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Getting your child or teenager into motocross is an exciting journey. Choosing the right bike is crucial to ensure safety, fun, and a great riding experience. This guide will help you make the best decision for your young rider.

There are of course numerous more models to choose from, 65cc, 80cc bikes and even electric bikes for the really young ones so please see this guide as an initial venture into the fantastic world of motocross and a starting ground, not the final and end point of your ride.

Find the Best Motocross Bike for Your Child

1. What is your child's age?

2. What is your child's skill level?

3. What type of transmission do you prefer?

4. What is your primary concern?


 

Guide to Choosing a dirt bike or motocross for Kids and Teens

Table of Contents

Understanding Your Child's Skill Level

Assessing your child's skill level is the first step. Beginners need bikes that are easy to handle, while more experienced young riders can manage more powerful machines.

Beginner Riders:

  • Small Engine Sizes: Opt for bikes with engine sizes between 50cc and 110cc.
  • Automatic Transmissions: Bikes with automatic transmissions are easier to control.
  • Lightweight Frames: Lightweight bikes are easier for beginners to handle.

Experienced Riders:

  • Larger Engine Sizes: Consider bikes with engine sizes between 125cc and 250cc.
  • Manual Transmissions: Manual transmissions offer better control for experienced riders.
  • Sturdy Frames: Sturdy frames can handle more aggressive riding styles.

Finding the right motocross bike for your child is crucial. Here are some of the top models we recommend:

KTM 50sx

Model KTM 50 SX
Engine Size 50cc
Transmission Automatic
Weight 40.8 kg (90 lbs)
Seat Height 684 mm (27 inches)
Best For Ages 4-7, Beginner Riders
Features Training wheels available, throttle limiter, adjustable suspension
Link KTM 50 SX

 

Yamaha pw50

Model Yamaha PW50
Engine Size 49cc
Transmission Automatic
Weight 39 kg (86 lbs)
Seat Height 485 mm (19 inches)
Best For Ages 4-7, Beginner Riders
Features Fully enclosed chain, throttle stop screw, lightweight frame
Link Yamaha PW50

 

Honda crf50

Model Honda CRF50F
Engine Size 49cc
Transmission Semi-Automatic
Weight 50 kg (110 lbs)
Seat Height 548 mm (21.6 inches)
Best For Ages 4-7, Beginner Riders
Features Durable frame, adjustable throttle limiter, low maintenance
Link Honda CRF50F

 

Kawasaki KLX110R

Model Kawasaki KLX110R
Engine Size 112cc
Transmission Semi-Automatic
Weight 76 kg (167 lbs)
Seat Height 680 mm (26.8 inches)
Best For Ages 8-11, Intermediate Riders
Features Electric start, four-speed transmission, low maintenance
Link Kawasaki KLX110R

 

Yamaha YZ125

Model Yamaha YZ125
Engine Size 125cc
Transmission Manual
Weight 94 kg (207 lbs)
Seat Height 975 mm (38.4 inches)
Best For Ages 12-15, Experienced Riders
Features Advanced suspension, powerful engine, lightweight aluminum frame
Link Yamaha YZ125

 

Honda CRF250R

Model Honda CRF250R
Engine Size 249cc
Transmission Manual
Weight 108 kg (238 lbs)
Seat Height 953 mm (37.5 inches)
Best For Ages 12-15, Experienced Riders
Features Electric start, HRC launch control, adjustable suspension
Link Honda CRF250R

Model KTM 85 SX
Engine Size 85cc
Transmission Manual
Weight 68 kg (149 lbs)
Seat Height 890 mm (35 inches)
Best For Ages 10-15, Intermediate to Advanced Riders
Features High-performance engine, adjustable suspension, lightweight frame
Link KTM 85 SX

 

Model Yamaha YZ85
Engine Size 85cc
Transmission Manual
Weight 73 kg (161 lbs)
Seat Height 841 mm (33.1 inches)
Best For Ages 10-15, Intermediate to Advanced Riders
Features Lightweight frame, powerful engine, adjustable suspension
Link Yamaha YZ85

 

Model Honda CR85R
Engine Size 85cc
Transmission Manual
Weight 66 kg (145 lbs)
Seat Height 860 mm (33.9 inches)
Best For Ages 10-15, Intermediate to Advanced Riders
Features High-revving engine, responsive handling, durable frame
Link Honda CR85R (Note: Honda has discontinued the CR85R, but it is still popular in the used market.)

 

Model Kawasaki KX85
Engine Size 84cc
Transmission Manual
Weight 75 kg (165 lbs)
Seat Height 841 mm (33.1 inches)
Best For Ages 10-15, Intermediate to Advanced Riders
Features Powerful two-stroke engine, adjustable suspension, lightweight frame
Link Kawasaki KX85

 

Model Suzuki RM85
Engine Size 84.7cc
Transmission Manual
Weight 73 kg (161 lbs)
Seat Height 850 mm (33.5 inches)
Best For Ages 10-15, Intermediate to Advanced Riders
Features High-performance two-stroke engine, adjustable suspension, responsive handling
Link Suzuki RM85

 

Safety Features to Consider

Safety is paramount when selecting a bike for young riders. Here are key features to look for:

  • Throttle Limiters: Control the speed to match your child's skill level.
  • Adjustable Suspension: Ensures a comfortable ride and adapts to different terrains.
  • Disc Brakes: Provide reliable stopping power.

Maintenance Tips for Longevity

Keeping your child's bike in top condition ensures safety and extends its lifespan. Here are some maintenance tips:

  • Regular Oil Changes: Keeps the engine running smoothly.
  • Chain Maintenance: Regularly clean and lubricate the chain.
  • Tire Checks: Ensure tires are properly inflated and have good tread.

Buying Tips and Checklist

When buying a motocross bike for your child, consider the following tips:

  • New vs. Used: New bikes come with warranties and latest features, but used bikes can be more affordable. Always check the condition of used bikes carefully.
  • Fit and Comfort: Make sure the bike fits your child comfortably. They should be able to reach the ground and controls easily.
  • Test Ride: If possible, have your child test ride the bike to ensure they feel confident and comfortable.

Encouraging Safe Riding Practices

Teaching your child safe riding practices is just as important as choosing the right bike. Here are some key points:

  • Wear Protective Gear: Always wear helmets, gloves, and protective clothing.
  • Follow Track Rules: Teach your child to follow the rules and signals of the track.
  • Regular Practice: Encourage regular practice to build skills and confidence.

Future Upgrades and Accessories

As your child grows and their skills improve, consider these potential upgrades and accessories:

  • More Powerful Engines: Upgrading to a larger engine size as they gain experience.
  • Advanced Suspension Systems: For better handling on varied terrains.
  • Custom Graphics: Personalize the bike with custom dirt bike graphics to make it unique.

Used Market Guide

If you're looking to buy a used motocross bike for your child, check out these popular classified sites by country:

  • Sweden
  • Check out Blocket.se for a wide range of used motocross bikes.
  • Norway
  • Visit Finn.no for used motocross bikes in Norway.
  • Netherlands
  • Check out Marktplaats.nl for used motocross bikes in the Netherlands.
  • Italy
  • Find used bikes on Subito.it in Italy.
  • Spain
  • Visit Milanuncios for used motocross bikes in Spain.
  • Finland
  • Check out Tori.fi for used motocross bikes in Finland.
  • Portugal
  • Find used bikes on OLX.pt in Portugal.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: What is the best age to start motocross?

A: Kids can start as young as 4 years old with appropriate bikes like the KTM 50 SX.

Q: How often should the oil be changed on a kid's motocross bike?

A: Generally, every 10 hours of riding or as recommended by the manufacturer.

Q: Is it better to buy new or used bikes for kids?

A: New bikes come with warranties and the latest features, but used bikes can be more affordable. Always check the condition carefully if buying used.

Choosing the right motocross bike for your child or teenager involves understanding their skill level, selecting an appropriate bike, and emphasizing safety. With the right bike and proper maintenance, your young rider can enjoy the thrill of motocross safely and confidently. For high-quality graphics and custom designs, check out MotoProWorks for all your bike needs.

Photo: Philip Platzer

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