Cobra MOTO produces premium race-ready mini motocross bikes for youth riders that are serious about competing. Our three models offer the most competitive performance in the mini category, with Cobras claiming more than 300 national titles since the company was founded in 1993.
Bud Maimone, who owned a tool and die shop, raced with his son Brent in the fledgling 50cc class during the early 1990s. In those days there was no out-of-the-crate solution for purchasing a race bike. The class was made up of highly modified recreational models, and Bud got tired of seeing bikes breaking and kids being heartbroken after all the money and effort that went into race preparation. After trying to convince several manufacturers to produce a race-ready bike, Bud finally took the plunge himself when all of his avenues were exhausted. What resulted was a dynamite little bike that won its first Loretta Lynn’s AMA championship in its debut outing the summer of 1994. That win was not without controversy, as some didn’t believe that Cobra had built the required number of motorcycles required for homologation.
Cobra originally made its home in the Youngstown, Ohio area, but in 2006, along with a new management team, it opened its doors to a new factory in Hillsdale, Michigan. The new plant houses all of Cobra’s operations including engineering, R&D, business operations, machining, welding, and assembly.
Over the past two decades, Cobra has developed a unique set of capabilities that is difficult to match. Cobra doesn’t just assemble bikes; we design and manufacture the vast majority of our own components including frames, engines, and suspension. This allows us not only to be very innovative, but it provides the agility necessary to always be on the cutting edge. Cobra can do everything from its own engine design and development to building plastics molds to designing and manufacturing the finest minicycle suspension components in the world. Furthermore, this business is a true passion for us. All we think about day and night is how to make a better minicycle … we’re not burdened with road bikes, high maintenance pro teams, or a stifling corporate environment. That translates into being able to offer our customers the finest products on the market, and we back that up with world-class customer service.