Used Super Pocket Bikes
For those that want to push the envelope just a little bit more, there are the Super Pocket Bikes. The bikes typically are designated as the X18, X19 and X22 models. These models meet all the requirements of being street legal and can be registered to ride on the streets in most states. These are full fledged motorcycles with the only difference being they are a ¼ of the size of standard cycle can not go as fast. You will also need to obtain a license to drive it on the street legally.
Like a full-size motorcycle, the rider must carry insurance, have a current inspection, and wear a helmet if local laws require it. Depending on if the state classes a pocketbike as a "moped" or full "motorcycle", the rider may or may not need a special motorcycle license. If not, a regular driver's license may suffice.
In general no bike is ready for use on the street out of the box. Riding on public roads without registration is illegal. The "super" pocket bikes typically are FMVSS certified. Check the retailer's site or call them for information. Frequently, a Manufacturer's Statement of Origin is required for registration.
The pocket bike can often weigh less than 30-40 lbs. with a maximum weight capacity of upwards of 300 lbs. The height of these pocket bikes usually hovers around two feet, give or take a few inches. The ground clearance is often just a few inches to boot, making hairpin turns exciting to watch and attempt. Though sizes vary, some pocket bikes have more than 10,000 RPMs and are air cooled with automatic transmission. Even just a few horsepower is enough to travel nearly 50 mph. The lighter the bike, the lighter the rider and the more powerful engine increase these speeds.