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Liquid Cooled Minimotos (PocketBikes), How Fast Are They and Are They Affordable?

By G Racing

As the latest craze of Minimoto Madness continues in the United Kingdom. The demand for pocket bikes means that the consumer is now looking for more better quality products which are not only affordable for the average earner but also produce great horsepower and fast speeds.

Price range of liquid cooled minimotos?

Only a few months ago it would have been almost impossible to get a quality liquid cooled minimoto for less than £600, however due to reliable UK based companies who have started to import liquid cooled pocket bikes of great quality, you can now get a liquid cooled minimoto for as little as £250. (See below for a minimoto importer website who sells all four of the liquid cooled pocket bikes discussed below)

Currently there are lots of liquid cooled minimoto’s available from big companies such as GRC, Polini, Blata etc… as these are of the highest available quality they will cost you thousands of pounds! However UK based companies who now import directly from Asia can offer the consumer fast pocketbikes as low as £250!

What models are available under £350?

Discussed here are four of the most popular liquid cooled minimoto’s which are all available for under £350! Pictures of all these are provided in the link at the end of this article.

Polini style liquid cooled minimoto

For those just progressing from the air cooled minimoto’s the next step up is the Polini 911 style liquid cooled minimoto. This is a reliable bike with a super cast aluminum quality frame. This minimoto hits approximately 55 – 60mph. As it is similar in style to the air cooled minimoto’s and not a dramatic speed increase it is just the right mini moto to use to give you the extra thrill but not make your hair stand up! Also it is an ideal minimoto to learn how to tweak and tune up, as the parts availability is high for this model and many original minimoto parts will fit straight on. These pocketbikes have the least problems out the box and are easiest to maintain.

Specification of a Polini style minimoto

ENGINE: 39cc 2 Stroke Water Cooled (6.2hp)
BRAKES: Twin front & single rear discs
FRAME: Aluminum
START: Pull cord
TYRES: Semi slicks
COOLING: Water cooled radiator with water pump
EXHAUST: Performance exhaust with large expansion chamber
SPEED: Up to 60mph (depending on weight / weather & road conditions)

Blata Origami Style liquid cooled minimoto

Next in the range, and slightly faster is the Origami style minimoto. This is slightly faster than the Polini style bike and has what’s known as a mk 3 frame. It is a more squarer frame than the usual air cooled minimoto frames. When the first batch of these originally came from China they had many problems including overheating issues however since then they have been upgraded and modifications now done on them mean they no longer have these problems. If its reliability you want as the next step up then the Polini style minimoto is better to go for than the Origami style minimoto, however if you want more speed and know a little more about minimoto’s and are willing to fine tune these Origami style ones they will serve you well and you will not be disappointed!

Specification of an origami style minimoto:

ENGINE: 39cc 2 Stroke Water Cooled
BRAKES: Wavy Twin front & single rear discs
FILTER: Large K&N Style performance cone filter
START: Pull cord
TYRES: Street Tyres
COOLING: Water cooled radiator with water pump
EXHAUST: Performance exhaust with large expansion chamber
SPEED: Up to 60mph (depending on weight / weather & road conditions)

Blata Elite style liquid cooled minimoto

The Elite rep has the same spec engine as the Origami rep however due to its light frame and half fairing this bike is scary! Smaller and lighter than the other water cooled bikes you will struggle to keep the front wheel down due to sheer power. Once mastered you will leave everyone with a face full of exhaust fumes as you shoot off into the distance. This bike is not suitable for inexperience riders and minors! Although the Elite rep is fast the downside is the frame, which needs to be made stronger with a bit more welding!

Specification of the Elite style minimoto:

ENGINE: 39cc 2 Stroke Water cooled
COOLING: Water cooled radiator with water pump
FILTER: Large K&N Style performance cone filter
EXHAUST: Performance exhaust with large expansion chamber
SPEED: 60+mph (Dependant on rider weight, weather, surface conditions)
BRAKES: Front & Rear Disc
MAX LOAD: 110kg
TYRES: slick tyres
TANK CAPACITY: 1.5l
STARTER: Pull Cord
POWER: 8.5 BHP/15000rm (manufacturer claim – tested to be very very fast)

Banshee Sho (GRC style - liquid cooled minimoto)

Last but not least is the newest water / liquid cooled minimoto to come out from China. There’s many similarities style wise between this BANSHEE SHO rep and the GRC minimoto's. This has to be the ultimate bike for thrill seekers. This bike gets the adrenaline pumping like no other. Super high quality mini moto with a full aluminium frame. This minimoto oozes style & the paintwork on most is just fabulous! This pocketbike boosts an amazing 11 bhp and has a 50cc 2 stroke engine compared to the others which have a 39cc engine.

This bike would only be suited to those very comfortable on minimoto’s they are Not suitable for inexperience riders and minors! A Caution comes with this bike as it is extremely fast! This minimoto also has 3 power bands and you will get the most out of it on a track with long straights.

Specification of the Banshee style minimoto:

ENGINE: 50cc 2 Stroke Water Cooled (11hp)
COOLING: Liquid Cooling
SPEED: 65+mph
BRAKES: Twin Front Brake Discs & Single Rear Disc
START: Pull Start
RADIATOR: Water cooled radiator with water pump & bleed valve
TYRES: semi slick tyres
FRAME: aluminum

Depending on your preference the above four pocket bikes will cater for most riders who want to move up from air cooled pocketbikes. The link provided below has pictures and further details on all liquid cooled minimotos.

Selection of affordable liquid cooled minimotos can be found here: http://www.GhostRacingSeries.com/liquidcooledminimotos.htm



  Comments

i have just bought a liquid cooled minimoto and its f**king fast i have been clocked racing a car at 60 mph :)
- jamie

Yeah i have a Blata B1 and it moves i fitted a nitrous kit a bought on ebay and dont intend to use it again, its very scary wheelieing across a dry-mud feild at 75ish, gave me a buzz like hell though >:)
- ben


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