Best 50cc dirt bikes for kids
After enjoying watching mom or dad ride their favorite dirt bikes, even your child might feel like getting his hands on a two-wheeler. But when it comes to picking out your kid’s future mini cross or dirt bike, you might not know where to start. Not to worry, as we are here to advise and assist in choosing the right one!
As difficult or cumbersome it may sound, but choosing a mini cross bike is not difficult: all you have to do is keep a note of some specific characteristics, to make sure that it has the best safety features for your little one.
Initially, the displacement of the engine in a kids’ dirt bike should not exceed beyond 50cc, and then gradually increase to a slightly more powerful one once the kid starts to outgrow his first bike.
And so, without any further ado, we present you with the best 50cc dirt bikes that are currently available in the market, and that too at a reasonable price!
Top 50cc Dirt Bikes for Kids
Starting at $1699, the PW50 is the ultimate motorcycle for young kids between the of age group of 2 to 5 years old. Being the smallest motorcycle in the market, and featuring a fully automatic transmission, the PW50 ensures that your child’s first riding experience is a memorable one. In fact, many of the top professionals started out on this model!
The reason it hasn’t changed in decades is because it doesn’t really need to. Its shaft-driven construction eliminates the need for chain maintenance, and Yamaha’s exclusive autolube injection system eliminates the need for fuel/oil premixing.
Numerous features including an adjustable accelerator allows mom and dad to limit the top speed to suit the child. Moreover, an integrated safety circuit prevents the 39-kilogram vehicle from accidentally starting up, while the exhaust has been equipped with an effective heat shield.
Most importantly, this little dirt bike is unbelievably rugged and surprisingly robust. A Yamaha PW 50 is practically unbreakable in the hands of a child. This Yamaha can thus be passed down from generation to generation without requiring any major repairs. Moreover, this applies to all PW50 models, since the built has been almost perfect since its initial release.
Of course, safety plays an even greater role when it comes to kids, which is why Yamaha made sure that the unavoidable crashes go off without a scratch. There is no chain drive, the built-in cardan drive cannot cause injuries. Exhaust has a large thermal shield to protect against burns and injuries.
An additional feature to make it child-friendly is the three-spoke wheel, both at the front and rear, to prevent any clothes from getting caught inside.
Price: US$ 1,699
- 49cc air cooled, 2 stroke engine
- Fully automatic transmission
- Low seat height (18.7 inches) & wet weight of 41 Kg
- Throttle restrictor
- Shaft driven (no chain maintenance)
- Thick seat for riding comfort
- Large foot pegs
The all-new DR-Z50 is a high-quality Suzuki-built mini dirt bike engineered to deliver user comfort and simplicity to young riders who are just getting their first taste of two wheels. Featuring an automatic clutch, 3-speed transmission, electric start, and a low seat height of 22 inches. This yellow themed bike will thus help in building confidence of your young one in a safest manner.
The 49cc engine provides a smooth, controllable power range which further allows the supervisor to adjust the power level to help the young rider learn at the right pace.
The DR-Z50 is a dedicated off-road bike for kids that was initially released in 2008. Despite its motocross-like styling, DR-Z50 is not intended for competition, rather, it is developed to help kids understand the basic operation of a dirt bike and enjoy riding them effortlessly.
It features an automatic centrifugal clutch and a 3-speed gear-shift transmission system with an easy-to-find neutral. Both electronic and kick start are available.
Intended for children under 40 kg; its front and rear wheels are 10 inches in diameter, seat height is 560 mm, and front brakes have an adjustable grip width to suit the child’s hand.
The easy-to-ride construction and generous body size accommodates all age groups, from entry-level kids to young racers. In addition, the DR-Z50 features a cool style that is full of energy and dynamism. With a champion yellow body and sharp graphic lines, it inherits the bloodline of the RM-Z moto crosser.
Price: US$ 1,799
- Dependable 49cc, 4-stroke engine
- Automatic clutch with 3-speed transmission for smooth shifts
- Electric start and kick starter
- Power limiter for parental control
- Inverted forks and single rear shock
- 6 months warranty with an option to extend
- Available in Champion Yellow and Red/Blue graphics
With its compact, lightweight body and excellent off-road suspension, this entry-level bike for kids makes off-road riding easy and fun. It combines a robust, air-cooled, four-stroke, single-cylinder engine with an extremely compact chassis that makes riding quite effortless.
In addition, the Honda CRF50F mini-bike has been designed to meet the growing demands of an ultra-compact off-road kids’ dirt bike. With its extremely light construction, the Honda CRF50F is the ideal choice for young riders who desire to pursue extreme motorcycling. The unusual simplicity is well represented in the design of Honda CRF50F to match the adult class cross enduro.
Its 50 cc, 4-stroke motor provides an exceptionally smooth power build-up that can be easily tamed by a young, inexperienced kid. Thanks to its high compression ratio, its performance delivery is exceptional. To top it all, a well-thought-out carburetor setup delivers outstanding fuel economy and responsiveness at all revs.
With a 3-speed transmission, coupled with an automatic clutch, you are offered an excellent maneuverability that will ensure a smooth dynamic ride. An integrated muffler effectively reduces noise, while a sealed crankcase is designed to prevent oil leakage into the environment.
Its powertrain is mounted on a steel ridge frame, and the 10-inch wheels are equipped with drum brakes. As a safety measure, the Honda CRF50F is equipped with a throttle restrictor and a keyed ignition feature that allows the motorcycle to start only with a key.
Price: US$ 1,649
- Lightweight 49cc, 4-stroke engine
- Reliable and low maintenance bike
- Automatic clutch
- Robust and durable body
- Throttle restrictor
- Keyed ignition
- Seat height 21.6 inches & curb weight 49.8 Kg
KTM 50SX Mini
Designed to accommodate young riders, the 50SX Mini from KTM shares the same technology used in the 50SX but with a more friendly transmission, reduced wheel size, and a lower seat height. In fact, the 50SX Mini features a true ‘Ready to Race’ spirit for the beginner bikers.
And like its big brothers, the SX Mini features superior components and innovative technology. Handling is a piece of cake thanks to a linear transmission and a beginner-friendly automatic clutch that allows novice motocross racers the opportunity to focus on the fundamentals and master the riding basics in no time.
With this model KTM has adopted the phrase “Never too young to learn”, or rather, one is never too young to postpone learning. This is in fact a mini motocross bike, which has been designed for children between the ages of 4 and 10 years, and with a height of no more than 1.30 meters.
Weighing down from generation to generation, the 50 SX Minis are the slimmest and lightest in the market, and are therefore easier for children to control, partly owing to a careful study of ergonomics. The styling and graphics are naturally inspired by the shape and color of the Austrian manufacturer’s racing bikes.
On the latest version of 50 SX Mini, the handlebars are designed to adapt to the general ergonomics of the bike, thus guaranteeing maximum endurance and comfort. In addition, this state-of-the-art handlebar is crafted from high-quality aluminum, and the diameter of its lock-on grips has been further reduced to allow a firm grip for the small hands of young riders.
Furthermore, the 50 SX Mini has a protective padding around the handlebars that acts as a cushion in case of impact.
Price: US$ 4,099
- 49cc 2-stroke engine
- Power reduction kit (capable of reducing power by 70%)
- Single speed automatic transmission
- Automatic centrifugal clutch
- Mini motocross for aspiring riders
- Seat height of 21.9 inches & dry weight of 40 Kg
Kawasaki KX 65
Although this model technically does not fall under the 50cc segment, but since it caters to the same age group with a slightly more displacement (which is a plus of course), it is worth mentioning here.
The KX 65, a motocross designed for kids, was first released in 1999. It is powered by a 64cc liquid-cooled 2-stroke single-cylinder engine with a 6-speed transmission, and features 14-inch front and 12-inch rear wheels.
The engine and suspension were strengthened few years back, and the latest version has been redefined for a smoother performance. It has a seat height of 29.9 inches, a pair of front and rear disc brakes, and a steel frame, which makes it an ideal starter bike.
It may look small, but it packs a punch. With a curb weight of 59 kilograms and an engine that produces 16.47 HP, even an adult can ride it around. Ideally a child weighing between 20 and 35 kg can ride it easily.
In addition to the engine, the suspension and bodywork are of a very high standard, making it possible for children to enjoy riding a moto cross just like adults.
With the throttle position sensor (TPS), the Kawasaki KX65 has optimized the ignition timing. You also get a quick start button (located at the left handlebar), a titanium exhaust pipe, and a refined clutch and gear mechanism.
Moreover, the petal brake discs on the KX65 provide improved braking performance as well as enhanced maneuverability and controllability. The engine has an exceptional safety feature with more efficient cooling system. Its dynamic suspension features a cartridge fork at the front and a 2-range adjustable shock absorber at the rear.
Price: US$ 3,899
- 64cc 2-stroke, liquid-cooled engine
- 6-speed, manual clutch.
- Ideal for kids above 8 years
- Built for moto cross lovers
- Provides a real dirt bike feel
- Seat height 29.9 inches & curb weight of 59.9 Kg
The thought behind making this TT-R50E was to close the gap between the very popular PW50 that we have already discussed and two other similarly popular bikes, the PW80 and TTR90. While the TTR90 & PW80 were popular among kids who were at intermediate level, Yamaha was looking for something that could fall in between the PW50’s and the TTR90’s.
When it comes to biking, the TT-R50E from Yamaha is a dream come true for any kid who loves motorcycles. This bike is packed with everything that makes riding fun for children between the ages of 4 and 7, while also making it easier for them to continue learning.
Nothing is too complicated; the 49 cc four-stroke engine starts at the push of a button once the supervisor has inserted the ignition key into the lock. And with its long suspension travel and knobby tires, nothing stands in the way of off-road fun.
Its robust blue plastic body is based on the design of the Yamaha racing bikes that have won countless Moto-Cross World Championship.
A lot of parents compare the TT R50E with the PW50, but there are some obvious differences between the two. The biggest difference is the seat height; the TTR 50E is just over three inches taller than the PW50’s. This taller seat height really does a great job of bridging the gap, since PW50 is meant for very young riders who are just starting out.
It has a 49-cc air-cooled four-stroke engine that’s another big difference, since PW 50 is a two-stroke engine. You also get a three-speed automatic clutch with the TTR 50E, whereas the PW 50 is fully automatic. This means that you get three gears but still you don’t have to use the clutch lever.
Despite the differences, you actually do have a throttle adjustment that comes included just like PW 50. And you get an electric only start feature, which of course has its own pros and cons.
Price: US$ 1,749
- 49cc four-stroke engine.
- 3-speed transmission
- Made for kids that are above beginner level
- Key-type ignition
- Throttle restrictor
- Large folding foot pegs
- Seat height of 21.9 inches and wet weight of 58 Kg
Husqvarna TC 50
Having acquired by KTM in 2014, Husqvarna motorcycles enjoyed all the benefits of Austrian group’s technology, to the extent that these Swedish bikes are remarkably similar to KTM’s. However, beginning 2016, the company’s new ownership decided to differentiate its product line, resulting in Husqvarna’s motocross line being redesigned from scratch.
Enter the new TC 50 line, with a two-stroke single-cylinder engine. This liquid-cooled engine, with kick-starter, and 6-speed mechanical gearbox features a chain driven transmission.
The primary focus of Husqvarna was on the chrome-molybdenum steel chassis, which has been revamped with carbon fiber. This allowed them to introduce a more lighter version while simultaneously centralizing its weight.
All these efforts eventually paid off, not only in terms of weight, but also in terms of power and performance. And as far as the suspension is concerned, there are some new features as well: WP 4CS front fork and WP rear mono, that are also light in weight.
The new plastic design is more tapered and the rear suspension linkage, as well as the front and rear disc brakes (160 mm) have also been upgraded.
Resembling its bigger sisters, the new TC 50 is characterized by an ergonomic design that has been engineered to accommodate young riders with perfection.
The arrangement with three main shafts ensures that the crankshaft is positioned closer to the center of gravity. To further simplify things for young riders, the engine is coupled to an automatic centrifugal clutch. For beginners, a power reducer is also offered that is capable of reducing the maximum power to 5.5 HP.
Price: US$ 4,349
- 49 cc single cylinder, 2-stroke engine
- Seat height of 26 inches & dry weight of 41.5 Kg
- Automatic centrifugal clutch (adjustable)
- Single speed transmission
- Power reducer
Cobra CX50 FWE
The dream of owning a limited edition 50cc dirt bike has always fascinated many kids as well as their parents. With the CX50 FWE, this dream can now become a reality! Introducing, a 50cc mini-bike by Cobra Moto that will be the first of its kind in the world.
For Cobra Moto the CX50 FWE represents a game changer. Its performance is second to none, as it is the latest addition to Cobra Moto’s nearly two-decade history of being in the top echelon of both amateur and mini motocross racing. Sporting the all-new Venom Series engine, the CX50 FWE is capable of delivering plenty of torque to keep it running even in the extreme terrains.
It offers exceptional low end torque boost that provides massive power to launch as well as around corners, and a second gear for wide-open tracks.
Speaking of the latest version; it is redesigned with new forged wheels that have a new spoke pattern, they are much lighter, stronger, and the suspension is much better than its predecessor.
The ergonomics and the handling have been improved as well that ensures your kid has everything needed to win a race. Front and rear suspension have been upgraded too, the frame itself is a major upgrade not only from a strength standpoint, but this integral aluminum subframe also stands out in terms of rigidity as well as handling characteristics.
Price: US$ 4,399
- Venom 50cc 2-stroke engine
- Upgraded next generation 5Gx freewheeling clutch
- Specifically designed new off-plane tuned expansion chamber
- Adjustable rear shock
- Wide foot pegs
- Kick starter
- Seat height of 26.7 inches & dry weight of 41 Kg
If you are looking for a really cheap dirt bike to ascertain if your kid is really into dirt biking or not, we recommend opting for a budget option like the SSR SX50-A. It is also really light in weight (just 21 kilograms!) which means it would be ideal for even a 4-year-old kid who has just started out on balance bikes.
Speaking about the engine, it has a 50.53 cc single cylinder, two-stroke, air cooled engine that is capable of producing 2.4 horse power. With a seat height of 23 inches, completely automatic transmission, and a feather light weight, kids will surely enjoy riding this pit bike. And once your kid has mastered the art of biking on this beginner bike, you can of course upgrade to more intermediate ones.
Choosing SX50-A as your kids first dirt bike gives you many advantages; firstly, it is dirt cheap. So, even if your kid shows certain amount of disinterest after riding for a while, you would not have incurred a huge loss in investment. Secondly, it feels just like a toy due to its ultra-light weight that helps in building confidence. And lastly, its minimalistic features reduce any kind of complexity that may arise as a beginner.
Price: US$ 569
- Looks like a toy
- Budget dirt bike for beginner kids
- Fully automatic transmission
- Ideal for parents who are unsure about investing in expensive dirt bikes
- Seat height of 23 inches and weight of 21.9 Kg
Cobra CX50 JR
One of the biggest advantages with Cobra is that they are continuously upgrading their design to adapt with the current riding demands. As per the company, they are regularly in touch with the top riders and their kids to note down the feedback and further develop their bike.
The latest version of CX50JR is thinner and it is now much easier to handle, whether you are going down a fast straightaway or whether you are coming into a sharp corner.
Similar to CX50 FWE, the CX50 JR is made for aspiring racers but with slightly less torque and a relatively less weight. So, if your 4-year-old child decides to take this sport in a more meaningful way, you can definitely consider this option.
Price: US$ 4,199
- Venom 50cc 2-stroke
- Hydraulic front and rear disc
- Single speed automatic transmission
- Cobra 5Gx Freewheeling 3-Shoe clutch
- Low maintenance wheels
- Kick starter
- Wide foot pegs
- Adjustable rear shocks
- Seat height of 23.8 inches and a dry weight of 36 Kg
Comparison of Kids Dirt Bike
|Model Name||Age group||Displacement||Engine type||Seat height||Weight||Throttle restrictor||Drive train||Electric start||Kick start||Price|
|Yamaha PW50||2-5 years||49cc||2-stroke||18.7 Inch||41 Kg||Yes||Shaft||Yes||Yes||$1,699|
|Suzuki DR-Z50||Above 7 years||49cc||4-stroke||22 Inch||54 Kg||Yes||Chain||Yes||Yes||$1,799|
|Honda CRF50F||Above 7 years||50cc||4-stroke||21.6 Inch||49.8 Kg||Yes||Chain||No||Yes||$1,649|
|KTM 50 SX Mini||4- 10 years||49cc||2-stroke||21.9 Inch||40 Kg||Yes||Chain||No||Yes||$3,949|
|Kawasaki KX 65||Above 8 years||64cc||2-stroke||29.9 Inch||59.9 Kg||No||Chain||Yes||Yes||$3,899|
|Yamaha TT R50E||4-7 years||49cc||4-stroke||21.9 Inch||58 Kg||Yes||Chain||Yes||No||$1,749|
|Husqvarna TC 50||Above 5 years||49cc||2-stroke||26 Inch||41.5 Kg||Power reducer||Chain||No||Yes||$4,349|
|Cobra CX50 FWE||Above 7 years||50cc||2-stroke||26.7 Inch||41 Kg||No||Chain||No||Yes||$4,399|
|SSR SX50-A||Above 4 years||50cc||2-stroke||23 Inch||21.9 Kg||No||Chain||No||Pull start||$569|
|Cobra CX50 JR||Above 4 years||50cc||2-stroke||23.8 Inch||36 Kg||No||Chain||No||Yes||$4,199|
Jumping up high, doing impressive tricks, and riding at fast speeds: A dirt bike is nothing like an ordinary kid’s bike. These specialized bikes are not intended for roaming around the street, but for riding in dedicated dirt tracks under the supervision of an adult.
The safety of children in particular should not be compromised. Motocross is not just a fun sport for children, but also an extreme sport where crashes are inevitable. Depending on the age, parents may not know when to introduce their child to motocross. Although there is no particular age of introducing a dirt bike to your kid, but they should at least be able to ride a balance bike before they can step on dirt bikes. Furthermore, at least half their feet should be able to touch the ground before allowing them to hop on it.
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