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Aug 08

Should I get a gas or electric mini dirt bike?

How to decide between a gas and electric powered mini dirt bike

When picking a mini dirt bike one of the first factors you need to decide is whether you want to get a gas powered bike or an electric powered bike. There a few key differences that we will cover in this article. to help make you make an informed decision as there is no right or wrong answer, it really depends on what you are after.

Gas Powered

Gas-powered bikes are powered by a mixture of unleaded gasoline and engine oil. Ratios will differ, but you generally see a ratio between 25:1 and 50:1 parts gas to oil. As a general rule, gas-powered are capable of higher speeds, more torque and require more maintenance. They also tend to be less expensive but require more experience before riding. Unlike electric mini dirt bikes, gas-powered bikes ride very much like a traditional motorcycle although most are simplified to avoid pedal brakes and manual transmissions.

49cc 50cc 2 Stroke Gas Motorized Mini Dirt Pit Bike

Since they must be refilled regularly (a tank generally lasts about 20 minutes at full speed), the costs of operating gas-powered bikes are significantly higher than those of an electric bike. We found the standard speed of one of these machines is about 25 miles per hour. It is worth noting that most gas-powered mini dirt bikes cannot be operated in California, nor can they be used for travelling on public roads. We strongly suggest having some riding experience before purchasing one of these machines, since they have a lot of moving parts, will require regular maintenance and can move very quickly compared to their electric counterparts.

Electric Powered

In form and function, electric bikes are not much different from gas-powered bikes. The key differences come to operating costs, maintenance and performance. While electric bikes tend to be more expensive to purchase, their operating costs are significantly lower than gas-powered bikes. They require very little maintenance, and are exceptionally easy to assemble. Electric mini dirt bikes are charged through a cable attached to a standard 120V outlet and typically require between 9 and 12 hours to reach full charge. A single charge allows for an hour of operation at maximum speed, which is far better than what you will get for a tank of gas in a gas-powered bike.

RAZOR MX400 24V Dirt Rocket Electric Motorcycle Bike & Full Face Helmet

However, this easy assembly and functionality comes at a price. The maximum speed of these bikes is typically between 12 and 17 miles per hour, making them considerably slower than their gas-powered equivalents. This makes them great for beginners or for concerned parents. They are also capable of carrying significantly more weight than gas-powered bikes. We found them to be excellent for small kids and beginners, since there is very little maintenance involved. They are also designed to be easy to use without requiring any mechanical add-ons. Lastly, most electric mini dirt bikes come with ports for attachments like training wheels, which can help small kids get a feel for the bike without the concern of falling off.

When it comes to electric keep in mind that you are still operating a machine using a battery. As such, remember to store it in a warm place since sub-zero (32 Fahrenheit or below) will damage the battery and impact how long you can operate the bike.

Comparison table of gas and electric mini dirt bikes

Gas

Pros

  • Can reach higher speeds
  • Generally cheaper to purchase up front
  • Can handle higher weight

Cons

  • Requires regular maintanence
  • Not legal in California

Electric

Pros

  • Once you purchase it has low running costs 
  • Low maintenance
  • Great for beginners due to lower speed

Cons

  • Generally more expensive up front but longer term can work out cheaper
  • For some people 1 hour isn't enough riding time and it takes a long time to recharge the battery
  • Lower weight limit

Reviews of popular gas powered bikes

RAZOR MX400 24V Dirt Rocket Electric Motorcycle

RAZOR MX400 24V Dirt Rocket Electric Motorcycle Bike & Full Face Helmet

Great entry-level bike

Up to 1 Hr. Charge

  • Lightweight
  • Very durable

recommended for:

6 to 10 year olds

Our Rating

Razor MX500 Dirt Rocket Electric Motocross Bike

Great Mid-Weight Electric

Excellent Suspension

  • Good Beginner Bike
  • Easy to Assemble

recommended for:

6 to 10 year olds

Our Rating

Razor MX650 Dirt Rocket Electric Motocross Bike

#1 Electric Mini Bike

Handles Any Size Rider

  • Very Easy To Use
  • No Fuel Costs

recommended for:

8 to 13 year olds

Our Rating

Razor MX350 Dirt Rocket Electric Motocross Bike

Small, Yet Powerful

Up To 1 Hr. On A Charge

  • Easy To Operate
  • Good For Smaller Kids

recommended for:

4 to 7 years

Our Rating

Reviews of popular electric powered bikes

49cc-50cc 2-Stroke Gas Motorized Mini Dirt Pit Bike (Blue)

RAZOR MX400 24V Dirt Rocket Electric Motorcycle Bike & Full Face Helmet

Great starter dirt bike

  • Easy to use
  • Powerful for its size

recommended for:

8-15 year olds

Our Rating

49-50cc High Performance Red 2-Stroke Gas Motorized Mini Pocket Dirt Pit Bike

RAZOR MX400 24V Dirt Rocket Electric Motorcycle Bike & Full Face Helmet

Best performance of any gas-powered bike we have tested

  • Impressive suspension system
  • Very powerful

recommended for:

9+ year olds

Our Rating

DB49A Red 49CC-50CC 2-Strock Gas Motor Mini Dirt Pit Bike

RAZOR MX400 24V Dirt Rocket Electric Motorcycle Bike & Full Face Helmet

Exceptional quality dirt bike

  • Very durable
  • Very little assembly

recommended for:

8-14 year olds

Our Rating