Top kids’ motorcycle gear

Getting proper motorcycle kit for kids isn’t tricky – you just need to know where to look

Proper kids' motorbike gear is essential when riding on or off-road

by Jim Blackstock |

We’ve said it before – it’s both hugely exciting and a little scary when your kids express an interest in following you onto two wheels. Generally, they can either do this themselves or on the back with you (unless they’re much older but by then, they can wear adult gear) but whichever route, they need the same levels of protection as you, if not higher.

If they want to ride themselves, then inevitably they will be looking at off-road bikes - probably motocross-inspired - and will need the appropriate gear for that; specifically MX helmets and armour, gloves, pads and over-clothes.

If instead, they want to accompany you on road rides as a pillion, then their clothing needs to meet the same standards as yours. The tricky part isn’t finding manufacturers, it's finding ones that make the right equipment in smaller sizes to protect your most precious possession.

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For road-riding clothing, look for CE ratings for construction and abrasion, from B to AAA (the latter the highest) as well as armour (Level-2 higher protection than Level-1) in at least the shoulders and elbows.

Also, boots should contain as many ‘2’s in their rating as possible and gloves should be at least 1 KP. Helmets must be rated to ECE 22.05 and you can check how safe they are by going to the government-run SHARP testing and rating scheme, though many child-sized helmets have yet to be tested.

Body armour set

Body armour set
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This best-seller on Amazon comprises pretty much everything a youngster needs to get going on a dirt bike. There's a full torso protector, comprising an articulated spine guard, chest armour with collarbone protectors, shoulder and upper arm armour and elbow and forearm armour, all mounted on a breathable, mesh vest. This also comes with knee and shin armour and a pair of high-grip gloves with hard knuckle armour. Available in sizes to fit kids from 4-5 years up to 12-13.

Wulf Cub helmet

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Wulf Cub helmet
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This helmet from Wulf is well recommended and conforms to the ECE22.05 standard, so it can be used on the road as well as off. It's a motocross-style lid, with a long chinbar for lots of breathing space and an open aperture ready for goggles. The peak will help keep the sun out of the eyes and some muck away from the goggles and the interior and cheekpads are removeable for washing. My kids have this helmet and it's comfortable and I'm confident in its protective abilities.

My kids have this helmet and it’s comfortable and I’m confident in its protective abilities.

Duchinni Jago

Duchinni Jago

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This youth jacket from Duchinni doesn't go as small as some here but it is specified as well as the brand's adult clothing. CE Rated and packing CE armour at the shoulders and elbows with a back protector pocket, it is waterproof and breathable and has lots of adjustment for a perfect fit. It also has a neoprene edged collar for comfort and vents on the chest, arms and back for cooling air flow with a removable thermal liner. The matching Imola trousers are also AA rated and come with CE knee and hip armour.

Zorax junior goggles

Zorax junior goggles

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If they're heading off-road, then they will likely be riding in an MX helmet and will need a pair of goggles. These junior-sized versions from Zorax are straightforward with foam on the mating edge and vents to help prevent misting. They are one-size-fits-all and are available in a range of seven colours.

Duchinni Switch

Duchinni Switch

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Full-grain leather boots in an adventure or off-road style, these are waterproof and have a breathable liner with bracing around the toe, the heel cup and on the shin. Flex panels make it easy to move the foot around and there is a buckle fastening system. For young riders, there are also gear-change pads on the top of both boots.

HJC Cly

HJC Cly

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Designed for both ladies and children, this Cly is made in polycarbonate and naturally conforms to ECE22.05. The visor aperture is large, meaning great vision, and the visor itself is hard-coated. There are multiple air vents at the chin and on top of the helmet, but the visor doesn't accept a Pinloc, so you may need vents open or an anti-mist treatment to prevent it from fogging in the cold or damp.

Duchinni Bambino

Duchinni Bambino kid's gloves

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A sportier glove for youngsters, the Bambino is made in full-grain leather and lycra with TPU carbon-style hard knuckle armour and padding on the fingers and thumb. There is also protection on the outside of the wrist and the cuff and there is double-layered leather on the palm.

Oxford Pillion handles

Oxford Pillion handles

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Not strictly for kids but these handles, worn by the rider, can offer children a more sturdy handle to grip than trying to reach around the rider's waist or hang on to the rear grab handles. A wide webbing belt fits around the rider's waist and two handles provide an easy-to-hold grip for pillions.

CHCycle belt

CHCycle belt
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However much you tell them to hold on tight, kids will sometimes loosen their grip for a variety of reasons, with a subsequent danger of parting company with the bike. But with this belt, they wear the harness and it contains secure straps which then go round your waist, so they can't fall off. Essential peace of mind, judging by the positive reviews.

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