to the first bike we looked at as it comes from the same basic line, but it is a bit bigger, with dimensions measuring: 24.5 x 36 x 56 inches, and is styled quite differently. This bike can hold up to 175 lbs of rider, and it reaches a speed of 15 mph, so just a tad faster than the MX350.
Obviously, the style of this bike takes inspiration from none other than Jeremy McGrath, one of the best motocross riders to ever compete. The SX500 is, in fact, designed after Jeremy’s bike. So, whether you are a fan or not, this bike still looks great and it is a big hit with young riders everywhere.
It has all of the specs your teenage dirt bike enthusiast could want, including high torque, large tires for an ultra-smooth ride, and great hill climbing ability thanks to maximum power transfer. The SX500 also has a variable speed motor, and offers 40 minutes of constant usage.
- Other cool specs about the SX500 include:
- Twist grip acceleration control
- Spoked aluminum wheels
- Hand operated dual disc brakes
- 10 x 250 Supercros treaded pneumatic tires
- Adjustable riser handlebars
- Dual Suspension
… And more!
Take a closer look at the Razor SX500 in this video review here.
#4 – Razor MX500 Dirt Rocket Electric Motocross Bike
Surprise – another Razor bike has made our list! This time it is the Razor MX500. I purchased this for my 8-year-old, 75 pounds, 3rd grader for Christmas and he just LOVES it!! He has literally done nothing but ride it since he got it, and I can’t blame him. It goes about 17 miles per hour when the battery is charged all the way, and the ride is pretty smooth on grass and pavement. Like the box said, it is for teens ages 14 and up but I don’t see a child that age that would even ride something like this. I guess it depends on the size of your kid. A bigger, heavier kid doesn’t make sense on this bike, to me. A smaller, younger kid? Sure!
The battery on the MX500 charges ok, but you have to charge it overnight or half way through the day to use it as the ride to charge ratio does suck, IMO. The vehicle is 100% smooth and quiet.
My son did have 1 wreck nothing major but he sure did bang it up a little. He hit a little ridge in the driveway he wasn’t going that fast either while making a turn and that bike didn’t get damage at all. The bike weighs a tad over 100 pounds so it takes a lot out of a kid if not careful. Make sure your kid is wearing protective gear when riding at all times! When it comes to assembling this bike together it’s pretty easy and simple, yet fast. This bike is definitely a solid choice, and so that’s why we’ve included it here.
Take a closer look at the Razor MX500 in action in the video review below to see if it suits your needs!
#5 – Razor MX650 Rocket Electric Motocross Bike
My cousin is totally obsessed with dirt bikes so my mother got her one for her 16th birthday. Before the bike was given to her on the day of her birthday, I was the lucky one to assemble it and test ride it for stability and braking, as she was totally new to riding.
Like I said, I’m 180 pounds and believe it or not this bike took off, the torque level is 0-100. The MX650 has a 220 pound weight limit, by the way. The suspension is unbelievable and braking is great. The throttle has variable speed per input, meaning you can give it a kick and it’ll only go a kick. The 16-year-old loves to drive this thing full throttle and has no issues at all. She actually wanted this bike so she could do some trick riding, but she is still a long way off from being able to do that, as far as I’m concerned.
Basically, this is just another great dirt bike from Razor and for the record it is great for tricks (I can do a few myself).
Check out this trick riding video featuring the Razor MX650!