Best Electric Dirt Bike of 2018 & Buying Guide
Electric dirt bikes are rapidly gaining popularity in the stunt bike world. While traditional models require fuel (or a mixture of fuel and oil) to run, electric dirt bikes run off a battery, which is charged with a typical outlet.
Surprisingly, this concept isn’t new: electric two-wheeled vehicles have been around since the late 1800s! Today, this technology is implemented in cars, scooters, motorcycles, and more. Electric dirt bikes, specifically, came into vogue in the early 2000s; they’re now as commonplace as fuel-powered models.
Our buyer’s guide will answer some common questions about electric dirt bikes, and showcase some of our favorite models for first-time buyers to consider.
What are the advantages of an electric dirt bike over a fuel-powered one?
Traditionally powered bikes usually use a pull-start or kick-start ignition, which take more time and can be difficult for exhausted riders, or young ones and beginners who haven’t built up strength or grown familiar with the process. In other words, it can take a lot of strength and practice to start these types of bikes quickly.
Electric bikes, however, have just a key-start ignition and switch. It also eliminates the need to rev the engine to avoid stalling when you aren’t moving.
What’s more, electric dirt bikes don’t have a clutch or gears to shift, so they tend to be easier to ride, with far less guesswork and a more generous learning curve.
Not only will you save money by not needing fuel, but you’ll also save costs on maintenance. Electric motors don’t require oil changes or other engine upkeep; mostly, you’ll just have to care for the battery, as well as the wheels, suspension, and bearings, the way you would on any dirt bike.
Electric dirt bikes also run much more quietly than fuel-powered models. This is helpful when riding in groups (where conversation will be exchanged), or on roads (if your bike is road-legal) where you’d want to hear the vehicles around you for safety.
The main downside to an electric version is battery life and the requirement to recharge it before use. There’s nothing worse than planning a big ride, then waking up and realizing you forgot to charge your bike the night before.
How long will the charge last on an electric dirt bike? What if I want to take it camping/somewhere there isn’t electricity?
The charge/run times on a battery will vary by manufacturer. Most take between 4 and 12 hours to charge, and run 30 minutes to 2 hours with continuous use, depending on the type of riding you’re doing (stunts and powering up steep hills, for instance, will use more power than riding a dirt track).
You can purchase additional batteries for most bikes, though, and keep extras charged and on-hand to swap out drained ones.
How do I choose the best electric dirt bike for me?
The most important factor is height. This depends on your height and inseam, but also your experience level: beginners have a much easier time learning on bikes that are just a little too small, because they can balance more easily and get the hang of things.
Apart from fit, riders should consider what they plan to use the bike for the most. Lightweight frames and better suspension are a must if you’ll be tackling jumps and compromised terrain, while some models are designed to make long mountain trails (with minimal to no jumps or steep hills) as comfortable as possible.
For beginners, a standard electric dirt bike will suit most needs perfectly.
I’m on a tight budget. Can I afford a good electric dirt bike?
Absolutely! While it’s true you get what you pay for in some respects, it is possible to find a quality bike for a low price.
Generally speaking, you will be hard-pressed to find a terrific bike at a very low price, but even the tightest budgets can find something suitable.
Are electric dirt bikes better for beginners than traditionally fueled models?
Yes, for a few reasons.
First, electric bikes don’t have a pull-start or kick-start ignition, but rather, a key-start and ignition switch. This is much simpler to operate and requires less strength and guesswork to get it right consistently.
Second, electric bikes won’t stall out, so you don’t have to rev your engine. This is helpful for beginners who might otherwise forget, and frequently stall when they come to a stop.
Third, electric bikes are quieter, which is a big plus for nervous riders; less noise makes it easier to concentrate. And lastly, they cost far less to fuel (just the price of electricity), and require much less maintenance than traditional dirt bikes.
Best Electric Dirt Bike Reviews
1. MX650 Rocket by Razor Review
Razor is an extremely popular brand in the realm of electric dirt bikes, though you might remember them best from the “Razor scooter craze” of 2000. The brand makes wheeled recreational vehciles of all shapes and sizes, from add-on wheels for sneakers, to “drifting carts” for kids.
They make more than toys, though: this company also manufacturers vehicles like dune buggies and ATVs. The MX650 intended for ages 16+, and can accommodate anyone up to 220 lbs.—making it ideal for beginners.
There’s not much to find wrong with the MX650: with good speed capabilities, a decent charge-vs.-run time ratio, and a higher weight limit than you’ll find on other bikes from this brand, it’s a model that could fit any beginner’s wish list…and maybe even a few expert riders’, as well.
2. MotoTec 24v Electric Dirt Bike Review
For parents looking to reign in their child’s speed (or beginners afraid of going too fast, too soon), the MotoTec 24v bike can help. It features a variable speed lock, accessed with a key, to change the maximum speed to 5, 10, or 16 miles per hour. It boasts full suspension and a short charging time at only 4 hours (6 max).
While short adults could ride this one, we’re labeling the MotoTec a kids-only model. It’s just not meant for tall or average-weight riders, and—although its speed capabilities are impressive—it seems like this will handle best in backyards and parks, not true motocross tracks.
3. Kuberg 2016 Freerider Review
The only thing we dislike about this model is its hefty price—but that one negative is enough to known the Kuberg Freerider right out of the running for nearly every shopper looking for their (or their child’s) first dirt bike. Still, if you happen to have some extra to spend, consider this pricy pick. Its charge time is dramatically shorter than that of other dirt bikes, but features a comparable run time (and at higher speeds). We especially love how quietly it runs, and that it’s designed to tackle uneven terrain and mud just as easily as it handles a meandering country path.
4. Mini Pithog from Daymak Review
The Pithog from Daymak is a lightweight and relatively simple design—which is probably why it’s so ideal for motocross and stunt work. With a maximum speed of 35 mph, up to one hour of continuous use, and a 6-8 hour charge time, this is worth considering for many beginners and parents of youth riders.
While marketed as a youth bike, this could work quite well for beginners of any age. The only drawback is its height; because it’s intended for kids, it’s unlikely this will be comfortable for average-sized or tall riders. Adults on the shorter side, as well as kids, will enjoy the speed and lightweight maneuverability of the Pithog, though.
Finding the right electric dirt bike is a two-part challenge: first, you have to determine which kind of dirt bike you’ll need, and which features are most important to that, such as maximum speed, charge and run times, brakes styles, and suspension. The second hurdle is finding a bike that will fit your height and weight comfortably. We hope our buyer’s guide has granted some insight into your options, and perhaps even made the decision a bit easier for you.