2017 Guide To The Best Kids Dirt Bikes – We Review The Top 5
Over the generations, parents have always wanted their kids to have a better life than they did. But, with this latest generation of kids, well…maybe it’s gone too far! Seriously, the amount of cool stuff out there for kids in 2017 with regards to dirt bikes is verging on ridiculous, with lots of stuff that makes some of us adults downright jealous (*not me). But seriously, does this not look like fun?
The kids dirt bikes that are out on the market in 2017 are not only a kid’s dream, but they take into consideration years of lessons that dirt bike companies have learned in order to bring us some of the safest, yet coolest, and most fun dirt bikes for kids you’ve ever seen.
If you want your kid to get excited this year, you can certainly bribe their happiness with one of these amazing dirt bikes!
Question: What’s the difference between a kid’s dirt bike and a regular dirt bike?
The short answer is, that kids’ dirt bikes are just smaller versions of adult dirt bikes. Lighter, and designed to be extremely easy to ride, these types of dirt bikes are basically an intro to dirt bike riding for your youngster. Besides that, there are a few more things that make them different, such as…
Mini engine size. Up until recently, the only option was to get a gas-fueled dirt bike, with 50 cc engines (a typical engine for a beginner rider), all the way up to a 125cc four stroke engine. Since the demand for dirt bikes for children has only increased over time, they developed electric dirt bikes for kids. These are more simple, more low-maintenance in general, and include a more reasonable price tag. On top of this, they’re quieter and have instant torque.
Not for street use. Youth dirt bikes of 2017 are to be used in places other than on the road. They simply aren’t up to the “Federal Minimum Requirement” that road vehicles require to be road worthy. This, of course, is a good idea, as we don’t want to see our kids taking to the streets just yet anyway. As it stands, kids’ dirt bikes are only allowed on designated tracks and private areas where they can be supervised.
Limited suspension. If you plan on getting your child a dirt bike for their birthday, you should know that your suspension options are more limited than with adult dirt bikes. Some don’t have any suspension (lower cost models), while others do have it front and rear. This is just something to be aware of, as it will determine the smoothness of the ride, but also the price. It’s really no surprise that certain features with kids’ dirt bikes would be more limited than with your adult models, but if you are willing to pay more, you can get some very comparable features like a smooth ride.
Once again, we’ll mention size. Take, for example, the Razor MX350 kids dirt bike. It measures 44 x 24.5 x 31 inches overall, which is sized perfectly for a child of a certain age.
And then we have the Kubert Start, which is for very young kids. This model has a super low 16-inch seat height and is quite compact, weighing in at just 45 pounds.
You can, of course, get larger models for larger kids, but we just wanted to point out that kids’ dirt bikes can get pretty darned small.
Benefits Of Riding Youth Dirt Bikes For Kids
Some of us can remember the thrill of getting our first bike, or even our first trike! If you recall, suddenly the world was your oyster, so to speak, and you felt very powerful. Well..adventure certainly awaits your kid when they get their first dirt bike, and they’ll definitely be chomping at the bit to take it for a spin.
One great thing about a dirt bike, is that it is not a phone, and it’s not a computer. That means your kid will be outside, and exploring, like many of us used to do back in the decades before technology suddenly hypnotized everyone. Physical outdoor activity is to be encouraged these days, and sometimes it takes something super exciting – like a dirt bike – to draw our kids’ attention away from glowing screens.
On top of that, riding is super fun, and develops our kids’ motor skills and reflexes in real world situations. If all goes well with their dirt biking adventures, they will gain important confidence, and learn lessons of responsibility that other kids won’t. Riding a dirt bike builds muscle, helps with balance, improves reflexes, and, best of all, it makes kids smile. Hard to beat that!
How To Choose The Best Mini Dirt Bike For Your Child
Alright, down to the nitty gritty. How does one choose the best dirt bike for your youngster, when there are so many options out there? Well, that’s where we come in, since we’ve gladly done the research, and we can offer some suggestions here.
If your kid has never ridden a dirt bike before, the selection process is even more crucial. Of course, you know your child best, and so it’s up to you to choose wisely. In this day and age, kids, ages 3 or 4 take up dirt biking, so they do start early these days. This is when training wheels often come off of bikes, and things get a little more serious. Once they graduate to two wheels, whoa boy, there’s no stopping them now!
Outgrowing Their First Dirt Bike
You need to consider that some of the smaller bikes which qualify as ‘entry level’ bikes for kids do cost substantially less than what are called “universal” dirt bikes for kids, and so, depending on your budget, it’s worth keeping this in mind. Do you want to buy a small bike only for them to quickly outgrow, or should you invest in a slightly larger bike right away?
All of this depends on factors like the seat height, and how high and wide the handles bars are. If the bike is too big, your small child is not going to be able to feel comfortable. The trick here is to know the dimensions of the bike you are considering buying, and the size of your kid (who better than you for that assessment?) Knowing these two things, it does make your decision easier. If you’re out shopping, and your child is with you and this is no birthday surprise present, it pays to have them sit on the bike and try it out. If you are shopping online, it helps to look very closely at sizes, and really learn how to eyeball whether that bike is going to be a good fit for your youngster. Don’t hesitate to contact manufacturers to ask for specific dimensions of anything you’re unsure about. This is also a great way to test out customer support.
In addition to the dimensions of the dirt bike, the weight is also a consideration. If it’s a lighter bike, your child will find it much easier to steer and maneuver. Some of the smaller bikes can weigh in fairly light – say 20 pounds – whereas bikes for kids ages 7 – 14 can range in weight from 60 pounds up to 120 pounds. Take, for example, the Kuberg Trial E 21-inch Dirt Bike, which is a higher end bike that only weighs 60 pounds, and yet it can accommodate a child who is up to 10 years old. Bottom line is, that size and weight of the bike do matter in the selection process.
(And now, in no particular order)
Quick Reviews Of The 5 Best Dirt Bikes For Kids In 2017
#1 – Razor MX500 Dirt Rocket Electric Motocross Bike
If you want to start out with something of high quality, then consider this dirt bike – the Razor MX500 Dirt Rocket. This is a very reasonably priced dirt bike which also happens to be a favourite among buyers for its great performance. Do take note that this is not the smallest dirt bike on the market, with dimensions of 46.5 x 13.8 x 26 inches. That is why this bike is really meant for 14+, but can also suit any child 8-12.
Included here are some fairly large sized pneumatic tires (front = 16”, rear = 14”), as well as a 500W electric motor that is capable of carrying any young rider at a maximum speed of 17mph. As you can see, this dirt bike may not be suitable for your youngest, as it can pick up significant speed, but for those who can handle it – what a thrill!
As it is an awesome dirt bike for kids, it has been designed to be safe as well. This is built into the actual design of the bike itself, with a frame that makes it very durable, and with some of the same aesthetics as authentic adult dirt bikes in terms of putting safety first.
If you shop around, you will notice that the reviews are very good for this bike, and customers report that their kids are often the ones putting this dirt bike together themselves after they get it. That said, do make sure to double check that bolts are tight and everything checks out.
One of the other top features of the Razor MX500 is that it does not make a lot of noise. As such, this bike and your kid will annoy way less people with this bike ripping around anywhere there are people.
#2 – Razor MX350 Dirt Rocket Electric Motocross Bike
This particular model of kid’s dirt bike has been around since way back in 2005, when it came out and literally caused a frenzy of customers buying it up left and right. In terms of getting bang for your buck, we can safely say that this mini electric dirt bike is one to watch, and for many, it is their child’s intro to dirt biking.
The dimensions for this bike are 44 x 24.5 x 31 inches, and the bike itself weighs in at 70 pounds. The Razor MX350 features large-sized knobby tires, a solid steel frame, and a gearless 24V electric engine which operates on batteries. The maximum speed of this bike is 14 mph if your kid is riding on paved or flat surface.
Once again, we are talking about a dirt bike which the manufacturer recommends for ages 14+, but since the seating is really quite low (about 20” from the ground), much younger bike enthusiasts are going with this model.
The battery can last up to 2 hours according to some buyers, and this dirt bike is truly capable of handling a variety of terrains, from paved tracks, to grassy areas, sand, dirt, and more. A fan favorite!
#3 – Razor MX650 Dirt Rocket Electric Motocross Bike
This bike is a great choice if your ‘little’ rider does have some experience with dirt bikes under their belt, and is recommended for kids aged 16+, although kids as young as 8 have been known to ride this model of dirt bike. The reason being, Razor has added a few extra safety features to many of their bikes, including this one. This attention to safety has allowed many young riders a chance to give this dirt bike a go.
You may at first think of this as a bike for big kids as they say 16+, but because the dimensions here are actually 56” x 24.5” x 36”, it qualifies as a kid’s bike.
As with other Razor bikes, the MX650 has been designed to be quiet, and yet it provides lots of speed and power to make it a very fun ride!
Perhaps the best part about this Razor MX650 is the outstanding suspension this dirt bike has. The front suspension is actually an inverted motocross suspension fork, while the rear suspension is completely adjustable.
As a kid’s “toy”, this dirt bike is definitely not made for adults, as it is smaller and electric, although it does provide some of the thrills that an adult bike would, so it’s not just any “toy” bike we’re dealing with here.
#4 – Motovox 70cc Dirt Bike
Ah, here we have a different manufacturer making the list finally – Motovox! The Motovox 70cc is a dirt bike designed with youth in mind, as it has a 70cc gas-fueled, 4-stroke engine which has a horsepower of 5.3.
With a telescoping fork on the front, and coil-over rear suspension, this bike is very well put together. It has a steel frame, not to mention that it also has drum-type brakes on both front and back.
This bike is almost starting to sound like ‘not exactly’ a kid’s bike, but hold on, because that is not the case at all with the MVX70. With its semi-automatic, clutch-less 4-speed transmission, this bike is actually great for younger kids who have a taste for dirt biking and adventure!
One big plus customers like about this bike is, there’s basically no assembly required, and so, right out of the box, your kid can pretty much get in on the biking action straight away. The only thing that needs to be done, is that you have to attach the handlebars, and this bike is good to go.
With a 70cc engine, this bike has the power to last, and it will take your kids longer to outgrow, than would say a 50cc model.
#5 – Kuberg 2016 Trial E Electric Bike
All of the bikes we’ve mentioned so far in our Top 5 Best Kids’ Dirt Bikes list for 2017 are of the highest quality, and the Trial E by Kuberg is no exception.
You might spend a little bit more for this bike than some others, but the craftsmanship and attention to detail make it worth every penny. If you don’t mind your kid being just like the type of adult who spends afternoons waxing their classic car, get them a Trial E, just to introduce them to what high quality looks like, and they’ll definitely take pride in being the owner of this dirt bike.
Also called a “pit bike”, this Kuberg model can accommodate youngsters who are between 5-12 years of age. The seat is nice and low for young riders, with a height of just 21 inches.
The engine on this little bad boy is actually a 750W electric motor that allows the bike to get up to speeds of 18 mph.
Maybe the most impressive thing here is the long lasting battery operation, which can provide over 2 hours of constant dirt biking. This is far longer than many bikes of similar size.
A feature we haven’t talked about yet with the Kuberg Trial E is something called “parental speed control”, which allows the parent to limit the maximum speed of the bike. Quite a handy safety feature.
Another reason we’ve included the Trial E here on this list is because, yet again, we have a bike that is essentially silent, and so the neighbours aren’t going to be complaining, since the noise level is so low.
Overall, this bike is designed to have smooth suspension, looks very stylish, and provides a durable heavy duty design. One more thing – the Trial E has responsive brakes, meaning that the braking system is top notch as well.