Electric Dirt Bikes – Are They Good Kids Bikes?

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For a long time, I’ve shied away from writing an article on electric dirt bikes for kids. It’s really mainly because I only want to look at quality products – and years ago when I first looked at electric dirt bikes, I didn’t feel they were a quality product.  However in the last few years, quite a few new electric dirt bikes have come on the market, and I felt it was time to have another look at the Electric dirt bike offering.

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2021 Yamaha YZ85 Review and Specs

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Ideal for Riders of all Skill Levels

Yamaha YZ85 is all about power! Its 85cc two-stroke and liquid-cooled engine coupled with the Yamaha Power Valve System (YPVS) gives an explosive power that is hard to match. Along with the power, come some specifications that support sharp handling and good control. 

The ergonomics of this bike, including its adjustable forks and rear discs make it a pleasure for riders and, at the same time, enhance its competitiveness. With this bike, riders can use their second gear more and don’t have to use the clutch often, thereby giving a smooth ride, regardless of the riders’ skill.

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2021 Husqvarna EE 5 Review and Specs

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Combined with the modern pioneering technology, EE 5 is Husqvarna motorcycle’s first step to electric mobility. With an adjustable electric motor, the bike is suitable for young racers and grassroots beginners.

Features:

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  • Fitted with an electric motor, EE 5 produces a power output of 5 KW. Additionally, the motor is air-cooled, dustproof and waterproof for easy maintenance.
  • Mounted in a robust die-cast aluminium casing are 84 modern lithium cells (accounting for 907 Wh of stored energy) that can keep the bike in motion for 2 hours or 25 minutes fast-paced full-power racing. 
  • The external worldwide charger can be connected to any 230 V or 110 V sockets for direct charging.
  • The bike features a multifunctional instrument between the steering head and seat to ensure riders have all the relevant information at hand.
  • EE 5 is fitted with a roll-over sensor to cut power in case of a fall or tip over. In the event of uncontrollable riding, there is a wrist lanyard key to act as a safety net.
  • The bike features an adjustable seat set up to cater for growing riders. The 665mm seat height can be easily lowered in two steps to 615mm. An additional suspension lowering kit can help reduce it further to 550mm for the smallest riders.
  • The lightweight WP XACT 35mm suspension offers great damping and riders comfort.
  • Tapered NEKEN handlebars help riders with better grip and less fatigue.
  • The EE 5 bodywork is designed to offer riders with full-sized motocross bike ergonomics giving them more control.
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2021 Kawasaki KLX110RL Review & Specs

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Best for First Time Off-Road Riders   

The 2021 KLX110RL is packed with kid-friendly features such as a 4-speed transmission system, a manual clutch, a neutral only starter, and an adjustable throttle limiter. This bike has several speeds and plenty of power for the young rider.

With a high tensile steel body, a rear shock for secure handling, and a 30mm telescopic fork, the KLX110RL is excellent for riders who want to go off-road for the first time. Its construction ensures maximum longevity and durability irrespective of where you ride it. This KLX110RL also has an automatic centrifugal clutch system that helps you to take off and shift gears, thus ensuring that you maintain your focus on the terrain. 

2021 KLX110RL, best kids dirt bike
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With an 112cc single-cylinder and four-stroke engine, this KLX110RL is bound to give you a better experience than the smaller version. The large version also has a taller seat, a more extended suspension length, a manual clutch, and an added 4.8cm of ground clearance. No matter your skill level or size, this KLX110RL model will allow you to play out there without experiencing breakdowns. 

When you are on the tracks, you don’t want to be riding a dirt bike that keeps breaking down or that you can’t start. That is why this KLX110RL is a perfect pick. With an electric start, you will start the fun with the single push of a button using its reliable starting mechanism. 

The 110cmair-cooled engine is simple to operate and maintain a high level of reliability. It comes with optimum camshaft timing, which results in excellent engine power at all speeds. The piston rings are designed in a low-tension model that decreases cylinder friction and ensures increased performance. 

KLX110RL Top Features:

  1. A taller seat height of 728.98 mm than the previous version.
  2. Higher ground clearance of 264.16 mm than the previous version.
  3. Four-speed transmission with a manual speed.
  4. Sporty race-inspired styling. 
  5. 122cc air-cooled, four-stroke engine. 
  6. Throttle limiter.
  7. 4-speed transmission. 
  8. Electric start. 

2021 KXL110RL Specifications (Specs)

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1.     Engine

  • Type – 4-stokes transmission, air-cooled. 
  • Compression ratio – 9:5:1. 
  • Displacement – 112cc.
  • Fuel – Keihin PB18.
  • Induction – Reed Valve. 
  • Bore x Stroke – 52.5 x 45.8mm.

2.     Chassis

  • Brakes – Disk.
  • Front Suspension- Travel.
  • Rear Tire – 90/100 x 19.
  • Front Tire – 90/100 x 16.

3.     Dimensions

  • Curb weight – 76.2 kgs.
  • Seat height – 871.22 mm.
  • Wheelbase – 1074.42 mm.
  • Rake – 29 degrees.
  • Ground clearance – 264.16 mm. 
  • Trail – 109.22 mm. 
  • Fuel capacity – 4.92 litres. 
Pros
  • Enjoys more extensive features like a taller seat and extra ground clearance than the smaller version
  • Has a manual clutch
Cons
  • Might be too big for short individuals

2021 Kawasaki KLX110R Review & Specs

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Best dirt bike for youth riders

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The Kawasaki KLX110R bike was not launched so long ago, yet it is the stepping stone for young riders to develop to the next level of dirt riding. The 110R is great for bush tracks or riding at one of the many motocross parks in Australia. This Kawasaki bike is a great progression for those who’ve had a smaller Kawasaki dirt bike or a great starter bike for an older child or teen who’s just learning. 

Any mini-motor enthusiast will enjoy using the 2021 Kawasaki KLX110R because it is packed with kid-friendly aspects such as an adjustable throttle limiter, 4-speed transmission system with an automatic clutch, a lower chain guard, several heat shields, and a lower chain guard. 

The lightweight, lively engine makes KLX110R perfect for anyone the right size to grip the riding handle. Thanks to the proper proportioning of this dirt bike, you wouldn’t identify it quickly as a mini bike by looking at the photos. However, the saddle is small enough for a child but pretty cramped for an adult. 

Kawasaki 110R – Starter System

The KLX110R has an electric starter with a kill switch to make it easy for beginners to ride it. In case you drain the battery’s power, this dirt bike has a manual kick-starter to get you back in motion. 

2021 KLX110R Top Features 

  1. There is a longer, stiffer rear shock compared to older versions and the swingarm pivot is lowered.
  2. The fork has been tuned up to match the suspension accordingly.
  3. The travel has been increased, and the fork legs have a bigger axle under hang.
  4. A responsive engine that pulls well gear to gear without any hitches.

KLX110R Specifications (Specs)

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1.     Engine

  • Type – 2-stroke engine with a power valve. 
  • Compression ratio – 8:7:1.
  • Displacement – 99cc.
  • Fuel – 28mm PWK carburettor.
  • Induction – Reed Valve.
  • Bore x Stroke – 52.5 x 45.8mm.

2.     Chassis

  • Brakes – Disk.
  • Front Suspension- Travel.
  • Rear Tire – 90/100 x 19.
  • Front Tire – 90/100 x 16.

3.     Dimensions

  • Curb weight – 77.1kgs.
  • Seat height – 871.22 mm.
  • Wheelbase – 1310.64 mm. 
  • Rake – 29 degrees.
  • Ground clearance – 330.2 mm. 
  • Trail – 109.22 mm. 
  • Fuel capacity – 4.92 litres. 
Pros
  • • It has the required safety features that dirt-riding beginners require
  • • Offers natural progression as the rider grows and becomes more experienced
Cons
  • • Lacks essential off-roading capacities of a full-sized dirt bike
  • • Cannot ride the bike on a major road because it doesn’t have a headlamp, turn indicators, an instrument cluster, or even a tail lamp

5 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Kids Dirt Bike

5 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Kids Dirt Bike
How to choose the best bike

 Now that your child is ready to start riding dirt bikes, you might be considering buying them a bike. Here are some factors to consider before you make the big decision and buy them a bike:

1.     Get the Right Fit

If your child is short yet you want to buy them a dirt bike, consider getting one which you can change the height on. By lowering the suspension, you will pull the handlebar downwards so that your child reaches them comfortably until they are older. Later, you can raise the suspension. Alternatively, the motorcycle shop might cut the seat, thus lowering it so that your child reaches the ground with their feet. 

2.     Engine Size (cc’s)

If this is your child’s first dirt bike, they will find it easier to learn riding on a less powerful bike that is lightweight. The 50cc is the smallest engine size that you will get, and it is ideal for kids under age seven. Four-stroke dirt bikes make fantastic starters because they have relatively linear power delivery, making their throttle control easy. 

3.     Starter System – Electric vs. Kick Start

The essential feature of starter bikes is an electric starter engine because they are easy to ride. As your child grows older and gains experience, you can opt for kick start bikes. Older motorcycles had kick-starter technology, but newer ones use an electric starter. 

4.     Engine Type – Two-Stroke vs. Four-Stroke

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Kid’s dirt bikes are either two or four-stroke, and you must comprehend the difference between the two engine types before you spend your money. Four-stroke engines are ideal for beginners because it delivers power for every two rotations of the crankshaft. That helps in smooth acceleration and a broad power band, which reduces the frequency of scary stop-starts that your child might experience. 

On the other hand, two-stroke engines send power for every rotation of the crankshaft, thus gives them a high strength to weight ratio. Less moving parts means that the bike will have less weight so that it will keep up with large capacities. Stop starts on two-stroke bikes can be a little scarier than on four-strokes. Some two-stroke engines also require that you pre-mix oil and petrol before filling the tank. 

5.     Transmission

Small dirt bikes for kids have an automatic clutch. When your child doesn’t have to manage the clutch, they will have more time to learn balancing and steering the bike without worrying about changing gears manually. It is better to buy bikes with an automatic clutch for beginners and then move to the manual clutch when your child is older. 

2020 Suzuki RM85L Review and Specs

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If you are a first-time motocross racer, the 2020 Suzuki RM85L is a great bike for you. It has big wheels for better comfort and handling. The high revving 85cc reed valve engine is connected to Keihin PE28 carburettor with alloy exhaust valves that control the exhaust port timing, allowing for controlled combustion. Its braking system has a twin-piston calliper that squashes a 20mm disc and a single-piston floater on the rear.

With a progressive valve system, the front end runs an inverted 37mm Showa open cartridge fork that tunes damping to equalize the strong rear shock. In addition, the RM 85L has 48.3cm front and 40.6cm rear tyres. The wheelbase is 1.280 mm and the seat height is 875mm. The bike comes with graphics to make it look good for competition and a bonus race kit. 

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RM85L Specs:

  • 85cc displacement
  • Primary kick starter
  • Liquid-cooled, 2 stroked reed valve, single-cylinder engine
  • 6-speed constant mesh transmission
  • 37mm Showa inverted cartridge fork, front suspension with rebound damping and adjustable compression
  • Link-type Showa shock rear suspension with adjustable compression 
  • Tokico twin-piston calliper front brakes with 220mm in diameter disc
  • Tokico single-piston calliper rear brakes with 220mm in diameter disc 
  • 5-litre fuel capacity
  • 1280mm wheelbase
  • Weight: 74kg 
  • 875mm seat height

Key Features

  • Two-stroked, 85cc reed valve engine.
  • Suzuki composite electrochemical material ensures durability.
  • Effective heat transfer and weight reduction to improve performance.

Can you Rely on Suzuki RM85L?

Suzuki has chosen to stick with the RM85 lengthy engine production run because it is reliable. It has been tried and tested over time. The RM has been a popular race machine for many young racers for years. People riding the bike have not complained about common mechanical problems. If serviced regularly and kept in good condition, the bike is very reliable. However, if it overheats or if you leave the piston in there for too long without replacement, there can be an engine failure just like other motorcycles.

When should the RM85L be used?

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The RM was once a front runner but not anymore. Due to a lack of development, the RM is not up to scratch compared with the industry’s new models. It does not have the same high-quality suspension standards.

It does, however, have its place. While it may not be the best for Australian championships, it may be suitable for an A-grade junior joining the championship. The cheaper price tag is worthwhile for anyone who is on a budget but wants to race competitively. The less aggressive power means it is a good choice for beginners, as it is easier to operate. The RM85L is perfect for kids who enjoy riding with the family, on farms, or just recreationally. While it is not advisable to neglect it, the bike is capable of withstanding a bit more neglect more than most brands do. 

Pros
  • Affordable compared to other models
  • Comes with a bonus race kit valued at $1,100 (AUD)
  • Unequalled braking performance that gives excellent feel at the lever
  • Confident and smooth handling on tough terrain
Cons
  • It can bog when the revs drop too low
  • Low-quality suspension compared to class leaders

2020 KTM 85 SX 17/14 Review and Specs

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The 2020 KTM 85 SX 17/14 dirt bike is a great kids dirt bike for 7-10 year olds. With this KTM dirt bike, your child will have a taste of the big league of motocross fun and even be able to venture into the pro circuit if they would like to. The whole KTM 85 SX 17/14 design imitates the big KTM bike range following in the footsteps of the champions. The mini warrior (KTM 85) is light in weight with a high-quality frame that houses a brilliant engine improving its performance and rideability. 

The 2020 model (and the 2020 KTM 85) has a new transmission drive shaft fixing for better sprocket fixation which is safer. Its muffler has been reworked with better packing wool to reduce the overall weight of the motorcycle. 

KTM 85 SX 17/14 Seat height, Weight and Specs: 

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  • 84.9 cc displacement
  • Single-cylinder two-stroke engine
  • Bore x Stroke: 47mm X 48.95mm 
  • Kickstarter starter
  • 6-speed transmission
  • 13:46 final drive
  • Wet, multi-disk clutch with formula hydraulics
  • WP XACT PDS mono-shock rear suspension
  • 278mm front suspension travel
  • 305mm rear suspension travel
  • 240mm in diameter disc front brake
  • 210mm in diameter disc rear brake
  • 336mm ground clearance
  • 865mm seat height
  • Weight: 67kg without fuel
  • 5.2 litre fuel capacity

Key Features

KTM 85 SX 17/14 seat height
  • The new design gives a ready to race look to match the full-size (KTM) SX range.
  • Reworked wool packing reduces the weight of the bike by 40g.
  • With innovative power valve system, the cylinder is designed to be adjustable and to increase torque and controllability.
  • Lightweight crankshaft to offer inertia for peak torque.
  • The crankshaft is designed with shafts close enough to the centre of gravity.
  • Hydroformed chromium-molybdenum tubed, high-tech frame for comfort.
  • Compared to a coil spring design clutch, Its diaphragm spring clutch is more compact.
  • Sophisticated air spring design for easy adjustment on rough terrain.
  •  The cooling system has two radiators and specially designed shrouds for efficient cooling.
  • Airbox designed like larger SX models allowing the rider to change the air filter without tools.
Pros
  • High-performance harmonics engine
  • Best for 15-year old’s as well as lightweight newcomers to the class
  • Its optimized frame provides a great feeling to the rider as it is designed to soak up big hits
  • Quality handlebars, seats and footpegs
Cons
  • Not easy to fix or maintain
  • Less durable