Two-Seater ATV Guide | The 2up Four-Wheeler Option

ATVs, in general, are great machines that can be both fun and practical. If you plan to share the fun of off-roading, a two-seater ATV can provide fun for both people on the ride. But where do you even begin to look for the right ATV for your needs?

A 2up four-wheeler can come in different engine types, power, weight, and general build quality. You can buy a nice two-seater quad for around $6,300 to get your foot in the door up to powerful beasts with bells and whistles to boot for $15,000.

With so many makes and models, decisions aren’t easy! In this article, we will be going over the ins and outs of what to consider when purchasing a two-seater ATV in an easy-to-understand language. If you’d like to learn more, we encourage you to read on!

What Is a Two-Seater ATV?

So, you want to buy a 2-seater ATV, but you don’t exactly know what it’s for or what it even is. Two-seater ATVs are designed to carry both the rider and a passenger. When looking at photos of them, it becomes apparent that they try to offer both parties comfort. Sporting relatively large seats both in the front and back, they can get you over lots of different types of terrain without wearing both the rider and passenger out.

What do people use two-seaters for? A variety of things:

  • Recreational riding
  • Transporting cargo
  • Towing
  • Transportation

These machines differ from sport ATVs, which are smaller, lighter, and designed for fast, extreme riding. Although you can do sporty riding on a certain two-seater provided, both parties consent to it and take the proper safety precautions, of course, such as wearing a helmet like this YEMA ATV Helmet. But if you plan on doing a lot of solo riding, they won’t be the best option for this purpose. 

Two-seaters are usually purchased for their versatility. If you want something to hit the trails or transport things, they will offer solo or duo riding, making them an overall great value.

Like with any ATV, 2ups come in various price points that differ in power, features, weight, and build quality. There is a lot to consider when choosing a 2up ATV, but in general, you should consider these key factors:

  • Reliability
  • Power
  • Functionality 
  • Value
  • Ride quality

You might be thinking how a 2up four-wheeler compares with a side-by-side ATV; after all, both are designed to carry two people and are often compared to one another.

ATV 2up Seat Conversion

You can convert a traditional utility ATV into a 2up, but first, check to see if this is legal in your area. If you are clear, you can find many seats on Amazon, such as this Black Boar Rear Lounger. You’ll need some tools to install, such as a 5/16-inch drill bit, a 7/16-inch wrench, and a grease pencil for marking.

The seat should be as far back as possible on the rack. The mountain locations should be on the bars that go from side-to-side and on the ones that go from front to back. Mark the underside of the seat where you’ll line up the backing plates and mark the holes that need to be drilled.

After drilling, take a U-bolt and position it under the rear rack facing up. Place the backing plate over the U-bolt and tighten by hand. Repeat the process for the other U-bolts included, tighten them completely with your wrench and install the seat.

This is the process for this particular product, but seats and installation methods will differ depending on your ATV and seat. 

2up Four-Wheelers vs. UTVs

We will briefly go over the differences between a 2up vs. an SXS and what purposes they fulfill. 

The first and most obvious difference is the riding/driving experience will be drastically different from one another. An SxS is essentially a small off-road car. You get a steering wheel, pedals, and gear shifters like you would in a car. Some people may prefer this as it is familiar, and they immediately know what to do when they hop into their new side-by-side. Plus, they are generally pretty comfortable, even the sport variants.  

Because of the very nature of a side by side, they are larger overall and can’t go into as many places as a quad ATV, which can mean less usage depending on where you intend to ride. They are also more expensive than an ATV and are not suitable for those looking to spend less than $10,000 on a new machine. 

However, if you do have the cash to throw down, you’ll find out just how versatile and fun they can be. Sport side by side can comfortably fit two people and generally have powerful motors. In terms of social, recreational “extreme” driving, they are a blast. 

If you are looking for a more practical reason to use an SxS, utility machines will be more comfortable sitting in for a prolonged time vs. sitting on a quad.

At the end of the day, there is no “better” choice overall. It entirely depends on your wants/needs and use case. A quad ATV is a unique experience, and you are getting more performance for the dollar in a smaller package that can go more places. On the flip side, a side by side is a familiar experience that offers great off-road capabilities and is more comfortable overall on longer drives for both the driver and passenger. 

What Level of Engine Displacement Do You Really Need?

If you are going in with a specific budget in mind, you’ll naturally want to pick the best option for your overall needs. Many people instantly jump to how much power they can get out of their targeted price range because, after all, whether you are looking for thrills or towing, most people initially want as many horses as they can get. But do you really need a beastly 1000 cc engine?

There are a lot of factors that go into how much power you really need for an ATV. For starters, you should consider if you are a beginner or an experienced rider. You’ll hear this pretty much everywhere when it comes to ATVs, dirt bikes, and street motorcycles: beginners should start easy. 

Why is this? Because the utmost most powerful ATVs are more difficult overall. It is easy to twist the throttle a little too much and get sent flying forward at a pace you did not expect, which can lead to disastrous consequences. This includes if you have experienced yourself but plan to share your ride with inexperienced people, you know.

We aren’t saying beginners should only buy the least powerful option – not at all. In fact, this isn’t a good idea IF you plan on pushing your vehicle once you get more experienced. We are just saying that someone new to riding hopping on a big 1000 cc quad isn’t the best introduction to riding. It can put you and your passenger in danger if you don’t respect the machine. 

We will walk you through the different cc (cubic capacity) levels to give you an idea of what to look for based on your intended usage.

400-550cc

Two-seaters require more power by default than lighter ATVs since they are meant to carry 400+ pounds worth of humans plus any other cargo you are trying to haul. On the lower end of the price spectrum for two-seaters, you can expect approximately 400cc engines.

These are great for both beginners and people who are just looking to ride the trails casually. Not everyone is particularly looking for monstrous power to go fast; many folks want to unwind and enjoy the great outdoors. If this sounds like you, not only will you be saving yourself money, but you won’t have to be paranoid about throttle control as much. 

These lower power two-seaters are also great for people who just need to get around and tow on a large land plot, i.e., a farm. And speaking of towing, it is worth mentioning that a bigger engine doesn’t mean it is automatically better at towing. If you are seeking this purpose out of an ATV, you will want to look at the manufacturer’s official tow capacity. 

It is also important to keep in mind how much both you, your passenger, and the ATV itself weighs, however. A 400cc engine on a heavy quad with two heavy people while hauling cargo will feel lackluster if you are hoping for at least a slight amount of pep. 

If you want more power, but not necessarily the fastest around, perhaps the middle of the road options are for you.

550-750cc

This is the range we recommend for most people, and we think this is where most people want to be in general. These quads are a little more expensive but usually stay in the range people expect to pay for a brand new two-seater ATV. 

Naturally, these quads will offer more excitement overall if that is what you are after, but they can also carry more things and generally have a better tow rating to boot. If you are a new rider and wanting something you can grow into later on, we definitely recommend going for the upper end of this range; just remember to learn your machine and don’t go out of your comfort zone. 

It’s also worth mentioning that more power helps when it comes to off-roading. ATV stands for all-terrain-vehicle, but not all machines are equal when it comes to their off-road capabilities. Are you looking to plow through mud and water? More engine power can seriously help when conquering harsher terrain, but this isn’t the only factor when it comes to off-road capabilities (more on that later). 

750-1000cc

If you want power and are confident you can handle it, then look no further. You are probably looking at closer to 850-1000cc in this power range, and this is going to offer you the thrills you are looking for. These powerful quads are not only fast, but they will be able to remain fast, even with 2 mid-sized adults on board.

As expected, you’ll be paying more for a powerful machine, as much as $15k if you are looking at an especially tricked out model with lots of bells and whistles. And speaking of that, that leads us into our next section.

What Features Do You Really Need?

ATVs are more than just 4 wheels, a seat, and an engine, these days. As computers are more commonly used in vehicles, many great advancements have been made to deliver a superior riding experience. What’s more, some quads offer extra storage, winches, and power steering.

Power-Steering

Out of all the features, we will go through. We think power-steering is overall the most important for everyone.

A quality riding experience is important; after all, you might be on your quad for quite some time, and the last thing you want is to tire out from steering on treacherous terrain. This is where power-steering comes in to help. You pay a premium for it, but we think it is very much worth it. 

How does power steering work? It essentially acts as a steering assistant. If the steering is electrically powered, an electric motor will assist your steering based on how much and how quickly you are turning. If the system is hydraulic, then the steering power is transferred from the engine to the steering wheel via hydraulic pressurized steering fluid. 

Electric power steering or EPS provides superior fuel economy and less maintenance overall, but both systems are significantly better than not having any steering assistance at all. We highly encourage that you consider that the model of ATV you are purchasing has some form of power steering – preferably EPS. We think you’ll find the bit of extra cost is worth it in the long run – especially if you are using your quad as a work vehicle. 

Winch

A winch helps those who are planning on doing extreme off-roading, and it can save you if you happen to get stuck in mud or water. ATVs are heavy, especially a 2up quad, which can weigh over 1000 pounds (454 kg) and so you are probably not pulling it out yourself once your machine has been locked in place at the mercy of mother nature.

Even if you don’t plan on plowing through knee-deep mud, a winch can still offer you peace of mind for light to moderate off-roading, but it likely isn’t going to be necessary. We can offer a safety tip to never blindly go into mud or water unless it is 100% obvious that it isn’t too deep. There have been countless people who come across a long stretch of muddy terrain and assume their quad can handle it and end up paying the price. 

It is generally recommended to have a winch if your ATV is for work purposes. There are many use cases for a winch other than getting yourself out of sticky situations, such as:

  • Falling a tree
  • Dragging a boat to shore 
  • Moving wood
  • Pulling fence posts
  • Removing obstacles in your path
  • Demolishing structures

As you can see, a winch can serve many purposes and so we recommend that you think about if there will ever be a situation where it might come in handy. It is better to have something and rarely need it than not having it at all when you do need it. 

Winter Options 

If you plan to use your ATV in a snowy climate, it might be worth it to invest in handy winter options. 

A biggie is a snow plow kit. If you have ever thought to yourself that you wish you could get rid of excess snow, then an ATV + snow plow kit is an excellent way to solve your snow problems. 2up ATVs, in general, are excellent plowing machines as they are heavy and are equipped with enough power to handle the job.

We also recommend considering the quality of life improvements such as heated grips to keep you cozy. A windscreen can protect you from snow getting all over your body, leaving you soaking wet at the end of a ride or work activity.

What Tires Do You Need?

The majority of people purchasing an ATV will be fine with the all-purpose stock tires it comes with until a tire change is needed. These tires are designed for non-extreme conditions, and as the name of the vehicle itself implies, they will be able to handle all types of terrain. 

But if you are going to be using your ATV in more specialized conditions such as snow and sand, you will want to think about what tires to purchase along with your quad. 

Sand

Sand is a very loose terrain, and to ensure you aren’t going to be spinning your tires without going anywhere, you will need a set of sand tires. Sand tires can be recognized by their slick appearance and large, spacious treads.

Mud

If you plan on getting dirty, you will need mud tires to help you get through moderate to deep mud puddles. The grip is king when dealing with mud, and so these tires have a unique design that allows them to crawl through the slippery substance. Mud tires can also be used in the snow, making them quite versatile. 

Off-Road 

Off-road tires are essentially an upgraded version of all-purpose tires. These are great for those who want just one tire for every terrain – a jack of all trades if you will. It’s a great upgrade option for those doing a little more than what an all-purpose tire can handle. 

If you’d like to learn more about this subject, we recommend checking out the video below:

What Are the Best ATV Brands?

The whole “X brand is best” is subjective but has merit if coming from a mostly unbiased perspective. In the car industry, you have brands known for their reliability and build quality and can be generally trusted not to be a maintenance nightmare. The same applies to ATV brands.

You have to ask yourself what you are looking for in a brand. Bang for buck? Top-notch build quality? The lowest prices on the market? All the bells and whistles you could ever want? It’s safe to say that you will eventually find an ATV that is calling your name, but it can take some digging and weighing your options before putting down your hard-earned money.

Below we will be going over a couple of our recommended brands and a few models that we feel will be great for most people. Keep in mind that these are recommendations that keep both power and features in mind. There are less expensive or similarly priced options that are also great, so we recommend shopping around these two companies’ websites. 

CAN-AM

If you are looking for technology, features, and power, Cam-Am is ready to show you what they can do with a utility ATV. 

Outlander Max XT 570

Suppose you are looking for a solid bang-for-buck 2up that offers a decent amount of power with very much appreciated features. The Outlander Max XT 570 is a great first choice. 

Featuring a 570cc engine outputting 48 hp will offer plenty of power for most people while being friendly enough for beginner riders. It also includes bells and whistles that we feel are almost a must-have, such as dynamic power steering and a 3,500-lb winch. It even has nifty handguards, which are always a welcome addition. 

Furthermore, suspension in the front and rear are independent, which offers a comfortable ride for both the rider and passenger. Can-Am lists this as a work ATV, but anyone can enjoy this quad whether you are hitting the trails with a buddy or gathering firewood. 

At a respectable price-tag price-tag, you are getting almost everything you could want, although it doesn’t excel at any one thing. Sure, you can find a more powerful ATV at this price, but it probably isn’t going to be as well-equipped, which is why we think this will be an excellent machine for most people looking for a 2up ATV. Although, if you do need something more exciting, Can-Am has you covered.

Outlander Max XT 1000R

One of the most notable aspects about Can-Am, in general, is that they offer the most horsepower in a 2up ATV thus far and so if that is what you are after, look no further than their 1000R models. 

Essentially, the Outlander Max XT is simply a (much) more powerful variant of the XT 570 we talked about above. You can also get 650 cc and 850 cc engines, but our focus here is to showcase just how monstrous a 2up can be. Sporting a whopping 91 horsepower, the 1000R is certainly thrilling, but it also sports intelligent throttle control so you can have power when you need it and when you don’t. 

It certainly is not a cheap ATV, but it is not the most expensive one you can find, either. If you don’t need all that power, there are also  650 cc and 850 cc variants.

Polaris

Polaris can be seen as a direct rival to Can-Am and is just as enticing in our eyes. There aren’t many brands that sell 2up ATVs in general, so it makes choosing one a bit easier than other ATV categories. Below we will share two models that we think will cover many people’s needs for both thrills and work. 

Touring 570 EPS

If you want value, it can certainly be found here. This 2up checks key areas that most people are looking for—power, features, and comfort. With electronic power steering, a 567 cc engine, independent front and rear suspension, and a towing capacity of 1,225-lbs ( 556 kg), this is a solid 2up all around. With a price of under $9,000, it makes for a relatively accessible purchase while not sacrificing key aspects. 

Furthermore, you can add features as you desire. If you want bumpers, mirrors, windshields, handguards, and a winch, you can add it. This is a versatile ATV overall for those who just want to do recreational riding and those who need to get work done. 

Sportsman Touring XP 1000

It wouldn’t be fair not to list one of Polaris’ models after we did it for CAN-AM. If you are determined that you want a powerful 952 cc engine that outputs 88 horsepower, this quad will certainly satisfy your off-roading needs.   

Along with brute force, the touring XP 1000 also features electronic power steering, mirrors, and aluminum wheels. It’s definitely a winner in the 2up ATV landscape.

The quad is close in price to the outlander Max XT 1000R, and there is a very similar 850 cc variant that is identical minus included mirrors and aluminum wheels.

Conclusion

2up ATVs are excellent machines that can be used for recreation or work while taking another person along for the ride. Choosing the right make and model for your needs will be important to have the best experience possible.

To make your decision easier, key aspects that we recommend most people look for are power steering and engine size of at least 500 cc. You can also add quality of life improvements such as handguards and mirrors to make your riding experience more enjoyable. Furthermore, a winch can come in handy even if you end up using it only once or twice. 

Lastly, ensure you are regularly maintaining your quad. Oil changes, changing tires, and cleaning are standard methods to keep your ATV running nicely. 

What Is the Best Dirt Bike for Women? | Beginner, Intermediate, Short, Teens?

Because women are generally smaller and lighter than men, finding an ideal dirt bike for women’s stature can be difficult. However, there are plenty of dirt bikes out there for women of all ages, ability levels, and heights. 

The best dirt bikes for beginners are Honda CRF230F, Yamaha WR250R, or Kawasaki KLX140RL; HUSQVARNA TE300, Yamaha YZ125, or Kawasaki KLX230R for Intermediate riders; Honda CRF250F/CRF125F or Yamaha TT-R230 or teens; and Kawasaki KLX110/KLX140G, Yamaha TT-R125LE, or Suzuki DR-Z125L for short women. 

This article will delve into some of the best dirt bikes for women depending on their experience level, age, and height. It will also go over some important dirt bike features for women to consider. 

Best Beginner Dirt Bikes for Females 

Beginner dirt bikes for women should have four stroke engines for a smoother ride, skid plates to protect the bike and electric starts for easier use. 

Honda CRF230F

This bike is great for average-sized women. The seat height is 34.6 inches (87.9 cm), so it is high enough off of the ground to feel comfortable going over bumps but not so high that it’s intimidating to ride. 

It comes with an electric start, so beginners can easily turn it on. It also has a four stroke engine that is air-cooled, making it an incredibly smooth ride. The engine was designed to use minimal gas, allowing bikers to ride for longer. 

Beginners can feel safe with this bike’s impact-resistant skid plate protecting the engine and its top of the line front disc brakes, which allow riders to stop at a moment’s notice. 

In total, this bike weighs 249 lbs (112.9 kg). This weight includes all of the required equipment, fluids, and fuel necessary to ride it. Women should test out the bike’s weight to make sure they can pick it up if it were to topple over. 

Youtube motorbike reviewer KDE Motorsports goes over the pros of this bike and why he recommends it for new riders. If you’d like to see his review, check out this video: 

2020 Yamaha WR250R

This bike is perfect for beginners who plan to spend most of their time off-road in the dirt. All of its features are perfect for hitting the old dusty trails.  

The seat height of the Yamaha WR250R is 36.6 inches (93.0 cm), so it’s the perfect size for average to tall women in the 5’6″ (168 cm) to 5’11” (180 cm) range. It features adjustable suspension so riders can adjust their bike depending on the conditions of the trail. 

This bike weighs 295 lbs (133.8 kg), which isn’t exactly light, so riders should test out this bike in the store before purchasing it to make sure they can handle the weight. 

To see this bike in action, and to learn more about its features, check out this Youtube video by motorcycle rider and vlogger, Chaseontwowheels: 

2021 Kawasaki KLX140R L

For women new to dirt biking, the Kawasaki KLX140L is a wonderful choice. This bike has an electric start, making it easy for newbies to use. It also has front and rear disc brakes, which will effectively stop the bike whenever the rider needs to. 

Its five speed transmission with a manual clutch makes picking up speed easy. This bike also features an air-cooled four-stroke engine, which is ideal for new riders that want a bike that’s easy to maintain. 

Its lightweight steel frame and wonderful suspension make this bike easy to maneuver for novice riders.  

Its seat height is 31.5 inches (80.0 cm), which is perfect for petite to average-sized riders. It weighs 209.4 lb (95.0 kg), which is lighter than most dirt bikes, making it easy for beginners to handle. 

Best Intermediate Dirt Bikes for Women

Intermediate riders can handle bikes with a little more power and speed. Some intermediate riders may want to try out a bike with a two stroke engine while others will prefer to stick with their four stroke. 

HUSQVARNA TE300 

This two stroke engine provides intermediate female riders with a high-powered engine, ready to give them a thrilling ride. It’s easy to use an electric starter that allows intermediate female bikers to simply get on their bike and go. 

This bike’s seat is 37.4 inches (95.0 cm) tall and it weighs 234 lbs (106.2 kg), which is no small feat. As always, riders should test out this bike beforehand to make sure it feels comfortable and that it is suitable for their size and build. 

The chromium molybdenum steel body of this bike was crafted with lasers and advanced welding techniques, ensuring top of the line quality. This frame geometry assures that riders will get great rider feedback, energy absorption, and stability. The body also features frame protectors, making this bike strong enough to last. 

The HUSQVARNA TE300 offers a feature called map select switch. Basically, the user is able to toggle between two settings, which change the amount of power going to the bike. The first setting, called Map 1, provides full power, whereas Map 2 offers less power. The second setting allows riders to handle terrain that doesn’t have great traction. 

2020 Yamaha YZ125

The Yamaha YZ125 is a speedy bike with a two stroke engine. Two strokes are easier for intermediate riders to handle, and they provide them with a faster acceleration time and greater power, which are desirable features for more experienced riders. 

This bike is incredibly lightweight, weighing only 207 lbs (93.9 kg) when it is fueled up. Its seat height is 38.4 inches (97.5 cm), which is tall for most women. However, intermediate riders should feel more comfortable with this additional height. Its six speed transmission provides bikers with more gear options and better acceleration. 

One of the best things about this bike is its incredible powerful braking system. Its large front disc brake allows riders to quickly stop, thereby avoiding potential collisions. Another wonderful feature of the Yamaha YZ125 is that it is incredibly easy to rebuild. All riders need is a piston, gasket, and some rings to get this bike up and running after a blow out. 

In the video posted below, Motocross Action Magazine reviews this bike and discusses how its balanced frame, low- to mid-range power delivery, and powerful two stroke engine make it a great ride: 

2020 Kawasaki KLX230R 

Intermediate riders will love this fun dirt bike. With just one click of the electric starter, this bike will be ready to hit the trail. 

The Kawasaki KLX230R provides riders with low to mid-range power. Intermediate riders will enjoy the control they feel over this bike. 

This model offers long suspension and great ground clearance, so it can handle any number of terrains. Its seat height is 36.2 inches (91.9 cm), which is on the taller side, but intermediate bikers should be able to handle it. 

This bike isn’t light at 253.6 lb (115.0 kg), but it tends to be a manageable weight for most female riders, especially for more experienced riders that don’t topple over too frequently. 

The KLX230R’s engine and body were designed at the same time, making it a balanced and reliable ride. For intermediate riders looking for a dependable bike to take off-roading, the Kawasaki KLX230R is the ideal choice. 

Best Dirt Bikes for Teenage Girls

Teenage girls typically need bikes that are fairly light, a reasonable seat height, and are safe. Many teens are still advancing their skills, so getting a bike that they’ll be able to progress with is key. 

2020 Honda CRF250F

The Honda CRF250F is a wonderful bike for teenage girls. It comes with an electric start, which is perfect for riders who want to start their bike with ease. It weighs 265 lbs (120.2 kg) when it is fueled up, which is a heavy but manageable weight for teens. Its seat height is 34.8 inches (88.4 cm), making this bike the perfect height for average to tall teens. 

Its soft seat and great suspension from the ground make this an amazingly comfortable ride, even over rough terrain. 

One of the main things parents want for their daughter’s transportation is for it to be reliable. The 2021 Honda CRF250F lives up to this expectation with its durable four stroke fuel injected engine. This bike can withstand demanding climates, even cold weather and high altitudes. So, no matter where the girls are riding, the Honda CRF250F will be able to get them home safe and sound. 

To see this bike in action, check out the video below by motocross rider MotoJake. MotoJake goes over his favorite things about the bike, including its five speed transmission, great handling, and its hassle-free maintenance: 

2021 Yamaha TT-R 230 

This blue beauty will be any teenage girl’s dream. It comes with an electric start for ease of use. This bike is lighter than most of its competitors, weighing only 251 lbs (113.9 kg) when it is fueled up and ready to go. 

The seat is 34.3 inches (87.1 cm) high, so it’s a great size for most teenagers (depending on their height). This bike also offers 11.6 inches (29.5 cm) of ground clearance, so it’ll be able to handle any bumps in the road. It is very comfortable, making the Yamaha TT-R 230 a joy to ride. 

Some additional features of this bike are its grippy foot pads that allow for more control and its steel frame, which provides maximum strength. This sturdy bike will be perfect for new or experienced teenage dirt bikers who are looking for a smooth off-road adventure. 

2020 Honda CRF125F Big Wheel

This bike is perfect for young teenage girls who are just starting out. This bike is also great for smaller teenagers since it has a short seat height of 30.9 inches (78.5 cm). Most teens should be able to handle this bike since it only weighs 199 lbs (90.3 kg).  

This bike comes with an electric starter, four stroke engine, and a four speed transmission, which are great features for less experienced riders. Its suspension allows teens to comfortably glide over any terrain. 

The Honda CRF125F Big Wheel comes with a 19-inch (48.3 cm) front wheel and a 16-inch (40.6 cm) back wheel, making this bike the ideal size for short to average-sized teens. 

The steel frame on this bike is extremely durable, so even less experienced teen riders won’t be able to do too much damage to it. 

Best Dirt Bikes for Short Women 

For short women, finding a dirt bike that allows their feet to touch the ground can be a challenge. However, there are some child and adult-sized bikes perfect for women of shorter stature. 

2021 Kawasaki KLX110

While this is technically a child’s bike, many adult women love riding it, especially if they are new to dirt biking. 

The Kawasaki KLX110 seat is 26.8 inches (68.1 cm) off of the ground, making it the ideal size for short women since most will be able to put their feet fully on the ground. 

This bike has an air-cooled four stroke engine, which is perfect for off-road riding. It also has a four speed transmission with an automatic clutch, providing riders with easy to use gears that are great for casual rides. 

This sweet ride is not only functional but fashionable as well. Its sporty race-inspired look is perfect for female dirt bikers who want to ride in style. 

2021 Kawasaki KLX140G

This awesome dirt bike’s seat is only 33.9 inches (86.1 cm) off of the ground, which is a perfect height for shorter women. It’s a little bit taller than the KLX110, providing riders with better ground clearance. 

This bike features an electric start, steel frame, and front and rear disc brakes. 

Its four stroke air-cooled engine allows riders to maintain control over their bike. It was designed for trail riding with its 21-inch (53.3 cm) front and 18-inch (45.7 cm) back wheels. 

The Kawasaki KLX140G is on the lighter side, weighing 218.2 lb (99.0 kg), so it’ll be easier for petite women to push or lift up their bike if it falls over during a ride. 

This lime green bike features and style make this a desirable option for any short woman looking for a new ride. 

2021 Yamaha TT-R125LE 

The Yamaha TT-R125LE is perfect for shorter riders who are looking for a fun ride. Its seat is 

31.7 inches (80.5 cm) off of the ground. Its seat has a low center of gravity, providing riders with great stability. While the seat is low, the bike still has 11 inches (27.9 cm) of ground clearance, permitting it to handle a wide variety of trail conditions. 

The TT-R125LE features an air-cooled four stroke engine that provides petite women with all of the power they need for long trail rides. 

It is relatively light, only weighing 198 lb (89.8 kg). While this bike is ideal for short women, it is also a great option for teenage girls because of its light frame. 

The engine on the Yamaha TT-R125LE is very low maintenance. It is also easy to service since its filters are easily accessible, making this bike incredibly easy to care for. 

The Yamaha TT-R125LE comes with a 19-inch (48.3 cm) front wheel and a 16-inch (40.6 cm) rear wheel, which helps riders achieve greater handling and steering control. 

2020 Suzuki DR-Z125L

For riders with a smaller stature, the Suzuki DR-Z125L is an ideal ride. 

Its seat height is only 32 inches (81.3 cm), so smaller women will have no trouble riding it. As an additional bonus, it only weighs 190 lbs (86.2 kg), so smaller women should be able to restore it to its upright position if it ever topples over. 

Although this bike is small and lightweight, its adult-sized 19-inch (48.3 cm) and 16-inch (40.6 cm) wheels make it feel like its larger competitors.

The Suzuki DR-Z125L’s four stroke air-cooled engine offers low to mid-range power, which is ideal for off-roading. Its engine is turned on with a kick start, which is more challenging than the electric start but also more reliable. 

Important Dirt Bike Features 

Some of the most important features female riders need to consider before picking out their dirt bikes are how powerful the engines are, how the engines cool themselves, how the bikes turn on, the bike’s seat heights and weights, their prices, and the brands that make them. 

Two Stroke vs. Four Stroke Engine 

Two strokes and four strokes engines differ in the kind of ride they provide. Two strokes are speedy but unstable, whereas four strokes offer a smooth ride, but they are a little less powerful. 

Two stroke and four stroke engines also require different types of fuel. Two strokes need a specific pre-mix of oil and gas, whereas four strokes run on regular ol’ gas from the pump. 

Beginners typically want a bike with a four stroke engine since they are easier to control. Even more advanced riders sometimes prefer four strokes because they are more durable and fuel-efficient than two strokes. However, two strokes are lighter and easier to fix, so they are a great option for intermediate riders that can handle their power. 

Liquid-Cooled vs. Air-Cooled Engine

Air-cooled engines only require airflow to cool off their internal mechanisms. Liquid cooled engines, on the other hand, need coolant and a water pump to get rid of any heat that has built up inside of the engine. 

While liquid cooled engines are more effective at removing heat, they are also more difficult to maintain since there are multiple mechanisms involved in the cooling process that could potentially break. 

Air-cooled engines are incredibly durable and are much easier to maintain. However, they require a constant flow of air to be cooled off, so they don’t work very well in bumper-to-bumper traffic, at stoplights, when the weather is hot, or other situations where there isn’t much airflow. 

Liquid cooled engines tolerate warm weather and slow traffic extremely well, so they are ideal for bikes that are driven on the road or highway. 

Most of the dirt bikes on this list will have air-cooled engines because they are great for outdoor trail bikes. 

Electric Start vs. Kick Start 

Electric start and kick start are two different methods to start the bike’s engine. If a bike has an electric start, riders simply have to push a button to get the bike up and running. Bikes with a kick start require the rider to kick a foot pedal several times to get the engine started. 

While electric starts are easier, they are less reliable since their mechanical components are more likely to fail. Kick starts are more dependable, but they can be incredibly difficult to start, sometimes requiring multiple kicks before the engine will start up.

Seat Height

Seat height is an important factor for all riders, but especially women. Women are typically shorter than men, so they need to find a bike that is suited for their height. 

Women should select a bike that is short enough to allow them to comfortably touch the ground with at least one foot. Being able to touch the ground is an important safety feature since it allows riders to prop their bikes up, preventing them from falling over every time they stop moving. 

Listed below is a seat chart created by MX Hideout. This chart lists the ideal seat heights for riders, depending on their stature. 

Height Seat Height 
4’10”-5’0″ (147-152 cm)27-30 inches (68.5-76 cm)
5’0″-5’2″ (152-157.5 cm)29-31 inches (73.5-79 cm)
5’2″-5’4″ (157.5-162.5 cm)30-33 inches (76-84 cm)
5’4″-5’6″ (162.5-168 cm)33-35 inches (84-89 cm)
5’6″-5’8″ (168-173 cm)    34-36 inches (86-91.5 cm)
5’8″-5’11” (173-180 cm)35-38 inches (89-96.5 cm)
6’0″ or taller (183+ cm)37+ inches (94+ cm)

Bike Weight 

Female riders should select a bike with a manageable weight depending on their strength and stature. Dirt bikes, on average, weigh 215 lbs (98 kg), but there are many bikes on the market that weigh less or more than that. All women differ, so every rider will need to select a bike with a weight that works for her. 

Riders should test out the bike they are considering purchasing in the store beforehand to make sure they can push it and pick it up if it topples over. If the bike is difficult for them to maneuver, they may not want to purchase it. It will be much harder for them to pick up a heavy bike on the trail when the ground is slippery or muddy than it will in the store parking lot. 

According to Dirt Bikes 101, riders shouldn’t assume that smaller bikes will weigh less. Many off-road dirt bikes aren’t made with light materials like race bikes are, so even small ones can be very heavy. So, it is important to test out the weight of every bike, even the tiny ones. 

Price 

Brand new dirt bikes typically cost between $8000-$10000. Some models cost less or more depending on the features and quality of the bike. 

Some riders choose to purchase used dirt bikes for a lower price. The price of dirt bikes generally depreciates by approximately $1000 each year. So, a dirt bike that originally cost $8000 may be sold for around $4000 four years later. 

Riders that choose to purchase a used bike should be prepared to perform repairs. Even if the bike was really well maintained, new owners will likely need to replace or fix some parts. Before purchasing a used bike, riders should make sure the repairs won’t cost as much as it would have cost to purchase a new bike. 

Another thing to consider when deciding whether to buy new or used is the manufacturer’s warranty. Buyers only get this warranty if they buy a new bike. This warranty guarantees that the riders’ bikes will be fixed or replaced if they have any manufacturer related issues within the specific warranty time frame. Buyers won’t have this same assurance if they buy their bikes second hand. 

Brand of the Bike 

Some of the best dirt bike brands include Yamaha, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and HUSQVARNA. All of these companies are leaders in the industry. They make top-notch bikes for riders at every experience level. This article will list some of the best dirt bikes from these companies for women.  

Additional Useful Features 

Women Riders Now, a motorcycle magazine for women, lists a couple of additional things female riders should be on the lookout for when they are selecting their bikes. They suggest finding a bike with hand guards, a skid plate, and headlights for added safety during outdoor trail rides. 

Conclusion 

The best bikes for women differ depending on their height, strength, and ability level. 

For beginners, some of the best bikes are the Honda CRF230F, Yamaha WR250R, and the Kawasaki KLX140R L, which all feature four stroke engines. 

Intermediate female riders will enjoy the HUSQVARNA TE300, 2020 Yamaha YZ125, and the 2020 Kawasaki KLX230R because of their powerful engines and wonderful features. 

Teenage girls will like the 2020 Honda CRF250F, 2021 Yamaha TT-R 230, and the 2020 Honda CRF125F Big Wheel because of their reliability and ease of use. 

Shorter women may enjoy the 2021 Kawasaki KLX110, 2021 Yamaha TT-R125LE, Kawasaki KLX140G, and the 2020 Suzuki DR-Z125L because of their small, lightweight frames and shorter seat heights. 

Hopefully, this article helps you find the perfect bike. 

7 Best Electric Dirt Bikes for Kids

Young people have always had a fascination with things that go fast, and dirt bikes are very much no exception. In recent years, more and more manufacturers have been switching towards making electric dirt bikes. But who is winning this arms race? 

When choosing an electric dirt bike for your kid, make sure to get it from a trusted brand. Important things to consider include seat height, power, speed, brand, and safety features. You should always tailor which bike you buy to the specific needs of your child. 

In this article, we will be discussing what kind of things you should think about when choosing an electric dirt bike for your kid, before comparing different makes and models to see who is making the best bikes on the market today. Let us begin!

Why Choose Electric? 

Before we get into particular models of bike, it is worth looking more generally at the difference between petrol and electric bikes. There has been an explosion of new electric dirt bikes in recent years, and the reasons for choosing one over a bike with a traditional engine keep mounting! Here are a few reasons to choose electric:

Less Maintenance

This is perhaps the best reason to choose electric. Checking the tire pressure and adjusting the chain are just about the only bits of maintenance you need. With an electric bike, you no longer need to change the oils, spark plugs, or coolant. Plus, you no longer need to worry about the engine itself breaking down. If you are having a problem with the battery of an electric dirt bike, you can simply swap out the battery for a new one. 

Lower Running Costs

Aside from not needing to change things like oil and coolant, which can be quite expensive, electric bikes are just generally cheaper to run. That is largely because you do not have to constantly fill them with petrol, which is becoming more and more expensive thanks to dwindling supplies and climate change legislation.

Another benefit of having no petrol is that you can lay the bike down on its side without worrying about petrol spilling all over your trunk. 

Better for the Environment

In general, electric vehicles have a much smaller toll on the environment. According to the WHO, approximately 4.6 million people die from air pollution each year! A significant amount of that air pollution comes from the exhaust pipes of petrol vehicles. Plus, electric vehicles are responsible for far fewer CO2 emissions, which are the primary driver of climate change.

All in all, electric bikes are a big step up when it comes to environmental health. 

Performance Advantages

Were you dreading having to kickstart your kid’s bike every few minutes? Electric dirt bikes have the advantage of starting at the simple flick of a switch. On top of that, electric motors can deploy all their power instantly rather than having to warm up to it like a petrol motor. That means acceleration is always going to be better on an electric bike.

Perhaps the biggest performance advantage (especially for parents) is that electric bikes make no noise.

What to Look for in a Dirt Bike for Kids

Now that we have hopefully convinced you of the merits of electric vehicles, let us move onto more general considerations about what to look for in a dirt bike for kids. One important point to make right at the beginning is that you should try to tailor the bike to your kids’ needs rather than just buying the best one on the market. That said, things like the build quality and safety features are also very important.

Here are a few things to think about:

Height

The size of the bike is one of the most important things to consider before buying. Your kid should be able to rest their feet flat on the ground and be able to get on and off the bike with ease. If the bike is too tall, they will struggle to stay upright when they come to a stop. Too small and they will be hunched over and not develop proper riding techniques.

MudBike.com has created a handy table to help you decide what the right height is for your kid. 

Another good tip is to get a bike that is nearly too big for your kid. So long as the seat/suspension can be adjusted to the right height, a bike that is nearly too big will stay with your kid for longer, since they will not grow out of it as quickly. Of course, be careful not to get one too big as this can be dangerous for the child. 

Power

This one is a bit of a no-brainer, but it is worth mentioning that the power the bike has available should be tailored to the age of the kid. A child of 5-7, for example, should not have a bike that is more than the equivalent of a 50cc engine. It is also worth noting that there are plenty of bikes available that have speed limiters, which means you can change a setting, then sit back and relax in the knowledge that the bike cannot reach dangerous speeds. 

Choosing the Right Brand

One reason why you should think about the brand before buying a bike is that, in all likelihood, you will want to sell the bike in a few years. Not only will your kid get too big for the bike, at some point, they will become desperate for more power. The reputation of the brand, then, becomes an important factor in how much you will be able to get for the bike when the kid is done with it.

It will also, of course, impact the reliability and build quality of the bike.

Now that we have gotten the more general considerations out of the way, it is time to look at some specific brands and models to see how they compare. Remember, even if one of these bikes looks great, you have to make sure that it also suits the specific needs of the kid like their height, weight, experience level, and age. A great bike is no good if it is too small or, worse, too fast. Let us get stuck in!

KTM SX-E 5

While it is quite expensive, the SX-E 5 is one of the best electric dirt bikes on the market today. It has a throttle limiter with 6 different settings, which means that you can start your kid out slow, then gradually increase the available power as they become more comfortable with the ride. The height and shape of the bike can also be adjusted, with 6 different seat heights and adjustable handlebars. 

This bike is in the 50cc category, which means it will be perfect for a child of around 4 to 7 years old. It is a very versatile design that will suit everyone from a beginner to the more advanced kids in the 50cc category. The SX-E 5 has a battery that can be charged from 0% to 80% in just 40 minutes, which will then last for between 25 minutes and 2 hours depending on how hard the bike is being ridden. That is a very competitive battery life!

Razor MX350 Dirt Rocket

Still in the 50cc equivalent range, this bike is significantly cheaper than the KTM, while still retaining excellent build quality. The first thing to say about this bike, however, is that the recommended age of 13 is simply misleading. Most reviews say that there is no way a 13-year-old would be small enough to fit on this bike. For a 4 to 10-year old, however, this is still a great bike. 

The Dirt Rocket is essentially a perfectly scaled-down version of an adult motocross bike. While it may be a serious step down from the likes of the KTM SX-E 5, it is also approximately a tenth of the price. We all know that kids can move onto new things at the drop of a hat. If you are worried about that, maybe it is a better idea to buy something in this price range then move up to something more expensive if your kid takes to the sport. 

Husqvarna EE 5

This is another pretty top-of-the-range bike, despite being Husqvarna’s first ever electric dirt bike. While it will cost a fair bit more than the Razor, you will get what you paid for in terms of build quality, safety features, and durability. Like the SX-E 5, this bike comes with a power limiter so parents can decide what kind of speeds they want their kids to be able to reach.

This bike also has great adjustability. With a bit of work, you can set the seat height anywhere between 26.9 and 21.9 inches (68.3 and 55.6 cm). It will suit a child anywhere between about 4’ 2” and 4’ 8” tall. The EE 5 has a very similar range to the SX-E 5. Husqvarna claims that it will last up to 2 hours with a beginner in the saddle, although that drops to about 25 minutes in race conditions. 

TAO Dirt Bike DB10

This one falls into a price range between the likes of the Husq and the KTM, coming in at around $800. One big issue with this bike is that there is no display, which means you do not know how much battery is left until you run out. One big plus, however, is that this is a fantastic-looking bike. Your kid will be so happy with how it looks, and they might not even notice that the range and speed are not the best. 

The top speed is, however, adjustable. The absolute top speed is 15mph, but that can be limited to either 7mph or 4mph using a switch on the battery compartment.

It also has disk brakes, which have far superior performance to other types of brakes like rim or drum brakes. Disk brakes have better stopping power, do not heat the rims as much, have better traction, and can be used with any type of tire, which means you can change them without worrying. 

OSET 20.0 Racing MKII

No list of electric dirt bikes would be complete without an entry from OSET, who has been one of the leaders in the field for quite some time. The MKII is a sturdy, reliable bike for kids of about 8 and up. With an adjustable seat and handlebar height, however, your kid should be able to keep using it for years to come.

This bike has a super lightweight battery and a serious range. It can last up to 3 hours of aggressive off-roading, making it one of the longest-range bikes out there. It is also significantly cheaper than many other high-end bikes like the SX-E 5 or MX350, coming in at around $3,600. 

Parents also have the option to adjust the speed, responsiveness, and power characteristics of the bike, so you can set the bike to be as powerful as you think is safe.

Burromax TT350R Lithium Ion Powered

This is a really great bike, and it can be bought at a really great price. It is hard to go wrong with a bike which is available for just $499.95. The range on this bike is between 14 and 20 miles depending on the weight of the rider. It has 2 speed modes, one at 8mph and one at 17mph. That means it is great for a beginner, but it also has the option to be cranked up to a power level more suited to an experienced rider. 

This bike, which is primarily aimed at teens, comes with both a lithium-ion battery and disc brakes, which translates to fast charging, high range, and all the benefits of disc brakes listed above. Many customers are very impressed with the handling and suspension too. Again, if you are looking for a solid starter bike that is not going to break the bank, you may have just found your man. 

Razor MX650 Rocket Electric Motocross Bike

As the name might suggest, this is the MX350’s big brother. This one’s for older kids, although again, you can adjust the speed to something a bit more suited to younger kids. Like the Burromax, it has a top speed of 17mph. That does not, however, tell the whole story. At around double the price of the Burromax, this is a seriously well-built bike. Build quality is what you are really paying for when you choose Razor. 

Another great feature of the MX650 is the sound. Despite its formidable power, this bike is as quiet as they come and can be driven even in a busy neighborhood. It also has large, knobby tires that are perfect for gripping loose dirt when you are off-roading. This is one of the best-rated electric dirt bikes out there. It is not too expensive, and it is guaranteed to be of great quality and do everything you need. 

Safety Tips on Dirt Bikes

It can be a very difficult thing to accept that your kid wants to get into such an action-packed sport as dirt biking. It just looks dangerous. There have, however, been many advancements in the area of health and safety on dirt bikes in recent years. Plus, electric dirt bikes are generally safer than their petrol-powered cousins.

For one, there is no chance of the kid burning their leg on the hot exhaust pipe or engine. Here are some helpful tips for keeping your kid safe:

  • Your kid should always wear protective equipment, including helmets, goggles, gloves, boots, arm and leg pads, and long sleeve shirts. 
  • Children of 15 or younger should never be left to drive a dirt bike unsupervised. It may be pretty safe already, but you can never be too careful.
  • It is a good idea to stay away from paved roads or tightly packed mud. These bikes are designed for off-roading. Plus, you do not want your child to take a tumble onto the pavement.

Summary

Dirt biking can be a very enjoyable activity for people of all ages. Not only do electric bikes make it safer, but they also make it cheaper and better for the environment. However, before you buy a bike, make sure that your kid is genuinely interested in the sport. You do not want to spend a few thousand dollars on a bike only to find out that your child is a ballet dancer at heart. 

Hopefully, this guide has helped you to decide which bike is best for your kid. Remember, it is very important to make sure that the bike is the right height for your kid, and that it runs at a speed which is safe for a child of that age. 

Now you are ready to buy a bike and to bask in the never-ending enjoyment your kid will get from it. Enjoy!

What Size Dirt Bike Should I Get? For my — Height, Weight, Kid, Adult

Buying the right size dirt bike for you is important, not just because of the financial commitment required to get one, but also for your overall safety and to ensure a great experience every time you’re out on the trails. Knowing the right dirt bike size to go with before you head out to the dealership ensures you won’t make a rushed decision or rely on only the knowledge of the dealers to pick a bike.

To choose the right size dirt bike consider height, weight, age, the size of a dirt bike’s powerplant, how you fit on the bike, and experience level. Choosing a dirt bike based on these factors reduces the risk of injury ensuring you maintain control of the dirt bike. 

In this article, we’ll provide all the information you need on dirt bike sizes and how to choose one for yourself or loved one. Watch out for the section on specific dirt bike model recommendations

How Is Dirt Bike Size Measured? 

There are two main factors considered when measuring the size of a dirt bike. The first is the physical size of the dirt bike known as the seat height. It is the most important metric used to know if a dirt bike matches your body.

The second factor is the engine size, rated in “CC” or Cubic Centimeters. It refers to the engine displacement. Generally, the bigger the CC number, the more power in the bike. So, a 250cc bike is more powerful than a 125cc bike even if they both look the same visually or have the same seat height. There are always some exceptions to this rule, but this is what you should generally expect.

There is a misconception that tall people should only choose the highest CC engines in the market, but as you’ve seen above, the CC has nothing to do with your height. It’s not uncommon to find higher CC engines in smaller bikes, made for shorter people that are looking for a more powerful bike.

You can also find intimidating looking bikes with smaller CC engines made for teenagers that need big but not necessarily the most powerful bikes.

How to know if a Dirt Bike is the Right Size?

It’s easy to find dealerships and manufacturers with high definition images of their dirt bikes online, but you shouldn’t gauge a bike’s fit based on images and listed dimensions. To be certain that the bike fits you, you really need to sit on it in real life.

First, straddle the dirt bike and make sure your feet are touching the ground, but ONLY your toes and the balls of your feet, ensuring that just your heels are up. Being able to reach the ground with the tip of your foot will help you maneuver the dirt bike easier and yet still be tall enough. 

If you get this fitting, then you’ve chosen a bike with a proper seat height for you.

However, If you’re a new rider, you’ll want to consider a dirt bike height that gives you more control by having both feet firmly on the ground. Since some dirt bikes can weigh quite a bit simply having more stability when your first starting is essential. 

If you’re a casual rider, you can get by with such a fitting until you get more comfortable with the dirt bike. More frequent riders, however, will find that a bike that sits too low will leave their foot in a cramped position, which increases the chances of foot and knee injury. Also, you just look like a big kid on a little kids bike and will stick out in a crowd.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Dirt Bike For Your Body

When looking to pick the perfect dirt bike for your body size, the three main factors to consider are your dirt bike experience level, your height, and weight. We’ll take a closer look at these factors below.

What Is Your Dirt Bike Experience Level?

It doesn’t matter if you’re getting the bike for an adult or for a child; the level of experience plays an important role in the size of the dirt bike you’ll choose. New riders need to choose a dirt bike with a CC-rating that will allow them to get a feel of the dirt bike experience and get a proper handle on riding across multiple trails. A CC rating lower than 250 is typically recommended.

A bike with a smaller displacement will have less power, and the overall size will be slightly less of a factor in how comfortable the bike would be while it’s out on trails. Once you choose a bike with an engine that isn’t too powerful for your experience level, you can proceed to measurement-based factors.

How Tall Are You?

As we’ve seen above, dirt bikes come in various seat heights. To choose the right size dirt bike for your body, you have to pick an option with a seat height that agrees with your overall height. Again, you have to actually sit on the bike to see how your height agrees with it.

You’ll find many seat height recommendations for people that are tall by X inches (we have some recommendations below), but it’s just general guidance. Two people of the same height might not have the same level of comfort on the same dirt bike. This is because some people have taller torsos, while others have longer arms or shorter inseams.

Remember, a dirt bike is too small for you if your foot is completely on the ground while you’re standing on the bike. You’ll only end up overloading the suspension, making every bump or rock you hit while out on the trail a lot more painful than it should be. On the other hand, the bike is not the right size for you if you’re struggling for balance on the tip of your toes while standing on it. 

The goal is to choose a bike size that won’t leave your legs feeling cramped while at the same time balanced enough to allow you to use your toes and the balls of your feet to control the bike when you run into bumps and need to control the bike with your legs.

What Do You Weigh?

Your weight is important because it determines what qualifies as the right amount of suspension for you in a bike. Two beginner riders weighing 120lbs (54kg) and 225lbs (102kg) may not be able to ride the same dirt bike.

If you weigh less than 150lbs (68kg), it’s often a good idea to start with a bike that’s under 250cc. This way, you can gradually adapt to the height and weight. If you’re well beyond that weight limit, you have to look towards bikes between 250 and 450cc to ensure you can navigate any trails without your suspension giving way.

However, your weight isn’t enough. If you choose a 450cc bike because of your weight and you’re a novice rider, the bike will be too powerful for you, at least until you’re experienced enough for it. If you’re experienced and are heavier, going for the most powerful bikes is always a good idea.

If, for some reason, you can’t find the perfect bike that has the perfect engine for your experience level and also strong enough to hold your weight, you should consider submitting a request for a custom order. It will cost a bit more in many cases, but at least you can avoid wasting money and get the perfect bike size for your body.

Best Dirt Bike Sizes for Kids

Are you looking for a dirt bike that matches your child’s body? You still need to pick the bike, taking the factors we’ve discussed above into consideration. If your child is aged 15 years or younger, there are many dirt bikes of 50cc to 150cc you can choose from.

Ages 5-6

Children aged five or six years old who are just getting started with a dirt bike can go with the Yamaha PW50. With its low seat height of 18.7″ (47.5cm), it should fit even the smallest kids. It also only weighs 90lbs (40 kg), so it shouldn’t be too heavy for young children. 

A useful feature on the bike is the throttle limit, which reduces the amount of power the bike can put out. This makes it easy to keep a lid on how much power the child is exposed to at any interval. As they grow in confidence and experience level, you can adjust the throttle to allow them to go a bit faster.

The PW50 also comes with an automatic transmission, so your child won’t have to worry about controlling the clutch and gears. The bike is designed to help your child learn balance, control, and steering.

Ages 13-15

If you’re looking for a bike that will fit the body of your 13-year old, you need to also consider their riding experience and overall height. If the child has grown to a height of around 5’1″ and is only just getting started with dirt bike riding, you should choose a bike like the 4-stroke Kawasaki KLX 140 for them.

It’s an off-road bike designed a bit differently from standard track-oriented dirt bikes, giving it a predictable and smooth power that makes it perfect for newbie riders.

The KLX comes in different seat heights ranging from 30.7″ to 33.9″ (78cm to 86.1cm). With this, you should be able to find the perfect fitting easily. Obviously, taller and heavier children should try out the 33.9″ (86.1cm) variant or the KLX140G. Smaller sized children in this weight class can stick to the vanilla KLX 140.

Children aged 14-15 and also just getting started with dirt bike riding can also get started with the KLX 140, choosing the model that fits their height and weight. If the child is already an experienced rider, however, you should consider getting them something close to the KX250.

Its seat height is 37.3″ (94.7cm), though, so you should also make sure that it won’t be too tall for your child. You can look for other bikes, but the KX250’s power means it’s one of the best if your child is a regular racer. A good idea will be to make some modifications to the seat (covered below) to reduce the height for the child.

If the height is manageable for the child, then it’s a good fit. The child’s experience will come to the fore, ensuring that they’ll handle the bike perfectly in the meantime while growing into it in a year or two for even better fitting.

Dirt Bike Size Table for Kids

AgeRecommended Seat  Height
3-618.7” (47.5cm)
8-924 to 28″ (61cm to 71.1cm)
10-1226 to 31″ (66cm to 78.7cm)
13-1530 to 37″ (76.2cm to 94cm)

Best Dirt Bike Sizes For Adults: Tall and Small

To choose the right size dirt bike for your body as an adult, you also have to work with the factors we’ve covered above in mind: your height, weight and experience level as a dirt bike rider.

Dirt Bikes for Smaller Adults 

If you have little experience and your body type is short and small, you should be looking at dirt bikes in the size of the 125cc Honda CRF 125F. It’s a mild-powered trail bike, and at 30.9″ (78.5cm), the seat height will work well for smaller adults. It’s also a lightweight bike that can be maneuvered easily.

Dirt Bikes for Tall or larger Adults

For tall (6ft+ or 182cm) 200lbs (90kg) experienced riders, the right dirt bike size to go for will be something in the 450cc range. There are lots of options to pick from, so you should base your final decision on the type of riding you intend to do.

If you’ll spend a lot of time riding on motocross tracks, the Yamaha YZ450f is a good option to go for. It has a 37.5″ (95.3 cm) seat height, making it suitable for tall people. The 450cc engine also means it packs a lot of power.

If you’ll be spending more time off motocross tracks and more on the trails, you can consider a bike like the Honda CRF450X. It’s similar to the Honda CRF450R, but it’s been designed for off-road riders. The six-speed transmission (wide-ratio) has made it a favorite for many off-road enthusiasts.

Average Height Adults

If you qualify as an average height adult (5’8 to 6ft or 172.7 to 182cm), and your riding experience is somewhere between beginner and advanced, you should consider a 250cc dirt bike. This is another category with lots of options to choose from, but the Kawasaki KLX250 is a top model to consider if you’re looking for something a bit fun and not too powerful.

Many people choose this bike because its Dual Sport design means you can legally ride it on the streets and then move to the trails whenever you want. Its 35″ (88.9cm) seat height makes it a good fit for average height riders.

However, it’s a bit heavier than other standard dirt bikes in its class as it weighs 305lbs (138kg). This is understandable as the bike needs to be stable enough for average speeds around other vehicles if you take it to the highway.

Dirt Bike Size Table for Adults

HeightRecommended Seat Height
5’2″ (157cm) Tall31 to 35″ (78.7 to 88.9cm)
5’4″ (162cm) Tall33 to 36″ (83.8 to 91.4cm)
5′ 6″ (167cm) Tall34 to 37″ (86.4 to 94cm)
5’8″ (172cm) Tall34 to 38″ (86.4 to 96.5cm)
5’10” (178cm) Tall35 to 39″ (88.9cm to 99.1cm)
6′ (182cm) Tall+37.5″ or higher (95.3cm)

Adjusting the Height of Your Dirt Bike

We’ve seen the recommended seat height for various body types above. However, it’s still possible that some of the bikes and seat heights for your body type may still not fit properly. Remember, these are not custom made. In such a situation, what should you do?

First, you can go ahead and order a custom bike from your favorite manufacturers. Many of them won’t honor the request, and you can expect to pay higher fees for any that agrees.

Alternatively, you can just adjust the height of the dirt bike. Knowing how to adjust the height of a bike is also a great way to avoid buying a new bike every year if your child is still at a stage where they can overgrow bikes in months.

How to Lower the Dirt Bike Height

Here are some tips to lower the height of your dirt bike:

Reduce the Seat Size

The easiest way to lower the height of your dirt bike is to cut some foam off the seat. It may sound counterintuitive as the foam makes for a more comfortable ride, but you won’t feel the change too much, and you’ll be able to ride more confidently.

Alternatively, you can replace the often sturdier foam in the seat with a softer block of foam. Such foam will compress when you get on the bike, thus lowering distance from the seat to the ground. If you don’t have the skills to replace the foam, drilling holes in the seat will achieve the same results.

Finally, you can also replace the built-in seat with a new option to avoid engaging in any DIY work. As long as you find a seat that isn’t as padded as the original, you can be sure of lowering your dirt bike’s height.

Modify the Sag Configurations

Another excellent way to reduce the height of your dirt bike is to modify the sag setting of the bike. You can do this by tweaking the rear suspension until you have a height that’s perfect for you:

However, this approach is not for everyone as may end up changing the original steering configuration of the bike a great deal. You’ll need to use your owner’s manual to be sure you have the perfect sag settings.

How to Increase the Dirt Bike Height

If you’re looking to increase the height of your dirt bike, all you need to do is the opposite of the steps discussed above. Simply changing the seat on the bike to one that has thicker, harder and higher foam can give you a few more inches in height. You can buy one from your local bike shop or have them make a custom seat for you.

You can also change the sag settings to make it higher, but remember, such a change can affect the handling of the bike. You should only use the option if you know what you’re doing.

Choosing the Best Dirt Bike for You

As we’ve seen thus far, every rider will have different needs. If you’re just starting out, choose a bike with a total seat height which rhymed with your height, and an engine that isn’t too powerful.

As a beginner, you should focus on choosing the bike that will be easiest to ride for you. A 4-stroke trail bike that matches your height is always a good place to start. As your experience level increases, you can move further up the power chart.

Your decision-making should also be influenced by the type of dirt bike you really need as they vary. Options include enduro, motocross, and trail bikes. If you don’t want to get involved in races or go to treacherous off-roading tracks, a trail bike is often all you need.

When you’ve narrowed down the size and type of dirt bike you need, it’s time to look at different models from different manufacturers and the specific features they offer. Then you should consider the following questions:

  • How reliable is the bike?
  • Does it have abrupt or smooth power?
  • Does it have suspension designed for your type of riding?
  • What does it cost?
  • Are there any other special benefits for choosing one model or manufacturer over the other?

By answering the questions above, you can pick the perfect bike. However, don’t descend into analysis paralysis. There’ll always be some disadvantage to any bike you choose. Look for the one that best fits and go with it instead of spending days trying to find the perfect dirt bike with any downsides.

Buying Your Chosen Dirt Bike Model

To make it easier for you to choose a dirt bike, we included some dirt bike models in our analysis for each body type above.

You can buy brand new versions of these bikes off a dealership, directly from the manufacturer or second hand from other bike riders—mostly those looking to upgrade. Getting a second-hand bike, however, is feisty territory. It’s easy to buy a bike that’s already too damaged. So what should you do?

To buy a good second-hand dirt bike, here are some tips you should follow:

  • Look at the overall cleanliness. If the bike is looking very worn out with lots of stains and caked dirt, there’s a high chance that the owner was careless with it—which translates to a bike that will most likely disappoint you if you buy it.
  • Check for damage to the frame, subframe, and handlebar. If the bike owner has been in a major crash or too many minor ones, you’ll see the tell-tale signs on the handlebar, frame, and subframe. Look for unusual bends, cracks, or welds. If the bike looks uneven from the rear when it’s standing, or the fender leans too much to one side, that’s extra repair work you’ll have to pay for.
  • Check the wheels. If there are few missing spokes, bends, and cracks, it shows that the bike has been used roughly. If you can’t readily see any damage to the wheel, spin the wheel and check for wobbling. New or used dirt bike wheels are costly, so you should try to avoid the expense.
  • Check the engine. You should turn on the bike and let it run for a minute at least. If there’s a ticking, it could mean a worn tensioner or timing chain—which can be fixed easily. If there’s a rattle, however, the piston needs a rebuild.
  • Check the transmission and brakes. If you’ve looked over the bike thus far and you’re satisfied, the next thing is to ride the bike and test the transmission by shifting through all the gears. It should shift easily through all the gears. If the gear doesn’t engage at a specific level, it suggests a bend in the shift fork, which will require the cases to be split—a repair job that can cost a lot of money. The brakes should also work perfectly.

Speed up progressively and check the brakes at various intervals.

If the body of the used bike doesn’t show too much wear and tear and the engine and transmission are perfect, you may be able to save thousands by choosing it instead of getting a new one.

Your focus should be on avoiding as much repair as possible, so you don’t get to lose the money you save from choosing to get a second-hand option at the mechanic or rebuild shop. There’s also the problem of putting yourself at risk by riding a bike that can give way under you or stop suddenly while you’re out on the trails.

Conclusion

Being a dirt bike owner is fun and exciting, only when you choose a bike that fits your body. You can choose a bike that fits you perfectly by paying attention to factors like your height, weight, and riding experience. Always remind yourself that smaller bikes aren’t necessarily safer, and tall people don’t always have to go for the most powerful bikes.

Test as many bikes as possible before you make a decision. If you can’t find a fitting model from your preferred manufacturers, look elsewhere. Remember, a standard bike will cost thousands of dollars. It’s not a decision you should make lightly.

Apollo vs. Yamaha: Complete Dirt Bike Comparison

Dirt bikes are fast, fun, and reliable. These bikes have grown in popularity over the years, prompting many traditional manufacturers to focus their attention on them and start making them in larger numbers. The companies that are doing it for a while and who are known for their dirt bikes are Apollo and Yamaha.

Between Apollo and Yamaha, Apollo’s dirt bikes are inexpensive and provide more bang for the buck. If you don’t have the budget for relatively expensive dirt bikes, Apollo bikes will be ideal. However, if money is no concern and you want the best dirt bike, Yamaha offers both quality and variety.

Dirt bikes are ideal for off-roading; however, not all dirt bikes are made the same, and the company that makes them play an important role in how much you enjoy riding them. Yamaha and Apollo are among the two unavoidable dirt bike makers, with Yamaha being among the industry leaders. Keep reading to know how they fare against each other.

Yamaha: The Japanese Manufacturing Giant 

P.S. This comparison article intends to focus more on Apollo than Yamaha as the latter is a well-known global company that requires little to no introduction. The name “Apollo,” on the other hand, doesn’t ring a bell among non-riders as much as Yamaha does and, therefore, would be discussed at much greater length.

Yamaha is a Japanese multinational company with a diversified outlook. It’s a manufacturing conglomerate that makes a wide variety of products that include boats, scooters, water pumps, car engines, music equipment, dirt bikes, etc. Despite having its foot in a wide variety of businesses, it has managed to excel and be successful at all, at varying levels.

As far as motorbikes go, Yamaha makes a wide range of them. Head to its official website to learn how serious it is about bikes. The company has been making dirt bikes since 1955, under the Yamaha Motors motorcycle division, and has been dominating the segment ever since. Needless to say, professional racers and dirt bike enthusiasts look forward to new Yamaha dirt bike announcements and launch dates each year.

Yamaha Dirt Bikes: The Road Taken 

Having made dirt bikes for decades, Yamaha has quite the collection of racing dirt bikes in its lineup. It sells bikes in the 125cc, 250cc, and 450cc (and above) engine displacement categories. Their small, light and agile bikes have won multiple races and are known for their solid handling and suspension.

ModelEngineTransmissionMax. Speed
YZ125125cc; 2-stroke; liquid-cooled5 or 6-speed70 MPH (112 KPH)
YZ250250cc; 2-stroke; liquid-cooled5-speed89 MPH (143 KPH)
YZ400F400cc; 4-stroke; liquid-cooled5-speed80 MPH (128 KPH)
YZ426F426cc; 4-stroke; water-cooled4 or 5-speed80 MPH (128KPH)
YZ450F449cc; 4-stroke; liquid-cooled4 or 5-speed90+ MPH (145 KPH)

Kindly note, 125cc engines are considered mid-range or the norm for dirt bikes. There are, in fact, dirt bikes with 110, 70, and even 50cc engines. Those, however, cater more to pre-teens and under. Dirt bikes with engine displacements of 250cc or more are usually viewed as being in the higher end of the spectrum.

Image of a 2021 Yamaha YZ250X

Yamaha YZ250 

The Yamaha YZ250 is a two-stroke dirt bike considered iconic in the off-road racing and motocross world. This is thanks to its multiple championship wins. It, in fact, goes down as among the best dirt bikes ever made. The first YZ250 was released in 1974. The air-cooled motor was later replaced in 1982 by a liquid-cooled engine.

During the early 2000s, almost all dirt racing bike manufacturers moved on to making four-stroke engine bikes. Yamaha stuck to its guns and continued making bikes with two-stroke engines. The success of the YZ250 had a major role to play in Yamaha, maintaining its stance.

The 2020 YZ250 replaces the steel frame with an aluminum frame, bringing down the bike’s overall weight to 212 lb (96 kg) in the process. The motor outputs around 49 horsepower, ensuring a solid power-to-weight ratio. The bike is also great to tune and work on. Not to mention, it’s extremely fun to ride.  

7th Generation 2021 YZ450F

Yamaha YZ400F 

The YZ400F is often attributed with having changed the dirt bike landscape across the globe. For a long time, the two-stroke, 250cc engine models were ruling the roost and became quite the standard in the dirt bike circuit. The introduction of the YZ400F with its four-stroke, liquid-cooled engine created a thud across the industry. The bike was so ahead of its time, Yamaha’s competitors couldn’t come up with anything comparable for the next five years.

The YZ400F sort of launched the four-stroke revolution in the dirt bike racing circuit. At that time, during 1997, four-stroke dirt bikes were not taken seriously. Even though brands such as Husqvarna were making four-stroke bikes for motocross, those were not reliable and/or affordable. YZ400F was not just a dirt track-ready, four-stroke engine bike, but it also rendered two-stroke engines difficult to ride and outdated.

The Yamaha YZ400F’s claim to fame was its excellent motor. It ensured the bike ran, unlike other four-stroke bikes prior to it. The high flowing head design mated to a short stroke configuration, and an extremely lightweight slipper piston gave the motorbike a free-revving feel. The bike’s head was devoid of RPM-limiting and power-robbing features, such as rocker arms, which made it easy to rev the bike safely up to 11,000 RPM.

Kindly note, the aforementioned bikes may not be current or available for sale directly from Yamaha. However, they feature on the list because they did well during their time and set the standard for later bikes. If these bikes are not available for purchase, you can always get their more modern variants.

2nd Generation 2001 YZ426F

Yamaha YZ426F 

Launched in 2000, the YZ426F was the updated version of the YZ400F, increasing engine displacement to 426cc for greater throttle response and power. Also, the jets and carburetors were made better to address the minor starting troubles of the YZ400F.

In 2001, the original steel valves were replaced with titanium ones. They were at least 40% lighter, permitting softer and lighter valve springs. That, in turn, allowed quicker revving engines, great rev ceilings, etc.

The crankshaft was reshaped too, and the entire assembly was redesigned. Besides changes to the motor, some transmission-related modifications were made to contain power and ensure endurance. The suspension underwent minor overhauls, too, with the objective to decrease weight and ensure smoother stroke action. Carburetor tuning was altered to counter off-idle and starting difficulties.

All these overhauls and tweaks resulted in a bike that earned the “benchmark” label very soon after its release. With multiple versions of the YZ426F having been released, the bike’s success has been phenomenal, to say the least. Even Yamaha would not have expected the model to fare so well, particularly with the popular YZ400F already in its ranks.  

Apollo: The Chinese Value Proposition 

Having set up shop in 2003 in Wuyi, China, Apollo doesn’t possess the history and heritage of Yamaha and other market leaders. But it’s certainly a company growing in market size and value within its niche globally, thanks to its unbridled passion for adventure bikes.

Specializes in Adventure Bikes 

The company specializes in making off-road motorcycles, e-scooters, electric bicycles, and a variety of other recreational vehicles. Apollo is so invested in the manufacturing and sales of its products that it has dedicated production workshops for different vehicles spanning several thousand square meters.

From forging, molding, and casting to engine assembly, gear machining, painting, and welding, Apollo’s integrated manufacturing setup is capable of them all. With total assets worth more than 200 million, Apollo rolls out 200,000 motorcycles each year.

Attention to Details 

One of the major reasons why Apollo is so strong at its craft is its attention to product details. The company understands the significance of precision tolerances, proper frame geometry, and usage of metals to provide high-quality bikes that deliver excellent performance. Components fabrications are core to the business’ ethos, in fact. Since 2014, the company has been allying with like-minded businesses to boost the technical attributes of its products.

Has Dedicated Research and Testing Teams 

Apollo carries out its research and testing in-house. The company, in fact, puts a lot of emphasis on testing, design, and development. This clearly indicates the company knows what it’s doing and that it isn’t just rebadging offerings of other companies. 

Though its budgets for research aren’t as massive (yet) as some of its Japanese and European counterparts, it does manage to put in a lot of thought and effort into its bikes with its comparatively scarce resources.

Apollo’s Dirt Bikes Stable 

Apollo strives to strike the right balance between performance, fun, and price with its dirt bike offerings. The company offers multiple options, which could make it difficult for potential buyers to zero in on their ideal motorcycle. Here are some of the company’s top offerings in the dirt bike segment:

ModelEngineGear TransmissionMax. Speed
DB-X18125cc; 4-stroke; air-cooled4-speed55 MPH (88.5 KPH)
DB-X29 X-PRO250cc; 4-stroke; air-cooled5-speed70 MPH (113 KPH)
AGB-36250cc; 4-stroke; air-cooled5-speed72 MPH (115 MPH)
DB-007125cc; 4-stroke; air-cooled4-speed45 MPH (72 KPH)

Apollo DB-X18 

The Apollo DB-X18 is a well-built dirt bike equipped with a single-cylinder, four-stroke engine. It’s not the biggest dirt bike Apollo has to offer, but the motorcycle is certainly capable. It, in fact, more than makes up for its slightly underwhelming guts with its excellent power delivery and performance. Not to mention, the bike is easy to handle and maneuver even on the most challenging paths.

The 125cc air-cooled engine is middle of the range, but the four-stroke prowess clearly indicates the engine is no slouch. The smaller stance and 150 lb (68 kg) curb or kerb weight mean the bike suits people of all ages and varying sizes. However, it is more suited to amateur and intermediate riders. Teens and young adults who would like to learn to ride dirt bikes would find the DB-X18 ideal.

Apollo DB-X29 

The DB-X29, also called the X-PRO, is a 250cc bike that is bigger and more powerful compared to the DB-X18. With an 8-liter (1.8 gals) fuel capacity, the bike has a carrying capacity of up to 440 pounds (199.5 kg), which means it can shoulder up to two fully-grown adults at once. The high horsepower and torque numbers indicate the bike is almost ideal for competitive racing events.

The five-speed gearbox, large tires, great maneuverability, etc. make this bike almost ideal for riding on a variety of terrains, which include mud, dirt, and sand roads. The bike is affordable, and for its price, it offers some serious value – like most Apollo bikes.

If you thought Chinese motor vehicles are inferior, the DB-X29 would be a pleasant surprise and may even force you to reassess your preconceived thoughts. The bike affords top-quality components at a relatively low price. Not to mention, the bike is available in a range of colors, with the metallic look being the standout hue.

Apollo AGB-36

A tad too powerful for newbie riders, the Apollo AGB-36 250cc overcomes all shortcomings of its parent’s 125cc offerings. It’s an easy-to-assemble bike, despite not being at the very low end of the segment. The bike is rugged and fun to ride. The front and rear-knobby wheels are 21 and 18 inches, respectively, which ensure solid traction on a range of terrain and tracks.

The 55.9 in (142 cm) wheelbase offers great riding control and comfort. The 70 MPH (112 KPH) top speed and horsepower of 16 make it clear that the bike is not meant for serious riders. However, if you’ve been riding 125cc and much smaller dirt bikes, the AGB-36 250cc would be a solid upgrade.

P.S. The bike models mentioned above (both Yamaha and Apollo) are not purchase-recommendations. The larger objective of this comparison is to showcase the technology and prowess of the two companies and how far they’ve come over the years. If you’re out in the market to buy a bike from either, the information above shall help you make a sound purchase decision.

If you are looking to buy a dirt bike on Amazon, irrespective of price and brand, this video should be a good guide:

Apollo Dirt Bike Pros and Cons 

Before you buy an Apollo bike, here are a few things you should consider, or could be constantly reminded of by your co-riders:

Solid Value for the Money 

Apollo has managed to create a legion of fans in a short time due to its ability to churn out inexpensive bikes that are comparable to or on par with the motorcycles of bigger brands, such as Yamaha and Honda, on the performance front. If you are testing out dirt bikes, getting started with Apollo bikes makes a lot of financial sense.

Chinese Roots 

Despite offering solid products time and again, Apollo consistently gets berated for its China base. Chinese products are cheap, but they are not known for their quality. Many potential buyers, as a result, are skeptical about buying Chinese items, such as Apollo bikes. Though industry experts and insiders find these concerns valid to an extent, they feel not all are justified.

When Japanese companies first started making bikes, their bikes met with widespread skepticism and some scathing reviews in the West. Over the years, the perception changed. Japanese manufacturing and technology are now considered industry-standard.

Chinese manufacturing is currently undergoing a similar phase. China’s manufacturing capabilities have come a long way, and it could take quite some time for the perception of China-made products to change. Companies like Huawei and Apollo are spearheading that change.

P.S. Most of the Japanese bikes are being currently made in China.

Spare Parts Are Difficult to Find 

Finding spare parts for Apollo dirt bikes, including gas valves, carburetors, and exhausts – can be a challenge. As a result, Apollo bike riders are forced to settle with parts from other brands. Thankfully, the dirt bike spare parts market is quite robust, and finding compatible parts if you do some looking around is certainly not impossible.

The issue is relatively minor, but the fact that Apollo could have made sure or at least made public its commitment to strengthening its spare parts game is something that makes it a drawback. The after-sales support, on the contrary, is pretty responsive.

Conclusion 

If you want the best dirt bike, look at Yamaha bikes. Though you might end up spending more on a Yamaha bike, you are unlikely to buy a bad Yamaha. And if you somehow manage to land with a sub-par Yamaha motorcycle, there is the strong after-sales service and support that shall come to your rescue.

With Apollo, it’s kind of a mixed bag. If you do your research or know about dirt bikes in general, picking up a decent Apollo bike should not be that difficult. However, if you don’t do your due diligence, you could possibly end up disappointed. And the poor spare parts availability situation will only add salt to your wounds.

In short, Yamaha is for buyers with deep pockets and who want the best the market has to offer. Apollo dirt bikes are for budget-conscious buyers, typically young riders who are not necessarily seeking excellence.

Side by Sides for Kids | Ultimate Youth UTV Comparison Guide

When I was 5 my parents got me a Peewee 50. That iconic name refers to a 50cc dirt bike made by Yamaha and it was a great bike for a little kid. It was a small frame with small tires and a good amount of cc’s for the intended rider. This gave little me just enough power to have hours and hours of fun but at the same time not so much power that I risked hospital stays during every ride.

Having three kids, I wanted to see what Peewee options there were in the UTV category. Using the idea of a power-to-fun ratio, I’ve researched all of the side by side options that have a smaller engine and/or specific options aimed at younger riders. The majority of these Youth UTVs have between 130 – 300cc’s as compared to the 800 – 1000cc full-sized UTVs that are considered mainstream (think Polaris RZRs, Yamaha YXZs, and CanAm Maverick X3s).

As for the safety options that are geared towards kids you’ve got your adjustable sliding seats, tilt steering wheels, your engine limiters, and your kill switches. One of the side by sides can even let you define an area in real-world space using your cell phone and then set the max speed of the UTV while in that space and out of it as well.

Right after the table of contents, I’m going to hit you with what I consider to be the best one and then you can scroll down to see the other options and even compare them side by side (pardon the UTV pun) in a spreadsheet of statistics.



The Best Youth UTV

Hands down, the best UTV for kids on the market right now is the Polaris Ranger 150 EFI. Seriously, the ability to lock your kids out of it electronically is great in this day and age of electronic parenting. The idea that my kids can’t go joyriding in it without my permission or my wife’s consent is an awesome feature.

Gone are the days of my mom having to run behind me holding the end of a ten-foot rope that was connected to the kill switch on the 50cc 3-wheeler four-year-old me was driving. I was fascinated with driving straight at our front yard tree so my mom would have to give the rope a good tug and the engine would die.

With the digital engine controls provided in the smartphone app, parents are now able to limit the max speed using a huge range of selectable speeds in miles per hour (MPH).

Another genius feature is the Geofencing option. Using the Smartphone App you are able to draw an area on a satellite image enhanced map to set a ride area. You can then set the speeds inside and outside of that area.

So for example, you could either set an area (like in the campsite) where the kids have to ride slower inside the set boundary to keep the dust down. Or you could set an imaginary space close by the campsite that is the only place where they can ride so they don’t wander off. I think this one feature could be used in so many scenarios.

Because this machine is so full of modern parental controls and because Polaris is a leader in this industry I’m convinced this is the best option for my kids. Check out the video below to see these options in action.

2020 Polaris – Ranger 150 EFI ($5499 MSRP)

  • Geofenced ride boundaries let you create an invisible fenced off area where you can control the speed limit inside and outside of this area.
  • Digital speed limiting using ride command app (this lets you set the exact max speed limit using a smartphone app)
  • Passcode Protected Safe Start (lockout the engine using the smartphone app)
  • Tilt Steering & Slide adjustable driver’s seat
  • Suspension Travel (5.1” front / 6” rear)
  • 150cc engine
  • Recommended Age 10 years old +

Safety and Operating Guidelines

Safety equipment

  • Eye protection
  • Helmet
  • Gloves
  • Boots
  • Pants
  • Long-sleeved shirt

Safety Recommendations

  • Make sure there is a 2” gap between the top of their helmet and the roll cage.
  • Look for a UTV that has adjustable seats and adjustable speeds to keep them safe and so that your child can get some years out of the machine.
  • Ensure that the passenger can reach the floor with their feet, as well as handles to hold on to.
  • Some of these smaller UTV’s will have some max weight limits you will want to stay under.
  • Must have adult supervision at all times.

Should I buy a Youth UTV or ATV?

Things to consider:

Style: What is your family used to riding? If your kids have grown up riding on the backseat of your four-wheeler or in the passenger seat of your UTV, then they already have an idea of what to expect once it’s their turn to drive.

Age: Old enough on the ATV to be able to maneuver the 4-wheeler with their body around curves on the trail. UTV age requirements start at 10 years old v.s ATV’s (in some states) will allow a 6 year on a 50 CC ATV. However, a small 6-year-old controlling an ATV that is capable of going 30 MPH might be a scary combination, especially if they don’t have experience.

Safety: There is no roll cage or seat belt on an ATV versus a Side by Side. ATVs have a higher center of gravity which means a greater risk of rolling.  A UTV is more like driving a car and an ATV is more like driving a motorcycle.


How old does my child have to be to drive a UTV?

  • Each state has different age requirements, however, on private land, there are no restrictions.
  • Each manufacturer has their own guidelines, usually age 10 years or older

Youth Side by Side Helmets

To see more options and learn more about helmets go visit our Recommended Gear Helmets page.


Youth Harness for UTV

If you’re not very excited about the seat belts that your UTV or future UTV has to offer then you could always upgrade to a five-point seat belt.


Polaris Youth Side by Sides

https://offroad.polaris.com/

Polaris originally got their start in snowmobiles starting in 1954. They have been in the offroad game since the mid-eighties with their iconic utility-style four-wheelers but when they released the RZR in 2008, it was a game-changer.

They created the sport side by side category of vehicles and unlike the competition, they did it domestically and are very proud to be an American company. They are always blazing new trails with their vehicles and the technology behind them and have the most variety of what they offer over their competition.

2020 Polaris – 170 EFI ($5,299 MSRP)

  • Parent Adjustable Speed Limiting
  • 169cc engine
  • 5″ Suspension Travel (Front & Rear)
  • Tilt Steering
  • LED Daylights
  • Recommended Age 10 years old + 

2019 Polaris – ACE 150 EFI ($3,999 MSRP)

  • 4-Mode electronic speed limiting
  • Tilt steering
  • 5.7″ of seat sliding adjustability
  • Suspension travel (5” Front / 6” Back)
  • 9″ of ground clearance
  • 149cc engine
  • Recommended Age 10 years old +
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7jk428MisI

Off Brand Youth Side by Sides

Polaris is the only company currently offering a youth side by side model out of the big players including Yamaha, Honda, CanAM, & Kawasaki.

The rest of this list could be categorized as more of the off-brand or cheap or Chinese side by sides depending on who you are talking to.

A lot of these companies are based out of China but have a warehouse in Texas so they can import the UTVs over here to America and have somewhere to assemble them and act as a local support hub for customers.

Some of these brands look identical to each other as I believe they are part of the same larger company.


hiSUN Youth Side by Sides

https://www.hisunmotors.com/

HISUN used to build ATVs for other companies as a private label partner before growing their own brand. HISUN Motors has a facility in Texas for assembly, parts, and support but is essentially a Chinese UTV & ATV off-road manufacturer. They’ve been around since the late eighties and in 1996 started creating their own engines as a power plant for their lineup. In 2008 they came up with the first V-Twin Powersports engine to be manufactured in China.

2019 hiSUN – STRIKE 250 ($5,199)

  • 229cc Engine
  • 2500lb Winch included
  • Half doors
  • Hard roof
  • 2 piece windshield
  • turn signals & horn
  • analog speedo & tach w/ LCD rider info
  • Recommended Age 12 years old +

2019 hiSUN – SECTOR 250 ($5,299)

  • 229cc Engine
  • 2500lb Winch included
  • Half doors
  • Hard roof
  • 2 piece windshield
  • Turn signals & horn
  • Analog speedo & tach w/ LCD rider info
  • Recommended Age 12 years old +

Pitster Youth Side by Sides

https://pitsterpro.com/

USA Motortoys was born out of the pit bike craze of the early 2000s and was aimed at manufacturing factory pit bikes and mini machines so people wouldn’t have to pour thousands into modifying little kid’s dirt bikes.

Pitster Pro – Avenger ($3,695.99)

  • Adjustable throttle control
  • Adjustable driver’s seat
  • Full doors
  • Half windshield
  • Suspension travel (6” front / 5.5” rear)
  • Recommended Age 16 years old + 
  • Up to 34MPH

Pitster Pro – Lil Mojave ($3,999)

  • Adjustable Throttle Control
  • Mesh Net Doors
  • Recommended Age 16 years old + 

SSR Youth Side by Side

http://www.ssrmotorsports.com/

SSR Motorsports is another brand that got its start in the pit bike craze opening its doors in 2002. They are an importer and distributor of off-road products such as pit bikes, dirt bikes, enduros, and UTVs. SSR offers on-road products such as street bikes and scooters and they also have a large lineup of electric bikes and scooters.

2018 SRS – SRU170RS ($4,199 MSRP)

  • Maximum Speed of 35 mph
  • 168.9 cc engine
  • Weight capacity of 330lbs
  • Mesh Net Doors
  • LED Headlights & Taillights
  • LED Light Bar
  • Over-the-hood Reinforcement Bar

Cazador Youth Side by Sides

http://www.cazadormotorsports.com/

Cazador is another Texas-based importer/distributor of UTVs, ATVs, and Go Karts.

Cazador Beats 180 ($3,699 MSRP)

  • Maximum Speed of 28 mph
  • 169 cc engine
  • Front bumper / brush guard
  • Front and Rear LED LIghting

Cazador Enforcer

  • Front and Rear tubular bumpers
  • 150cc Engine
  • Nets

Bennche Youth UTV

https://www.bennche.com

Bennche is a Texas-based off-road vehicle company and is the Official ATV & UTV of the Texas Rangers. These toys are powered by the Japanese made Kubota engines.

Bennche Spire 150 ($3,799 MSRP)

  • Front and Rear tubular bumpers
  • 150cc Engine
  • Nets
  • Age limit of 12 recommended

Trailmaster Youth Side by Side 

http://www.bvpowersports.com (website not really working as of this writing)

This is another of the Texas-based importer/distributor of Chinese UTVs but unlike the rest, this one seems to be the hardest to find a strong web presence and is easier to find for sale on Amazon.

TrailMaster Challenger 150X

  • 150cc Engine
  • Side Nets
  • Electric start with kill switch
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Adjustable Driver Seat w/ 4 Point Safety Seatbelt
  • Windshield
  • Front Bumper
  • Digital Speedometer/Odometer
  • Top LED Hunting Lights
  • Max load: 500 lbs

You can buy this bad boy right from Amazon (click here to check it out)


Youth Blade UTV 

https://www.vitacci.com/utvs/

Vitacci is a Texas-based importer of scooters, cycles, ATVs, UTVS, and go-karts.

Vitacci Blade 150cc

  • 149.6cc
  • Front & rear LED lights
  • Windshield
  • ¾ doors
  • Front bumper
  • Solid roof
  • 34MPH top speed

Massimo Youth UTV

https://www.massimomotor.com/

Massimo Motor Sports LLC was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Garland, Texas. They import and assemble from China as well. They offer utility UTVs, recreational ATVs, and mini-bikes.

Massimo MSU 200 ($2,999 MSRP)

  • Front Bumper
  • Door Nets
  • Vinyl roof
  • Windshield
  • 149.6cc

Youth UTV Comparison Table


Youth Electric Side by Side

Most parents that are looking for an electric UTV are shopping for more of a toddler aged kiddo and are looking for more of a ‘power wheels-type’ vehicle like these:

My Kids personally had the dune racer and they ran that thing all over their grandmother’s back yard for hours on end. Also, it’s about $100 cheaper than the above options.


Related article about buying a UTV

Side by Sides That Are 50″ Wide | Ultimate Trail UTV Comparison Guide

Most offroaders blend between different offroad vehicles and one of the biggest reasons is being able to go anywhere and do anything on any and all trails that are out there

Growing up going to the sand dunes we owned smaller 4 wheelers and larger offroad vehicles and learned quickly that there were a lot of trails that the buggy just couldn’t go on because we were over that 50” wide threshold. And let’s face it, when you are off-road you don’t want to be limited, those twisting tight trails are a blast.

That’s where the 50” Trail class UTV comes in. It lets you share that offroading experience with friends and family and comes in a small footprint capable of going on those smaller restricted trails.

UTV Trail Width Restrictions?

It’s all about the trails, and a large percent of offroad public riding trails have width restrictions on the offroad vehicle. The two main size categories are the ATV trails (50” or less) and OHV trails (>50”). Most ATV trail restrictions are limited to offroad vehicles that are four-wheeler sized vs. OHV trails are suited more for most UTVs and other larger offroad vehicles.

In fact, there are lots of Trail Navigation that can help you plan ahead of time and see some of those trail restrictions before you go on your offroading trip.

Depending on where you ride they may also limit the trail usage by the seat configuration and or the weight of the vehicle instead of just the width. Whereas, some other trails may just have a gate that is an indicator if you meet the width restriction or not.

Some of the biggest obstacles to navigate on these small trails are trees on both sides of the trail, and your ride possibly getting lodged in between them. 

We use COTrex here in Colorado to navigate through our offroad trails and it is really awesome because it shows trails specific to the type of vehicle you want to ride. 


Should I go with a 50 or 60 Inch Side by Side?

Whether you are wanting a compact UTV that can fit on most offroad trails, or for the ease of trailering or maybe fitting your side by side in the back of your truck, it is definitely an option worth considering.

Since so many trails are restricted for offroad vehicles 50”-60” inches it’s hard to not want an offroad vehicle that is narrower, yet still performs and also secures another passenger. 

Keep in mind the 60” UTV’s are going to also be longer and therefore the UTV’s center of gravity will feel a lot different, and if you are a larger person you might feel more comfortable in a larger side by side. 


50” UTV vs. ATV

Let’s face it, many of us out there in the dirt can’t help but notice the large scope of different offroad vehicles out there. If you are on a 4 wheeler you are used to riping through small tight trails and maybe you are getting an itch for the UTV experience.

After hunching over your quad seat and having to use your body to manipulate your vehicle all the time, those nice bucket & bench seats start to look inviting, especially after hours of riding,

Having that roll cage protection, seat belts and a passenger to your side can definitely do have a certain ring to it. But let me guess, what you are concerned about is just how much bigger UTV’s are to ATV’s, Right?

Here is the answer: 50” side by sides help bridge this gap so that you can still get on tight trails, but in the comfort of a seat you don’t have to lean over.  



So, which side by sides are 50”?

Polaris 50 Inch Side by Sides

2020 Polaris – RZR 570 ($10,599 MSRP)

  • ProStar 570 4-Stroke DOHC Single Cylinder
  • 45 Horsepower
  • 9”/9.5” Suspension Travel
  • ZF Sachs Shocks
  • Dual A-Arm & Sway Bar
  • Aggressive Driving & Seating Position
  • High-Performance True On-Demand AWD
  • Agile Maneuverable Wheelbase
  • 10.5” Ground Clearance
  • 25” Tires
  • Color option: White

2020 Polaris – RZR 570 Premium ($12,599 MSRP)

  • All the features of the above 570 plus:
  • Electronic Power Steering
  • VersaTrac Turf Mode
  • Maxxis® Tires
  • Premium Aluminum Wheels
  • Premium Painted Panels
  • High/Low Beam Headlights
  • Color options: Titanium Metallic

2020 Polaris – RZR 900 ($13,399 MSRP)

power-to-weight ratio & lightning-fast acceleration from 0 to 40 mph in just 3.76 seconds.

  • 75 HP ProStar 900
  • ProStar 900 4-Stroke DOHC Twin Cylinder
  • 10”/10” Suspension Travel
  • Dual A-Arm & Sway Bar
  • Aggressive Driving & Seating Position
  • True On-Demand AWD
  • Agile Maneuverable Wheelbase
  • 11” Ground Clearance
  • 26” Tires
  • Color options: White

2020 Polaris – RZR 900 Premium ($15,199 MSRP)

  • All the features of the above 900 plus:
  • Aluminum Wheels
  • Electronic Power Steering
  • High-Performance True On-Demand AWD
  • Color options: Premium Black Pearl, Premium Matte Nara Bronze

2020 Polaris – RZR 900 FOX Edition ($15,399 MSRP)

  • All the features of the above 900 Premium plus:
  • FOX – 2.0 Podium X (External Reservoir Shock With 24 Adjustable Clicker Positions)
  • Straight 1/2 Doors
  • LED Headlights
  • Color Option: Radar Blue

2019 Polaris – ACE 500 ($7,299 MSRP)

  • 10% more legroom than the competition. 
  • ProStar 500cc, 4-Stroke SOHC Single Cylinder
  • 32 HP
  • Over 1 gallon of cockpit storage. 
  • Tilt steering and adjustable seat slider.
  • Comfortable sit in, step out design
  • 10″ of ground clearance
  • Legendary rear suspension with 9.5″ of wheel travel
  • Color option: Velocity Blue

2019 Polaris – ACE 570 EPS ($9,299 MSRP)

  • ProStar 567cc, 4-Stroke DOHC Single Cylinder
  • 45 horsepower
  • Trail Premium Dual A-arm Suspension
  • 10.25″ of ground clearance to clear the toughest obstacles
  • Integrated 3-gallon front storage compartment
  • Quarter Doors
  • Legendary Independent Rear Suspension with 9.5″ of wheel travel
  • Comfortable sit in, step out design
  • Tilt steering
  • Adjustable seat slider
  • Color option: Ghost Gray


Can-AM 50 Inch Side by Sides

2020 Can-AM – Maverick Trail ($11,099)

  • Choice of Rotax 800- or-1000-cc V-twins  
  • Choice of 51 and 75 horsepower
  • Comfort and capacity of Ergo-Lok technology
  • Comfort all day seats
  • Selectable 2WD / 4WD with Visco-Lok auto-locking front differential
  • Adjustable tilt steering and thick-rimmed wheel
  • Multifunction digital gauge display 
  • Electronic Hill Descent Control
  • Double A-arm front suspension and TTA rear suspension up to 10″ front and 10.5″ rear travel.
  • Profiled steel cage, front steel bumper and full skid plates
  • Storage: Class-Leading 5.3 US gal (20.2 L)
  • Quick Response System (QRS) CVT
  • Half door (Only for 1000)
  • Color Option: White

2020 Can-AM – Maverick Trail DPS ($13,099)

  • All the features of the above Maverick Trail plus:
  • Dynamic Power Steering (DPS)
  • 12-in. (30.5 cm) aluminum wheels
  • Ergoprint seats with color accents
  • Color Options: Triple Black, Can-AM Red, Mossy Oak Break-Up Country Camo

Textron / Arctic Cat 50 Inch Side by Sides

2019 Arctic Cat – Wildcat Trail ($10,999 MSRP)

  • Rack and Pinion, Tilt Steering Wheel
  • Steel Wheels
  • 990 lb (449.1 kg) (Dry)
  • Color Options: Black with Orange Earth

2019 Arctic Cat – Wildcat Trail XT ($12,499 MSRP)

  • Electronic Power Steering, Tilt Steering Wheel
  • Aluminum Wheels
  • 1,025 lb (465 kg) (Dry)
  • Color Options: Blue with Lime Green

2019 Arctic Cat – Wildcat Trail LTD ($13,499 MSRP)

  • Electronic Power Steering, Tilt Steering Wheel
  • Aluminum Wheels
  • Standard Full Doors
  • 1,025 lb (465 kg) (Dry)
  • FOX® Shock Double A-Arm Suspension
  • Color options: Charcoal Metallic with Fire Red


Honda 50 Inch Side by Side

2020 Honda – Pioneer 500 ($9,199)

  • 5-speed Automatic Transmission with AT/MT modes
  • Paddle shifters
  • 475cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
  • Low-RPM torque
  • Independent rear suspension 
  • Bench-style seat
  • Electronic fuel injection


Cub Cadet 50 Inch Side by Sides

2018 Cub Cadet – Challenger 400 ($5,999 MSRP)

  • 404cc OHV Subaru engine
  • Dent-resistant cargo bed with 350 lb. capacity
  • D-ring tie-downs and bed divider slots
  • Cargo Bed Dent-resistant, double-walled cargo bed with tie-downs (accepts bed dividers)
  • Bed Lift Hydraulic lift assist
  • TailgateFlip-down latchable tailgate
  • Max Speed 25 mph

2018 Cub Cadet – Challenger 400LX ($6,599 MSRP)

  • Standard full windshield
  • Hard roof 
  • Aluminum alloy wheels with off-road tires 
  • Adjustable headrests.

2018 Cub Cadet – Challenger 400 4×4 (7,999 MSRP)

  • Four-wheel drive
  • Dual A-Arm / Swing Arm solid axle
  • Heavy-duty coil Shocks 
  • selectable rear locking differential 
  • 400-pound capacity and dent-resistant, double-walled cargo bed
  • adjustable driver’s seat
  • aluminum-alloy wheels

CFMOTO 50 Inch Side by Sides

2019 CFMOTO – Zforce 500 Trail ($8,999 MSRP)

  • 3000 lb winch, 2″ receiver and hitch
  • Four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes
  • CFMOTO 14” alloy wheels
  • HIGH-PRESSURE GAS, COMPRESSION, AND REBOUND ADJUSTABLE
  • Roof, side door nets, 
  • electronic power steering, tilt steering with steering wheel lock, horn

2019 CFMOTO – Zforce 800 Trail ($10,999 MSRP)

  • Highest Ground Clearance in the Trail class with 12.2 in. (310 mm)
  • V-Twin cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 8-valve
  • 800 cc engine with 62 horsepower
  • CVTech® Secondary and wet clutch automatic
  • Double A-arms with adjustable coil-over nitrogen gas shocks
  • Half Doors

What is the Best 50-inch Side by Side UTV?

  • Best High-Performance Sport 50” UTV: Polaris RZR 900
  • Best Comfort and Suspension 50” UTV: Can-Am Maverick Trail 1000
  • Best Value 50” UTV: Polaris Ace 500
  • Best Utility 50” UTV: Stock Honda Pioneer 500 or a Polaris RZR w/Aftermarket Accessories

50-inch wide UTV comparison


Related Questions:

Does Yamaha make a 50-inch Side by Side?

No, Yamaha does not make a 50-in side-by-side. They used to make a model called the Rhino that was between 54.1” and 56.6” in width. They were in production from 2004 – 2013. You can still find used Yamaha rhinos at dealerships and from third-party sellers online.

Kawasaki 50 Inch Side by Side

Kawasaki is another manufacturer that created a whole line of UTVs that were just over the 50” mark called the Mule. The Kawasaki Mule has been in production since 1988 and their current lineup of 2020’s range from 52.6” all the way to 60” wide. For a fun, Kawasaki UTV History brochure from 1988-2012 click this link.

What about older used trail UTVs?

In 2008 a company called Land Pride had two models of utility UTVs, the Treker 4200NT 4×2 and the 4200NT 4×4, that were 50.5” wide. They were powered by a 20 horsepower 614cc Honda engine. So there’s another one for anyone looking in the used market.

50 Inch 4 Seater Side by Side

There is not currently a 50″ trail-ready 4-seater on the market. For those of you out there that want the narrowest UTV 4-seater, John Deere makes a Gator that is 56.5” wide and 144” in Length. There are 3 models to choose from:  

  • XUV560E S4 16 hp, air-cooled, Alternator 16 amp, Speed limit @ 28mph
  • XUV590E S4 32 hp, liquid-cooled 65 amp @4200rpm, Speed limit @ 45mph
  • XUV590M S4 32 hp, liquid-cooled 65 amp @4200rpm, Speed limit @ 45mph

They have a 4-Cycle gas v-twin with a dynamically tuned carb and feature a 1100LB Towing Capacity. Click here for the brochure.


Related articles

Still looking for more UTV’s that will fit on a 50″ trail? Check out this article about youth UTV’s as they are all under 50″ in width.