Some introductory information for beginners and a place to post your own questions.
Are you Curious about RC bikes?
Do you want to get into the sport but don’t know where to start?
Have you got an RC bike but need help learning how to steer it?
Has the RC bike bug got you?
If you answered yes to any of these questions then you will find all the information contained in this document useful in making a decision about getting into the sport and getting the basics sorted.
It might seem a little daunting at first, with huge variety of Kits and Bikes available it is good to know a little about your options.
There are five main scales that RC bikes are available in, 1/18 , 1/10 , 1/8 , 1/5 and 1/4 scale. RC Bikes are something a little different from the usual RC cars and trucks found in all hobby stores. RC bikes look and perform exactly like there 1:1 counterparts. They are fantastic to watch on the track, and even better when you’re the one in control of it.
With extreme lean angles, power slides, wheelies and even endos getting into RC bikes will bring you hours of enjoyment and rewardingly challenging. The small bikes weigh as little as few hundred grams and are powered with brushless electric motors, while the larger 1/5 and 1/4 scale bikes weigh around 2- 3 Kg and have nitro or electric power options. Just like a full scale bike, RC bikes accelerate very quickly, they are very agile and can reach speeds in excess of 90kph.
1/10 and 1/8 Scale bikes are predominately only available in electric versions. These bikes are a personal favorite of ours. Their size makes them perfect for the many 1/10 scale or 1/8 and 1/5 scale tracks we have in Australia. These bikes are available as build kits or ARR and RTR spec. They are a popular choice for beginner and experienced RC bikers.
No matter what scale bike you choose they offer an amazing spectacle in any weather, wet or dry you will see them battling for every inch of tarmac. Typically the smaller bikes use 1/16 car electronics and the larger 1/5 and 1/4 bikes use 1/10 car esc and motors and they use standard 7.4 Volt batteries.
Controlling an RC bike is an acquired skill, it is very different to driving a car which is one of the main attractions to this sport