What exactly are pocketbikes?Written by Steve Robinson
Pocket bikes, also known as mini motos, are miniature sized motorcycles averaging around 47 inches long and 18 inches tall. Pocket bike, although small enough to carry under one's arm, are capable of impressive speeds. They are usually built with gas- powered engines. The smaller industrial-motored models used by Junior class racers are capable of speeds of over 35 mph, average 4.2 hp and 6.2 hp racing models achieve about 40-45 mph, and open class machines reach speeds over 50 mph. Pocket bikes can be built with many of features common to regular bikes, such as disc brakes in front and rear, racing tires, fairings, lightweight aluminum alloy cast perimeter frames and swing arms. Originally, pocket bikes were solely made by specialty manufacturers who sold them at expensive prices. As their appeal has grown, however, affordable pocket bike imports have become available to a much larger group of motor sport enthusiasts.
The origin of pocketbikesWritten by Steve Robinson
The concept of pocket bikes also known as mini bikes, mini motos, or mini motorcycles) began years ago in Japan, a country known for miniaturizing full-scale products. As crude mockups of first pocket bikes were developed and ridden, a brand new trend and following developed. As sport spread into Europe, Italian manufacturer Polini began research and development into producing high quality racing Minimoto bikes. Throughout years, combination of Japanese innovation and Italian craftsmanship has produced ultra high performance pocket bikes. Some of today's top motorcycle racers got their start in sport of pocket bike racing. Champion riders started in this smaller scale sport and eventually dominated all pocket bike racing events throughout world..