Custom Pro Street Mini Bikes

Written by Charles Peacock
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If you've heard of the pocket bike phenomenon but have never seen one on the street, you may be wondering what the buzz is all about. Pocket bikes (also known as mini bikes or mini motos) are basically miniaturized motorcycles, designed to look and drive like regular sport bikes--on a smaller scale. This means they're less than a third of the size and usually go less than a third of the speed of a regular sport bike.

History of Pocket Bikes

Pocket bike design began in Japan and Italy, where custom motorcycle manufacturers began shrinking their designs into pint-sized bikes. These bikes were quite expensive, however, since the costs associated with designing and developing them were very high. If you were an early adopter in the history of pocket bikes, you probably paid quite a bit for your machine.

In recent years, overseas manufacturers (mainly in China) have begun producing knock-off models that copy everything from body design to framework to engine build from the more expensive models. Since these manufacturers don't have nearly as much invested in research and development, they are able to sell their bikes far cheaper. That said, their machines are not quite as good as those still made by the custom shops.

While pocket bikes are not considered street legal, there are many places you can go to enjoy riding them. Large parking lots and local race tracks are some of the most popular options. There is now a sanctioning body that promotes pocket bike racing in North America: the NAPRA.

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