Razor Dirt Quad Razor 500 DLX Dirt Quad
The Razor Dirt Quad and Razor 500 DLX Dirt Quad bikes are both battery-powered ride on toys for kids. They are made by a well-known manufacturer of electric ride ons that has a long history of making machines that are pretty sturdy and that are always great fun for kids to ride.
I have already reviewed the Razor Electric Scooters, the Razor Electric Dirt Bikes, and the Razor Hovertrax hoverboards.
Now it’s time for me to take a look at their Electric Dirt Quad Bikes.
There are 2 Razor Electric Dirt Quad Bikes to choose from. Although there are some notable similarities between them, there are also some very important differences for you to take into account when deciding which one to buy for your child.
So, here is my side-by-side comparison review of the Razor Dirt Quad and Razor 500 DLX Dirt Quad Bikes.
Dirt Quad vs 500 DLX Dirt Quad – At a Glance
|Feature||Razor Dirt Quad||Razor 500 DLX Dirt Quad|
|Rider Weight||up to 120 lbs||up to 220 lbs|
|Top Speed||8-10 mph||10-12 mph|
|Throttle Mechanism||Variable Grip Twist||Variable Grip Twist|
|Brake System||Hand Operated Disc||Hand Operated Disc|
|Wheels / Tires||13" Pneumatic knobby||Pneumatic knobby|
|Run Time||up to 40 minutes||up to 60 minutes|
|Dimensions||43" L x 24" W x 31.5" H||50.4" L x 28.7" W x 31.9" H|
|Best Price||Check Best Price||Check Best Price|
Dirt Quad vs 500 DLX Dirt Quad – Similarities
Many of the fundamental features of these electric Dirt Quad Bikes are the same.
The main similarities are …
1. Throttle & Braking Systems
Both machines come with the sort of throttle and braking systems that you would expect to find on an adult gas-powered quad bike.
Acceleration is controlled by a standard motorcycle twist-grip throttle (right-side) and there is also a standard lever-controlled rear disc brake (left-side) for slowing down and stopping.
Unlike the original Razor Electric Scooters, the entry-level Razor Quad Bike comes with a variable speed throttle rather than a single speed “on/off” throttle. I really like the fact that both machines have a variable speed throttle as it gives the rider more control and, consequently, leads to a more realistic and rewarding experience.
2. Auto Rollback System
These electric quad bikes are designed to be used in all types of terrain and are capable of climbing up inclines.
The auto rollback system on both machines means that if the vehicle stops moving forwards, the motor cuts out and the quad bike simply rolls back to the bottom of the hill. The alternative to this safety feature would be that the machine could get stuck half way up a steep hill with your child trying to increase the power, with the risk that the Quad Bike could tip backwards.
So, this auto rollback system is a nice safety feature that helps the rider to avoid having a “tipping back” type accident.
3. Adjustable Riser Handlebar
The handlebars on both machines can be height adjusted to ensure that they fit your child correctly, and continue to do so as they grow taller.
In fact, the only thing that you really need to do (apart from charging the battery and checking the brakes) to set up one of these Quad Bikes after removing it from the packaging is to attach the handlebar using the 4 hex bolts that are supplied.
4. Other Shared Features
The Razor Dirt Quad and Razor 500 DLX Dirt Quad bikes also share the following features that don’t require any further explanation.
- Shatter-resistant plastic fairings and powder coated tubular frame for all weather durability.
- High torque motor and gearing
- Droop travel rear suspension with coil shock.
- Front brush bar.
- Rear carry handle.
- Space saving vertical storage capability.
- Battery charge time: 12 hours.
- Battery charger included
Dirt Quad vs 500 DLX Dirt Quad – Differences
So, what are the all important differences between the Dirt Quad and 500 DLX Dirt Quad Bikes?
1. Rider Age & Weight Limits
The most important difference between these 2 Quad Bikes is that they are designed for use by kids of different ages and sizes.
The Dirt Quad comes with a recommended minimum age of 8 years, whereas the 500 DLX Dirt Quad has a recommended minimum age of 14 years.
Just bear in mind that these suggested ages are only guidelines and you will need to make your own decision about whether or not your child can handle any particular machine. Children of the same age come in all different shapes and sizes, and different levels of maturity and physical competence.
Just to highlight this point, there is a video below of a 4 year old child managing the Dirt Quad machine very well. He might be exceptionally talented and physically mature, but it illustrates the point about age not necessarily being an accurate and complete measure of suitability.
There is also a difference in the maximum rider weight that each machine can carry, which is 120 lbs for the Dirt Quad and 220 lbs for the 500 DLX model.
2. Top Speed & Battery Run Time
The Razor Quad Bike User Manuals don’t actually state what the top speeds are for these machines. I suppose that might be due to the fact that so much depends upon the weight of the rider and the terrain conditions that it would be impossible to give an accurate top speed.
It would be helpful, however, if they gave some indication of likely top speeds under specific conditions as they do for their electric scooters.
In my experience, and having read many other user reviews, the general consensus is that these Quad Bikes are capable of achieving the following top speeds:
- Razor Dirt Quad – up to 10 mph
- Razor 500 DLX Dirt Quad – up to 12 mph
Again, these are pretty rough guides and you might be able to get a little more speed out of these vehicles under specific circumstances.
They are fast enough to be fun to ride without being so fast that you will have to worry too much about your child’s safety. I would still recommend that your child wears a good quality safety helmet though.
So far as battery run time is concerned, as you can see from the comparison table above, the 500 DLX Dirt Quad can drive for about 20 minutes longer than the Dirt Quad before you have to re-charge its battery.
If you want your child to be able to use one of these Quad Bikes for longer than about an hour at a time, you can buy extra batteries.
Whilst the Dirt Quad has a droop travel rear suspension system with coil shock absorbers, the 500 DLX model comes with a fully active rear suspension system for increased traction.
So, both machines come with some form of suspension to improve the smoothness of the ride experience, but the specific suspension systems are different. This is to be expected since the 500 DLX model is designed to carry much heavier riders and costs a lot more.
You can get a much better idea of the ride quality of these Quad Bikes by watching the videos further down this page.
4. Styling Options
The Razor 500 DLX Dirt Quad just comes in white and I must say I really like its simple unfussy styling.
The smaller Razor Dirt Quad comes in 3 different styling options to suit all tastes.
Find all 3 styling options and more product images here.
Dirt Quad vs 500 DLX Dirt Quad – Videos
Here are some videos of the Razor Dirt Quad and 500 DLX Dirt Quad Bikes in Action …
Dirt Quad vs 500 DLX Dirt Quad – My Verdict
I absolutely love these Razor Electric Quad Bikes and the only decision that you need to make is which one is most suitable for your child.
If your child is at the extremes of the age ranges then your decision will probably be a simple one. An 8 year old child (or younger) is almost certainly going to be best suited to the Razor Dirt Quad, but a child of 14 years of age or more is definitely going to need the larger sized frame of the Razor 500 DLX Dirt Quad.
The most difficult decision is going to be left to those whose kids are in the 12-13 years of age category. Do you go for the smaller Dirt Quad or the larger 500 DLX version?
Personally, I would go for the 500 DLX model unless my child was physically too small to ride it comfortably. The other model will probably be too small for many kids of that age range and they might not get much use out of it even of they are just about the right size when they first get it.
The only real negative thing that I can say about these machines is that there is no reverse gear, but then again you shouldn’t need to go backwards very often once you have learned how to control it properly.
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Leave a Comment
I would love to hear from anyone that has anything constructive to say about my Razor Dirt Quad Bike vs Razor 500 DLX Dirt Quad Bike Comparison Review.
Have you or your child ever ridden one of these machines? What did you think of it?
Ivonne Marie says
Hi. Thank you so much for your thorough reviews. My son is a very tall 7 year old – 52″ (4’4″) and 72 lbs. I am concerned when I see a 4 year old fit the smaller model so well. We live in flat south Florida suburbs and will most likely use it for riding around the neighborhood. I’d like this to last him a long time and not outgrow it too quick. Based o his measurements, would you say the 500 DXL model is a better option?
Based on those height and weight numbers, he certainly is a very tall 7 year old. I would definitely buy the 500 DLX for him instead of the smaller model.
Manufacturers tend to be a bit overly conservative when it comes to minimum “recommended” limits and you probably know his limits much better than they do. He ought to be able to control a 500 DLX perfectly well (especially on hard and flat terrain) and it ought to last him a very long time with sensible usage.
Robert Martin says
I would look at the recommended ages as a liability recommendation from the manufacturer.
My 70 pound 9 year old has the 500 and he handles it fine. He does not look small at all on it.
The smaller version would be WAY too small for him.
I absolutely agree with your comment. Parents know whether or not their child is ready to handle a larger bike before they reach the recommended age limit or not. It is only a very rough guide intended to protect the manufacturer from frivolous litigation.