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What are the Different Types of Mini Bikes for Kids?

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The mini bike, or pocketbike, has become a popular choice of motorized bike for adults, but it is also a great choice for a young child just learning to ride motorized bikes. Mini bikes for kids are smaller versions of full-sized bikes, and while they are smaller in stature, they can still pack a lot of power into that small space. Mini dirt bikes, choppers, pit bikes, and street bikes are available in kits or as pre-built models, and most mini bikes for kids feature smaller engines that prohibit higher speeds. Kids should wear protective gear while riding, and parents should keep in mind that these small bikes are not street-legal.

Perhaps the most popular mini bikes for kids are motocross bikes. These mini bikes mimic the look and function of full-sized motocross bikes, and they can be ridden off-road in dirt, mud, or on rocks and other features. Mini bikes for kids that are meant to be ridden off road feature knobby tires and ample suspension, and the engines can be gas-powered or electric-powered. Gas-powered engines are far more common and more powerful; they are usually two-stroke engines that measure from 50cc to 100cc, which means the small bikes can reach somewhat high speeds. A close cousin to motocross mini bikes for kids is the mini quad, which features four wheels instead of two. It is a more stable option for younger riders who have not yet mastered the balance required to ride a two-wheeled motocross bike.

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Street bikes are popular mini bikes for kids that look like full-sized grand prix bikes or street racers. They are lightweight and can reach moderate speeds. The tires and the riding position make this an ideal choice for riding on paved surfaces, but these tiny bikes are not street-legal, as most drivers will not be able to see the mini bike from their automobiles. These bikes are popular in suburban neighborhoods, and they can be used as pit bikes at races or events.

Mini chopper bikes mimic the look and style of full-sized chopper bikes, and in many cases, the mini choppers can be customized in much the same way as their older brothers. Choppers can come in kits that allow the builder to customize the bike, or they can come pre-assembled for a ready-to-ride bike. Some people prefer to buy the individual components of the bike separately to allow for more customization. The riding position is often quite laid back, and the fork of the bike is usually long.

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