In this article, we compare the Razor MX350 vs Razor MX500 electric dirt bikes.
Both are an excellent choice if you want to treat the adrenaline junkie in your family to a well specified electric dirt bike.
But, although they share some of the same components, there are several important differences between both models.
Our guide below will show you which is the most suitable for your child. First we’ve got a quick comparison table of the main features of the Razor MX350 vs MX500.
Then we look at the main differences between them and the advantages of each dirt bike, in turn. Finally, we’ll summarize the pros and cons of both rides, to help you make the right choice for your kids, and for you.
Razor MX350 vs MX500 – Quick Comparison
Both these bikes won our awards for Budget (MX350) and Overall Value (MX500) when we reviewed the best electric dirt bikes for kids and youths recently. Let’s take a closer look at how they compare against each other.
In the table below we’ve summarized the main features of each bike in a side by side comparison, to make it easy to see the differences between them.
|Razor MX350||Razor MX500|
|Description||Small electric dirt bike with single speed, no suspension and single rear brake||Larger electric off-road dirt bike with variable speed, dual suspension and dual brakes|
|Age Range||5-10 * (see note below table)||8-14 * (see note below table)|
|Maximum Load||140 lbs||175 lbs|
|14 mph||15 mph|
|Price||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
|24V (2 x 12V) sealed lead acid - charger included||36V (3 x 12V) sealed lead acid - charger included|
|Up to 30 minutes of continuous use||Up to 40 minutes of continuous use|
|12 hours||12 hours|
|350W, high torque, chain driven||500W, high torque, chain driven|
|Throttle||Single speed, twist grip||Variable speed, twist grip|
|Brakes||Hand operated rear disc||Hand operated front and rear disc|
|Suspension||None||Dual suspension (rear is adjustable)|
|Handlebars||Adjustable angle, riser style, with soft rubber grips||Adjustable angle, riser style, with soft rubber grips|
|Tires||12" pneumatic knobby||16″ (front) and 14" (rear) pneumatic knobby|
|Product Weight||62 lbs||98 lbs|
|44" L x 24.5" W|
x 31" H
|56" L x 24.5" W
x 36" H
|95% pre-assembled||95% pre-assembled|
|15 minutes||30 minutes|
* Razor’s recommended age for the MX350 is a highly conservative 13+ but an age range of 5-10 (real world guide from many buyers) with parental supervision may be more suitable. Because this dirt bike is small – older kids would fit better on its bigger brother, the Razor MX500.
* Razor’s recommended age for the MX500 is 14+ but this is also very conservative. An age range of 8-14 (real world guide from many buyers) with parental supervision may be more suitable. It’s larger than the MX350 but the seat is still about 10″ shorter than a regular adult sized dirt bike.
The biggest difference between both bikes is the size and age of rider that each was designed for.
The Razor MX350 has a seat height of just 20″. It is 1 mph slower than the MX500, has just a single speed, has no suspension and can only carry a rider weighing less than 140 pounds. It is most suitable for those aged 5 to 10, not teens or adults.
The Razor MX500 is the big brother of the Razor MX350 – its seat height is 4″ higher and it weighs 36 pounds more. The frame of the MX500 is 20% larger and it can carry a rider weighing up to 175 pounds so is more suitable for kids over 8 years of age, including small teens or even adults.
Thanks to a more powerful motor (500W vs 350W) and an extra battery (36V vs 24V) the Razor MX500 also benefits from a 1 mph higher top speed and 33% longer battery life, giving 40 minutes of riding compared to 30 minutes on the MX350. This means you can have more fun before it runs out of juice.
Check out the video below to see a review of the larger Razor MX500 Dirt Rocket – unboxing, assembly and in action (but note that it’s not very safe to let 2 kids ride it at the same time…)
For comparison, the video below shows the smaller Razor MX350 Dirt Rocket in action (but again, not safe to let 2 kids ride at the same time…)
Advantages of Razor MX350 Dirt Rocket
- Better size for very young children – 20″ seat height
- MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) is about $200 cheaper than the MX500 – but check the actual prices below
- 37% lighter than the MX500 (62 lbs vs 98 lbs) = easier for small kids to ride and to lift back up off the ground if it falls over
- 20% smaller frame than the MX500 = less storage space required and easier to transport
- Available in 3 colors (only 1 color option for the MX500)
Advantages of Razor MX500 Dirt Rocket
- Better size for older kids or early teens – 24″ seat height and 20% larger frame
- Higher maximum load (175 lbs vs 140 lbs)
- More powerful motor = faster top speed (15 mph vs 14 mph)
- Variable speed = smoother power delivery (MX350 is single speed i.e. on or off which makes the start quite jerky)
- Dual suspension = better off-roading capability (MX350 has no suspension so the ride is stiff and not forgiving over bumps)
- Dual disc brakes = better stopping (MX350 has a single rear brake)
- 33% longer battery life = 40 minutes continuous use (30 minutes on MX350)
- Larger wheels = better traction and ride comfort (16″ front / 14″ rear vs 12″ front and rear on the MX350)
Pros of Both Bikes
Here is a summary of what we love about both models:
- Specifically designed for children or early teens
- User friendly controls
- Adjustable angle handlebars can adapt to fast growing kids
- Quick enough to give an adrenaline rush
- Slow enough (compared to gas dirt bikes) to minimize risk of a high speed crash
- Knobby rubber pneumatic tires (unlike plastic tires of cheap bikes and ride on toys) can tackle many ground conditions including off-road
- Steel frame with authentic motocross frame geometry
- No pollution (compared to a gas dirt bike)
- Quieter than a gas dirt bike
- Requires much less servicing than a gas dirt bike
- Razor is a long established US manufacturer – spare or replacement parts are readily available from their website
Cons of Both Bikes
Here is a summary of what we don’t like so much about both models. But most of these issues are common to all electric dirt bikes in this price range:
- Relatively short battery life. But 30 or 40 minutes is still enough to cover 7 or 10 miles respectively
- Battery full recharge time is up to 12 hours so charging needs to be planned
- No reverse gear – can be awkward to maneuver backwards
- No headlights or rear lights – can only be driven in daylight
- Not intended for use on public streets
- Helmet and protective clothing (see our Electric Dirt Bike Buying Guide for recommended safety gear) may be uncomfortable in hot weather
- Must be stored in a dry area, due to the electrical components
- Batteries must not be stored in temperatures below freezing
- Batteries must be recharged at least once a month
The owner’s manual for the MX350 Dirt Rocket is available in PDF format from Razor here.
The owner’s manual for the MX500 Dirt Rocket is available in PDF format from Razor here.
NOTE: A parent’s decision to allow their child to ride either the Razor MX350 or the Razor MX500 should depend on the child’s individual maturity, skill and ability to follow rules.