Most parents have been in your shoes, you’re thinking about buying your child a dirt bike considering the fact that he has turned 10. In this article, we will cover the most important facts that will allow your child to ride safely. I’m kind of jealous, because age 10 is exactly the age when dirt bikes start to be fun for kids.
So, what do you need to know before rushing in and buying a dirt bike? Well, for starters, sizing a dirt bike correctly for a 10-year old is the most important aspect, because you don’t want to get your child something too powerful and heavy, but at the same time not something too weak and improper for its age.
It’s a tricky matter as you can see, so proper research is needed first before diving in and just buying the first one you see on the internet. There’s a wide range of dirt bikes available for kids, 10-year olds to be more exact, so in this article, we’ll see what the top 4 models for kids are, and we’ll review them each individually to see what makes them be so special.
My top four picks for a 10-year old are Honda CRF110F, the Yamaha TT-R110E, the Razor MX350, and the Kawasaki KLX110. However, it’s important to note that these four bikes are not suitable for racing, so if you’re looking for a racing dirt bike, read the whole article to see the other models. In my opinion, 10 is the age where kids have the advantage of practicing from early on while having fun at the same time.
The above-mentioned bikes are also reasonably priced, so they won’t break your bank and at the same time it will be a purchase that they can ride for many years to come. Personally, I’m not a fan of youth ATVs, so if you’re not really sure whether you want to get your child a youth ATV or a dirt bike, this article won’t help because I would only recommend a dirt bike for your child. So, let’s not wait any further and get straight into the details to see what is it about these dirt bikes that makes them a good choice for your child.
Top 4 best dirt bikes for 10-year olds
1. Honda CRF110F
This is probably the most popular bike around for 10-year olds and kids in general. I have seen many parents buy this bike for their kids, and through the years, they’d never complain about it which means it is the correct type of bike you would buy for a 10-year old. If you decide on buying this dirt bike for your child, it’s important to note that I’d recommend you let him ride this until your child reaches 13. After that, he will gain more riding experience and improve the skill level, which means he will be ready for a more powerful dirt bike to ride with. To continue, the Honda CRF110F has a seat height of 26.8″ and weighs around 163 pounds, which are decent numbers that would allow kids of age 8 to 13 to ride comfortably and safely.
The most appealing feature of this dirt bike is probably the fact that it includes both, an electric start and a kick start, and it always starts on the very first try, even after you’ve been using it for several years. From what I’ve gathered, this dirt bike is very durable and it has low-maintenance which means you only have to do a couple of touches here and there from time to time and the dirt bike will be ready for riding. When it comes to power, this particular model is surprisingly a beast. What I mean by that is that it is able to go up on steep hills without any problem, and on it’s also as capable also on flat trails. In other words, it’s a fast and powerful bike, but not over the charts to the point where it would be dangerous for a child.
From the majority of reviews that I’ve read, parents report that their kids mostly ride the bike in first and second gear, and rarely change into 3rd gear because they feel like it’s too fast. Well, kids are more careful than we think, so they know the dangers of going fast, and they know how much speed they can handle. That being said, just by intuition your child will mostly ride this bike in second gear and rarely switch into 3rd until he feels like he’s gained enough experience and skill level to ride it faster. For more convenience, this bike also includes a throttle stop if you want to take precautions and make sure your child will not go dangerously fast. All and all, this is one of my favorite dirt bikes for kids, for 10-year olds in general, so if you’re looking for an all-rounder that performs remarkably well, this would be your ideal choice.
2. Yamaha TT-R110E
Yamaha TT-R110E is the second option that I’d recommend if the first one wasn’t eligible. It shares similar specs and performance and it comes at a great price, which is why I recommend you take this bike into serious consideration. This particular model has a highly reliable air-cooled SOHC two-valve four-stroke motor with electric start that kids will love! It features a 12-inch rear wheel and 14-inch upfront with non-adjustable suspension and the shocks being linkage-free for less maintenance. The bike’s weight is pretty decent, not too much but not as light as well, so this will be the perfect bike for your child to grow in, practice, and improve the riding skill level. However, as I mentioned you will eventually need to buy your child another dirt bike, since these dirt bikes will only serve them for 3-4 years, from age 8 to up to 13.
To continue, the Yamaha TT-R110E has a seat height of 26.4″ and a ground clearance of 7.1″. Such specifications are perfect for allowing your child to safely get over rocks or up steep hills. Aside from that, the wet weight of this bike is around 159 pounds. If you don’t know what wet weight is, let me explain it to you. Wet weight is the weight of the bike with all the fluids, gas and oil inside, while its original weight without those things is a bit less. Since I mentioned wet weight, it’s important to note that you should never fill your child’s gas tank completely full, because that would only add additional weight and unnecessary fuel that your child would not use it in one day. However, there’s something that I don’t really like about this particular Yamaha model, it only comes with a 90-day warranty, which is way less than most of the other models that come with a 6-month warranty.
Still, it is of utmost importance how the bike feels and performs, so as long as your satisfied with that, warranty doesn’t truly matter much. Thus, the Yamaha is able to do a great job at that, it has a sense of agility, along with a decent yet aggressive power, so it’s truly an easy choice to go with. The drum brakes and the auto-clutch shifting is pretty great, and from the reviews that I have read, kids and parents as well appreciate having an electric start which doesn’t require much effort from your child to start the bike. Either way, it’s also important to note that kickstarting the dirt bike is also very easy, and it takes only 1 to 2 tries to do, especially when the bike is still warm. Moreover, if your child is confident in riding a dirt bike, the Yamaha TT-R110E is the perfect choice for moving through the ranks from a 50 to more powerful.
3. Kawasaki KLX110
Kawasaki KLX110 is probably the most compact dirt bike for kids, 10-year olds in general. This is the option that I’d recommend you go with if your child doesn’t have any experience with dirt bike, because in principle, it is a stepping stone for a young rider’s first experience in the dirt. It will allow your child to get to know the concepts of riding, and it will eventually allow your child to gain more experience over the years. Due to the bike’s capabilities, this particular model also doubles as a fun minimoto for adults for a quick bash around the backyard. Even though the bike was made with kids in mind, the 112cc air-cooled four-stroke single-cylinder engine can withstand some heavy torture even with the weight of an adult. In papers, the power peaks at 7bhp, but in practice it can reach more than that, depending on the weight of the user and the wet weight of the bike. The bike as a whole has a wet weight of 76kg which allows for a smooth power delivery.
If you’re a dirt bike rider yourself, then you must know that at a dirt track you hardly need a motorcycle with a high top speed. In order to go fast, first, you need to adapt proper body language and carrying momentum, so the bike is pretty decent for kids considering the fact that first, they’ll need to adapt and learn body language when carrying momentum. In addition, this particular model has a quick throttle which makes it easy to keep the taps wide open while tackling the bends. Moreover, the KLX110 features a 14-inch front and 12-inch rear tire with 30mm telescopic front forks and a rear mono-shock. Meanwhile, the 4.3-inch travel at the front and the rear and the 8.5-inch ground clearance enable the bike to be an exceptional choice for off-roading with remarkable capabilities.
More on that, it’s also important to note that the all-up four-speed gearbox doesn’t include a clutch lever, which means that all it takes to move through the cogs is to shut the throttle and shift. That counts as a downside to me because I personally prefer to have a clutch for serious off-roading, but its absence doesn’t really matter on a dirt track. The KLX110 has an electric start followed by a kill switch which makes it as easy as it gets for beginners, but in case the battery gets drained, you can always use the old kick-starter to get you back in motion. Since we mentioned the kick starter, this reminds me that the kick start level had an odd placement, it would always interfere with my foot whenever I stood up, but maybe that’s just because it’s a dirt bike made for kids, and not for adults. Overall, the KLX110 is a well-thought-out designed bike and a great option for 10-year olds. It has a decent weight, a decent top-speed peak, and all the safety precautions to allow your child to ride safely in a dirt track.
4. Razor MX350 (My top pick)
The Razor MX350 is probably the most popular bike for kids of ages 10, 11, 12, and 13. I saved this one for the last because the Razor MX350 stands out from almost every other kids dirt bike out there, so let’s get into it and see what makes it be so special. To begin with, I’d like to point out the fact that this particular model features a very powerful motor powered by 350-watts, it has a high-torque, variable-speed, chain-driven motor that delivers electrifying fun at speeds up to 14 mph(22 km/h). The Razor MX350 is an electric bike and it has a sealed lead-acid rechargeable 24V battery system that is able to provide up to 30 minutes of continuous use while also bulding comfort, confidence, and control. Although, it’s important to note that it will take the bike 12 hours to fully charge, so bear that in mind before taking it at a track.
There are a couple of additional features included to make your childs riding experience as better as it gets, such as the soft rubber grips with twist acceleration control which obviously will allow for easy acceleration, hand-operated rear brake, shatter-resistant plastic fairings, double crown fork, and retractable kickstand. As you can see, the Razor MX350 already checks all the boxes that you’d ever want in a child’s dirt bike. When it comes to the bike’s construction, the Razor MX350 features an all-steel frame with authentic dirt bike geometry that provides a solid ride off-road with a max rider weight of 140 lbs (64 kg). That being said, this bike is a durable and long-lasting masterpiece that will serve your child well over the course of the learning phase, until he/she reaches an age where you feel confident buying them another more powerful bike.
Safety and comfort are the most appealing features, and to keep it simple, let’s point out the fact that this electric dirt bike has spoked 12-inch pneumatic knobby tires that do a great job at softening out rough surfaces for a smooth ride and fooling metal footpegs. My best friend has two twins, and he’s the kind of rider who goes out everyday to hit the trails, obviously he has all that free time because he doesn’t work. Anyhow, his sons birthday was one week ahead, so we had to search up for dirt bike’s for 8-year olds, and the Razor MX350 was just popping everywhere as a choice..
Well, the manufacturer clearly states that this bike is suitable for kids of age 13, but that’s protocol because they want to make sure they’re warning people that not all the kids are the same, some will weigh more, some will weigh less, some will grow faster, some not. Either way, the point is that we bought two of these babies for my friend’s sons, and they’ve been riding these since 2018, and they haven’t disappointed not one time. If you’re looking for a reliable electric dirt bike option that will help your child’s skill level grow, the Razor MX350 would be your ideal choice.
- Large tires
- Twist Grip Throttle Control
- 14 miles Per Hour Maximum Speed
- Adjustable Handlebars
- Easy To Assemble
- Quiet Motor
- Adjustable handlebars
- Twist grip throttle
- Short run time
- Some assembly required
Seat height for 10-year olds
As I mentioned above, choosing the proper dirt bike size for your child is really important, it’s as important as choosing the correct cc rating for kids. To make it easier for you, these are the most preferable dirt bike seat heights for kids that I would recommend:
- 5’4″ (162cm) Tall – 33 to 36″ seat height
- 5’2″ (157cm) Tall – 31 to 36″ seat height
- Kids 10 to 12 years old -26 to 31″ seat height
- Kids 8 to 9 years old -24 to 28″ seat height
- Kids 3 to 7 years old – 50cc dirt bike
Clutch vs Automatic
Apart from seat height, the next important thing to consider is whether you want to get your child a bike that has a clutch, or one that is automatic. If you decide to go for a bike with a clutch, don’t worry because kids are more than capable of learning how to ride a bike with a clutch, but if you’re not confident enough, you can always go for an automatic one. I would personally recommend an automatic bike because the addition of a clutch can simply confuse your child more, and that’s something they don’t need when learning how to ride a dirt bike.
That being said, all the three models that I’ve mentioned above are automatic, so once they improve their riding skills and gain more experience with dirt bikes, they’ll be ready to get a 125cc or a 150cc bike to learn how to ride one with clutch. They will eventually need to learn how to ride a dirt bike with a clutch, so better sooner than later.
Which model should you go for?
Well, there isn’t much difference between these three bikes, all of them share similar specs and performance, and above all, they all stand at a similar price. Quality, features, durability, price are all similar, so no matter what you choose, you simply can’t go wrong with any of them. Now, let’s point out some of the similar specs between the Kawasaki KLX110, the Honda CRF110F, Yamaha TT-R110E so you can see how similar to each other these three bikes are!
- All the bikes are priced within $50 of each other
- All the bikes are within 4″ in seat height of each other
- All the bikes have the same cc ratings
- All the bikes are separated by 8 pounds
- All the bikes have 14″ front wheels and 12″ rear wheels
- All the bikes have drum brakes on both the front and the rear
- All the bikes have similar fuel capacity within 1 gallon in between
- All the bikes have automatic transmissions
- All the bikes are manufactured by popular, well-known and respected brands
Even though all three bikes are very similar, the option that I’d recommend to you the most is the Razor MX350. You don’t have to like it, if you’ve already decided on another option, it’s fine, it’s just what I like the most out of all the three options. It checks all the boxes of how a decent dirt bike for 10-year olds and kids in general, should be like. All the factors and the features that we mentioned and explained in the review are the ones that would probably make me pick the Razor MX350 out of all three!
Don’t limit yourself
There are a wide range of other dirt bikes for kids you can find, especially for 10-year-olds. So, my message to you is don’t limit yourself in only these four models, you can always do more research and maybe find another model that you’d like it better. Although, you could totally rely on all four models, I have done hours of research and real-life testing two out of four models, so everything that I stated is 100% accurate.
I hope you found this article to be helpful, and if by any chance I left any questions related to this topic unanswered, feel free to contact me and I’ll get to you as soon as possible. I also recently made an article about at what age should kids start riding a dirt bike, so if you want to get more insights about this topic and analyzed data, details, and facts about kids riding a dirt bike, make sure you check it out!