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Coleman Mini-Bike Review

Although originally intended for younger riders, Coleman mini-bikes also appeal to fun-loving adults. The entry-level bikes (100 series) are powered by a 98cc engine, and the 200 series have a 196cc engine. Both are available in several styles and finishes.

Coleman CT200U mini bike

Coleman CT100/CT100U-B

The 98cc engine is a single-cylinder, OHV 4-stroke, and produces three horsepower. Power to the rear wheel is done through a centrifugal clutch. Braking is a single rear disc (earlier versions had a drum brake).

Coleman CT100U mini bike

Coleman CT100 Specs

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Coleman CT100 vs CT200

The manufacturer puts the maximum weight capacity of the CT100U at 150 pounds, so if you weigh more than that, expect difficulty getting up hills and inclines. Of course, you could swap a bigger motor, but why not start out with a more powerful model?

The 98cc bikes are best suited for small, inexperienced riders. Both bikes have the same physical dimensions, but the 200u and it's variants have twice the power (6hp vs 3hp) plus a higher weight capacity (220 vs 150).

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CT200U

Coleman CT200U and CT200U-EX mini bikes were designed in the U.S. with parts made in China. The engines, produced by Hisun Motors Corporation, have proven to be reliable. The CT200U has a centrifugal clutch, the more expensive models feature a torque converter.

Coleman CT200U mini bike

CT200 Series

The standard gas tank holds 0.95 US gallons, later models will hold 1.1 US gallons. Engine-starting is done with a recoil pull starter (no battery) and the ignition is TCI (transister controlled ignitor). The placement of the choke, throttle linkage, gas shut off are well thought out and easily accessible.

CT200U EX

With front suspension and a headlight, the Coleman CT200U EX can be ridden for longer distances more comfortably. A torque converter provides power to the rear wheel, and fenders and gas tank get the cammo treatment. The gas tank has a hinged lid for utility storage.

Coleman CT200EX mini bike

The engine flywheel serves as the charging system and powers the light.

CT200U EX V

Finished in Tac Black, the CT200U-EX V also features front shock suspension, a headlight, and gas tank storage. Power is emitted to the rear wheel through a centrifugal clutch with jackshaft. The rear brake is drum.

BT200X

The 'BT' stands for 'Big Tube' frame. By increasing weight, ride stability and weight capacity are also increased. Overall weight (138 pounds) is slightly more than other models, which also allows a greater weight capacity (220 pounds).

Coleman BT200X mini bike

The BT200X features a clutch and jack shaft.

RB200X

Also featuring front suspension and headlight is the Coleman RB200X. It has a weight capacity of 200 pounds.

Coleman RB200X mini bike

Some people call the BT200X a mini motorcycle!

Tires

From the factory, Coleman mini-bikes are equipped with 19x7.00-8 knobby tread tires. This is the standard tire size for BT200X, CT200U, and CT200U-EX models. Reviews show that larger, 21x7x8 tires will fit without any problems and perhaps handle a little better as well.

NOTE: On models without front forks, the tires are the suspension.

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Coleman Mini-Bike Upgrade Parts

Replacement and upgrade parts are many, including exhaust headers, larger air cleaners, and jackshaft kits. Some owners have swapped the stock centrifugal clutch for a 30 series torque converter.

NOTE: Changing engine parts will void the factory warranty.

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Replacement Tires

19x7.00-8 is the original tire size for BT200X, CT200U, and CT200U-EX models.

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Read: 19x7x8 Tire Review

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