It is a proven fact that smaller things are always cuter than their larger counterparts. Baby sharks—doo doo doo doo doo doo—are cute. Puppies, cute. Minibikes, cute. One of the benefits of something being cute is their ability to disarm someone, to put them at ease. Place one of these minibikes next to a VMAX or Panigale V4 and ask your non-motorcycle riding friend which one they feel more confident in handling. They’ll pick the minibike.
So if you want to get your children into riding, have a friend you want to introduce to two wheels, or want something to putt around a campsite or your farm on, then these gas and electric minibikes are the best options you have.
Geared more for the kid in every adult, this gas-powered minibike can be fun for anyone ages 13 and up. It is started with a simple pull start and accommodates a variety of riders with its 200-pound weight capacity. Powered by a single-cylinder 196cc engine it can get to a max speed of 20 mph making it a perfect option for the pits, campground trails, or around the neighborhood. A 5.5-inch ground clearance and wide tires come in handy when you tackle the rougher terrain. A single drum brake at the rear brings this mini moto to a halt.
Everyone recognizes the Vespa name and styling. This miniature version of the full-size scooters can’t help but bring a grin to your face and will especially bring an ear-to-ear smile to your child’s face as well. Its training wheels will do their job in keeping your child upright when they ride. Sure, it may only go up to 2 mph, but this is designed for 2- to 5-year-olds, not Valentino Rossi. Equipped with an LED headlight, your child can even ride this in the driveway for a night ride before bedtime.
Sometimes, gas-powered minibikes aren’t a good option for people, especially if they live in the suburbs with a small lot size. That’s where you want to look in the opposite direction and opt for something electric-powered like this electric mini dirt bike from Razor. The MX350 features a 24V rechargeable lead-acid battery that is good for speeds up to 14 mph and for a run time of 30 minutes. Also, the large, knobby tires will provide your child with traction on the grass, on the street, and most importantly in the dirt.
If you don’t have a dirt area, or backyard, for your child to buzz around in, then this electric scooter from Razor is perfect for on-street use. The Pocket Mod Miniature electric scooter embodies the styling of a certain classic Italian scooter manufacturer and is shrunk down for a child. Reaching speeds of up to 15 mph, the Pocket Mod electric scooter can travel 10 miles before it has to see a charge again. Let your kids ride around the neighborhood in style with this mod-inspired electric scooter.