It is hard to find a reason not to love mini bikes. They are a blast to ride, whatever your age.
The popularity of minibikes has been growing in recent years. With advancements in technology bringing greater performance and efficiency, it can be hard to keep up with the constant stream of mini bikes.
We have worked our way through an immense amount of mini bikes in order to present you with the best, most efficient, and best value bikes on the market.
Let’s get started.
- Great suspension
- Powerful battery
- Puncture resistant tires
One of the biggest manufacturers, Rad Power Bikes, offers the RadMini 4, a compact and sturdy electric mini bike.
The RadMini 4 comes with a 750W brushless geared hub motor, producing 80Nm of torque. The motor provides excellent assistance, making an uphill struggle a thing of the past.
RadMini 4 is equipped with 20-inch wheels with two 3.3-inch Kenda K-Shield fat tires. The ride is comfortable regardless of the surface you are riding on.
The suspension absorbs potholes and rough terrain very well. The tires are also puncture-resistant, which is a major positive as you won’t need to worry about getting stuck in the middle of nowhere.
Regarding the front fork suspension, if you don’t like the “bouncy” feeling when riding on flat surfaces, you can easily adjust the fork suspension by locking it.
The first impression of the RadMini 4 is that it is a convenient bike, and it really is.
It can be easily folded and placed into the trunk of your car or a small storage compartment in your garage.
When you are on the move, you can charge your phone with the USB charging port. The battery pack also powers both the lights, which have excellent brightness.
The headlight projects a bright beam that directly lights your path, while a secondary LED ring brightens your surroundings.
The backlight also offers excellent illumination with a blinking mode as well as a braking mode.
Rad Power Bikes have not compromised on safety with the RadMini 4. The lights mark your presence very well at night. Additionally, the tires are equipped with reflective sidewalls.
The primary folding hinge is well designed and robust, preventing accidental unlatching. Taking everything into consideration, this mini bike has a very robust feeling.
The only drawback of the robust construction and all the features is the bike’s weight: a whole 68 pounds.
The battery is quite tricky to take out compared to other electric bikes, but it is nothing too complicated. At most, you would need to adjust the seat in order to take out the battery.
If you are already a Rad Power Bikes rider and own another bike from the brand, you can use the batteries interchangeably between their models.
The Samsung battery has 672-watt hours, allowing you to travel 25-45 miles on one charge. A full charge takes about 6 hours.
- Great off-road capabilities
- FTR750 inspired
- Good build quality
- 12+ hours charging time
- Small for teenagers and above
The eFTR Jr is the “junior” version of the legendary FTR750 motorcycle from the same manufacturer.
This mini bike is based on the razor SX/MX500. However, the eFTR Jr offers some extras such as a significantly better battery capacity as well as different riding modes.
It is designed for younger family members from the age of 8 and up to 175 pounds. The bike is powered by an electric motor which in turn is powered by a rechargeable battery.
The lead-acid battery takes 12 hours to charge and gives a ride time of up to 140 minutes.
The mini bike features two modes: high-speed mode and low-speed mode. When the high-speed mode is engaged, the bike can reach 15 mph, while the low-speed mode can go up to 10 mph.
The bike drives very well and can handle any type of terrain. The steel construction is stable and gives a sense of quality, just like the rest of the components.
The bike is marketed as being for kids aged 8 and up, but the reality is that most kids riding this bike will be between the ages of 8 and 12, as it is relatively small.
The eFTR Jr is designed for off-road use only with styling inspired by the Indian FTR750. This is the perfect bike for young riders who might want to emulate their parents’ Indian motorcycle.
- Very fun to drive
- Low maintenance
- Fixed handlebars
The Coleman Powersports CT100U mini bike is a very robust, fun, and exciting bike.
This is the first mini bike on our list that is not electrically powered. Instead, the CT100U is powered by a 98cc gas-powered engine, producing 3hp.
Almost every criticism of this mini bike is that the package may be damaged by the time it reaches you. However, customer support seems to have handled these cases superbly.
The CT100U is incredibly durable as it is made with a sturdy metal frame. It is easy to assemble the bike and take it out within an hour of receiving it,
After inserting about 1/3 of a gallon of gas, you can ride this bike for about 3 hours. It should be noted that this bike is fun for both kids and adults.
The size makes it appropriate for children and grown-ups alike. They fit kids between the ages of 8 and 12 better, but you will be able to ride these even as an adult.
Coleman recommends this mini bike be driven by people aged 13 and over.
It is worth mentioning that the handlebars are fixed and cannot be adjusted. That means it might feel a bit tight if you have longer arms.
Although it is gas-powered, it does not take much to keep up with the maintenance. Gas and oil are more or less the only two things you have to pay attention to.
It uses standard unleaded 87+ octane gas to power the engine, while the recommended oil type is 10W-30 or 10W-40.
If you need any spare parts, there are plenty available on the internet.
The Coleman CT100U drives incredibly easily and comfortably. It also has a clearance of 6 inches and a load capacity of 150 pounds, making it a mini workhorse if needed.
If you are in need of a greater load capacity, or a stronger bike in general, the Coleman CT200U offers just that.
It is very similar to the CT100U, except that it is powered by a 196cc engine, producing 6.5 horsepower.
- Kawasaki quality
- Easy to drive
- Lack of extra equipment
The iconic motorcycle brand Kawasaki does not only offer some of the fastest motorcycles on the market, but they also offer the entry-level Z125 PRO.
The Z125 PRO is the most expensive mini bike on this list, but it is also the closest to a full-size motorcycle.
Kawasaki does not jeopardize their reputation for building high-quality motorcycles, including the Z125 PRO.
It is powered by a four-stroke engine that uses direct fuel injection, producing maximum power of 15HP at 10,000 RPM.
Not only does it feature fancy fuel injection, but it is also equipped with an ABS system, providing a safer riding experience.
For its size, it is lightweight and nimble, providing a comfortable ride. The single rear shock can be pre-load adjusted, while the suspension forks in the front cannot.
Even with a sporty profile, the bike rides very well, absorbing potholes and speed humps easily.
The Z215 is well suited for first-time bikers and it is the biggest bike on this list.
The maintenance cost is reasonable and, as of writing, the bike has been found to be very reliable. The engine is based on the older Kawasaki Ninja 250SL, which has stood the test of time very well in terms of reliability.
Even though the Z215 belongs in Kawasaki’s cheaper model range, the bike is (and feels) very well built.
When it comes to the rider experience, it is clear that the bike was designed with an emphasis on the ride itself.
For example, the LCD screen is very basic in comparison to the competition in this price range, and no special gadgets are offered.
A gear indicator can be bought separately, which will come in handy, especially if you are a novice rider.
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All the mini bikes on our list are excellent bikes. However, they each excel in different areas, some of which are more appealing than others, depending on the rider.
Below are the best bikes depending on the profile of the potential rider and the mini bike’s intended use.
If you are looking for the best all-around, practical, and sturdy mini bike, the RadMini 4 is the perfect mini bike for you!
It comes with a powerful battery, robust design, and great suspension. This mini bike rides as well off-road as it does on perfectly smooth asphalt.
With all that taken into consideration, the RadMini 4 is the best all-around mini bike currently on the market.
If you are looking to exclusively take the mini bike off-roading, the Indian eFTR Jr is the perfect mini bike for you!
It is intended for kids aged 8-12. If you are a parent that wants to share your passion for off-roading with your kid, this is definitely the bike to choose.
The Coleman CT100U is the perfect mini bike for all ages and is incredibly fun while also practical if needed.
If you are on a budget, this mini bike is the best. It is also universal in terms of age group and can be used as a modern workhorse or simply as an exciting and fun ride.
The best mini bike for beginners who want to eventually upgrade to a bigger sports bike in the future, is the Kawasaki Z125 PRO.
The bike provides a smooth and forgiving riding experience which is perfect for the novice rider. It is also perfect for anyone who wants a nimble, high-quality bike as a daily driver.