What’s the best dirt bike for my child?
We get this question a lot. At Christmas time its the number one gift a young child dreams about.
It all starts with ,where can you ride? This usually ends the whole conversation. There are places , you have to drive an hour plus to get to them . The whole riding experience should be a family adventure. It will be one of the most rewarding things you do with your child and it can be done safely.
What Dirt Bike you buy is based on the size of land to ride and what your abilities are on the bike for trail or racing. Experience counts , you must buy the motorcycle that’s fits rider today not one to grow into.. that’s dangerous. You will find the dirt bikes are like cash . you can buy and sell easily . Finding one I think is harder then selling them.
We are partial to Hondas, its the best , most durable motorcycle , always running! They are tanks. Everyone is always happy if their bike is running . Doesn’t matter if its the fastest model, if it is broke all the time.
Get Trained to Ride a Motorcycle First!
First Everyone should know how to ride a bicycle then you start with the motorcycle that fits you . At Iron Horse we start at 8 years old with our motocross camps for kids and many a parent has called us with a 5 year old. We know they are probably great , but you have to watch them a lot. It is far to early for your average 5 year old to be in control of a motorized vehicle without supervision. Once hurt your child will be gun shy the rest of his years and may never ride again. You will feel really bad. At 8 their brains start developing to make better decisions then just memorizing what you tell them to do on the track or trail.
In the beginning of young riders journey into learning to ride the bicycle is king to learn safely. We use them at camp to get kids started with balance drills and progress to motorcycle calisthenics drills that help kids learn the position of foot pegs , throttle control with hands , and the most important squeezing legs to tank.
Gone are the days of trial and error learning to ride. … Just hop on and that makes it go..good luck. Signup for one of our camps to get a head start for your child.
The Sizes of Motorcycle Dirt Bikes
The dirt bikes are classed by motor size and starts with the best little motorcycle ever made Honda CRF50 . Above photo shows from small Honda 50 to 70, 80 100 and 150 in back
Honda CRF 50( Ages 8 and first time riders)
Price $1599 used from $800-$1200
The Beginner rider should be able to touch feet to ground (flat footed) when starting out riding. After a year or so riding the fit is not based on feet touching ground but do they have 6inches between crouch and seat while standing on pegs… Some Pros can’t touch their toes to ground on their bikes. This keeps them from being bucked off bike.
Honda CRF70 or newer model CRF110
Price $2,499 Used 110 $1500 – $2000 Used 70 $900-$1200
Ages 9 and up to Adult to learn on .. Its the largest bike made without clutch but you still have to shift. (50 and 70 clutchless. IT’s a blast bike…. only a weight limit of about 160lbs . Families keep these forever.
Honda CRF 80 ,100 and 125
Priced new 125 $3399.00 used $1900-$2500
Priced used only 80 $1200-$1800
Priced used only 100 $1400 – $2000
They are for riders that have ridden the smaller bikes and are ready for the clutch . Age 12 is the normal age for children to gain wrist strength to pull the clutch in and are tall enough to touch the ground. If they have a lot of experience some 10 year olds can start on CRF 80 . The 80 is smaller by a 2in then the 100 The 125 is 2 in taller then 100.
Honda CRF 150 F
Price new $3799.00 Used from $1800-$3000
Its the Lexus of bikes , I call it for dads with kids to ride or young riders that are big kids . It has kick stand like all the CRF ” ” F series bikes and is quiet to not scare young riders by you following them . This is key, you can’t help someone if you cant let go of your motorcycle . Below a pro rider showing this bike does it all.
Now for the Honda race bikes, the R after the ###
Way different then an F type motorcycle. The CRF 150 R , CRF 250R and CRF 450 R
( Ages 12 and up recommended after 2 years of experience) These bikes have completely different engines and shocks then F type motorcycles and are for serious riding. Loud, Fast-quick ,no kick stand and lots of adrenine rush!
If you have access to a race track or lots of land then get one, if not you are just going to the hospital. You need experience to ride one safely , at least a couple of years or your just going to get hurt. These bikes are quick…quick… and does not matter the model size.
Honda CRF150 R
“The Kids Dream Bike “. It comes in small wheel and big wheel versions , we suggest when your good enough to ride one the big wheel version is better . More balance over jumps. This is a fast bike ,the lucky ones that get one, that I see can’t control it , they got it to soon. However taken to a track regularly they will master it and have a blast!
Honda CRF 250R
Its the bike for all good riders . It can do it all. Only move to the 450 if you are a racer with experience.. 450R is crazy quick you can’t control it. We have found average riders can go faster on 250 because it has more forgiveness in the throttle . We have so many stories of first timers hurting themselves first day , ripping the throttle on jump landing on 450R …its why I think you can find so many for sale vs 250R.
Honda CRF 450R
Its the race bike for the veteran rider. If your reading this page to learn what to buy don’t touch this bike. Or you can just call 911 now and have them waiting for you.
Where do you buy dirt bikes- motocross motorcycles?
Used …craigslist and be prepared to go to near by cities.
Also the Powersports dealers in all cities sell used and new.
Used is not a problem , asking for title just ensures it legit.
Don’t be picky on the plastics of scratches the average rider falls over 3 times a ride… The Hondas are tough, if maintenance was performed on bike it will be fine. Check out the person’s garage is it neat, bike will be too. Is it out in storage shed rusting….Leave, its bad. You are getting big discount from new one. Most new bikes get scratched up with just a couple of rides. You can buy graphic stickers and fenders for any bike to make it look like new and have fun!
Buying Honda CRF 50’s -100’s are easy . If they run and look ok to you they probably are fine.
The bigger CRF 125F and 150F if they look new and run ok more wear then have someone help you with more experience
The CRF R bikes you will have to have a more experience person look at because of the type motor in them ..higher RPM and racing them do have hidden engine problems. They are suppose to have engine tune ups every 50hrs. Almost everyone does not do that cost …$500 so its usually to late when breaks and then its repaired and runs but not the same as new . It then requires more constant valve jobs and back fires or breaks more often. Most motorcycles are good but there are some used up motors so be aware. If it backfires when off the throttle it could be a sign. They are all hard to start when cold so its hard to tell.
You Will not Find many CRF 70 , 80 or 100’s motorcycles
A little tid bit on the motorcycle history… in 2009 .. I think the end of an era of riding hit the U.S. with a china plastics were recalled on toxic scare. Toys were banned by congress with plastic from China…this included all the Honda motorcycles. All factories stopped making the bikes and then they later remade the plastics and used what was left of the bikes produced in 2008 over the next few years….. Motocross slowed since.. 2010. Congress amended law to exclude motorcycles but the effects last. The Honda 70, 80 an 100 were done in 2009-2010…We still use them in camp today. We drive the country finding as many as we can to teach kids how to ride on . They are the best bikes to learn on.
How It used to be, getting a dirt bike.
It was in Honda’s wisdom that you were suppose to start on a Honda CRF 50 for a year or so riding around in a neighborhood field by your house. And if a little late to the game ,a Honda 70. Then it’s clutch time …wheelies and jumps, enter the Honda 80 or 100. Learning the clutch . (These bikes are gone now and replaced by larger 125). Now dad would take you to a race track to give it ago. You would catch the fever to race and after a few years more riding by the time you got to racing, you got a race bike. Today that doesn’t seem to happen as much.. I think its just land access, but I see a lot of kids go from a year of the trail bikes straight to race bikes and then they have bad crash and quit forever.
Take it slow and let the good times roll….
Don’t forget the Gear for safety, Always ride with a helmet!
So, that’s my 2 cents worth.. Riding a motorcycle is the funnest thing I think a kid will ever do. It was for me . Even just getting one and storing in the garage is great for kids.. you will never see a happier child, showing off or polishing their motorcycle, dreaming of what they can do on it. If you have any questions , just ask!
Good Luck and Happy Riding!
Director – Iron Horse Country Ranch
The Kids Motorcycle Summer Camp U.S.A