MiniMoto Is The Coolest Sport You’ve Never Heard Of.

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Racing comes in all shapes and sizes, and in the case of MiniMoto, it comes in the form of a 40 cc miniature motorcycle, also known as a pocket bike.

MiniMoto USA is a 10 round, west coast-based pocket bike racing series for people of all ages. With entry level bikes reaching top speeds of 30 MPH, it’s a perfect introduction to racing for children, and a viable route to a professional career in motorcycle racing. Starting on a pocket bike allows riders to focus on their technique and maximize their abilities with a smaller, closer to the ground and safer machine.


This small scale racing series is a very family oriented organization, and there are plenty of adults who join in on the racing action too. It’s definitely entertaining to watch a grown man attempt to tuck in behind the world’s smallest windshield. Track costs for a race weekend run about $200 and most venues offer free camp sites, so it’s a relatively low cost way to get the entire family involved in the sport as both participants and spectators.

There are a handful of MiniMoto manufacturers like BZM, Blata and GRC moto who make pocket bikes of various sizes and power, usually ranging from 4 to 14 HP. The carbureted two stroke monocylinder engines can be air or liquid cooled, and come standard with electronic ignition. With a seat height of just over 15 inches for the smaller models, getting a knee down happens almost naturally during cornering.


MiniMoto USA offers competition in a variety of classes from beginners on MiniMoto bikes all the way to professionals on 450 cc production motorcycles. Age requirements vary based on competition class, with the more advanced classes needing a minimum age of 7 years old. And for those who got a late start with the sport, there’s also a MiniMoto Vet class for beginning riders age 20 or older.


It’s nice to see that there’s a fun and low cost way for today’s youth to get involved with motorcycle road racing. Where Formula 1 has karting, Moto GP has MiniMoto. And while you might giggle with delight as a 5 year old races by on a pocket sized motorcycle, remember that they just may be on their way to a professional motorcycle racing career.

To learn more about MiniMoto USA, visit their official website at

MiniMoto USA Trailer:

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On-board with MiniMoto racer Rocco Landers:

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  • Scheffy

    If a grown man dragging a knee at parking lot speeds aboard <50cc of fury is wrong, then I don't ever want to be right.

    • Heath Collins

      I hope this sport gets more popular and spreads… moto-gymkhana too.

  • BobasBounty

    I’ve seen these things at bike rallies, but the fact that people race them is awesome! Kinda funny seeing a kid/person with a $1,000 Arai helmet on as well. That’s serious!

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  • William Connor

    What an awesome thing to have and be apart of. Wonder if anywhere on the East Coast does this?

    • Scheffy

      Not quite east coast, and not generally as mini, but if you’re around Columbus or Pittsburgh there’s this league:

      Of course, there’s always the Thunderdrome too…

    • zion

      Not quite east coast, either, but I know the locals from around Robbinsville, NC and Marysville, TN (all of which borders The Dragon) have a minimoto club that holds road races. If I remember correctly they call it the “Fiddy club” or something like that.

  • Aaron Averett

    That looks about five or six times more fun than a full-size motorcycle track day.

  • C.Stevens

    My parents made me swim on the swim team. What a bust. I wish I had known about this.

  • cheese302

    i have seen these run at englishtown raceway park in NJ before.

  • Piglet2010

    I want to ride a MiniMoto here:

    • bluemoco

      Ahhhh. I love that track.

      • Piglet2010

        Do you ride supermoto there, or the track days? (The latter require pretty much a race prepped bike: ).

        I have only ridden it on my Honda Deauville during a TC-1 clinic – the chicane and decreasing radius downhill turn on a loaded touring bike are “interesting”.

        • bluemoco

          I’ve only done track days in my cars on the big track. Never had a bike at RA.

          • Piglet2010

            On the big track on a mini-moto you could answer your emails and watch complete scenes of television shows between each corner. On the Motorplex track, you will never get out of second gear on most bikes.

  • eddi

    Fourth photo down, including the header photo. Once more I find myself jealous of the kids. I never got a chance to ride like that. The only minis were the Cushman type lawnmower engined toys. Oh well, at least someone is getting a chance to have major fun.

    • Piglet2010

      I did not even get a bicycle until 6th grade – probably why my low-speed riding skills started out so badly. :(

  • it_weenie

    We used to do this in parking lots in the 90′s on ysr50s. Go to walmart and buy up all the plastic hockey pads they had and duct tape them on. It was so much fun sliding across paint stripes.

  • Justin Brinkman

    I participate in the Ohio Mini Roadracing League, which has a very similar premise. The most popular class is Stock XR100,which features Street tired small dirt bikes getting caned around Karting courses faster than one would think possible.

    Costs are about $40 for a day of racing, and you’ll use about half a gallon of gas at most.

    • Innis O’Rourke

      that looks really fun…. do they have any rental equipment (suits /bikes) ? Id like to try it out before jumping in fully.

      • Justin Brinkman

        There are 3 bikes available for rent, a very reasonable cost on the rental too, somewhere around $50. The rentals are brought to the track each time, but I don’t recall the name of who brings them. Join the Facebook page for more info.

        You’ll have to bring your own safety gear though, and there’s an extensive list of requirements on the website.

    • Michael Howard

      One of my all-time fondest memories of riding involves thrashing a 49cc Puch Condor on a small oval cart track, pushing it harder and faster lap after lap after lap until I was finally able to keep the throttle pinned wide-open all the way around. And all it cost me was a tiny amount of fuel and a new pair of jeans.