The SSR SX50-A — the Chinese SSR Powersports’ only 50cc dirt bike — creates a steady buzz because of its price. It only costs $569 USD brand new. That’s less than half the price of new 50cc trail bikes from bigger name brands.
“What’s the catch?” you might ask. Well, at such a low price point, this mini 2-stroke has had to cut some corners to make it to the market. As a result, it can’t be ridden aggressively and should never be tested on a track.
Still, young riders ages 4 to 7 will appreciate the lightness of this SSR 50 cc. Compared to rivals like the Yamaha PW50 and the Honda CRF50, the SSR is featherweight. And with a seat height of 23 inches and a top speed of 25 miles per hour, it has a tame and welcoming nature that’s great for beginners.
If you have a limited budget and don’t mind the extra work to keep the bike running, this 50cc can be a decent and affordable option during your kid’s first two years of riding.
Top features of the SSR 50
While price is the main thing that draws parents to the SSR, there are several other positive features to consider:
- Low seat height (23 inches / 584 mm)
- Disc brakes (a premium feature at this price point, especially when compared to more expensive beginner trail bikes with drum brakes)
- Wet weight of about 48.5 pounds
- Throttle limiter and engine kill switch for rider safety
SSR 50 Pit Bike Review
Specifications are just numbers on paper without some context. Read our full review of the mini dirt bike below.
The SSR pit bike 50cc goes bold. Its graphics and bodywork lend the dirt bike an illusion of speed. And it comes in a wide range of colors: red, blue, green, orange, black, white.
The engine for the SSR 50cc fires up in the same way a lawnmower does. Pull on the starter lever and the engine roars to life. At its most powerful, the engine is capable of producing about 2.4 horsepower — very manageable for a beginner.
Quality issues have constantly plagued SSR’s reputation in the past. But SSR Motorsports appears to be listening and is slowly working toward better quality bikes.
The experience of owning an SSR 50cc remains a mixed bag. Some parents report only normal wear and tear after a year of use; others report catastrophic failure within a few months. If you plan on buying this bike, take time to tighten bolts, grease parts, and inspect parts to make sure your experience is mostly positive.
SSR….are much improved from the units that arrived here in the early 2000.– Mel Harris, SSR Motorsports VP of Operations via dirtbike.com interview
Safety and convenience
Because it’s made for young beginners, the 50cc SSR dirt bike comes with two important safety features: an engine kill switch and an adjustable speed limiter.
The speed limiter, which works by turning a screw behind the front brake, reduces the bike’s power by about 33%. The kill switch, which also attaches to the rider, cuts power to the engine with push of a button or a pull on the attached cord.
Learning to ride is not a big challenge on the bike. At exactly 48.5 points, it’s very light for beginners. It’s also easy to get going. It has a twist-and-go automatic transmission and no foot controls. Plus, disc brakes on both wheels add confidence with braking.
But remember: SSR designed this 50cc as a trail-only bike. It’s only good for flat, gentle terrain like fields and low hills. It won’t survive repeated use on dirt bike race tracks, and you can expect some parts to break if the bike gets dropped several times or is ridden hard. There’s also a weight limit that’s set at a rider weight of 50 pounds (about 22.7 kilos).
The main rivals of the SSR pit bike 50cc are the PW50 and CRF50. Both bikes are marketed as beginner dirt bikes like the SSR, but both cost more than twice as much. The SSR leads in price, but unlike the Yamaha and the Honda suffers from quality issues.
The bike’s reputation for lower build quality greatly affects resale value. Kelley Blue Book doesn’t even keep records of its listing and trade-in values. The best strategy for keeping the bike’s value intact is to use it gently and sell within a year or two.
SSR 50 Specs
Want more details? Check out the full spec sheet below.
Engine & Transmission
|50.53cc, 2-stroke, air-cooled, single cylinder
Starter & Gas Capacity
|0.26 US gallon (0.98 liters)
Chassis, Suspension & Brakes
|23 in (584 mm)
|8.5 in (216 mm)
|48.5 lbs (22 kg)
|49 in (1245 mm)
|23 in (584 mm)
|31 in (787 mm)
Price & Warranty
|30-day parts-only limited warranty
Final Thoughts on the 50cc SSR dirt bike
No big name brands can beat this mini Chinese dirt bike when it comes to price. If you’re considering the SSR 50 dirt bike, you’re probably:
- working with a tight budget,
- wanting a brand new bike for the price of a used one,
- or looking to make your own conclusions about this bike.
Whatever your motivation, expect to work on the SSR more than you would on Yamaha, Honda, or KTM dirt bikes. The SSR can be worth the risk, but only if you know that your kid will be riding on gentle terrain without a hint of daring.
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FAQs — Frequently Asked Questions
Read through this section for a recap of the most common questions about the SSR 50cc dirt bike.
1. Are SSR bikes any good?
In general, owners of SSR bikes have reported some build quality issues with the 50cc mini dirt bike. These quality issues aren’t reported nearly as often for models with larger engines, starting with the SSR 70. The highest advantage SSR bikes have over the competition is price. SSR Vice President of Operations Mel Harris has also spoken of better quality control in newer models.
2. What type of air filter – SSR 50cc dirt bike?
The SSR 50cc accepts 35mm filters. The most common aftermarket filter that gets installed on the bike is the cone-style air filter. This type of air filter allows the bike to get more air flow, increasing power.
3. How to start a SSR 50cc dirt bike?
The SSR 50cc has a pull starter. To start it, operate the choke first, which is right below the pull starter. With the choke on, give the pull starter lever a firm pull. If the dirt bike struggles with starting, open and close the throttle as you pull on the starter.
4. How to fix 50cc SSR dirt bike?
The most common complaint for the 50cc SSR is a starting issue. If your bike runs into this issue, check your fuel mixture, air filter, and spark plug. You will also want to check the carburetor and make sure it’s not clogged or gummed with fuel.
Need parts? Buy SSR 50cc dirt bike parts directly from SSR Motorsports and its dealer network. Or search at online retailers like Orion Powersports.
5. Who makes SSR pit bikes?
SSR Motorsports is the company that makes SSR pit bikes. It got started in 2002 and has been exporting pit bikes to the US ever since. The company also makes full-sized dirt bikes, ATVs, and UTVs.