7 Days to Die: How to Craft and Use the Minibike

Learn how to craft and use the Minibike

Pedaling around in 7 Days to Die on a Bicycle is great and all, but why tire yourself out when you can zip from place to place on a motorized Minibike. This crafty machine functions much like a Bicycle but utilizes an engine and battery to provide automatic motion. It also offers an increased storage capacity.

This guide will walk you through how to craft and use a Minibike and offer advice on maintaining it.

7 Days to Die Minibike Stats

  • Durability: 2000
  • Base Speed: 9 m/s
  • Noise: Moderate
  • Defense: 90
  • Seats: 1
  • Storage: 27
  • Modification Slots: 3

How to craft a Minibike in 7 Days to Die

Crafting Recipe for the Minibike in 7 Days To Die

Assembling the Minibike from its constituent components doesn’t require a workstation. However, it will require some parts you’ll need to locate, purchase, or craft. Constructing the finished vehicle will require the following components:

  • 2 Wheels
  • 1 Minibike Chassis
  • 1 Minibike Handlebars
  • 1 Engine
  • 1 Lead Car Battery


Crafting Wheels in 7 Days to Die

Wheels may be looted from vehicle parts crates, salvaged from rusted cars, purchased, or crafted. Crafting requires level 5 in the Vehicles crafting skill and the following components:

Minibike Chassis

Crafting Minibike Chassis in 7 Days  to Die

Crafting requires level 20 in the Vehicles crafting skill and the following components:

Minibike Handlebars

Crafting Minibike Handlebars in 7 Days to Die

Crafting requires level 20 in the Vehicles crafting skill and the following components:

  • 6 Mechanical Parts
  • 3 Springs
  • 1 Headlight
  • 3 Electrical Parts
  • 9 Short Iron Pipes


Engines are rare components that cannot be crafted and must be scavenged from cars and car parts crates, salvaged from vehicles and machinery, or purchased from traders.

Lead Car Battery

Crafting Lead Car Battery in 7 Days to Die

Crafting requires level 65 in the Electrician crafting skill and the following materials:

  • 180 Lead
  • 1 Bottle of Acid
  • 10 Scrap Polymers

Lead Car Batteries may also be salvaged from vehicles or machinery, found in parts crates, or purchased.

Vehicle Crafting Skill

The vehicle crafting skill can only be increased by finding and reading copies of the Vehicle Adventures skill book.

How to use a Minibike in 7 Days to Die

Using the Minibike in 7 Days to Die

With your Minibike in your inventory, you can place it in the world like a regular block, except that it does not snap to the world’s voxel grid. Once placed, however, it has several available functions when holding down the interact button (default E key). This radial menu is identical across all vehicles, but actions may differ depending on the type of vehicle.

Here is a quick rundown of 9 of the Minibike’s main functions:

1. Drive

Denoted by the steering wheel icon, this action will put the player in the driver’s seat of the vehicle and allow them to operate it. This function can also be accomplished by simply pressing the interact button when aiming at a vehicle.

For the Minibike, the camera will switch to a third-person view when driving it. Players can travel faster than walking while riding a Minibike and can go even faster by holding down the sprint key. Keep in mind that boosting like this will increase noise and drain fuel more quickly.

2. Open

Marked with the raised hood icon, this action will open the inspection screen for your vehicle, allowing players to refuel and repair, apply or remove mods, and generally see the vehicle’s overall stats.

The Minibike offers 3 slots for vehicle modifications, allowing players to increase speed, fuel efficiency, seating and even improve the brightness of the headlights.

3. Repair

Marked by a wrench icon, this action allows players to spend Repair Kits to restore their vehicle’s durability. This action will not become available until the vehicle’s condition is below maximum, and may also be performed through the “open” interface.

4. Refuel

This action refills the vehicle’s fuel tank with any Gas Cans in the player’s inventory. Refueling will consume only enough gas cans to completely refill the tank. This action will only become available if the vehicle’s fuel level is below maximum.

5. Passcode

This allows players to set, change, and input a passcode for their vehicle. With this, only the owner of the vehicle or someone who enters the correct passcode may drive or otherwise interact with the vehicle.

6. Lock/Unlock

This action locks or unlocks your vehicle, allowing or preventing other players from using it.

7. Honk Horn

This action creates a momentary, loud sound that can be heard from a fair distance away and will attract wandering enemies.

The Minibike doesn’t have a proper car horn, instead utilizing a fun little honking horn strapped to the handlebars.

8. Take

Marked with a hand icon, this action returns a vehicle to block form, transferring it and its contents back to your inventory and allowing it to be carried. This is useful for moving vehicles through tight spaces or to get a vehicle unstuck.

9. Storage

Denoted by the bag icon, this will open a vehicle’s inventory and allow players to add or remove items from it.

The Minibike has 27 available storage slots.

Tips and tricks for using the Minibike

Placing the Minibike in 7 Days to Die
  • The sound from a vehicle’s horn can be heard from a fair distance away, and this may be used to lure enemies out of buildings or to lead them into traps
  • The Minibike guzzles fuel like nobody’s business, so we recommend attaching a reserve fuel tank or the fuel efficiency mod if available
  • Level 2 of the Grease Monkey perk can reduce the cost of crafting Minibike components by 33%
  • Minibikes are actually a bit slower than bicycles, making them the slowest vehicle in the game. We recommend attaching the supercharger mod to counteract this

Final thoughts on the Minibike

It’s not fancy, flashy, or fast. It can, however, greatly ease the burden of hauling around all of your loot by allowing ample and portable storage space. Regardless of its apparent closeness to the bicycle in function, you’ll be glad you have this vehicle for transporting items, and it was actually the first vehicle The Fun Pimps introduced into the game.

Looking for some other tips to help you get started in 7 Days to Die? Check out our 10 Tips for Getting Started and the 7 Days to Die Beginner’s Guide.

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Aaron Van Dyck is a thriller novelist with a passion for survival games and exploration. He started writing at the age of 13 and has always been drawn to the sense of self-reliance and freedom found in open worlds. An avid urban explorer and RPG enthusiast, he enjoys dungeon crawling and has a particular love for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Far Cry 5, and Cataclysm: DDA. He's also a fan of shooters and action games with immersive stories and unique monsters to encounter.

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