I love riding motorcycles, but it's not always possible to get out on the trials, so what better way to kill some time with the best RC motorcycles available to buy in Australia.
While some of the cheaper models come with stabilisers, we've decided to focus on the premium models that only rely on two wheels.
Thanks to brushless motors, these 1/4 - 1/8th scale radio controlled motorcycles are capable of high speeds, jumping over obstacles, taking on tarmac, dirt and sand.
Plus they are powerful and corner like absolute beasts. The question is, when are you going to get one? Plus make sure you buy some extra batteries to keep the fun going.
1. SKYRC SR5 1/4 Super Rider
This is a ¼ dirt bike is a remote-control model that can withstand grass, dirt and gravel pavements. This product is made out of a red anodised aluminium frame and metal chain driver.
This model is able to stay balanced using a programmed Electronic Stability System (ESS).
It is equipped with a Toro 540 class 3200KV brushless motor which allows immense power when upright and also a 60A ESC V2 which helps prevent skidding and lets the player have seamless control.
There is a gyro effect governor that helps maintain steady speed and keep balanced. There are varying levels of revolutions per minute (RPM), suitable for both novice and professionals.
Specifically, the gyro effect governor board has 4 RPM levels, namely 8,000RPM, 10,000RPM, 11,000RPM AND 12,000RPM. The front and the rear of this motorcycle is adorned by an oil shock absorber to reduce impact damage.
This product is powered by a 7.2V 3000mAh NiMH battery. There is a transmitter included as well. To get the product operating, unlock the battery box and place in the battery.
This whole set is available in a classic red, white and blue colour scheme.
2. BSD Racing 404T 1/4 Rider
This is a ¼ motorcycle made out of a durable plastic material. It is powered by a hobby wing 50A ESC that is waterproof.
Additionally, there is a brushless 4300kv motor that also has waterproof properties. The servo motor has an electric gyro and is encapsulated in a waterproof cover.
This gyro is placed at the rear tire and is engineered to stabilise the whole body and keep everything in balance.
This product can run at a maximum speed of 60km/hour and can tolerate several RPM controls.
The speed can be controlled through the transmitter which as a 2.4G transmitter frequency which can work up to 200 meters away from the motorcycle and is designed to reduce interference.
To power up this model, there is a 7.4V 3200mAh LiPo battery. The wheels function on both rough and smooth pavements but can be swapped out for off-road tires as well.
This product needs to be charged for 4 hours before fully running. A B3 charger is needed but does not come with this product.
The figurine is covered with blue, white and orange race clothes and grey boots. On the other hand, the bike has black, white and red plating.
3. H-King 1/8 Road Racing Bike
This is a 1/8 remote-control motorcycle is equipped with a 2435 5160kv brushless motor and a WP-S16-RTR ESC.
A mechanical gyro is engineered into this product on the rear wheel, which allows speed and stability to be maintained throughout rough environments such as dirt and gravel.
The front wheel has shock absorbers for resistance against damage. Another special feature is the dual belt drive which receives power from the brushless motor and is optimised for maneuvers at different speeds, especially at lower speeds.
More flexibility and freedom are delivered through the two steering linkages. Precise control is given through the one-piece rear swing. The bike is structured out of a carbon fibre chassis which is both durable and thin.
A 7.4V 1300mAh 2S 25C LiPo battery is required to start up this motorcycle.
The transmitter is loaded with a 2.4GHz FHSS Radio System, preventing interference and allowing long distance control.
The radio system makes it hassle-free to organize the motorcycle with the control. This model is available in a red, white and black colour scheme which also matches the transmitter.
Body panels can be attached to the motorcycle by a clip-on mechanism which creates convenient management.
4. Kyosho HOR Suzuki RGV Kit
This 1/8 Kyosho motorcycle is made up of a twin tube chassis to maximise space capacity as well as offer heat-cooling properties.
The inverted front fork suspension, swing arm and other features are built in to work seamlessly together. Specifically, at the back is a lopsided swing arm designed to be shock absorbent.
The exterior is a replica of the S.R.T. RGV-G that took part in the 1991 Championship Grand Prix and All Japan Road Race Championship.
Performance is enabled through the semi direct steering system (S.D.S.S) which delivers straightforward and precise control, in additional to many cornering capabilities.
The motor that powers this product is a Le Mans DM20. This Le Mans motor is designed to utilise a modest amount of power.
The figurine can stay attached to the bike through all speeds and turns due to the 13 distinct attachments to the main body of this bike.
Further protecting the bike are fall prevention guards at the base, reducing bumps and scratches.
A 7.2V 1600mAh Ni-MH battery works best with this product and a conventional ESC at L34 x W24 x H14mm can function fine. This model is available in the signature blue and white colour palette.
5. X-Rider CX-3 Air 1/10
The CX-3 Air is an upgraded version of the previous items in the CX-3 range. This 1:10 radio control motorcycle features a unique 2 in 1 RTR ESC and a zippy brushed 32T engine.
The rear wheel gyro offers stability and balance that can tolerate different terrains. This gyro also helps beginner riders to get used to the feel and speed of this bike.
The wheels are adorned by rear shock elements to provide traction and keep everything on the ground. There are upside down front forks made out of alloy, which are lighter and make it easier to control the bike.
Overall, this is a smaller and slimmer bike with a 22mm frame. The small size allows full control of cornering movements and larger angle clearance.
The figurine is available in a full matte black coating. The bike has a white, black and blue finish. No assembling is required as this product comes out of the box pre-assembled and ready to go.
A 7.4V 550mAh 25 2s LiPo battery is needed to power up this bike. The product can be controlled via the 2.4GHz radio transmitter, reducing data interference and allowing long distance control.
How do RC motorcycles work?
Believe it or not, radio controlled motorcycles stay balanced in the exact same way as a real motorcycle. Either they come with a static or mechanical gyro spinning in the wheels.
When you're pushing on the throttle, the gyro is spinning which helps to stand the bike up. When you let off the gas, the gyro slows down and let's the bike lean.
Too much throttle and you won't steer well, too little throttle and the bike will fall on it's side.
Should I Buy RTR or Kit Build?
Which option you choose should depend on how much time you have to spend before playing. When I first bought my first RC bike I was itching to get started, so the thought of buying a kit build was completely off-putting.
As my passion for RC models increased, the fun is actually in the building and then the playing. Some of the kits above, allow you to build a model remote controlled bike that can then be used.
Ready to run units are often more expensive to buy than kit builds, however they nearly always come with the radio equipment, batteries and accessories. Kit builds often require you to purchase this equipment after, before you can complete the build.
So while kit builds or almost ready to run can appear cheaper, you should factor in the price of your servos, radio gear, batteries and then determine if it's actually going to be cheaper.
For beginners, or buying a present you should definitely go for ready to run. Any hobbyist can always upgrade their motorcycle afterwards if they like such as more powerful battery.
If you're buying for yourself or an expert, a kit build or almost ready to run bike might be better as you can customise the power, batteries and accessories.