Dirt Bikes For 9-Year-Old Kids

By Team Wild Triumph
Dirt Bikes For 9-Year-Old Kids

Dirt biking becomes fun starting from the age of 9. It is a perfect time to introduce your kid to the world of motocross. However, finding the right sized dirt bike for a 9-year-old can be tricky. From a safety standpoint, we cannot let them ride a 100cc bike as they are too powerful and heavy, but we cannot restrict them to 50cc dirt bikes either. So, what can be done here?

For a 9-year-old, the dirt bikes we recommend generally fall in the 85cc displacement segment. These are neither too advanced with unmanageable high speeds nor are too basic with limited functionality as the kid around this age is looking for some air while riding. In fact, these 85cc dirt bikes are great for most young riders who are looking to enter into motocross events in few years.

Manufacturers are well aware of this and thus offer specific dirt bikes designed and engineered for this age group. These models are tailored in terms of performance, size, weight, and handling, with an easily accessible seat height and manual/semi-automatic clutches to facilitate learning. So, without any further ado, let’s take a look at them.

Best Dirt Bikes For 9-Year-Old Kids

KTM 85 SX

KTM 85 SX

Designed with the same performance-oriented philosophy as its bigger brother (the 125), the KTM 85 SX has broken new ground in kids’ dirt biking category. Even seasoned riders will have a blast on it, while beginners & intermediate riders will appreciate the versatility of the engine.

When it first came out in 2004, the little 85SX appeared as a replica of the 125. However, it soon became legendary in its category, by offering features comparable to those of high-end motocross bikes. The suspension (WP USD fork and PDS shock absorber) and the frame are from the same mold as the 125 SX. Meanwhile, the engine gets a 6-speed gearbox, exhaust valves, a hydraulic clutch and is the only one in the segment with dual radiators.

With its powerful high-tech engine, the 85SX surprises everyone with its ability to operate at low and mid-range speeds and demonstrates a smoothness rarely experienced on any other 85cc displacement bike! In other words, it is a masterpiece for the experienced riders and a valuable knowledge base for the intermediate ones.

The handling is outstanding, as is its steadiness when the momentum picks up.

Although it is pretty expensive than some of the other models we will talk about, yet, we believe that KTM 85 SX is a good investment because it justifies the price by its performance. Aside from some minor problems when it was first launched, the more recent series of this orange brand never experienced any problems.

Currently the KTM 85SX is offered in two versions; 19-inch front wheel & 16-inch rear, and 17-inch front wheel & 14-inch rear. So, depending on your kid’s height, you can choose between the two.

Base Price: 6,399.00 USD

Highlights:

  • Dry weight: 67 kilograms
  • Seat height: 34 inches (17/14 model)
  • Starting mechanism: Kick start
  • Displacement: 84.9cc
  • Engine: 2 Stroke
  • Clutch: Multi-disc clutch
  • Transmission: 6-speed
Yamaha YZ85

Yamaha YZ85

Is your kid ready to take his riding skills to the next level?

Featuring a dynamic, streamlined and redesigned bodywork, an improved riding position and a sophisticated braking system; the sharp new YZ85 promises to hone your kids’ riding skills and take them to the next level.

In fact, a lot of the pro riders out there today actually started out in their careers with the YZ85. And indeed, looking at what the new model has to offer, one can easily understand why.

Up front, its 85cc, high-performance, 2-stroke, liquid-cooled engine is equipped with Yamaha’s race-proven Power Valve System (YPVS) that delivers the much-needed performance required to win a race. This indeed is one of the biggest improvements in the recent version.

Specifically, the YPVS, which is a mechanical double-valve system that begins its operation at 8500 RPMs and is completely open when it reaches 9000 RPMs. And once the YPVS is completely open, the injection ratio increases from 8.1: 1 to 8.2: 1. This significantly boosts the engine performance and torque that further helps the rider achieve the best results.

And just like its bigger brother, the YZ125, YZ85 features a new lightweight aluminum rear frame, redesigned aluminum swingarm, improved rear braking system and a revamped super-efficient air intake system.

Moreover, to improve its overall handling, a new low-profile seat, sleeker body mounts and a redesigned fuel tank is also incorporated. Plus, its adaptable suspension elements are designed to withstand even the harshest of trails.

Some of the other noteworthy features include; fully adjustable 36mm KYB® inverted cartridge fork, fully adjustable KYB® link-type shock, big wave type brake discs that feature self-cleaning capabilities, and Dunlop® MX3S high performance tires for maximum traction.

And just like the 85SX, YZ85 is also presented in two models to cater all types of riders in this age group: YZ85 features 17-inch Dunlop® Geomax MX3SF at the front and 14-inch Dunlop® Geomax MX3S at the rear, whereas the YZ85LW features 19-inch Dunlop® Geomax MX3SF at the front and 16-inch Dunlop® Geomax MX3S at the rear.

Base Price: 4,799.00 USD

Highlights:

  • Wet weight: 73 kilograms
  • Seat height: 33.1 inches (YZ85 model)
  • Starting mechanism: Kick start
  • Displacement: 85cc
  • Engine: 2 Stroke
  • Clutch: Multiplate wet clutch
  • Transmission: 6-speed
Husqvarna TC 85

Husqvarna TC 85

The Husqvarna TC 85 is the ultimate pick for junior motocross riders, with its agile, lightweight and high-performance characteristics. Featuring an iconic graphic style, the TC 85 promises to accentuate your kid’s individuality and impart confidence in any riding environment.

The latest version of the TC 85 has been further revamped with the addition of plastic fenders and a cushioned saddle so that your young one is relaxed even in the most demanding terrain.

And just like 85SX and YZ85, TC 85 also features two different wheel sizes in the 85cc segment; the standard one is equipped with 17-inch and 14-inch wheels, whereas the other is available with 19-inch and 16-inch wheels, which offers slightly more ground clearance and a slightly increased seat height to cater taller kids.

Powered by a lightweight 85cc 2-stroke liquid-cooled engine, the TC 85 features fully adjustable WP suspension system at both front and rear position, dual-piston disc brake at the front and four-piston disc brake at the rear, 6-speed transmission with hydraulic clutch, aluminum tapered handlebars, adjustable bar mounts with two different holes, and a pretty spiffy looking graphic design.

In addition, TC 85 is equipped with a diaphragm spring clutch mechanism which has a compact and lightweight design and is extremely rugged. The clutch is operated by means of the FORMULA hydraulic system, which guarantees that play is balanced out at all times and the clutch point also remains unchanged throughout the different operating conditions.

Moreover, the disc brakes are in line with this bike’s class; 220mm wave disc upfront and 210mm wave disc at the rear, delivering excellent responsiveness on all types of trails.

In short, this 85cc dirt bike is just one step shy from the big leagues, closing the gap between junior level and full-sized motocross. With its cutting-edge technology, including the latest engine and chassis, TC 85 is absolutely adept for any 9-year-old who is committed towards motocross in all seriousness.

Base Price: 6,599.00 USD            

Highlights:

  • Dry weight: 67 kilograms
  • Seat height: 33.4 inches (17/14 model)
  • Starting mechanism: Kick start
  • Displacement: 84.9cc
  • Engine: 2 Stroke
  • Clutch: Multi-disc wet clutch
  • Transmission: 6-speed
Kawasaki KX85

Kawasaki KX85

Intended for beginner and intermediate riders who wish to work on their cross-country riding skills, the KX85 features a single-cylinder, liquid-cooled powertrain that provides plenty of power over difficult terrains.

A powerful 84cc 2-stroke engine is mounted on a lightweight and extremely strong perimeter frame made from high-tensile steel. In combination with the 36mm inverted telescopic cartridge front fork and Uni-Trak® single shock rear suspension, the bike exhibits remarkable performance.

In addition, the handlebar can be adjusted to six different positions to suit the rider’s preference. Furthermore, its ergonomically designed body is optimized for both comfort and ease in operation.

Even the performance of the front suspension has been upgraded. It now features 20-way compression damping, which as a matter of fact is also employed in the adult-sized KX series. In addition, low friction pistons and the state-of-the-art exhaust power valve (KIPS) have also been introduced.

The presence of the KIPS power valve system allows a variable compression ratio, which is dependent on the operating speed. As a result, the power curve is now significantly smoother and the low-speed traction is further improved, despite the fact that maximum performance is achieved at 11,000-12,000 RPM.

On top of that, the radiator of the KX85 is designed to work in conjunction with the power output to keep the engine cool when the speed of the bike increases.

Utilizing 220mm petal disc and dual piston calipers at the front together with 184mm petal disc and single piston calipers at the rear, your kid will experience an excellent braking power and control around every corner.

All in all; the KX85, engineered with the same technology as its bigger brothers in KX line-up, is nothing but a great bike in a miniature version. With recent tweaks and modifications, the bike is even more stronger and promises to deliver the much-needed momentum to the young riders as they hone their skills.

Base Price: 4,599.00 USD            

Highlights:

  • Curb weight: 75 kilograms
  • Seat height: 32.7 inches
  • Starting mechanism: Kick start
  • Displacement: 84cc
  • Engine: 2 Stroke
  • Clutch: Multi-disc wet clutch
  • Transmission: 6-speed
Suzuki RM85

Suzuki RM85

Introducing the RM85, a compact 2-stroke dirt bike from Suzuki. It is in fact the most popular off-road dirt bike in Suzuki’s current youth lineup, and is more likely to be ridden by kids under the age of 9 due to its entry-level features as well as price.

The Suzuki RM 85 dirt bike was first introduced in 2002 and is still in production today. It is based on a liquid-cooled single-cylinder 2-stroke engine that produces enough power to match the performance of equivalent models in the 4-stroke category.

This model is slightly bigger than the DR-Z50 and is perfect in case your kid has outgrown his previous 50cc dirt bike.

The bike sports a stunning champion yellow color befitting the iconic Suzuki brand. At the front, the upside-down forks manufactured by Showa offer a high level of stability.

And both the front and rear suspensions are fully adjustable, offering plenty of scope for you to adjust the settings according to your kids liking.

It uses a combination of steel frame and aluminum swingarm and has a number of lightweight aluminum parts including the brake pedals. This lightness further enhances the engine power.

And even though it is an entry-level model, it has the strength to withstand extreme jumps without any problems. As off-road riding is very demanding on the body, its specially designed chassis provides a high sense of security.

All in all, the RM85 represents a powerful legacy in dirt bike racing and continues the tradition of superb performance in the Suzuki family. It features a reliable two-stroke engine that generates consistent power at any RPM, especially in the much-needed lower ranges.

And just like its full-sized siblings, RM85 delivers best-in-class control for both seasoned as well as beginner riders.

Base Price: 4,399.00 USD

Highlights:

  • Curb weight: 73 kilograms
  • Seat height: 33.5 inches
  • Starting mechanism: Kick start
  • Displacement: 84.7cc
  • Engine: 2 Stroke
  • Clutch: Wet multiplate
  • Transmission: 6-speed
TM MX 85

TM MX 85

TM was founded in 1977 in Pesaro by Claudio Flenghi and Francesco Battistelli, and was named after their sons; Thomas and Mirko. After developing few engines for Benelli, the founders decided to start a real production line and presented the first prototype at the Milan Motor Show in 1977.

The first series of 200 motocross bikes were then produced in the following season.

Speaking of MX 85, this kid’s bike is a replica of its older sibling the MX 125, featuring excellent aesthetics, a spectacular design, and a light weight chassis made from aluminum. The swingarm is also molded from aluminum, which further contributes to a high level of stability and safety while riding on difficult terrains.

The frame and swingarm are slightly shorter compared to other brands, a feature that simplifies the handling of this bike and makes it possible to go around corners with ease. This feature, together with a very compact design, allows a very dynamic ride characterized by swift maneuvers.

An additional advantage of MX 85 is its height, which is noticeably lower than other dirt bikes in this segment, especially beneficial for kids with shorter inseam length. Plus, the braking system combines different components; you get 270 mm wave disc with Brembo master cylinder and Brembo caliper at the front, and 245 mm wave disc with Nissin master cylinder and caliper at the rear.

Further, a 6-speed gearbox is mounted on the MX 85. It has a multi-plate clutch in oil bath, which is hydraulically operated, and a CDI ignition system that is designed by Kokusan.

All in all, we can say that the MX 85 from TM is a perfect mini dirt bike for your 9-year-old in case he wishes to ride on something different than the mainstream dirt bikes available in the market. However, do keep in mind it is not meant for novice riders.

Base Price: 6,495.00 USD

Highlights:

  • Front tire: 80 / 100 x 21 [1.60″]
  • Rear tire: 100 / 90 x 19 [1.85″]
  • Starting mechanism: Kick start
  • Displacement: 85cc
  • Engine: 2 Stroke
  • Clutch: Multiple-disc in oil-bath with hydraulic control
  • Transmission: 6-speed
SSR SR70C

SSR SR70C

Not everyone can buy an expensive dirt bike without thinking twice about it. Because even though these bikes are meant for kids, they are pretty expensive. Besides, not every parent would like to invest such a huge amount until their kids advance to an experienced level. This is why we compared many dirt bikes that are priced around one grand and have finally found the absolute best amongst them.

Introducing the SR70C from SSR: An affordable dirt bike that is certainly worthy of challenging the best of the brands in the 85cc segment.

Although, this SR70C is very similar to the Coolster 70cc mini dirt bike and the SSR 70. But, the SR70C model has several advantages over these two.

First of all, this bike has been revamped with some essential upgrades, including front and rear suspension, disc brakes, and a taller handlebar with triple clamps. And even the swingarm is different now, unlike the ones you see on any cheap dirt bikes.

Second, it comes with a 4-speed semi-manual shifter, so the only thing your kid has to do is put it in gear and start riding. There’s absolutely nothing to worry about as it comes without a clutch!

And third, its 4-stroke engine produces a decent 4.7 HP of maximum power at 7,500 RPM. Moreover, with a seat height of just 22.5 inches, this 70cc dirt bike is capable of delivering a great time to shorter riders as well.

As a matter of fact, with a weight of just 51 kilograms, this bike is ideal even for an inexperienced 9-year-old kid. So, in case your young one is riding for the first time, and small displacement bikes (like CRF50F) are too small for him/her, you can definitely think about this one.

Some other noticeable features include: a “straight” type steel swingarm, 265 mm rear suspension, CDI ignition, air-cooled 4-stroke engine, and a ground clearance of 6 inches (15 cm). In addition, it is available in black, white, green, blue, red and orange. We can go on and on about this bike, but in short, if you’re looking for an affordable option for your 9-year-old, this 70cc dirt bike is unquestionably the best.

Base Price: 929.00 USD

Highlights:

  • Weight: 51.2 kilograms
  • Seat height: 22.5 inches
  • Starting mechanism: Kick start
  • Displacement: 72cc
  • Engine: 4 Stroke
  • Transmission: 4-speed semi-automatic

Bottom line

So, these were some of the recommended dirt bikes you can choose for your 9-year-old kid depending on your budget. But make sure you keep aside some of your budget for protective gears as well. And if you are still having some doubts in choosing the right bike, you can take a look at our detailed guide on how to choose dirt bike for kids.

Further reading: Best dirt bike for 10 year old

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