As a parent, few things bring you more joy than sharing a passion with your children. So goes the story of Michal Kubanek, Founder and CEO of Kuberg electric motorcycles. A passionate motorcycle enthusiast, Kubanek wanted his kids to experience the joy of riding a dirt bike, but instead of simply buying a children’s bike like a Yamaha PW50, Kubanek built his own using electricity instead of gasoline. Hence the Kuberg line of electric motorcycles was born. Based in the Czech Republic, Kuberg currently offers four different models of e-dirtbike.
Meant for tikes between three and five years old, the Start, as the name suggests, is where your child begins their motorcycling journey. The motor is rated at 24 volts, with a 1 kWh battery. Top speed is 15 mph, and Kuberg says it weighs 46 lbs. Despite being the smallest bike in the lineup, it’s still equipped with suspension at both ends and off-road-ish tires. There are no pedals like a bicycle, though the wheels and front brake looks like they were borrowed from one.
Next in the line is the Trial-E, for kids aged five to 10. Inspired by trials bikes, the Trial-E looks a lot like a miniature version of those rock climbers, and are built slightly bigger than the Start to accommodate the larger age group. Battery power is bumped up to 3 kWh, with the motor producing 36 volts. The added power translates into a 17 mph top speed, but the bigger bike also means a heavier one, coming in at 72 lbs. It also features suspension at both ends, but the Trial-E gets discs brakes at both ends.
Topping out Kuberg’s kid-bike range is the Cross, which, as you can probably tell by its appearance, is short for motocross. Suitable for five- to 12-year-olds, the Cross has the design attributes of full-grown MX machines, from the seat to the bars and even the knobby tires. Power is the same as the Trial-E, but weight goes up 4 lbs to 76 lbs. Like the Trial-E, the Cross also features a fully enclosed chain-drive for safety.
Speaking of safety, the children’s line of Kuberg motorcycles feature a magnetic kill switch with a wrist band that will immediately shut off the bike should it disengage. Kuberg says it designed its own proprietary motors and motor controllers to deliver the power profile it desired, and the three different power settings allow parents to limit the top speed to their child’s skill level. The double-cradle frames themselves are constructed from steel and powder-coated black for durability. Of course, there’s also a phone app that allows you to set the bike’s top speed, monitor riding statistics, update the bike’s firmware, and even set a perimeter. If the perimeter is crossed the bike will slow to a crawl, telling your child it’s time to turn around.
With the kid bikes out of the way, there’s one more Kuberg model to talk about…
Because the kids shouldn’t be the ones having all the fun, the full-size Kuberg Freerider is meant for adults to go play in the dirt, blast through trails, or even terrorize the local skate park. The double cradle steel frame houses a 22.2 Ah lithium-ion battery powering a 48 volt, 8 kWh motor that can propel the 79-lb Freerider to a top speed of 34 mph. Long-travel mountain bike suspension and disc brakes sit at both ends. Like the Start, Trial-E, and Cross, the Freerider is also configurable via the smartphone app as well.
*UPDATE: Kuberg has informed us that it is now selling bikes in the U.S. If you’re interested, contact Kelly Knipe via his contact information below.* And for more information on the bikes or Kuberg in general, visit Kuberg.com.
Western Region Sales Manager USA