Updated on January 4, 2021 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!)
Best (Motorized) Motorcycles for Toddlers
(Best for kids who want to ride a real motorcycle — $$)
Why it’s great: This realistic motorcycle comes with treaded tires, an exhaust pipe, and a sports engine. It also comes with a rechargeable battery, so there’s no need for extra batteries. With bright, colorful decals, working headlights, and built-in music, your child will feel like they are real ‘easy riders.’ PLUS, it comes with training wheels to help your child if they aren’t quite ready for 2 wheels!
Keep in mind: This bike works best on flat surfaces.
Good for: Kids ages 3-6 years who want a real motorcycle feel.
(Best For smaller tots ready for something motorized — $$)
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 ages 1-3 years who like to ride in style.
(Most choices — $$)
Why it’s great: This one comes in multiple different colors, so your child can easily pick their favorite. It has training wheels to keep it stable, making a nice even ride for your toddler. This motorcycle can go forwards or backwards and has a controlled speed, which means you don’t have to worry about your child taking off! The headlights and taillights are LED and light up, giving your child a more realistic experience. On top of all that, this bike has a horn and plays music. And it even has Bluetooth for syncing with smartphones and MP3 players.
Keep in mind: It takes about 6-8 hours to charge the battery, so make sure you do that when you get it.
Good for: Kids ages 3-8 who want their favorite color motorcycle.
(Best real driving experience — $$$)
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 charging.
Keep in mind: It does not come with a spare set of keys.
Good for: Older kids ages 3 and up who are 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 ages 2-5 years with an attitude.
(Best indoor/outdoor bike — $$)
Why it’s great: This battery-operated 3-wheel motorcycle is perfect for a toddler or a young child. It comes equipped with realistic car details that your little rider will surely love: chrome details, car sound effects, reverse ability, and headlights that turn on and off. This cycle can also be used inside and out, which makes it perfect for hardwood floors or cement. This cycle is not only fun but safe. This toy is safety tested and free of banned phthalates. Made from rugged, high-quality plastics that can hold up to 50lbs of weight, making it perfect up to age 4. It’s also completely washable!
Keep in mind: Adult assembly is required.
Good for: Kids ages 18 months to 4 years old who like some law and order with their ride.
(Sleekest design — $$)
Why it’s great: This motorcycle has a sleek design that makes it look very cool. It has three wheels for ultimate stability and the padded seat is comfortable. The handlebars are easy for little hands to grip and the bike is easy for your child to drive all by themselves. The pedals will keep your child’s feet in the right place, so they’re not just hanging off the sides. Plus, your toddler will be able to listen to music and it also comes with a USB, which you can put any song your child wants on it, so they can listen to their favorites while they drive.
Keep in mind: You will need to assemble this one yourself, but the directions are simple and it is easy to put together.
Good for: Children ages 3 and up that want a cool looking motorcycle
(Best police bike — $)
Why it’s great: This one looks like a real police motorcycle, with the right colors, labels, and even the flashing light. This one also has three wheels for a sturdier ride and the seat is curved for extra comfort. You can drive forward or backward with this one and it has anti-slip wheels, which means it can drive over most types of ground. This makes it great for indoor or outdoor play. There’s even two storage compartments on the sides, so your child can bring along any toys they want. This motorcycle also plays music and has a USB and MP3 port available, so your child can listen to whatever they like.
Keep in mind: The siren only flashes, it doesn’t make noise, but that might be a good thing.
Good for: Kids ages 3 and up that want to be a police officer.
(Best for younger girls — $$)
Why it’s great: This bike is designed especially for young toddler to get them familiar with riding and driving a bike. The handlebars are easy to grip and will help your child learn to steer. The seat is comfortable and the raised back will keep your toddler from slipping off. Lights flash on the windscreen and it plays 3 different melodies from Frozen. The blue and white design matches the show’s theme and adorable pictures of Anna and Elsa cover the bike. You can also buy matching safety gear, such as a helmet, knee pads, and padded gloves.
Keep in mind: This one only goes about 2mph, which is slower than most of the other options.
Good for: Little girls ages 2-4 who love Frozen.
(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 pink and purple 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. Your child will get the benefit and added stability of four wheels, with the cooler motorcycle look. Plus, the pretty decals are sure to delight your child.
Keep in mind: This vehicle does not go in reverse.
Good for: Flashy kids ages 3 and up who like their ride simple.
(Most portable — $)
Why it’s great: Out of all the options, this motorcycle is the easiest to take with you wherever you go. It is smaller and weighs less than any of the others, so it’s easy to lift and fits in a trunk. Plus, it’s simple and easy for your child to use, with the stop and go pedal on the footrest. It can drive forward or backward with just a switch of a button. The handlebars are easy for young children to grip and they have buttons to turn on music. There’s storage compartments on both sides, so your child can bring along some toys. Plus, there’s a colorful LED ring around the compartments. It works great both indoors and outdoors and even drives on grass.
Keep in mind: This motorcycle works great on most surfaces, but doesn’t really have enough power to get your child up a hill.
Good for: Children ages 3-6 that want a motorcycle they can take with them wherever they go.
FAQs about toddler motorcycles
1. What safety accessories do I need to purchase for a toddler on a bike?
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.”
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