The minibike was first introduced into popular culture in the 1960s. It was intended to be used on closed courses, or in recreational vehicle parks, including campgrounds. The machines of that time were, relatively speaking, simple machines but today's are much more technologically advanced.
Today, minibikes are a very different animal. In some cases capable of reaching 50 mph in less than five seconds, these are more like miniature motorcycles. They are designed for racing, from the front and rear disc brakes to the racing tires and fairings. Other names for minibikes today are pocket bikes, pocket rockets, and mini-motos. Though a current craze involves adults racing on these reduced rockets, they are usually intended for kids.
Parents should be advised that, though many of these machines are advertised as being fun and safe for kids as young as three, caution is always advisable. Motorbikes are said to handle like larger motorcycles, but because they are lighter and smaller, they change direction much faster. They can overturn or flip quickly, so supervision is required.
Minibikes aren't allowed on public roads, so you'll want to help your child find a safe place to ride. Because the Department of Transportation only has authority over public roads, there are no helmet laws in place currently; however, helmet use is always recommended with minibikes.