Pocket Rockets

Written by Charles Peacock
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Riding to a friend's house quite awhile ago on my BMW motorcycle, I was astounded to see a man flying down the street, crouched over a machine that was almost completely hidden by his body. Upon closer inspection, I realized that he was riding a motorcycle--but it was a motorcycle unlike any I'd ever seen before. In a word, it was tiny. Very, very tiny.

I went home and looked on the Internet, trying to figure out if what I saw was real. Sure enough, I soon discovered that the age of "pocket bikes" had dawned without me even realizing it. Kids in cities all over the country were buying these things up like hotcakes. I was amazed I had never seen one before.

Features of Pocket Rockets

Pocket bikes are designed to look like perfectly miniaturized versions of regular motorcycles. They usually lean towards the sport-bike designs, and many mini bikes are actually designed to look exactly like specific models made by Honda, Ducatti and Triumph. Recently, mini choppers have even begun to pop up.

Pocket bikes usually come with either gas or electric engines, and in either case, the engine size is usually less than 49ccs. Smaller models can go as fast as 35 miles per hour, while some of the larger bikes go upwards of 50 miles an hour. Pocket bikes have many of the same features as regular motorcycles, including disc brakes, manual transmissions and electric starters.

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