The motocross world will get considerably larger in 2024. New players are knocking on the door while the traditional companies will be offering more products. GasGas, Honda, Husqvarna, KTM, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha all will will offer special editions in addition to their mainstays in each class. And now Beta, Triumph, Stark Future and others have joined the party. It all adds up to more choices for all of us and that’s always a good thing.
GASGAS MC450F: $10,399
GasGas is still the new kid in the Pierer Mobility family. The brand’s role is to provide a more affordable alternative to KTM and Husqvarna models. You still can’t say that any of them is especially cheap, but GasGas keeps the price down by using alternative suppliers like Braktec hydraulics and Maxxis tires. The exhaust system has no resonance chamber, and you don’t get a map switch on the handlebar. The MC450F has the same motor and frame as the cur-rent KTM and Husky 450s.
BETA 450RX: $10,999
We have been expecting this bike to arrive for two years now. Finally, it’s here. Contracts have been signed and deals have been made for Beta to race in the 2024 Monster Energy Supercross with Colt Nichols and Benny Bloss. The bike will have its own motor; not one shared with a dual-sport or enduro bike. The suspension is KYB and expectations are high.
HONDA CRF450R: $9699
Honda’s run in the 2023 Pro Motocross season will go down in history as one of the most successful in the sport’s history, and the CRF450R was a key component. The 2024 version is unchanged, but it still features three maps, trac-tion control and a multi-layered launch assist, all of which can be selected from a handlebar-mounted map switch. The Showa fork and shock were updated in 2023, and the motor was given a smoother, more controllable power delivery.
HONDA CRF450RWE: $12,499
Honda has a Works Edition for those who want a bike that’s one step closer to what Jett Lawrence rides. It comes stock with a hand-ported head, a Yoshimura RS12 exhaust system, special coatings for the Showa suspension com-ponents, a Hinson clutch basket, a Throttle Jockey seat cover and more goodies. The ECU settings and suspension valving are also exclusive to the RWE.
HONDA CRF450R-S: $8899
Honda has made a tradition of offering a special edition of the CRF450R at a reduced price each year. It’s called the CRF450R-S, and it is essentially the previous generation of the 450. In this case, the S is identical to the 2022 standard CRF450R, which was known for its massive peak power and aggressive nature. Honda toned it down in 2023 and made minor frame and suspension changes. The R is the bargain of the motocross world right now.
HUSQVARNA FC450: $11,199
Husqvarna has been criticized for being too KTM-like over the years. Now, Husky’s motocross bikes have carved out their own identity with a number of features. One of those is a lower seat height. The FC450 has a slight reduction in suspension travel and linkage to bring the seat down by about 15mm, which can make a big difference. Husky also has a consolidated airbox and subframe, and a number of components that are different from those used by KTM. The 2024 FC450 is unchanged from 2023.
KAWASAKI KX450: $10,399
Kawasaki went a little wild for 2024. The KX450 has dramatic changes across the board. The frame and motor are new, and the head now has a center exhaust port. The coupler-based mapping system is gone, replaced with a han-dlebar-mounted map switch and smartphone connectivity. The KX450F also has traction control and a Brembo front brake for 2024. There’s no word yet on if and when a KX450SR special racer will be offered.
KAWASAKI KX450: $10,699
In honor of Kawasaki’s 50-year history of KX models, there is also a 50th Anniversary Edition of the KX450 for $300 more. Mechanically, it’s the same as the standard 2024 model, which means everything is new. That includes traction control, on-the-fly mapping changes and smartphone connectivity. The special-edition livery consists of splash graphics, silver rims and a blue seat, reminiscent of the mid-’90s.
KTM 450SX-F: $11,099
Everything was new on last year’s KTM 450SX-F, so you can forgive the Austrian R&D department for sending the same basic bike into action for 2024. The KTM still has a WP air fork in front, a steel frame and a single-overhead-cam 5-speed motor. The electronic portfolio includes Quickshift, launch assist, traction control and two maps available on the fly. In the 2023 Dirt Bike Magazine 450 shootout, the KTM 450SX-F was the king of the dyno.
STARK VARG (ELECTRIC): $12,900
Currently, this is the most advanced electric dirt bike in the world. The first units of the Stark Varg are finally reaching America, and virtually all the pre-production hype has been legit. It offers output that can be tailored to any level, top-ping out at 80 horsepower. The suspension is KYB, and the range is enough to compete in normal-length motocross events. Charging time is two hours, the weight is 260 pounds, and all the initial reviews have been encouraging.
SUZUKI RM-Z450: $9199
It’s fascinating to see the interest in the Suzuki RM-Z450 suddenly spike with Ken Roczen’s recent success. It’s the same bike as before, but it took someone of Ken’s stature to bring it back into the limelight. It still has excellent overall manners and a smooth power delivery. It comes with a Athena GET smartphone-based engine tuner. It still lacks elec-tric start if that’s a deal killer. For now, the RM Army Edition is available with a Pro Circuit exhaust and special graphics at no extra cost.
YAMAHA YZ450F: $9999
Yamaha’s YZ450F was last year’s wonderbike, with an all-new chassis and a mostly new motor. Now, it’s back without change. It still has the most highly reviewed suspension in the motocross world, and every bike comes with smartphone connectivity, so you can tune fuel delivery and ignition advance in the pits and then choose from two maps of your own making on the fly. Hydraulic clutch actuation is an option.
YAMAHA YZ450F 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION: $10,199
Yamaha earned its first official U.S. championship in the inaugural year of the AMA 250 Motocross Championship. The first YZs showed up in 1974, so to commemorate that anniversary, the 2024 YZ450F is available in a special edi-tion. The 50th anniversary YZ450 comes in white plastic with purple and pink highlights. Those were the colors of the early ’90s. Yamaha has previously offered color scenes to pay tribute to earlier eras in its long history.
GASGAS MC350F: $10,099
Last year GasGas was a little left out. All the other Austrian bikes in the Pierer Mobility conglomerate got new motors and frames, while GasGas remained the “budget” alternative. Now, the GasGas MC350F joins the latest generation with the newest designs. The MC350F still has a lower price and a number of different components from the other brands in the group. The brakes are Braktec, the tires are Maxxis, there’s no map switch and no resonance chamber in the head pipe. Also, the suspension is slightly softer.
HUSQVARNA FC350: $10,999
Husky’s FC350 has become the unofficial captain of the Vet class. If you’re over 30, you probably are considering a 350, and the FC350 is front and center. It has the same easy-to-use motor as the KTM 350, but the seat height is slightly lower, and the power delivery is a little smoother. The FC350 got a new chassis and motor last year, so there are no significant changes for 2024. It still has a WP air fork and Brembo brakes and hydraulics.
KTM 350SX-F: $10,899
The biggest mystery in science is the fact that the KTM 350SX-F hasn’t been cloned yet. It’s a fantastically successful motocross bike in the amateur ranks, and yet no Japanese manufacturer has yet offered a viable competitor. The only other 350 four-strokes are the GasGas and Husqvarna, both of which use the latest KTM motor and frame. The front suspension is the XP Xact air fork, the brakes are Brembo and the tires are Dunlop.
BETA 300RX (TWO-STROKE): $9399
Beta has only been in the motocross game for two years, but already the company is turning heads and making waves. For 2024, Beta will have a U.S. Pro Motocross team featuring Colt Nichols. His main gig will be the 450RX, but he’s almost certain to occasionally swing a leg over the production 300RX two-stroke—that’s the bike that has most U.S. riders excited. It’s an electric-start 300 with a Keihin carburetor, a KYB closed-cartridge fork and a KYB shock. The basic motor and frame are from the 300RR off-road bike, but there’s no oil injection, and it’s in a more aggressive state of tune.
KTM 300SX/250SX (TWO-STROKE): $9399/$9149
KTM gives you a choice in its motocross two-strokes. You can either go for the 250 or the 300, which are identical aside from displacement and mapping. Both are very powerful. The 300, in fact, makes more peak power than some 450 four-strokes. These bikes were redesigned in 2023 with throttle-body fuel injection and electric start. Both got a new motocross-oriented chassis with a WP Xplor air fork and linkage rear suspension. Brakes and clutch are by Brembo.
GASGAS MC250F: $9399
GasGas might be the most affordable of the Austrian-made motocross bikes, but the MC250F is still around $1,000 more than any of the Japanese 250 four-stroke. It has the latest motor and chassis from the factory in Mattighofen, but the suspension and power output are a little softer than KTM’s or Husqvarna’s. The brakes and hydraulics are from Braktec, the tires are Maxxis, and it has no map switch or resonance chamber.
GASGAS MC250 (TWO-STROKE): $8499
The GasGas MC250 got big changes for 2024, and now it’s on the same page as the 250 two-stroke motocross bikes from KTM and Husqvarna. It now has throttle-body fuel injection and an electronic power valve. GasGas models have lower pricing than their Austrian counterparts, and in some cases have different parts, such as the Braktec hy-draulics. It also comes without a map switch, although one can be purchased as an accessory. The front suspension is a WP Xact air fork and is held on by a new forged triple clamp.
HONDA CRF250R: $8299
A few years ago the Honda CRF250R was criticized for having nothing but screaming top-end power. The company must have agreed, because now it has more torque than anything in the 250 class. It’s also the lightest in the class. The CRF250R has a cable-pull clutch with nine plates, Pirelli tires and an array of electronic aides, including three power modes and launch assist. The suspension is by Showa and the brakes are Nissin. There are no significant mechanical changes for 2024.
HUSQVARNA FC250: $10,299
Husqvarna’s 250-class motocross four-stroke shares its frame and motor with the current KTM 250SX-F, but most of the similarities end there. The bodywork and subframe are proprietary Husqvarna designs, and the suspension is slightly shorter in order to provide a lower seat height. Husqvarna models also use different handlebars, rims and seats. The brakes are still Brembo, and the tires are still Dunlop. There are no significant mechanical changes for 2024.
HUSQVARNA TC250 (TWO-STROKE): $9249
Husqvarna took a break after going a little crazy with the TC250 last year. It’s unchanged for 2024, but remains one of the most advanced two-strokes in the world. It has electric start, throttle-body fuel injection and an electronic power valve, all coordinated in a complex digital dance by the bike’s on-board computer. The Husky is similar to the KTM 250SX but has a slightly lower seat height and shorter suspension travel. It also differs in airbox design, handlebar make, rims and bodywork.
KAWASAKI KX250: $8799
Kawasaki put all of its engineers on the KX450 project this year, so the KX250 returns unchanged. It still has one of the all-time great 250 four-stroke motors and the only hydraulic clutch from a Japanese maker in the 250 class. The suspension is KYB, the tires are Dunlop and the brakes are Nissin. It has three maps pre-programmed into the ECU, but you have to stop and change electronic couplers to access them. Launch assist is available on the handlebar.
KOVE MX250: $6000
Kove got worldwide attention this year by finishing the Dakar Rally with three bikes. Now, the company is turning its attention to motocross with the MX250. This is a double-overhead-cam, electric-start four-stroke with fuel injection and a steel frame. The bike was designed in Utah and manufactured in Asia. The price is obviously a key selling point, but performance is said to be respectable. It will be available in red and teal color schemes.
KTM 250SX-F: $10,199
KTM still has the absolute horsepower record in the production 250 class, although it’s closer than ever. The 250SX-F got a new chassis and motor in 2023, and now returns without significant change. It still has a WP air fork in front and a WP Xact shock in the rear. The brakes and hydraulic clutch are made by Brembo, the handlebar is Neken, and the tires are Dunlops. The map switch on the handlebar also offers launch assist, two maps and traction control.
SUZUKI RM-Z250: $8099
Suzuki hasn’t updated the RM-Z 250 in years, but has had some success in pro racing with the BarX Suzuki team, proving that there is still potential in the admittedly old-school stick-start motor. The RM-Z250 now has smartphone based engine tuning through the GET/Athena-made MX Tuner 2.0. For a limited time, Suzuki is offering a promotion that allows you to convert your standard RM-Z250 into an RM Army Edition with special graphics and a Pro Circuit exhaust system.
TRIUMPH TF250X: $9995
The Triumph TF250X has finally been revealed. The motor is a double-overhead cam, electric-start four-stroke with Del Orto fuel injection. It features traction control, Quickshift and multiple maps. The frame is aluminum and uses a central backbone rather than twin spars. Suspension is KYB and brakes are Brembo.
YAMAHA YZ250 (TWO-STROKE): $7999
Yamaha has a history of making infrequent changes to the YZ250 two-stroke. The last big revamp was in 2022 when it got new bodywork and suspension updates. Now, the 2023 version is unchanged, as it probably will be for some time. The YZ250 still uses a Keihin carburetor with a Power Jet and a throttle position sensor. The front suspension is very similar to that of the current YZ250F motocross bike but with smaller axle carriers to accommodate smaller axles
YAMAHA YZ250 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION (TWO-STROKE): $8799
Yamaha won the inaugural AMA 250 motocross championship in 1971 with Gary Jones on a prototype of the first YZ250, which came out two years later. The YZs have been in continual production since then. To commemorate that, the YZ250 will be offered in a 50th Anniversary Edition for 2024. The 50th Anniversary Edition gets a look that hark-ens back to the Damon Bradshaw era of the 1990s.
YAMAHA YZ250F: $8899
Last year the Yamaha YZ450F got a complete transformation. This year the YZ250F gets the same treatment. The chassis is new, the weight is decreased, the airbox is bigger and the bodywork is redesigned. Unlike the 450’s make-over, the YZ250F motor has only a few changes, including new mapping and a new cam chain. The suspension is still KYB, but has changes in valving, and the fork clickers now require no tools for adjustment.
YAMAHA YZ250F 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION: $9099
Remember that Damon Bradshaw look? The Yamaha YZ250F 50th Anniversary Edition will bring those days right back. The bodywork is white, the seat is blue and there are hot pink highlights. Why the ’90s? In 2008 Yamaha com-memorated the early ’70s with a special edition. The late ’70s and mid-’80s were subsequently honored with their own tributes. The unique look of the ’90s was due for a special edition of its own.
GASGAS MC125 (TWO-STROKE): $7499
Last year GasGas was left behind, while all the other brands under the Pierer Mobility umbrella got big changes. Now, GasGas has caught up. The 2024 MC125 has electric start, an electronic power valve and throttle-body fuel in-jection. GasGas still tries to keep its prices lower than those of KTM and Husqvarna. It uses Braktec hydraulics, Maxxis tires and some non-name-brand components. The MC125 is the only GasGas that comes with a map switch, so the bike can be made richer in sand and other demanding conditions.
HUSQVARNA TC125 (TWO-STROKE): $8199
The Husky TC125 is unchanged for 2024, but was massively redesigned last year. The motor has no kick-starter, but it has an electric starter, along with throttle-body fuel injection and an electronic power valve. Like all of Husqvarna’s full-size bikes, the TC125 has two maps, but they don’t necessarily offer you a choice between mild and wild like the bigger two-strokes. Map two simply makes the fuel mixture richer for taxing conditions like sand. Husqvarna has a number of differences from KTM, including a lower seat height, different bodywork and a ProTaper handlebar.
KTM 125SX (TWO-STROKE): $8099
The 125 is making a big comeback at motocross tracks in the U.S. KTM has been a big part of that, but the current 125SX isn’t an old-school motocross bike like most of its kind. It’s one of the most technologically sophisticated ma-chines this class has ever seen. It uses an engine management system to alter fuel delivery, spark advance and pow-er-valve opening using engine rpm, load and throttle opening as input factors—very techy stuff. This model does not use oil injection.
YAMAHA YZ125 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION (TWO-STROKE): $7299
For 50 years, Yamaha has always had a YZ125 in its lineup. No other manufacturer has any model that has made such a run. To commemorate a half century of production, Yamaha is offering a 50th Anniversary Edition. The white bodywork and purple highlights were the colors that Yamaha offered in 1995, prior to the blue theme. Under the colors and black rims, it’s the same as the standard edition.
YAMAHA YZ125 (TWO-STROKE): $7099
Two years ago, the Yamaha YZ125 got a new motor, new bodywork and updated suspension. The ergonomics were the biggest improvement, and the YZ went from a retro layout to a more modern-feeling bike. Since then the bike has gone unchanged. It still has most of the technology it had decades ago, including a ball-ramp power valve and a Kei-hin carburetor. In peak power, the YZ gained slightly compared to the earlier model, but it’s still not as powerful as the current Austrian 125s.
HONDA CRF150R: $5399
Honda made a commitment to the four-stroke engine design a long, long time ago. The company renewed its vows to the four-stroke in 2007 with the first motocross mini four-stroke. It had a displacement advantage that allowed it to outperform many 85cc two-strokes of the time and was easy to ride. It has gone unchanged for a long time now and suffers by comparison to European mini two-strokes. Kick-starting is easy for adults, but can be challenging for kids. Honda also sells a CRF150RB Big Wheel for $5,599.
KAWASAKI KX112 (TWO-STROKE): $5599
The Supermini class in most amateur motocross venues is populated by highly modified bikes with bigger wheels than standard minis. Kawasaki offers the KX112 to give riders a head start on their way into this world. The KX112 us-es a 16-inch rear wheel with a 19-incher in front and is equipped with Dunlop MX33 tires. This bike is unchanged for 2024, but it’s only been around for a couple of years and has already made an impact in the amateur racing scene.
GASGAS MC85 (TWO-STROKE): $6299
The GasGas MC85 is very similar to the KTM 85SX and Husqvarna TC85, aside from a few components. The en-gine is still a case-reed, power-valve 6-speed. It has most of the same features as the larger GasGas MX bikes, in-cluding a hydraulic clutch and a WP air fork. In the rear, a WP shock is connected directly to the swingarm sans link-age. A big-wheel version is also available for $6499.
HUSQVARNA TC85 (TWO-STROKE): $6699
Husqvarna is seen as the most desirable address in the greater KTM/GasGas/Husky neighborhood. As such, the TC85 has a slightly higher price than the others. It still uses a case-reed, power-valve, 6-speed motor. Most of the components are the same as those of the KTM, including Excel rims, WP suspension, Formula brakes and ODI grips. A version with 19/16-inch wheels is $6999.
KAWASAKI KX85 (TWO-STROKE): $4899
Team Green’s efforts at raising young athletes has paid dividends for Kawasaki over the years. Many a pro rider got his start on the KX85. The last update for the KX85 came in 2022 when it got a new look, as well as changes to the gearbox, cooling system and tires. In the higher divisions, the KX struggles to be competitive with products from Aus-tria, but the price is much more attractive. The Kawasaki still has a lower seat height than many other bikes in the 85 class and is excellent for younger, smaller riders.
KTM 85SX (TWO-STROKE): $6599
If any company owns the mini ranks in modern amateur motocross, it’s KTM. The 85SX is still considered the most advanced bike in the 85 class. The power-valve, case-reed motor and 6-speed gearbox are mated to WP suspension (air in the front, PDS in the rear). The clutch and brakes are hydraulic, and both made by Formula. The little KTM has gone unchanged for 2024. A big-wheel model sells for $6899.
SUZUKI RM85 (TWO-STROKE): $4499 (2023 MODEL)
Suzuki wasn’t wrong to leave the RM85 unchanged for over 10 years. It allows the price to be lower than any other 85cc two-stroke, which is key to attracting young riders and families into the sport. The RM85 still makes decent power, especially down low. It has a low seat height and can be modified into an excellent Supermini. The RM85 is eternal and can be passed from sibling to sibling.
YAMAHA YZ85 (TWO-STROKE): $4999
Between 2019 and 2022, Yamaha revamped the YZ85 step by step until it was almost completely revised. Now, the 2024 model is unchanged, but it’s good for a new generation of riders to be brought into the Yamaha fold. The offer-ings from KTM, Husqvarna and GasGas have long dominated the elite levels of amateur motocross, but the Yamaha has made significant inroads in those classes for a much smaller investment. There’s also a version with a 17-inch rear wheel and a 19-inch front wheel called the “LW” for $5199.
COBRA CX65 (TWO-STROKE): $5898
Cobra is a truly American brand that manufactures its bikes almost entirely in Michigan. The CX65 is the top of the line and is the only bike in the mini kingdom that has continuously evolved since its introduction. For 2024 it has a new frame. This follows major motor upgrades the year before. The CX65 has an electronic power valve that is more so-phisticated than anything in the mini world. It still has a manual clutch and 6-speed gearbox powered by a case-reed motor with a Mikuni carburetor.
GASGAS MC65 (TWO-STROKE): $5449
For 2024, the GasGas MC65 has no significant changes but still sells for less than the KTM or Husky because of a few components that are different. The MC65 has a 6-speed gearbox, an air fork and a no-linkage rear shock. The motor features a pressure-controlled power valve and a hydraulic clutch. The engine, frame and suspension are the same as those of the KTM and Husky.
HUSQVARNA TC65 (TWO-STROKE): $5749
Husqvarna’s 10th anniversary as an Austrian band has arrived, and as a birthday gift the TC65 gets updates and a new look. In that time, it has developed a reputation as one of the most competitive MX bikes in every class, right down to the minis. The TC65 has the same engine, frame, suspension, brakes and wheels as the KTM 65SX. Only the bodywork, frame color and graphics are different. Both have 6-speed gearboxes, air forks and Formula hydraulic brakes. Still, the Husky commands a higher price.
KAWASAKI KX65 (TWO-STROKE): $4199
Kawasaki almost single-handedly kept the 65cc class afloat for over 40 years, with continuous production all the way back to the days when it was the KX60. Today’s KX65 is less about racing and more about offering an affordable stepping stone into the world of manual clutches and gearboxes. The littlest KX is still fairly potent and has hydraulic disc brakes. The price is more than $1000 less than any other 65 and even less than most 50s.
KTM 65SX (TWO-STROKE): $5649
KTM Finally gave the 65SX some updates, and that includes a new look. More and more young riders are growing up orange because of KTM’s long-term investment in the mini ranks. The KTM 65SX dominates the 65 class in amateur racing across the country. It has a manual hydraulic clutch, a 6-speed gearbox and hydraulic disc brakes. The front suspension is a WP Xact air fork, and the rear is a WP PDS shock.
YAMAHA YZ65 (TWO-STROKE): $4899
The Yamaha YZ65 was born in 2019, making it the only new two-stroke that Japan has produced this millennium. Yamaha engineers used existing YZ85 technology to keep the price reasonable. As a result, the Yamaha is competi-tive with the KTM, Husky and GasGas 65s for hundreds less. Considering that most kids grow out of a 65 very quickly, keeping the price down is particularly important in this class.
COBRA CX50SR (TWO-STROKE): $4895
The Cobra CX50 has earned over 300 championships in its 30-year history, and this summer at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals the company earned a few more. The CX50 is built like a scaled-down factory motocross bike. It has twin radiators, forged triple clamps and hydraulic disc brakes. The standard CX50 already has a long list of high-end parts, but there’s also an upscale Factory Works Edition for top-ranked young riders. It sells for $5848. To commemorate the company’s 30th year, there’s also an Anniversary Edition for $6048.
COBRA CX50JR (TWO-STROKE): $4688
The Cobra CX50JR has 10-inch cast wheels and 170mm of suspension travel for a lower seat height. It’s based on the same technology as the CX50SR, but designed to allow young riders to progress at their own rate. For 2024, the CX50JR has a number of upgrades, particularly in the rear brake system. Every detail is thought out for kids, including the micro-sized handlebar for smaller hands.
GASGAS MC50 (TWO-STROKE): $4749
The GasGas MC50 is less expensive than its counterparts from KTM and Husqvarna, but offers all the same fea-tures. It has the same frame, suspension and motor as the TC50 and the 50SX, but with its own bodywork and look. It features an automatic transmission and a 50cc case-reed motor. The front suspension is a WP AER 35 air fork. Best of all, most 6-year-olds can actually spell “GasGas.” Very few can even say “Husqvarna.”
HUSQVARNA TC50 (TWO-STROKE): $4949
The Husqvarna TC50 is essentially the same bike as the KTM 50SX, which means that it, too, is updated for 2024. It has an auto clutch, a case-reed motor, WP suspension and an AER 35 air fork up front with a PDS shock in the rear. Both brakes are hydraulic, and the alloy handlebar is tapered. The seat height is 26 inches, and the whole package weighs about 91 pounds without fuel.
KTM 50SX (TWO-STROKE): $4849
The 50SX is significantly updated for 2024. When it comes to racing in the 50 class, it’s usually a KTM-versus-KTM show at most local events. The KTM 50SX has an adjustable automatic clutch and a torque converter that requires no shifting. The front suspension is a WP Xact air fork, and the rear shock has no linkage. There’s also a Factory Edition that has upgraded components, including an FMF exhaust system, a billet clutch cover and special graphics. It sells for $5999.
GASGAS MC-E 5/MC-E 3 (ELECTRIC): $5299/$4799
Electric power is natural for kids in the early stages of riding and racing. The GasGas MC-E 5 has six levels of output and can provide up to two hours of riding for a beginner or 24 minutes at full power. Charging takes no more than 70 minutes. The MC-E 3 has a lower seat height, less output and less battery reserve, but can still provide up to two hours of riding time.
COBRA CX5E (ELECTRIC): $6998
Like its gasoline-powered minis, the Cobra CX5E is a race-oriented product made in the USA. It uses a liquid-cooled motor and a Cool Pack battery, which can be changed in the same time it takes to fill a gas tank. There are six riding modes, and the “trainer key” opens up an additional six levels for true beginners. The chassis isn’t that different from that of the Cobra CX50, with the 32mm MXT Smart Leg fork in front and a CARD shock in the rear.
HUSQVARNA EE 5/EE 3 (ELECTRIC): TBA
Husqvarna, KTM and GasGas all have their own takes on the electric mini. The technology and hardware are essen-tially the same, but there are differences in bodywork, componentry and, most important of all to many kids, identity. The EE-5 has a max output of 5 kW and a variable seat height of 665 to 615mm, whereas the EE 3 has 3.8 kW max power and a seat height of 555 to 600mm.
KTM SX-E 5/KTM SX-E 3 (ELECTRIC): $5599/ $5099
The KTM Junior Supercross program has now gone silent with the SX-E 5. This is the same program that started over 20 years ago with the gasoline-powered KTM 50SX, and the transition to electric-powered bikes has been seam-less. The SX-E 5 has six ride modes, 907 Wh of battery power and a seat height of 665mm. The fork travel is 205mm, and the PDS shock provides 185mm of travel. The SX-E 3 has 648Wh of juice and an adjustable seat height of 555 to 600mm.