How to make buying a mini dirt bike a total success
Every useful fact you need to know when buying a mini dirt bike
The mini dirt bike unlocks the thrill-seeking adventures of the outdoors. There are hours of fun guaranteed on one of these. It is also the ticket to the mini moto world of Britain’s kids. This leisure pursuit even helps children realise their motocross dreams. So what do you need to know about buying a mini dirt bike? It’s simple. We start with the basics of maintaining the one you already have.
Mini dirt bike maintenance
- Wash after every ride. The dirt bike is for rough riding around in sand, mud, water, and all sorts of ground. It accumulates mud, and washing is the proper way to remove the dirt. Use a bucket of water and suitable brushes, sponge, and cloth to clean the bike. Take care not to squirt water at outlets and electrical parts. Clean the cables carefully.
- Wash the chain with a hose or pressure washer. Use chain cleaner.
- Dry your bike before inspecting it.
- Check for oil drips on the ground and underneath the motor.
- Change bike oil regularly with quality products.
- Check bike coolant and maintain a clean air filter.
Carburettered Engine or EFI
Carburettered engines use fewer electrical components to function and need regular adjustment. While they are easy enough to maintain at home, servicing can become time-consuming and inconvenient. EFI engines are electric fuel-injected engines that do not need as many adjustments. These can deliver fuel into the engine whenever they want with a fuel pump that creates pressure.
EFI is more environmentally friendly with less carbon emission. EFI maintains a precise and adaptable air-fuel-ratio range that contributes to fuel efficiency and reduces tailpipe emissions. Carburetters are not that dynamic with their fixed jets causing more unburned gas to escape exhaust and more soot that can kill a catalytic converter. When they are parked carburettered bikes emit gas vapours from open vents. They do not help cut down emissions. Manufacturers prefer EFI due to this reason.
Storage and transport
Most mini dirt bikes fit in the back of a car or jeep. They are powerful machines but lightweight enough for a child to control. You can use a dirt bike carry rack, a trailer, a van, or a pickup truck to transport a moto dirt bike.
When it comes to storage, these bikes are safer locked in a garage or shed with a tarp over them. Damp and heat can cause unnecessary wear and tear.
Registration and other requirements
Riding on private land and designated mini moto land does not require licences. To ride on a public highway, you need
- A valid driving licence and be 16 years or above
- An MOT certificate
- Reg plates at the front and rear of the bike
- To wear an approved crash helmet
- Have insurance
A provisional licence is adequate for bikes under 125cc.
Motocross or Outdoor trails
While some bikes work well with both, others are strictly motocross or outdoor trails. The best beginner’s dirt bike is one limited to 50cc. A 49cc petrol with disc brakes can be your first choice for outdoor trails and the tracks. 8yr olds can ride 65cc – 80cc bikes considered mini motocross machines. At the ages 10- 11, kids can ride anything up to a 150cc 4 stroke, or 65/80cc two strokes. Kids 14 and above can use 200cc. There are petrol mini and electric mini dirt bikes. Children aged 4-7 can ride a bike with a maximum output of 1.5kW and a 10inch front wheel and back wheel. Riders 15 and above can use a bike reaching up to 16kW at the back wheel. Small tyre sizes are best for kids as big tyre and wheel packages raise the seat height. Safety equipment is essential regardless of motocross or trail biking.
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