This is a 2020 guide to the best dirt bikes for kids
Finding the right dirt bike for your kids sometimes can be a challenge. We have lots of different dirt bike brands and models to choose from.
When choosing the right kid’s dirt bike there are a couple of questions that we need to answer before making our choice.
Is your Kid one of the following:
- Beginner Rider?
- Advanced Rider?
- Trail Riding?
- Motocross Riding?
If your kid is just getting started into dirt biking there are dirt bikes that are built for going slower and for beginners.
These kid beginner dirt bikes typically have a lower seat height, have a semi-automatic transmission, and are air-cooled 4 strokes.
Do not make the mistake and get a dirt bike that is too big and too scary for your kids. Remember we want them to have fun and be safe. Getting a dirt bike above their abilities will make them not want to ride.
When your kids are learning to dirt bike it’s better to have them a dirt bike that is too small for them rather too big.
What do I mean by “Kids Trail Dirt Bike”
A trail dirt bike typically is easier to ride and has a more mellow engine with softer suspension. The seat height is also lower than let’s say a kids motocross dirt bike.
These kids trail dirt bikes are meant to ride on single track trails and they are not built for motocross tracks. These kids dirt bikes typically come with an air-cooled 4 stroke motor.
What do I mean by “Kids Motocross Dirt Bike”?
Kids motocross dirt bikes come with more power, taller seat height, and more suspension travel. Typically when your child is just getting started a motocross dirt bike is not the ideal dirt bike for them.
These kids motocross dirt bikes are much more powerful and harder to ride. They are built to race which if you plan on getting your kids into racing then you will need to upgrade to one of these kids motocross dirt bikes once they are ready.
Typically these kids motocross dirt bike come ith a liquid-cooled 2 stroke motor.
How different are the Kids Trail and Motocross dirt bikes?
Why both a kids trail and a kids motocross bikes are considered dirt bikes they are completely different when it comes to where you ride them. The kid’s dirt bikes are different than adult bikes especially when it comes to the kid’s trial dirt bikes. The kid’s trail dirt bikes are big bulky with a semi-auto transmission. The Kids trail dirt bikes are also air-cooled really mellow motors.
The kid’s motocross dirt bikes need to be able to go fast and get over jumps. A kids motocross dirt bike is MUCH closer to what they will be riding as an adult.
They come with a manual clutch and because per cc, a 2 stroke makes more power than a 4 stroke all of these little racing kid motocross dirt bikes come with 2 stroke motors. They also come with much better and larger suspension.
But, a kids motocross bike is much harder to ride and they are designed to go fast which means on slow technical singletrack trails they typically do not do as well.
While you can ride a kids trial dirt bike on a motocross track, your kid probably will not win any races against the kid’s motocross bike. Also because of the higher weight and smaller suspension of the kid’s trail dirt bike they don’t do so well on a motocross track.
Also, while you can ride a kids motocross dirt bike on trails they are harder because of the manual clutch and they are designed to go fast. However, because the suspension travel is much better they are actually soaking up hard hits and square edges better than a kids trail dirt bike.
Kids motocross bikes are much more expensive because they come with better and lighter technology than a kid’s trial dirt bike.
Kids Motocross dirt bikes cost anywhere between $3000 – $5500 dollars
Kids Trail dirt bikes cost anywhere between $1000 – $3000 dollars
Best Trail Dirt Bikes for kids 2020
Kids 50 cc Trail Dirt Bikes
Kids 110 cc Kids Trail Dirt Bikes
- 2020 Yamaha PW50 (Smallest of the group)
- 2020 Yamaha TTR50E
- 2020 Honda CRF50
- 2020 Honda CRF110
- 2020 Yamaha TTR110E
- 2020 Kawasaki KLX110
- 2020 Kawasaki KLX110L
These are the kid’s trial dirt bikes and are the best for beginners. That doesn’t mean an experienced dirt bike rider cannot have fun on these bikes they are just easier to ride. Lots of them come with electric start and semi-auto transmissions.
2020 CRF110 with Fuel injection?
It’s interesting to note that for 2020 Honda has updated its CRF110 with fuel injection. This will help this little motor run better and smoother.
2020 Yamaha PW50
The Yamaha PW50 (PW stands for Pee Wee) actually has the smaller seat out of all the trial dirt bikes. It also is a 2 stroke motor instead of a 4 stroke.
2020 Kawasaki 110L
The Kawasaki 110L is different than the standard KLX 110. The KLX 110L has a larger suspension and a 4-speed manual clutch. This means that the seat height is taller (1.9 inches taller) than the standard KLX 100.
Best Motocross Dirt Bikes for Kids 2020
Kids 50 cc Motorcoss Dirt Bikes
Kids 65 cc Motocross Dirt Bikes
- 2020 KTM 50 SX
- 2020 Husqvarna TC 50
- 2020 KTM SX-E 5
- 2020 Husqvarna EE 5
- 2020 Cobra CX50
- 2020 KTM 50 SX Mini
- 2020 Yamaha YZ65
- 2020 KTM 65 SX
- 2020 Husqvarna TC 65
- 2020 Kawasaki KX65
- 2020 Cobra CX65
The 50cc kid’s motocross dirt bikes have a liquid-cooled 2 stroke motor and a fully automatic single-speed transmission. The Kids 65cc motocross dirt bikes also come with liquid-cooled 2 stroke motors but have manual clutches.
These kids motocross bikes are built for racing motocross, however, you can use them to trail ride but they are designed to ride higher in the power band. Make sure you carry extra spark plugs with you when you are trail riding.
* Note KTM owns Husqvarna so their bikes are mostly the same dirt bike.
I also put on the 50cc list the KTM SX-E 5 and the Husqvarna EE 5 which are electric motocross dirt bikes for kids. These are a really good option for experienced and beginner dirt biker riders.
The kids KTM electric dirt bikes come with multiple different power modes and you can make the frame larger are your kid grows. Also, with zero noise pollution, they probably will be able to get more practice around the house.
2020 Cobra models
You might have never heard of Cobra but they are a kids motocross manufacture based here in the USA. SEE WEBSITE
Cobra makes high-quality full-fledge kids race dirt bikes.
BEST KIDS MOTOCROSS DIRT BIKE
2020 KTM 65 SX
For 2020 the best kids motocross dirt bike goes to the 2020 KTM 65SX. Yamaha’s YZ65 is a REALLY close second but I just feel like KTM is more committed to building high-quality kids motocross dirt bikes. In fact, I wish that KTM would build a trail dirt bike as well but they don’t.
BEST KIDS TRAIL DIRT BIKE
2020 Honda CRF110
For 2020 the best kids trail dirt bike goes to the 2020 Honda CRF110. Most of these trail dirt bikes really are pretty close when it comes to performance and reliability. The reason that the Honda CRF11o gets the nod for 2020 is this year Honda decided to put fuel injection on their 110 motors. This allows the CRF110 to run flawlessly at any elevation at any temperature. Also, having fuel injection will allow the power to feel more linear which makes it easier to ride.
Well done Honda.
If you plan on getting your kids into racing dirt bikes then you want to go with a kids motocross dirt bike. If you plan on just trail riding and having fun then the trail dirt bikes will do the trick.
It’s interesting to NOTE
With the rise of kids electric dirt bikes from KTM will we see all kids dirt bikes electric in the near future?
The ability to change the power output so easily on a kid’s electric dirt bike really makes getting an electric dirt bike for your kids to learn on really attractive.
KTM also made it so the kids could “grow” into the KTM SX-E 5 dirt bike.
I have been hearing reports its the best dirt bike for learning and experts alike.
The run time on the KTM SX-E 5 needs to be a bit longer for those kids that want to be out on the trail for an hour or more. As the technology in batteries continues to advance we will see longer run times on electric dirt bikes.
We have lots and lots of really good options when it comes to getting your kids into dirt biking. Remember if you get a trail dirt bike and your kids grow out of it too fast you can always sell it and then buy a kids motocross bike.