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    Kids 50cc MX Bike Round-Up

    I am in the "purebred" 50cc MX bike market for my son ZaK and thought I would share what I have learned over the past few months with anyone who is interested. While the Japanese have abandoned the children's Motocross Bike market, the USA and Europe do have current race bikes to offer. They Include;



    KTM

    Cobra

    Metrakit

    Polini

    LEM



    If you can think of any others feel free to post up pics and info.


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    Ktm

    KTM (Austria) offers two race bikes for 2011. The 50 SX Mini and the 50 SX. These are probably the best known kids bikes at any track. KTM offers very good technology at a decent price. Parts are always available as well as a ton of technical support.
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    Cobra

    Cobra (USA) is the only dedicated manufacturers of children's MX bikes. It is pretty much all they do and they do it very well! Founded by Bud Maimone in 1993, Cobras have claimed more than 45 national titles. The CX 50 Cobra is also known as the "King" and loved by serious racers around the world.
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    Metrakit

    Metrakit (Spain) is very well know for making small 2 stroke road racing bikes. A few years ago they began testing and producing the MKX line of motocross bikes. Probably the most exotic mini yet, the MKX has an all aluminum frame, Paioli forks and an Ohlins shock. Interestingly, Bud Maimone sold Cobra a few years ago and has now taken the Metrakit MKX 50 under his wing. One hundred MKX 50 have been brought into the U.S. for 2010 and the bike is now homoligated for AMA competition. As a not so subtle swipe at Cobra, the currently available U.S. model is called the Mongoose!
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    Re: Cobra

    Quote Originally Posted by TTR50E
    Cobra is the only dedicated manufacturers of children's MX bikes. It is pretty much all they do and they do it very well! Founded by Bud Maimone in 1993, Cobras have claimed more than 45 national titles. The CX 50 Cobra is also known as the "King" and loved by serious racers around the world.


    You are forgetting Polini. While having a smaller share of the US market than Cobra, they have numerous championships and argueably a MUCH better laid out bike. Cobra looks somewhat boxy, Polini looks like a mini 450.
    Graphic designer by trade, rider by heart.

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    Re: Kids 50cc MX Bike Round-Up

    the front end and brakes on the metrakit look really nice

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    Polini

    Polini (Italy) is a prolific producer of MiniMoto, Scooters, children's Motards and childrens MX bikes. Youth motorsport racing is taken very seriously in Italy and it shows in the passion and quality of the bikes produced. Interestingly, Polini is now offering the XP4T, a 110cc four stroke race bike for kids! Not sure how this engine fits into a 50cc line-up but it has 10/12 wheels and race suspension so is definitely the right size.
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    LEM Motor

    LEM Motor (Italy) was established in 1973 and is another passionate producer of childrens MX bikes and Quads. LEM currently makes no less than 6 50cc models that could be raced depending on your budget. Shown are the RX2 and RX3 which are their premier race bikes. Almost 90% of LEM bikes are exported outside of Italy.
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    Re: Kids 50cc MX Bike Round-Up

    Skip the 50's and go straight to the 65's!

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    Re: Kids 50cc MX Bike Round-Up

    You know I wrestle with going straight to 65's. Zack is small for his age (second shortest kid in his class) so that is my main concern. He's got skills and says he wants to learn the clutch. I would be very curious to know the sizes of kids that are really "comfortable" handling a 65 at the track? I see alot of 7 year olds falling over and unable to get on the 65's by themselves. They just look scared when their dads tell them to go ride. If it were just me I would much prefer a 65 and just waiting a bit longer for Zack to grow. He is really falling in love with jumping though so I feel he needs a lighter bike with alot more suspension.

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    Husqvarna CR 50 Mini Cross....they also make a 65...
    Husqvarna Motorcycles Australia - CR 65 - Minicross 2012

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    ^^^^^that husky looks sweet!

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    Those huskys do look sweet. When buying these small 50s watch out for F morini motors. I buy and sell bike and got a 2002 kasea 50. Nice bike was identical to a husky 50 of that year minus front disk brakes and plastics (used rear kx60 plastics) Just like my cousins husky 2002 they were f morini motors. This company has gone under and it is very hard to find parts. KTM stopped using there motors around 2000. Many european companies used there motors at some point. Ive attached a picture of a 2002 Kasea MXT 50. Wasn't a bad little air cooled 50
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    CA Metrakit MX 65

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    The new Metrakit 65 bikes are awesome.

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    There is a good site to get parts and a forum called Metrakittalk
    The 65cc bikes are little monsters.
    They also have a 50cc that my buddies youngest kid rides and it has been a trooper.
    These are quality intro bikes for new young racers.

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