You are looking to buy or upgrade a dirt bike for a 10-year-old. There are lots of options out there and you are not sure which one will be the best for your 10-year-old kid. Well, this article may help you a lot.
Here is a short answer:
If your average 10-year-old wants to have fun and ride the trails, good gas-powered dirt bikes to choose from are the Yamaha TT-R110E, the Kawasaki KLX110 or the Honda CRF110F. If your kid wants an electric dirt bike, the right choice is the Oset 20.0 RACING MKII or the Kuberg Cross Hero.
Read below to find out why.
Having the right seat height and motor are important factors. You don’t want to spend your hard-earned money on a too tall or too small bike. All the suggested dirt bikes in this article will fit a 10-year-old kid, a normal size kid.
The very first question to ask yourself is what type of dirt biking does your 10yr old do?
Basically, you have 3 types of 10yr old kid dirt bikes for 2021. The motocross and trail dirt bikes have a manual clutch with gears. A trials bike for kids is typically an electric trial dirt bike. This means there are no gears.
It’s important that you choose the right dirt bike for your 10-year-old. If they are getting started, we recommend starting with a trail or trials dirt bike before jumping onto a motocross dirt bike.
***disclaimer – make sure your child gets all the proper training and protective gear before riding a dirt bike. Dirt bikes can be dangerous so make sure they are protected.
Types of dirt bikes for 10 year olds
- Trail dirt bikes
- Motocross dirt bikes
- Trials dirt bikes
That’s it….for 2022, we do not have any enduro or cross country dirt bikes for kids.
Trail dirt bike VS Motocross dirt bike
All of the kid’s dirt bikes fall into the 2 mentioned types above. Trail bikes generally have an air-cooled 4 stroke motor with softer suspension. This allows for great traction and a more comfortable ride when dirt biking on singletrack. Trail dirt bikes have an electric start usually and smaller seat height than a motocross dirt bike
A motocross bike that fits a 10-year-old, has a more powerful liquid-cooled dirt bike motor and a much larger, frame and stiffer suspension. For motocross, you need more power and better suspension.
Typically ten-year-olds that want to compete in any type of dirt bike racing will need to choose a motocross bike. They are so much faster and have better suspension that allows you to go faster.
Your kid can race on a trail dirt bike but they won’t be very competitive because the trail dirt bikes are just way slower and don’t have the frame, or suspension setup for racing.
What about a Trials bike for my 10 Year Old?
A trials dirt bike is not to be confused with a “trails” dirt bike…
Trial bikes are even more different than trail and motocross bikes. Trials kid’s bikes are made to go really slow over obstacles. They are built to compete in what they call trail events.
In these trial bike events, you ride over technical terrain really slow and try to not put your foot down. Trials bikes are for shorter rides not long single track rides as most trials bikes do not have a very bike gas tank to even have a seat to sit on.
A trials bike is a great way to teach your kids how to ride a technical single track in the backyard. That way when your 10-year-old encounters a log or rock obstacle they already know how to get up and over them.
What’s the difference between a Trail dirt bike and a Trials dirt bike?
A trials bike is a smaller lighter dirt bike with a completely different frame than a trail dirt bike or motocross dirt bike.
See pictures below….
You will notice from the pictures above that the motocross and trail bike look similar whereas the trials dirt bike has a totally different frame with no seat. Like I mentioned above each kid’s dirt bike is used for different types of riding and terrain.
There are a few different dirt bikes manufacturers that make dirt bikes for 10-year-olds. We are going to show what type of bike they are (trials, trail, motocross/racing) and how much they cost.
Let’s start with trail dirt bikes.
What brand of Trail dirt bikes for 10 year olds?
A trail bike is easier to ride with a semi-automatic transmission, electric start, and softer suspension. The motors are air-cooled and easy to handle. They aren’t lightweight but have a smaller or lower ground seat height. This lower seat height and mellow power help you’re 10 year old feel more comfortable. If your kid wants to race or wants a fire-breathing dragon for a dirt bike skips down to the Motocross section.
All the brands you see in this list have high-quality dirt bikes and will be good dirt bikes to purchase for your 10-year-old. The trial dirt bikes listed below come with an electric start and have around a 25 in seat height. These gas-powered dirt bikes are built to last and are the best, so the price suits them. However, if you are considering cheap dirt bikes for your 10-year-old I would strongly recommend going through local dealers.
All of these bikes come with a semi-automatic transmission (4-speed) or a manual clutch. The Kawasaki KLX110L is the only one that has a manual 4-speed clutch. All the others have semi-auto transmissions.
These bikes below are what we recommend if your 10-year-old is just getting into dirt biking. However, they are really capable and fun bikes and can be ridden by more experienced riders and still be enjoyed. Keep in mind these are gas dirt bikes for 10-year-old.
The below list is in no particular order.
Real trail dirt bikes for 10 year olds:
2022 Yamaha TT-R110E
The new 2022 Yamaha TTR110E is the perfect option for kid riders who want to experience all of the fun and excitement that a mini dirt bike can provide. This kids’ motorcycle has many exciting features, including:
Yamaha’s newest TTR110E will be an entry-level motocrosser with excellent performance. It is based on the TTR90E and will come ready to ride right out of the box including a carbureted engine and rear suspension, dual bucket seats, an electronic speedometer readout (with lap timer), as well as front drum brakes. This bike features actual ground clearance, adjustable rear seat and windshields that are the same across all models.
|Engine Type||110cc air-cooled SOHC 4-stroke; 2 valves|
|Transmission||Constant-mesh 4-speed; multiple wet clutch|
|Seat Height||26.4 in/ 67.06 cm|
|Wet Weight||159 lb/ 72.12 kg|
|Maximum Ground Clearance||7.1 in/ 18.03 cm|
2022 Honda CRF110F
The Honda CRF110 F is a sport-oriented motorcycle designed for small riders ages 4 to 8, who have yet to achieve a state of skill superiority. The CRF110 F is intended to introduce small riders to the world of motocross by allowing them to participate in a sport as professionals. So, if your child has no previous experience with motorcycles (or any motorized two-wheeler), then this dirt bike would be perfect for him.
|Engine Type||109cc air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke|
|Transmission||Four-speed with automatic clutch|
|Seat Height||25.9 in/ 65.79 cm|
|Wet Weight||170 pounds/ 77.11 kg|
|Maximum Ground Clearance||6.7 In/ 17.02 cm|
2022 Kawasaki KLX110R
The Kawasaki KLX110R is Kawasaki’s dirt bike, specifically made for kids aged 6-11 and their parents. The Bike fits in the palm of your hands as a complete package including training wheels, making it easy to control while also making these bikes available on most local dealerships. Kids enjoy the full performance with all the advantages of a full motorcycle. Safety features such as dual front disc brakes, moving reflectors and more will give your kid the enjoyment that he/she deserves to have on this amazing bike.
|Engine Type||112cc, 4-stroke single, SOHC, air-cooled|
|Transmission||4-speed, return shift, automatic centrifugal and wet, multi-disc clutch|
|Seat Height||26.8 in/ 68.07 cm|
|Wet Weight||167.5 lb/ 75.98 kg|
|Maximum Ground Clearance||8.5 in/ 21.59 cm|
2022 Kawasaki KLX110L
The Kawasaki KLX110L is designed for 6 up to 11 years old, either children or adults. With 112 cc and 4 stroke engine, and with a total weight of 167.5 lb this bike is very easy to handle as a 2-wheel bike but also sets it far, you can go on the trails with ease because of its 18 inch rear axle. This dirt bike has provided better handling and has dual front disc brakes it includes an adjustable seat that can be adapted to fit a child comfortably.
|Engine Type||112cc, 4-stroke single, SOHC, air-cooled|
|Transmission||4-speed, return shift, wet multi-disc manual clutch|
|Seat Height||28.7 in/ 72.90 cm|
|Wet Weight||167.5 lb/ 75.98 kg|
|Maximum Ground Clearance||10.4 in/ 26.42 cm|
What brand of Motocross bikes for 10 year olds?
With kid’s motocross bikes most of them are liquid-cooled 2 stroke motors. 2 strokes make more hp per cc than a 4 stroke. Don’t be fooled by the larger 110cc 4 stroke motors you see on the trail bikes. They do not have more horsepower than a 65cc 2 stroke.
These 2 stroke motors are kickstart only and come with a manual clutch. Typically they are 5 speeds. A motocross bike has a powerful motor, tall suspension travel, and great shocks.
2022 KTM 65SX
KTM 65SX is an awesome motocross bike that has no age limit. The perfect combination of big, low seat and aluminum suspension make this bike perfect to learn riding skills without getting quickly tired. It has everything the bigger bikes do, from a proper clutch and gearbox to the latest WP XACT front forks, aggressive graphics, and power delivery that sets the benchmark in its class.
|Engine Type||64.9 cm³, 1-cylinder, 2-stroke engine|
|Seat Height||29.53 in/ 75 cm|
|Weight (without Fuel)||116.84 lb/ 53 kg|
|Maximum Ground Clearance||11.02 in/28 cm|
2022 Husqvarna TC65
The Husqvarna TC65 is both fun, easy to ride and a great bike for the price. This bike will be the first time many young riders experience a full race machine featuring a manual clutch and gearbox. The most perfect combination of speed and load capacity 250 pounds is also super ” user friendly”. It includes training wheels but you can use it without them. It also includes riding lights, stand and helmet offers a good level of comfort to the rider at any age.
|Engine Type||64.9 cm³, 1-cylinder, 2-stroke engine|
|Seat Height||29.53 in/ 750 mm|
|Weight (without fuel)||116.84 lb/ 53 kg|
|Max. Ground Clearance||11.02 in/ 280 mm|
2022 Kawasaki KX65
The Kawasaki KX65 is the bike for you if your child is just wanting to get a taste of dirt biking, but doesn’t want to invest too much money. The average weight (83 pounds) and frame size will fit kids anywhere from 5-10 years old. With 17 inch wheels with front and rear hand brakes, this bike is a great entry-level bike.
|Engine Type||64cc LIQUID-COOLED TWO-STROKE ENGINE|
|Seat Height||29.9-inch/ 75.95 cm|
|Curb Weight||132.2 pounds/ 60 kg|
|Max. Ground Clearance||12 in/ 305 mm|
2022 Yamaha YZ65
The Yamaha YZ65 is a kid’s bike that many parents can attest to. Not just great for hard work but also more fun than your average, adult-oriented motocross bikes in this price range and category. The YZ65 is a great downpayment on the things that matter most later – confidence when riding and quality for the amount spent on this bike.
|Engine Type||65cc liquid-cooled 2-stroke; reed-valve inducted|
|Transmission||6-speed; multi-plate wet clutch|
|Seat Height||29.7 in/75.44 mm|
|Wet Weight||134 lb/15.42 kg|
|Max. Ground Clearance||10.4 in/ 26.42 cm|
2022 Cobra CX65
The Cobra CX65 is an amazing dirt bike for kids that can start its owner on a new hobby from childhood. This bike offers everything necessary for beginners, parents, and kids to experience what it’s like to ride. The kick that the 4-stroke motor gives you is nothing less than amazing; it comes with this engine at the beginning of new riders’ experience in dirt bikes.
|Engine Type||Cobra 65cc 2-stroke with Electronic “Fang” Power Valve|
|Seat Height||30.00 in/ 762mm|
|Dry Wet||117 lbs/ 53 Kg|
|Max. Ground Clearance||9.84 in/ 250mm|
All the good dirt bikes listed above are full-fledged real race bikes. This means if your kid is just getting into dirt biking these are the dirt bikes you want to avoid.
All the above motocross bikes come with a manual clutch and a 2 stroke motor. They are very very fast little bikes and are meant for experienced dirt bike riders.
Even though they are built for racing on motocross tracks you can ride them on the desert or single track trails. As long as your child is good enough.
Don’t make the mistake and get a bike that your kid is scared off or worse gets hurt right out of the gate.
This can and will make it much harder for your 10-year-old to enjoy dirt biking.
If they are just getting started, I recommend that you start with one of the 110 trail dirt bikes I mention at the top of this article or start them on an electric trials dirt bike. The whole goal is to have fun and be safe.
Motocross Electric Dirt Bike for 10-Year Olds?
KTM SX-E 5, Husqvarna EE 5, and GasGas MC-E 5
These electric dirt bikes are compared to the KTM 50CC motocross bikes when it comes to power. However, you can make the seat height taller (From 615mm to 665m) closer to the KTM 65 seat height. I included these bikes as they are still a solid option for a 10 year old rider. However, if your rider is taller or bigger the balance on this bike will be a bit like riding a 110 bike mentioned above.
Keep in mind KTM owns the brands Husqvarna Motorcycles and GasGas so the kids electric dirt bikes are EXACTLY the same other than the plastics.
- KTM SX-E 5
- Husqvarana EE 5
- GasGas MC-E 5
These electric dirt bikes are built to race motocross. However, they are MUCH more beginner friendly dirt bikes for kids because of the 6 different power modes. You can seat the mode to the soft easy power and then level up as your kids gain more riding confidence. Also no noise pollution always your kids to ride in areas that a 2 stroke race bike out not be able to.
|Engine Type||Fully Electric battery powered magnet motor 2 kW / 3,200 rpm|
|Seat Height||26.18 in/ 665 mm|
|Dry Wet||89 lbs/ 40.5 Kg|
|Max. Ground Clearance||9.94 in/ 252mm|
What brand of trials dirt bikes for 10 year olds?
There aren’t many options when it comes to trials dirt bikes for 10-year kids. We do have a couple of solid options but they are not internal combustion engine bikes.
Most of them come with an electric motor. This is great news as there isn’t any noise pollution or no heat.
In fact, these electric trials dirt bikes tend to be easier to ride and offer multiple power options depending on the 10-year-olds riding abilities.
They can “grow” into power with one electric trials bike.
It also teaches them to throttle control and to stand up. The ability to learn how to stand up will help your kid’s skill set and they will be safe. For the most part, sitting down is a bad form and can also cause your child to wreck.
Having an electric trial bike will help their skills improve for single-track riding but not motocross dirt biking.
2022 Oset 20.0 Racing
The Oset 2.0 Racing electric dirt bike is among the most effective 2-wheel bikes in the marketplace at the moment, featuring a top-quality, chassis and remarkable motor. It has quickness and extended straight lines, a direct electric motor, and individual styling that make it the best choice for eight-year-olds and up. If you have been looking for an electrical dirt bike that matches capability as well as different appearance in one machine then this is the greatest choice affordable way to go.
|Rider Weight Limit||100lbs (45.5kg)|
|Max.Range||1-2 Hours run time|
|Battery||4 x 10ah AGM SLA.|
|Seat Height||550mm (21.6’’)|
2022 Oset 20.0 RACING MKII LITHIUM
The Oset 20.0 RACING MKII LITHIUM electric dirt bike is among the best electric 2-wheeler in existence. The power and response can be adapted for any riding style, while the fully adjustable suspension can be set up to suit rider weights and preferences. The kids love this bike and the adults for its sheer versatility, lightweight, and serious fun.
|Rider Weight Limit||110 lbs (50 kg)|
|Max.Range||2-3 hours run time|
|Battery||1 x OSET 20Ah, 48V Lithium battery, with charging, discharging & diagnostic ports|
|Seat Height||550mm (21.6’’)|
2022 Kuberg Trial Hero
Kuberg Trial Hero is an amazing electric dirt bike for 10 years old. Best affordable electric dirt bike on the market now. Asides from look and design this lightweight dirt bike can be set up for free-hand on most types of terrain and offers exceptional grip, turning ability plus superior comfort level at all times.
Safety, especially due to its motorless design is the main component and feature that increased this dirt bike him his #1 spot on our list. There are no issues with raw power or fast speeds here so for kids who want a natural piece of acquisition, this one will provide all the fun, speed and functionality that are a dream come true.
|Rider Weight Limit||72.75 lb/ 33 kg|
|Max.Range||2 hours riding|
|Seat Height||20.5″ (52cm without and 59cm with seat option)|
2022 Kuberg Cross Hero
The Kuberg Cross Hero is a high-quality electric dirt bike, which never forgets the core value of fantastic trails and fun, Its looks combine traits with unique solidity while the excellent overall construction is ready to take a beating from all types of surfaces. This convenient piece will provide decades worth of amazing rides in no time flat if properly maintained.
|Rider Weight Limit||72.75 lb/ 33kg|
|Seat Height||25″ (63cm)|
All the above dirt bikes for your 10-year-old have their pros and cons. You need to decide which dirt bike is best for your child. Read this post if you want to learn about the best 50cc Dirt Bikes for Kids.
Remember if you are just starting out consider a trail dirt bike or a trials dirt bike.
If your kid is already into riding or has raced before, then moving them up to a 65 motocross bike might be the better option.
Remember to be safe out there and always use the proper riding gear with the proper safety and training.