Your kid wants to ride a dirt bike. Part of you is probably horrified. The other part is excited because who didn’t dream of doing motorcross when they were kids? Even you would have to admit that it is badass. We all want to be supportive of whatever sport or activity our kids want to pursue.
So we’re pretty sure you’re now in the market for a dirt bike. But which one should you buy that would ensure your kid’s safety while letting him enjoy his sport and develop his talent even further? It will definitely require a lot of thought. Thankfully, we’ve done a lot of the thinking for you. We’ve made a list of the best kids dirt bikes of varying ages. Now all you have to do is scroll down and choose one!
Top Kids Dirt Bikes of 2017
- Top Kids Dirt Bikes of 2017
- How To Choose the Best Kid’s Dirt Bike
1. Kuberg 2016 Start Electric Trial Bike
If you’re planning to start them young (6 years old and below), then this Kuberg bike is your best option. First of all, it has a lot of safety features such as a kill switch, a top speed limiter, and three power settings. The second feature means that you can set the max speed of the bike and adjust the acceleration as he increases his skill level. It also means that you won’t have to buy a new bike each time he gets better at riding the bike. Second, it’s easy to use for a beginner. It’s also incredibly lightweight despite being built to last a good long while. And third, it is specifically designed to run on all sorts of terrain making it an all-around good choice for those who want to race over a track or on rough terrain.
- lots of safety features
- Easy to assemble
- Can be adjusted to match your kid’s skill level as he gets better at riding
- Very expensive
2. Fun Wheels 6V Battery Powered Dirt Bike
If you’re a bit wary of putting your 3-year old on a dirt bike, then you might want to try this electric kind-of-like-a-toy bike. It can run for an hour with a max speed of 3 mph so you won’t have to worry about dangerous speeds. The bike comes with an on and off switch which makes using the bike easy for your kid – no assistance required. The bike comes with safety wheels and can only run forward. It also has a light and plays music to make your baby extra happy while riding around.
- Max 3 mph
- Easy to use
- No maintenance required
- Can’t move backward
- The max speed will frustrate your kid faster than you’d think
- Requires a bit of assembly
3. Razor MX350
This dirt bike is perfect for transitioning your kid from the beginner bike to something a bit more advanced. Kids aged 5 to 8 will love the faster speed, topping around 12 to 14 mph. Good enough for getting over some rough terrain and trails but not enough to make your little daredevil fly. Think golf cart speed. The bike’s frame is designed to look like a professional motorcross bike which means it is sturdy enough to survive a few drops and spills. The battery runs for about an hour and can requires 5 hours to fully recharge.
- Realistically made
- Adjustable riser handlebars
- Easy to assemble
- No pedal brakes, only a handbrake
- May be too small for some 8 to 9 year old kids
- Poor battery life
4. Monster Moto Classic Mini Bike
This is the perfect bike for a slightly experienced rider who wants to try off-roading. While the manufacturer does state that this is a bike for a kid aged 12 or older, it can be ridden by someone younger provided he or she already has the skills for it. The bike has a 80cc 4 stroke engine and can reach a max speed of 23 mph. It has super grip tires, adjustable brakes, an automatic clutch, a kickstand, and a rugged steel frame. It looks like the dirt bikes from days of old. And it comes in several colors including camo and pink.
- Comes pre-assembled
- Looks really cool
- Durable and tough
- For more experienced riders
- Requires gas
- Not enough steering radius required for tight turns
5. Razor MX650 Rocket Electric Motorcross Bike
This is no little kid’s bike. Its design was inspired by the Supercross and features hand operated disc brakes, large pneumatic tires, folding metal foot pegs, adjustable riser handlebars, high torque motor, and twist-grip acceleration control. The 650-watt motor can produce a max speed of 17 mph which is fast enough for a kid but not enough to break his neck. And like all other Razor dirt bikes, this one is as easy to use and has a range of safety features that will keep you from clutching your hair in worry.
- Fulfills a kid’s need for speed safely
- hand-operated, front-and-rear disc brakes
- Large pneumatic tires
- Can be a bit difficult to get the bike back up for a kid
- Durability issues with the chain
- Some users have complained about poor battery life
6. Monster Moto 250-Watt Electric Mini Bike
This is a bike that’ll ensure your little kid can keep up with the big ones. This e-Mini can toggle between two speed limits: 7 mph and 11 mph. The bike may be a mini but it’s really heavy duty. The powder coated welded metal frame, thick wide tires, and no-dent polypropylene fenders ensure that it will last for a good long while. It’s easy to use, even for kids younger than 6. This is a great “real enough lookalike” bike that will teach your little one throttle control, balance, and maneuvering before you add a lesson on brakes.
- Battery lasts a good long while (more than an hour)
- Perfect minibike for beginners
- 2 speed switch
- Chain may slip off from time to time
- Some users have had the bike break down after a week of daily use
- Poor customer service
How To Choose the Best Kid’s Dirt Bike
If you are already planning on giving your kid a ride of his own, then you already know how frustrating it can be to look for the right one that balances your kid’s need for speed, his skill level, and covers all of your safety concerns. And it’s not like you can shrug off making the wrong choice, right? If it doesn’t work out, the least of your problems would be the money you spent. So, how does one find the perfect dirt bike for one’s kid? We’ve got a few tips that might help you out.
How big should the bike be?
One thing you should consider when choosing your kid’s dirt bike is how easily can he handle it. Is he going to be able to put both of his feet flat on the ground supporting himself and the bike as it is in the upright position? Is he able to bring the bike back up if he drops it? Does he have the strength to safely maneuver the bike as needed? For beginners aged 6 and below, the bike should be lightweight and easy to use. The Fun Wheels 6V Battery Powered Dirt Bike and the Monster Moto 250-Watt Electric Mini Bike are small enough to be handled by little kids with ease and light enough that they can easily maneuver it around. The handlebars and controls must also be accessible to your kid. The Monster Moto Classic Mini Bike, on the other hand, is for much bigger kids.
How fast should it go?
Your kid’s need for speed must balance well with your need for safety. Some bikes that are geared toward toddlers to five year olds have really slow speed like 3 mph (Fun Wheels 6V Battery Powered Dirt Bike) while others like the Monster Moto Classic Mini Bike can reach as high as 23 mph. Of course, it is advisable that the smaller the speed, the safer your little one will be. You may want to choose a bike that allows you to adjust the maximum speed according to your kid’s skill level such as the Kuberg 2016 Start Electric Trial Bike. Aside from ensuring your child’s safety, this feature will enable you to keep the bike far longer.
Electric or gas?
It depends. Electric bikes have rechargeable batteries so you don’t have to spend money on fuel. These are also easier to use and maintain. They’re also a lot quieter which is a bonus you’ll need if your kid is going to be riding his bike in your neighborhood. Gas bikes are believed to have better speed and torque. With this kind of bike, the bigger the engine, the faster the speed and the more stable the bike is. However, it also means less fuel efficiency and more smoke. For some experts, electric is the future of dirt bikes. But it all depends on you.
What safety features should you look for?
One of the best features that will ensure your child’s safety is the option to control max speed. Some like the Kuberg 2016 Start Electric Trial Bike allows you to set the power settings and incorporates a kill switch as well. The Monster Moto 250-Watt Electric Mini Bike allows you to switch between two speed settings – 7 and 11 mph. Some like the Razor MX650 Rocket Electric Motorcross Bike allows you to adjust the handlebars to ensure your kid is able to comfortably hold them and easily access the bike’s controls including the hand-operated disc brakes. There are plenty of other safety features you might want to check out such as the no-dent polypropylene fender which ensures you won’t be picking out plastic shards out of your kid’s arm if he crashes the bike.
What’s your budget?
So, you’ve finally decided on what specs your kid’s dirt bike should have. The next question is, how much are you willing to spend? You can expect, at the very least, to cough up a couple of hundred dollars. For some bikes like those made by Kuberg, you can expect to spend more than a thousand bucks. However, keep in mind that quality and price do not always go hand in hand. Whatever budget you do decide on, make sure that you are comfortable parting with that much money. And that you’ve been diligent with your research.