I’ve been riding Yamaha dirt bikes for almost 20 years now and got my start on a little PW50 and later the TTR 125. In this post, I’ll be answering the question of “what is the Yamaha 50cc dirt bike age range?”
A Yamaha 50cc dirt bike would be perfect for kids aged between 4-7 years old. It’ll be a perfect size and offer a good amount of power for that age range. Most younger kids will just stick to 1st or 2nd gear and not go very fast but you can also set a limit for how fast the bike can go. If you’re around 8 years old and never been on a dirt bike before, the 50cc option could be a great choice to get comfortable on bikes but it’ll most likely be too small once your kid gets the hang of it.
When I was 5-6 years old I had a blast on a little 50cc dirt bike but by the time I was 7-8 I was ready for a bigger and faster bike. From 8-12 I normally just used my cousins Honda 100 and when I was 12 I got my Yamaha TTR 125 (which I still own and use to this day).
Let’s cover some common questions people have about a 50cc dirt bike:
What Age Is A 50cc Dirt Bike For?
The perfect age range for a 50cc dirt bike is 4-7 years old. You can get training wheels to go on the bike and you can also set speed limits for complete beginners or younger kids. I never used training wheels when I was getting started and just learned the old fashioned way.
If you’re getting a bike for your kid you’ll just have to accept the fact that they’re going to fall. There’s just no way around it. The first few rides will probably be rough (just like riding a normal bike) but after a while, they’ll get the hang of it. Even then though there will be some good spills (trust me, I know all too well).
You start getting a bit of confidence, push it a little harder, and end up biting the dust. That’s fine though, just make sure they’re wearing some protective gear.
I’d recommend that you take your kid to an area that’s fairly straight with not many bumps to get started. We found an empty parking lot and spent an hour or so there.
Kids will probably have the toughest time going over bumps and also turning the bike. Give it a few tries on something easy and they’ll be ready for the hills and trails in no time.
How Fast Does A 50cc Dirt Bike Go?
Most 50cc dirt bikes from the big brands will go between 25 and 40 MPH. This might seem pretty fast for someone who has never been on a bike (and it is) but most of the time they’ll stick to 1st or 2nd gear and get nowhere close to those numbers. I really can’t remember a time when I was a kid where I maxed out the bike.
You can also limit how fast the bike can go (which is probably recommended to start) and as long as they’re wearing protective gear they’ll be alright (a few tears will be shed though).
Here is how fast some of the most popular 50cc bikes go:
- The Honda CRF50 will do around 25 MPH.
- The Yamaha TTR50 and Suzuki DRZ50 will do around 32 MPH.
- The KTM 50 will do around 37 MPH.
If you’re wondering how to lower the speed limit of the bike simply tighten the screw that sticks out under the throttle and it’ll prevent you from turning it to the max.
How Much Does A 50cc Dirt Bike Cost?
A 50cc dirt bike will cost between $1600 and $4300 USD for a brand new bike. It all depends on the brand of the bike but you can always pick up a used one for much less. The $1600 was for a Yamaha TTR50 or Honda CRF50 and the $4300 was for a KTM 50 SX.
I’d probably just go with a Honda or Yamaha because your kid will probably outgrow the bike in a few years and there really isn’t any point throwing out more money (unless your kid will be racing). If you’re going for a used bike just look for whatever you can get a good deal on. You can’t really go wrong with a Yamaha, Honda, KTM, Suzuki, or Kawasaki.
Does Yamaha Make The Best Kids Dirt Bike?
In my opinion, Yamaha or Honda makes the best trail riding dirt bike for kids (50cc) when you look at the value you get for the price. I’ve only ever been on a Yamaha and Honda 50cc bike and it’s been great. I’ve had a Yamaha 125cc bike for 12 years now and never had any major issues with it.
That being said, all dirt bikes from the big name brands are good and it’s more along the lines of what you can get a good deal on. Honda and Yamaha are less expensive than brands like KTM and Husqvarna and do the exact same thing.
If your kid will be racing the KTM 50 SX would probably be your best bet but most people would just be using the bike on the trails and a good old Honda or Yamaha will do the job.
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