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How young should a rider be

Just wanted some opinon here..... My son Has just turned two years old. And he is just facinatedwith motorcycles of all types butmost of all he likes sportbikes. and every time that he sees either me or zookmor with our gear on he just has to have the gloves and helmet and some times boots and then hewill go and jump on his Spiderman four wheeler. so the question i am asking is what is the suggested age that a child start on maybe a dirt bike with training wheels?

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post #2 of 24 Old 10-29-2008, 05:31 AM
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Of course it depends on the child, each is different. I got my son a bike when he turned 13 but my 7 year old doesn't sow much intrest in cycles...yet. You have started him in the right direction since he is already grabbing his gear before he jumps on his ride.

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Start off with the virtual trainer.

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Start off with the virtual trainer.

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That is bad ass!

I wish I hadn't seen that site, I just ordered the USB missile launcher.

bwahahaha i just saw that and it looks sweet!

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if you guys like geeky stuff like that you should check out http://www.thinkgeek.com My favorite items are the Annoyatron and the Caffeinated Soap

I had an old co-worker tearing his desk and office apart with the Annoyatron.

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Thanks for the Help guys, but those websites just took about 2 hours out of my work day...two hours of complete geeky awesomness

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Just wanted some opinon here..... My son Has just turned two years old. And he is just facinatedwith motorcycles of all types butmost of all he likes sportbikes. and every time that he sees either me or zookmor with our gear on he just has to have the gloves and helmet and some times boots and then hewill go and jump on his Spiderman four wheeler. so the question i am asking is what is the suggested age that a child start on maybe a dirt bike with training wheels?
I was 6 when I got my Honda 50, decades ago. I don't think I have ever had as much fun in life as I had with that bike. So, a couple more years and let him go on a mini bike!!!!!!!!!

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I forgot about this one. It is for 3yrs and up. http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=6560514. You could paint it black and put Honda stickers on it instead of Ducati.

Manufacturer's site: http://www.pegperego.com/page.php?id...product&t=4345

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that ducati bike is hot and yes it would have to say honda. but i think that he may be able to handle it , his spider-man four wheeler goes about the same speed as that.

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if you want to start him that young go with a suzuki jr50. it is smaller than a honda 50. it is two stroke but oil injected. also has a throttle adjustment. no shifting just in gear or out. put some training wheels on and let him go.

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As mentioned earlier each kid is different. Some will love it and pick it up immediately and some will be scared s**tless.
Some of the motocross pros say they were riding by 3 or 4. My friends youngest son just turned 6 and has been racing for a couple years now.
The JR50 is probably the smallest bike I've seen and would do well as a starter bike.

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ok i think that i might be looking in to one of those Jr50

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+1 on the JR50 - or the PW50 is also a good one -

Like has been said, depends on the kid - Id see if they can handle the concepts of balance while moving before putting them on a motorcycle - Id see if they can ride a bicycle sans training wheels first , then progress as they are ready.
One thing, dont push them ! They will ride when they are ready -

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I was talking with someone the other day about this same thing. My son who will be 8 in a couple of weeks is intersted in riding. So far he's been riding an elelctric pocket dirtbike. Our discussion centered around clutchless or clutch. My thought is he's old enough to learn a clutch since i was about his age when i was riding a Yamaha 80, but i wonder if a 2 year old who's very interested in riding be able to understand and use a clutch?

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I was eight when I got my first dirtbike (Suzuki DS80). My dad took my brother and I (two years older) to an open lot and taught us the next day. We soon got the concept of it and began hill climbing. We went to trails next and started racing after that (I didn't do much of the racing). But nevertheless they were fun times.

But I have seen very young kids (couldn't have been older than 3) on the little 50's without a clutch riding around in the parking lot we parked at to take to the trails. As long as you are a good teacher and are willing to go get a dirt bike of your to teach him how to ride in the woods, or on the track, he can get a bike when he has mastered an open field. But I would go ahead and wait until he can ride a bike pretty well and go ahead and teach him on a clutch bike so that he will not just into that habit of gas and go. I think learning on a clutch was possibly the best thing that we did.

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Myself personally started out on a Sears special with a 3hp motor at age 4.

Now I'm a freak so when my daughter was born I went out and bought a PW50 (to my wife's dismay) and had it under the Christmas tree before she turned one. She didn't though start riding it until she turned 5 and just this year at 8 finally let me take the training wheels off, now she and my son (6) both ride around the property on it.

As far as moving up in size and class I'll partially leave it up to their comfort level and my opinion of their skill set. That being said they keep bugging me wanting 4-wheeler's instead.


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Well, I don't have kids yet but I wish my folks would've started me early. I didn't learn to ride till I bought my first bike at 22. I was riding home alone stalling at EVERY stop. I don't know what I was thinking.

Anyway, I was obsessed with motorcycles and dirt bikes growing up but was never allowed to have or ride one. Now you hear of kids starting so early and racing so young. I wish I would've grown up adapting better and better skill. Things are easier to learn when you're young and even become 2nd nature.

I say get him a 50 and tons of little dude gear. He'll be pulling wheelies by 1st grade!

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+Like has been said, depends on the kid ... Id see if they can ride a bicycle sans training wheels first , then progress as they are ready.
One thing, dont push them ! They will ride when they are ready -
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Put him on a bicycle without training wheels, make sure he's geared up properly and see how he takes to it. That's how I started at the age of 3 or so (It's kind of hazy after 50 years) and it taught me the basics of single track vehicle operation, balance, control, and conserving as much speed through corners as possible. Less than a year later I started twisting a throttle and haven't looked back since.

The point is don't rush things or project your expectations on him -- he'll do much better in the long term if he decides when he's ready and can demonstrate to you that he actually is.

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If you want to buy yourself a new dirtbike toy, just go ahead and do it. We know it's for you, not your son! But just remember, if adults ride them they are destroyed!!!

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If you want to buy yourself a new dirtbike toy, just go ahead and do it. We know it's for you, not your son! But just remember, if adults ride them they are destroyed!!!
but watch your toe when riding wearing flip flops and doing burnouts...



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Start off with the virtual trainer.

http://www.hammacher.com/publish/75887.asp
I got one for my little guy when he was 1. He sits on it and yells 'I am Rossi'.


He just turned 2 and he is raring to go on a CRF50. The only way I could take him off was to let him sit on the new 1000rr.

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but watch your toe when riding wearing flip flops and doing burnouts...

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I asked a friend, with a lot more experience than I have riding bikes, teach my son to ride because sometimes he tends to not hear old dad, so I speak louder, then he thinks I'm yelling...Worked out great within a couple hours he was shifting up and down.

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