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There are more than 20 motorcycles in 2023 that are made with young riders in mind.
There are more than 20 motorcycles in 2023 that are made with young riders in mind. (GasGas/)

Motorcycles help kids develop new skills, build an understanding for vehicles, and experience freedom and fun on two wheels. The list of motorcycles for kids is a long one, so we’ve broken it down by engine displacement.

Choose between more trail-oriented dirt bikes (from Honda, Yamaha, or Suzuki, for example) or more competition-bred motocross bikes (like Kawasaki’s KX models, Suzuki’s RM85, or bikes from GasGas, Husqvarna, KTM, and TM).

When kids are ready to progress, they can move to bikes like the Suzuki DR-Z125L, Honda CRF125F/Big Wheel, Yamaha TT-R125LE, Kawasaki KLX140R, TM MX 144, and beyond.

50cc Displacement

The smallest bikes are great starting points for young kids who are just learning to ride.
The smallest bikes are great starting points for young kids who are just learning to ride. (Honda/)

Automatic clutches, easy power delivery, and low seat heights make the 50cc category perfect for the newest and smallest rider.

Automatic clutches on these bikes make it so kids don’t have to manage a clutch lever, instead, they can focus on throttle control, maneuvering, stopping, and balancing. The GasGas MC 50, Husqvarna TC 50, KTM 50 SX, and Yamaha PW50 have single-speed transmissions too, so on top of not working a clutch, kids also won’t have to focus on using a shift lever either. If parents feel like the child is ready to play with gears, bikes like the Honda CRF50F, Suzuki DR-Z50, Yamaha TT-R50E all have three-speeds for riders to click through.

Related: 2023 Suzuki DR-Z50 First Look Preview

The power that’s delivered from a 50cc engine is very mild mannered to begin with, but parents may want a little more control. The CRF50F, DR-Z50, and PW50 all have adjustable throttle limiters that put a cap on top speed.

Seat heights on these bikes are also young-rider appropriate ranging from the low-to-mid 20 inches, but if you’re interested in the lowest for easy touch down to the ground, the PW50′s 18.7 inches (claimed) seat height will have its appeal for riders who haven’t quite had a growth spurt.

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2023 GasGas MC 50: $4,599

2023 Honda CRF50F: $1,699

2023 Husqvarna TC 50: $4,799

2023 KTM 50 SX/Factory Edition/Mini: $4,699/$5,599/$4,199

2023 Suzuki DR-Z50: $2,499

2023 Yamaha PW50: $1,699

2023 Yamaha TT-R50E: $1,749

65cc Displacement

Got that competitive spirit? Unlike the 50cc class which has some bikes focused on trail riding the 65cc level has a motocross focus.
Got that competitive spirit? Unlike the 50cc class which has some bikes focused on trail riding the 65cc level has a motocross focus. (Fotografie Mitterbauer/KTM/)

Riders have manual transmissions and more power to work with when stepping up to 65cc dirt bikes like the KTM 65 SX, Husqvarna TC 65, GasGas MC 65, and Kawasaki KX65. At this stage, kids have graduated from single- or three-speed transmissions and will be in the realm of six-speed gearboxes. All of the engines in this category are liquid-cooled two-strokes.

Where many of the bikes in the 50cc range use drum brakes, all of these 65cc models use disc brakes for stronger stopping power. Suspension is adjustable. The Austrian minibikes’ front forks can be adjusted using an air pump and the bikes also have a fully adjustable rear shock. The KX65 has four-way rebound adjustability, front and rear, in addition to an adjustable spring preload (rear).

As the inseams stretch for the riders so do the seat heights, which go up to around 29 inches.

2023 GasGas MC 65: $5,299

2023 Husqvarna TC 65: $5,599

2023 Kawasaki KX65: $3,999

2023 KTM 65 SX: $5,499

85cc Displacement

The 85cc motocross bikes are a natural progression up from 65cc.
The 85cc motocross

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By: Serena McKnight
Title: Best Motorcycles for Kids 2023
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The Mighty Six: A brutal custom Honda CBX from The Netherlands

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Custom Honda CBX 1000 by Moto Adonis
An email commissioning a new project is good news for any custom motorcycle workshop. But the crew at Moto Adonis in The Netherlands was particularly giddy when their latest project hit their inbox. The brief read like most others, save for one key detail—the client specifically requested a custom Honda CBX 1000.

Like many of us, Moto Adonis co-owners Arthur Renkema and Job Leussink idolize the mighty CBX. “It’s undoubtedly one of the most legendary machines ever built,” Job proclaims. “The sound of this beastly inline six-cylinder engine, skillfully crafted by Honda masters, is more than just noise; it’s a symphony of brute force that resonates as pure rebellion on two wheels.”

Custom Honda CBX 1000 by Moto Adonis

Despite their love for this 80s icon, Moto Adonis had no intention of simply creating a tidy Honda CBX 1000 restomod. “The bike was craving a contemporary, rugged touch,” explains Job. “And we didn’t just add a hint; no, we went all-out.”

Paying tribute to the CBX’s legacy, Arthur and Job kept the bike’s OEM fuel tank—but everything else was fair game. The guys set out to modernize the bike, while stripping back as much as they could to highlight its gargantuan engine. While we wouldn’t go as far as calling a six-cylinder superbike from the 80s ‘lithe,’ this CBX is one of the leanest we’ve seen.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: The Mighty Six: A brutal custom Honda CBX from The Netherlands
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Published Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2024 19:35:20 +0000

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REVIVING LEGENDS: The Timeless Transformation of a ’66 Corvette Resto-Mod

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REVIVING LEGENDS: The Timeless Transformation of a ’66 Corvette Resto-Mod

Written by Nicole Ellan James


Resto-Mods have surged in popularity within the collector car community, and it’s easy to see why. These vehicles, characterized by their classic appearance combined with modern upgrades, encompass everything from sleek bodywork to advanced technology and powertrain enhancements. In recent years, the appeal of Resto-Mods has skyrocketed among buyers, with Corvettes standing out as constant favorites within this category.

The fusion of yesteryear’s charm with today’s innovation presents enthusiasts with an enticing combination of nostalgia and exhilaration. Resto-Mods embody this harmonious union, delivering the timeless allure of vintage aesthetics alongside the excitement of modern driving experiences. They serve as a compelling tribute to automotive history, capturing the essence of bygone eras while embracing the advancements of the present day.

Imagine a stunningly restored 1960s Corvette, now boasting a fuel-injected powerhouse, enhanced suspension and state-of-the-art infotainment system. This is precisely the transformation custom builder Jeff Hayes orchestrated with this 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible Resto-Mod, a project finished in October 2022.

Under the hood, an LS3 V8 engine rated with 540 horsepower is the starting point. The LS3 is known for its formidable power and relentless performance. Paired seamlessly with a 4L70E automatic transmission, this dynamic duo ensures smooth acceleration with precise shifts, for what’s sure to be an incredible driving experience.

Beneath its sleek exterior, this Corvette rests upon an Art Morrison sport chassis, renowned for its exceptional strength, agility and precision engineering. This high-performance foundation offers modern stability and handling, allowing the Corvette to carve through corners with confidence and command the road with authority. Bringing this Resto-Mod’s performance to a smooth halt are 4-wheel Wilwood disc brakes. Whether you’re pushing the limits on the open road or cruising through city streets, these brakes can deliver consistent and reliable braking performance, providing peace of mind and control in almost any driving scenario.

Finished in Bright Red paint, the exterior of this Corvette is complemented by a Saddle Brazilian leather interior.

Completing the look are striking Schott wheels, which accentuate the classic lines of the vehicle while adding a touch of contemporary flair. The wheels are wrapped in custom red line tires that not only enhance the aesthetic appeal but also ensure a smooth and responsive ride.

Step inside, and you’ll find a sanctuary of modern comfort and convenience seamlessly integrated into the classic design. The interior of this Resto-Mod features a Vintage Air system, ensuring the climate inside the cabin is comfortable regardless of the weather outside. A cutting-edge AM/FM Bluetooth stereo system delivers crystal-clear sound, allowing you to soundtrack your journey with your favorite tunes wirelessly. Other amenities include power steering and power windows for modern convivences.

This 1966 Chevrolet Corvette is selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction, April 18-20 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Register to bid today to take this one-of-a-kind Resto-Mod Corvette home with you.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: REVIVING LEGENDS: The Timeless Transformation of a ’66 Corvette Resto-Mod
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ROAD TRIP TO COOLSVILLE: Cars From the 1950s Represent an Incredible Automotive Era in America

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ROAD TRIP TO COOLSVILLE: Cars From the 1950s Represent an Incredible Automotive Era in America

After World War II, the United States saw an unprecedented surge in economic prosperity – and a newfound fascination with cars. The 1950s saw families moving out of the cities and into the suburbs, meaning a vehicle was pretty much a necessity for a commute to work. The automobile also signified freedom for the average American – a chance to hit the open road to explore via the burgeoning highway system (hello, Route 66!). Car culture flourished: drive-in movies, drive-thru restaurants and car clubs popped up everywhere.

This era saw the United States become the world’s largest manufacturer of automobiles – by the end of the 1950s, one in six working Americans were employed either directly or indirectly in the automotive industry. The decade began with some 25 million registered vehicles on the road; by 1958 there were more than 67 million.

American car designers let their imaginations run wild, and the advent of the jet age proved to be a major influence. As a result, Fabulous ’50s cars were resplendent with chrome, tailfins, chrome, wings, chrome, turbines, chrome and afterburner taillights. Did we mention chrome?

Ford, GM and Chrysler – known as the “Big Three” automakers at that time – led the way in automobile production during the 1950s boom. Vehicles forever emblematic of the decade of their creation include Chevrolet’s Bel Air and Corvette, Cadillac’s Eldorado, Ford’s Thunderbird and Fairlane, and Chrysler’s New Yorker. But smaller entities made waves, too – as evidenced by cars like the Kaiser Darrin roadster with its unique pocket doors and DeSoto’s impressive Adventurer – some of which even came with built-in record players.

Highlighted here are just a small sampling of the fantastic cars from the Fabulous ’50s that will be headed across the auction block during the 2024 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, January 20-28 at WestWorld. See you there, Daddy-O!


Pictured above and previously owned by renowned Kaiser Darrin collector Bob Adams. Powered by an original 2.6-liter Straight-6 engine backed by a 3-speed manual transmission with fourth-gear overdrive. Mechanically sorted, including redone brakes and full tune-up.


Recipient of a frame-off nut-and-bolt rotisserie restoration. Powered by a Hilborn electronic fuel-injected 383ci stroker engine backed by a 4-speed manual transmission. Modified frame, custom interior and smoothed firewall. 28 miles since completion.


Powered by an LS2 V8 engine paired with a 4L60E automatic transmission. Recipient of a full frame-off restoration; now rides on a Roadster Shop chassis. Everything from the top to bottom has been improved.


Powered by a factory 345ci HEMI V8 with dual 4-barrel carburetors. Equipped with power brakes, power steering, Continental kit and a Highway HiFi 45 record player under the dash.


Powered by a new Wegner LS3 427ci V8 engine mated to a Stage-4 4L80E Performance automatic transmission with a billet converter. Has an Art Morrison Tri-5 frame, multi-link rear suspension, Wilwood brakes, Vintage Air and a custom Alpine stereo.


Recipient of a complete nut-and-bolt restoration. Powered by the factory 390ci engine paired with a Hydromatic transmission. Rides on a custom air-ride suspension with AccuAir controls. Also has a JL Audio system built into the car for a modern feel.


Powered by a modern 5.0-liter Coyote engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Features modern amenities with all power options, removable hardtop, custom interior and a custom-finished engine bay. With 400 miles since the build completion.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: ROAD TRIP TO COOLSVILLE: Cars From the 1950s Represent an Incredible Automotive Era in America
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