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Have some fun with a 49cc pocket bike

A mini motorcycle, also known as a pocket rocket, mini bike or pocket bike, is essentially a regular motorcycle that has been scaled down. Motorsports fans may also know them as pit bikes and be familiar with racing drivers using them to get about in the paddock. Mini dirt bike options are also available. There are also scooter and Chopper style mini bikes on the market, which may boost street cred if that's what you need, as well as quad bikes if you're heading off-road.

A 49cc engine is a common size for these bikes, so they can often be ridden by youngsters in certain circumstances according to local laws. That said, even the slowest are still capable of around 25mph so should be respected as motor vehicles, rather than toys.

How to choose a mini bike

Choosing your mini motorcycle is much the same as if opting for a full-size machine. You should consider the specification carefully, particularly around fuel consumption and emissions. Top speed will be an important factor if you're a racer, but if it's simply a bike for getting from A to B then you'll want reliability above all else. Don't forget to consider the availability of spare parts as well, and the potential to do simple jobs yourself at home, which can drastically cut maintenance costs.

A great selection of 49cc bikes

As you might expect, the top pocket rocket models are the machines from the likes of Honda, Yamaha, and Aprilia. You will also find Vespa, Peugeot, and Piaggio in the mini bike arena. In most cases, the manufacturer you go with will be determined by the style of mini motorcycle you want. For example, Vespa are the classic scooters, Hondas have the best race styling, and Aprilia are known for their off-road edge. Whatever your taste, you'll find a top selection here on eBay.

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