Updated on October 14, 2020 by Lyric Fergusson
Zoom! Zoom! What could be more thrilling for a child than getting their first taste of the wide-open road on a motorcycle built just for their size and speed! Why walk to grab your snack when you can throw on a helmet and drive! Driving holds a certain mystique for children, and this gives them their first glimpse of what the future has in store for them (and us…gulp!)
The best toddler motorcycles
(Best budget option — $)
Why it’s great: This kid-powered foot-to-floor toy motorcycle is an excellent beginning cycle for the younger set. This bright red cycle challenges fine and gross motor skills, plus balance and lower body strength. Carpet, cement, grass, or gravel, this ride-on motorcycle gets the job done. It’s also lightweight, which makes it easy to transport. The easy-grip handles and fun decals make this one a winner.
Keep in mind: The front tires and handlebars do not turn.
Good for: Beginning riders just starting out.
(Best For Smaller Kids Ready For Something Motorized — $$)
Why it’s great: This sporty, stylish motorcycle takes riding to a new level! Equipped with built-in music and headlights, your child can listen to music while rolling along the hallway or ‘open road.’ This cycle has a safe, three-wheel design preventing the motorcycle from tipping over, plus superior materials and scientific structure design. This toy comes with a rechargeable battery that, when fully charged, lasts up to 40 minutes. Your toddler simply steps on the foot pedal and goes!
Keep in mind: Take note of the dimensions of the bike. It is made for smaller children.
Good for: Little ones who like to ride in style.
(Best Real Driving Experience — $$$)
Why it’s great: If you are looking to mimic a real driving experience, look no further than the Kidzone Motorcycle! This motorcycle is great for both indoors and outdoors and has enough get-up-and-go to ride around the neighborhood and visit friends. With a 3-wheel design to prevent tipping over and anti-slip wheels, even the most nervous parents can rest easy.
Kids are sure to love the realistic key switch, accelerator pedal, forward and reverse capabilities, storage trunk, LED headlight, and a horn. It comes with a rechargeable battery that can be used for 1-2 hours after charged.
Keep in mind: It does not come with a spare set of keys.
Good for: Older kids ready to drive (well…almost).
(Best For Cool Kids Who Want To Power Themselves — $$)
Why it’s great: This ultra-cool tricked out Harley Davidson pedal-powered trike is sure to make quite the impression with the neighborhood gang! With its oversized pedals for little riders and a stable wheelbase and easy-grip handlebars, little riders are sure to have a blast. The cool Harley decals make this a stand out big wheel.
Keep in mind: Younger riders may have difficulty reaching pedals. Also, Harley sunglasses and attitude are not included.
Good for: Cool kids with an attitude.
(Best For Kids Who Don’t Need All The Bells And Whistles — $$$)
Why it’s great: This 4-wheel motorized ride-on motorcycle is great for kids who like a lot of color and flash with their ride. This colorful cycle has an easy to use foot pedal, which makes it simple to operate. The smooth steering and sturdy structure give extra support for new riders.
Keep in mind: This vehicle does not go in reverse.
Good for: Flashy kids who like their ride simple.
(Best For Future Police Officers — $$$)
Why it’s great: This battery-operated 3-wheel motorcycle is perfect for a toddler or a young child. It comes equipped with realistic car details that your little rider will surely love: chrome details, car sound effects, reverse ability, and headlights that turn on and off. This cycle can also be used inside and out, which makes it perfect for hardwood floors or cement. This cycle is not only fun but safe. This toy is safety tested and free of banned phthalates. Made from rugged, high-quality plastics that can hold up to 50lbs of weight, making it perfect up to age 4. It’s also completely washable!
Keep in mind: Adult assembly is required.
Good for: Kids who like some law and order with their ride.
(Best For Kids Who Want to Ride A Real Motorcycle — $$$)
Why it’s great: This realistic motorcycle comes with treaded tires, an exhaust pipe, and a sports engine. It also comes with a rechargeable battery, so there’s no need for extra batteries. With bright, colorful decals, working headlights, and built-in music, your child will feel like they are real ‘easy riders.’ PLUS, it comes with training wheels to help your child if they aren’t quite ready for 2 wheels!
Keep in mind: This bike works best on flat surfaces.
Good for: Kids who want a real motorcycle feel.
FAQs about toddler motorcycles
1. What safety accessories do I need to purchase for a toddler on a bike?
In general, ride-on toys are not recommended for use without proper protective gear—especially helmets.
2. My child is 1-years-old; what kind of motorcycle toy would be best?
The best kind of toy for a child that young would be a self-powered or self-propelled bike.
These bikes allow the child’s feet to reach the ground, enabling them to push themselves along. These are also called ‘balance bikes’ and for a good reason. They encourage balance in younger children plus strength and coordination. Once the child has mastered walking, a motorized bike might be something to consider.
3. What’s the earliest age my child can ride a motorized bike?
Children under the age of 1 year cannot use ride-on toys because they require a sense of balance to operate. The balance needed to use a ride-on toy usually develops when a child begins to walk with some steadiness. A better option for the younger set would be a self-propelling toy or one that requires their own power. The recommend age is usually 3-years-old for a motorized toy.
4. How fast do the motorized vehicles go?
It can be daunting to put your small child on a motorized vehicle. Rest assured, the top speed these toddler motorized vehicles go is usually 2.0mph. Most go 1.5mph. That is quite a manageable speed for both kids and parents.
5. Is there an age that kids outgrow this kind of motorized toy?
Generally speaking, by the time a child reaches 7 or 8 years old, they yearn for a faster, more sophisticated ride. At that point, they are probably ready to try a 2 wheel bike.
6. Are there any safety tips for a toddler on a bike?
If your toddler is on a motorized vehicle or self-powered trike, there are some safety tips you’re going to want to keep in mind:
- If it’s motorized, make sure the speed setting is low. You don’t want a toddler to get in over his/her head.
- Choose where they ride. You will want to pick areas that are clear of debris and flat. This makes it easier to manage and less frustrating for your child.
- Make a plan to supervise. You will need to watch your toddler on the bike or ride-on cycle. Ride along on your own bike and turn it into a family activity.
Kids love to imitate adults, and what could be better than owning your very own vehicle just like mom and dad! Even if they’re just driving around the house, the excitement of feeling the pedal, the steering wheel’s touch, the buttons, switches, and music all add up to many hours of fun.
But not every bike is made for every child.
The younger ones are better suited to the self-powered bikes where they can improve their balance and gross motor skills. The older crowd will love the motorized toys with all the lights and sounds that make it sound like a real car or motorcycle.
Each type of toy comes with pluses and minuses.
Every child is so unique. Think about your child and what you think would be the best fit for them. Some kids like to propel themselves and feel overwhelmed with the lights and sounds. In contrast, others love the adrenaline feeling of a motorized car with all the sounds and bright lights of a real car.
If it feels overwhelming, think of it as a dry run for when you have a teenager, and they want to start driving for real. When that day comes, you will wish you could make them drive a car that only goes 2.0 mph. Until then, enjoy these days full of pedals, decals, and wonder. More complicated days will be here soon enough, until then,” Let’s Ride.”
You may also like our other reviews…
Sleds | Roller Skates | Baseball Gloves | Easels | Rock Climbing Walls | Boy’s Snowsuits | Trampolines | Karaoke | Safety Harnesses | Workbenches | Beds | Toothbrushes | Rocking Horses | Scissors | Bath Tubs | Sandals | Paints | Plates | Coloring Books | Skateboards | Slides | Climbing toys | Puzzles | Wagons | Scooters | Lunch boxes | Block sets | Racing tracks | Bikes | Guitars | Busy boards | Drum sets | Tool sets | Pianos | Pillows | Cameras | Headphones | Remote control cars | Swings | Golf clubs | Push cars |