Ok, so we have already discussed my opinion about what the best dirt bike would be for adult beginners, but we have not discussed what the best dirt bike for kids would be. So, without further ado, this following article is about the best dirt bikes for kids to learn to ride on.
Things to consider before buying
I believe it is a much better idea to get a used bike to learn on. Your kid will more than likely fall over a couple of times before he/she gets the hang of things. This brings me to another point. Get the proper protective gear before allowing your kid to ride! Have a look at this article for tips to buy a used bike and to help you get a good deal.
Two-stroke vs. four-stroke
If you want to get your child a bike just to learn to ride on and just have fun, it will definitely be a better idea to get a four-stroke bike. Four-stroke bikes have a much smoother, more predictable power delivery than a two-stroke bike. If on the other hand, your child is very confident and wishes to start racing in the near future, a two-stroke bike may be a good option.
Please note that the bikes that I recommend have beginner riders in mind and is aimed at kids who are just starting out and would like to ride just for fun and do more trail riding, not so much for racing.
For kids that want to start racing motocross, I would suggest getting a KTM 50 SX, for smaller kids and a KTM 65 SX or Yamaha YZ 65. These are two-stroke bikes and are pretty quick and quite snappy.
My recommended bike for 4 to 7-year-olds
My number one choice for kids aged between 3 and 7 years of age, would have to be the Honda CRF50. These little bikes are extremely durable. The Yamaha TTR50 is in the same league and will also be perfect, but the reason I would rather recommend the Honda is that the Honda CRF50 comes with both electric start and a kick start. So with the Yamaha, if the battery had to go flat, your kid will have a problem to get it started.
These bikes come with a 3-speed semi-automatic gearbox, so you don’t have to worry about your kid struggling to change gears with a clutch. The brakes are situated in the same place as bigger bikes, with the front brake on the right side handlebar and the rear brake by the right side foot peg. So transitioning from this bike to a bigger bike in time to come won’t be a problem for your little one. It has drum brakes in the front and back.
These bikes come with a throttle stop, so if you are concerned about your kid going too fast, you can just adjust the throttle stop, to prevent the accelerator from twisting too far back and to limit the speed.
The seat height is about 21.5 inches (54.6 CM) high. The bike weighs around 110 pounds (49.9 KG) and this is with oil and fuel.
My recommended bike for 8 to 10-year-olds
Once again, I will have to go with the Honda. My number one recommended bike for kids between 8 and 10 years of age, will have to be the Honda CRF110. The Yamaha TTR 110, or KLX 110 will also be perfect, but I would recommend the Honda, for the sake of having a kick start, where the Yamaha & Kawasaki have electric start only. The fuel tank capacity of the Honda is also 1 Gallon (3.79 L) more than the other brands and it is also 4 to 8 pounds (1.81 to 3.63 KG) lighter than its competitors.
The Honda CRF 110 comes with a 4-speed semi-automatic gearbox. Same as with the CRF50, it doesn’t have a clutch, but it has a fair amount more power than the 50cc.
The seat height is 26.3 inches (66.80 CM) high. This bike weighs in at around 161 pounds (73.03 KG) As with the Honda CRF50, the CRF110 also has a throttle stop to slow the bike down a bit, if it is a bit fast for your liking. The CRF110 also has drums brakes in both the front and the back.
Easy to maintain
These bikes are very durable and fairly simple to maintain. As long as you keep the air filter clean and change the oil regularly, it should definitely last until your kid outgrows it.