It’s finally happened. I bought a bike. For the first time in over a decade I own a motorcycle again. For all these years I never found the need to actually buy another bike, especially since I’ve got new ones to ride all the time, but the bug finally bit me. So what did I buy? A Suzuki RM85 converted to full supermoto trim.


That’s right, I bought a children’s dirt bike, and a two-stroke at that – one of the few bikes we don’t generally get our hands on at Motorcycle.com. But this wasn’t a decision taken lightly. Despite the terrible time I had racing a modified Honda Grom, things started to turn when I later piloted the giggle-fest that was a Honda CRF150R. At that point I was fairly certain minimoto (as in, mini-supermoto, not to be confused with pocketbikes) was for me, but I had to narrow down what I would get. After many conversations with my mini-riding friends, along with test rides on a couple bikes, including, most recently, the lesson in patience that is the Kymco K-Pipe 125, the stars aligned and I became the owner of a 13 year-old Suzuki. Now it’s fair to say I’ve caught the minimoto bug. Here are 10 reasons why you should, too.

  • novemberjulius

    I’m 250 lbs!!!! I don’t care about being slow, just don’t want to bottom out the suspension on an easy corner.

    • TroySiahaan

      Suspensions can be modified to suit nearly all shapes and sizes. Including yours!

  • JMDonald

    It all sounds great. I am of such a size that I would need to compete in maximoto.

    • TroySiahaan

      Bah. I know people who are 6-foot, 2-inches who ride minimoto.

  • Old MOron

    Preach on, Reverend Trizzle!

  • Matt Forero

    I can’t wait to see how those little bikes ate up the gymkhana cones!

  • spiff

    Good write up. I would love to do this, just not in the cards at the moment. Heck I commute on a supermoto, and haven’t been to the track on it.

  • James Stewart

    All the Supercross/Motocross stars started on 50/65cc dirt bikes – so I’m surprised that the “farm system” for kiddie road racers isn’t more popular – I’d rather see my kid fall off on a low speed kart track – instead of casing a supercross triple jump on his dirtbike. Less like to result in an ER trip.