With a total of 16 youth two-stroke dirt bikes on the market in 2020, parents have plenty of options to choose from when selecting a two-stroke off-road motorcycle for their kids. The engine sizes of these machines range from 50cc to 100cc.
Yamaha’s race-oriented dirt bikes for kids are the YZ85 and YZ65. The past two years have been notable ones for these two machines as the YZ85 was heavily updated in 2019, while the YZ65 was a new model to the Tuning Fork brand’s lineup in 2018. The PW50 is more of an entry-level motorcycle than its two YZ siblings, but Yamaha’s smallest dirt bike still a very popular choice for young racers—evidenced by the fact that they were ridden by 40 of the 42 competitors in the 51cc (4-6) Shaft Drive Limited class at the 2019 Loretta Lynn’s AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship.
KTM and Husqvarna offer the most models in the youth two-stroke dirt bike segment in 2020. The Austrian manufacturer’s lineup of orange bikes includes the 85 SX, 65 SX, 50 SX, and 50 SX Mini. Being that Husqvarna off-road motorcycles roll off the same assembly line as KTMs, their offerings are similar with the TC 85, TC 65, TC 50, and TC 50 Mini. The one other European manufacturer to produce an 85cc two-stroke motocross bike is Italy’s own TM with its MX 85.