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Pocket Bikes Mini Guide: What are Pocket Bikes?

By Pablo Dauria

Pocket bikes, also called minimotos or mini pocket bikes, are essentially miniature sized GP Racing motorcycles. Pocket bikes are built with the same detail, proportion, and craftsmanship of any world-class GP bike on a smaller scale. Pocket bikes have many features common to regular motorcycles, such as disc brakes in the front and rear, racing tires, fairings, lightweight aluminum alloy cast perimeter frames and swing arms. Where they differ, though, is in their size. This difference does not impede fun. There are a wide variety of online pocket bikes-miniature versions of actual, full-size motorcycles-that offer fun and thrills to both the young racer and the experienced professional.

They are usually built with gas-powered engines. The smaller industrial-motored models used by Junior class racers are capable of speeds of over 35 mph, the average 4.2 hp and 6.2 hp racing models achieve about 40-45 mph, and open class machines reach speeds over 50 mph. Pocket bikes can be built with many of the features common to regular bikes, such as disc brakes in the front and rear, racing tires, fairings, lightweight aluminum alloy cast perimeter frames and swing arms.

Originally, pocket bikes were solely made by specialty manufacturers who sold them at expensive prices. As their appeal has grown, however, affordable pocket bike imports have become available to a much larger group of motor sport enthusiasts.

Where to Ride Pocket Bikes?

While many pocket bike owners race their pocket bikes at competitions and go-kart tracks, others simply enjoy riding their pocket bikes recreationally in open areas. There are many options for legally racing your pocket bike with friends and in organized competitions. A racing sanctioning body has been established to promote racing in North America called NAPRA, the North American Pocket Bike Racing Association. Go-kart tracks offer a road racecourse that is perfectly scaled to pocket bikes. You can give your local go-kart track a call or get in touch with NAPRA itself to see if any tracks or leagues are offering racing in your area. Major kart tracks across the country have adopted pocket bike racing, and there are sure to be more as the national interest in pocket grows with every passing day. Outside of pocket bike competitions, you can ride your pocket bike on private property in enclosed courses.

Here are some guidelines for recreational pocket bike riding: find a clear, open area that allows for high speeds, be sure there are no major obstacles or obstructions that could cause harm or injury, ride on a relatively smooth surface to maximize control, and steer clear of public roads and pedestrian-heavy areas.
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