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Electric balance bikes are a fantastic way to get young riders on two wheels. The ease of getting in motion with just a twist of the wrist can be very empowering. No clutch, no engine noise, and no heat; just a simple twist-and-go approach. As the little riders’ skills and balance improve they can use the throttle, increase the power, and eventually move up to minibikes, then gas-powered bikes, and then to the infinite possibilities grown riders enjoy.

The number of electric balance bikes on the market is growing, with one of the most prominent recent offerings coming from Kawasaki. There are also many notable Amazon finds and an abundance of choices available from the electric stability bike superstars at Stacyc. Minibike versions of bigger motorcycles are also available from Indian Motorcycle and Oset to really get children moto-vated to ride larger two-wheeled machines when they grow up. These little bikes are going to make you wish you were a kid again.

Hiboy BK1

Positive reviews and a low price tag make the Hiboy BK1 balance bike worth a look.
Positive reviews and a low price tag make the Hiboy BK1 balance bike worth a look. (Hiboy/)

The Hiboy BK1 is a sleek electric balance bike with a hub-integrated 100-watt motor. Weighing in at a claimed 17.6 pounds with a 34.7-inch wheelbase, the BK1 can easily be handled by a kid between ages 3 and 5. There’s push-button start for easy and intentional startups. In order for the motor to kick on, the bike must be in motion; then it will go up to a mild-mannered 9 mph. A single brake lever triggers the front V-brake and the rear e-brake simultaneously for controlled stopping. Reviews on the Hiboy site and Amazon are positive overall, with some commenting that it is reliable and easy to operate and charge. With a price of around $300, the Hiboy BK1 is the least expensive on the list. Plus, it can be ordered through Amazon.

Hiboy BK1 Price: $300 (black)/$316 (white)

Indian eFTR Mini and eFTR Jr.

Kids 8 years old and up can enjoy letting the rear tire cut loose. Do they make steel shoes in youth sizes?
Kids 8 years old and up can enjoy letting the rear tire cut loose. Do they make steel shoes in youth sizes? (Indian Motorcycle/)

The eFTR Mini and eFTR Jr take flat-track design cues from the V-twin-powered FTR750, but are fully electric and geared toward kids. Since the eFTR’s introduction last year, the rally for Indian-loyal riders of all ages is stronger than ever. In addition to the Jr version, Indian is luring in smaller riders with the eFTR Mini and teens/young adults with the eFTR Hooligan 1.2 ebike. The Mini and Jr are intended for riders 8 and up; the difference between the two is that the Mini is smaller (18.4-inch seat height versus 23.2) and has a weight capacity of 140 pounds (versus 175 on the Jr). Both bikes have two ride modes, high and low. The manuals claim the eFTR Mini has a run time of up to 30 minutes and the FTR Jr up to 65 minutes. Considering how good these bikes look, the prices are very reasonable.

Indian eFTR Mini Price: $514.99

Indian eFTR Jr Price: $824.99

Kawasaki Elektrode

The Elektrode is an all-new offering from Kawasaki.
The Elektrode is an all-new offering from Kawasaki. (Kawasaki/)

The Kawasaki Elektrode, the newest addition to the electric balance bike scene, is suitable for kids 3 to 8 years old. Like the Stacyc bikes listed below, it has three speed modes that help control power. These power levels are a great way for kids to develop riding skills one step at a time. An auto-sleep feature turns off the bike after 10 minutes of inactivity, a nice feature considering kids’ attention spans. Its compact 32.8-inch wheelbase makes it easy to transport. It has an impressive claimed 2.5 hours of run time and takes the same amount of time to recharge. For more information, read our First Look.

Kawasaki Elektrode Price: $1,099

Oset 12.5 Racing, 16.0 Racing, and 20.0 Racing

The Oset delivers a different mode of two-wheeled entertainment. Kids can have fun maneuvering over rocks and logs in the backyard and the quiet electric bike won’t disturb the neighbors.Read More


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Title: Best Electric Mini and Balance Bikes for Kids
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Going Once, Going Twice: The best bikes from the Bonhams February sale

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Ex-Hans-Otto Butenuth BMW RS 500 at the Bonhams February sale
The Bonhams February sale is about to wrap up, so we’re taking a break from our regular scheduled programming to pick our favorite motorcycles from the auction. From an Ariel Square Four and a 1989 Kawasaki ZX-10, to Hans-Otto Butenuth’s BMW 500 Rennsport [above], here are seven classic motorcycles that we’d love to park in the Bike EXIF garage.

1907 Quadrant at the Bonhams February auction
1907 Quadrant In the early 1880s, two blokes by the names of Walter and William Lloyd patented a pedal tricycle steering mechanism, which they (very confusingly) called the ‘Quadrant.’ Anyway, Quadrant went on to make bicycles, tricycles, and motorcycles, and, by 1901, had emerged as one of Britain’s earliest motorcycle manufacturers.

This 453 cc Quadrant was originally built in Coventry and was meticulously restored by a previous owner. It showcases its history through hand-written notes, technical drawings, old registrations, marque-related literature, and an SMCC Pioneer Certificate.

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Title: Going Once, Going Twice: The best bikes from the Bonhams February sale
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SPEEDVETTE: Raw Power Comes Alive with GM’s LS3 Engine

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SPEEDVETTE: Raw Power Comes Alive with GM’s LS3 Engine

Celebrating the best of performance and style at the upcoming 2024 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, where it is selling with No Reserve, is the “Speedvette,” a 1973 Chevrolet Corvette that marries classic aesthetics with modern muscle.

This custom beauty underwent a no-expense-spared rotisserie restoration completed in March 2023, and comes alive under the hood with a robust GM Performance 6.2-liter LS3 engine, generating 525 horsepower. Paired with a 4L70E 4-speed automatic transmission, it is sure to deliver a straightforward American muscle experience.

This Speedvette rolls on Schott Turbine wheels wrapped in Diamond Back Classic red line tires and boasts a Pro-Touring treatment. Its Coffman Corvette custom chassis incorporates C6/C7 components, RideTech coilovers and a power rack & pinion steering system. Stopping power is delivered by C7 calipers gripping slotted rotors, assisted by an E-Stopp electric brake.

The exterior’s subtle modifications include 2-inch rear fender flares and a smoothed decklid with a waterfall effect. The Torch Red exterior and black Haartz Stayfast convertible top add a classic touch. Inside is a handcrafted bespoke cabin with black leather and red stitching.

Register to bid today for the opportunity to take this Speedvette home with you and join us January 20-28 at WestWorld for the 2024 Scottsdale Auction.

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Title: SPEEDVETTE: Raw Power Comes Alive with GM’s LS3 Engine
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Road tested: TFX Suspension Xtreme adjustable rear shocks

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TFX Suspension review
I got lucky when I bought my 2012-model Triumph Bonneville SE last year. A single-owner bike with less than 1,500 miles on the dial, it had spent most of its life trickle-charging in a garage. What’s more, the previous owner had thrown a handful of tasteful factory accessories at it (and a few that were less well-judged).

There was one key ingredient missing though; good suspension. Most modern classics roll out of the factory with suspension components that are adequate at best, but the older air-cooled Bonneville’s setup is downright poor. Small LED turn signals and a fancy sprocket cover might make your bike look prettier, but new shocks—like the fully adjustable TFX Suspension Xtreme units now gracing the tail end of my Triumph—will make it ride better.

TFX Suspension Xtreme rear shocks review

Based in The Netherlands, TFX Suspension is run by a small and passionate team, led by founders Hans-Dieter Fischer and Alex Meijs. The two of them formed TFX fourteen years ago when the suspension company that they were working for folded. Now they produce components on their terms, with the sort of hands-on approach that’s often missing from larger companies.

Their catalog includes various mono- and twin-shock items, suitable for a wide range of on- and off-road applications, plus a handful of front suspension upgrades. (We’ve seen their parts on custom bikes from Bottpower, Powerbrick, CNCPT Moto, and more.) They sent me a set of their Xtreme shocks to test out on my Triumph Bonneville; fully-adjustable units that retail for €1,399 [$1516].

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road tested: TFX Suspension Xtreme adjustable rear shocks
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