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Old 04-07-2011, 11:49 AM   #1
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How old for first 50???

I think I have my mind made up on this and the wife is all for it but in the back of my head i'm just wondering if I am starting this too soon.

I was going to buy my oldest son a 50 for his 4th birthday. Has been the plan for a long time until just recently. My dad picked up a little 50cc four wheeler and fixed it up, painted it, and brought it over for me to look at. He got it for when my son was big enough to ride it. Well when it was sitting there my son jumped on and started makin all his motor noises and so I decided to ride him around on it. After about 10 trips up and down the street he wanted to try so I let him with me still on it. He worked the gas and the breaks and everything just fine with a little coaching.

Now he has got to where he can ride it by himself with me walking behind holding a rope that is tied to an engine kill I can pull if things get out of control but he has had no problems so far. Seeing how he has taken to it so well I have debated getting him a 50 for his next birthday when he turns 3. I figure if he knows how to operate it and can reach the footpegs what is the issue. It would have training wheels at first but do you think that 3 is to young to start ridding?
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Old 04-07-2011, 12:55 PM   #2
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my son started on a suzuki jr 50 at 3 1/2. Was riding it before he could ride a bike. No training wheels. Started racing by the time he was 4 1/2. He will do fine long as he knows to get back on if he falls. Some kids will get scared easier than others.
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Old 04-07-2011, 01:02 PM   #3
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i cant wait till the time come's in my life when i buy my son his firt bike
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I had a 1983 Honda ATC70 when I was 3 years old and never had any problems (except for this lifelong addiction to internal combustion engines). I think guidance, education, supervision, and gear are far more important than the number of candles on the birthday cake.
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4 is fine, mine started at 4, he new how to ride bicycles with no training wheels at 3 though but i don't think you have to learn one before the other one. Just be prepared cause once you see the on-off switch for the throttle you heart will pump. If he is not scared at first he will be fearless and be on the gas all the time lol.
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Old 04-07-2011, 01:10 PM   #6
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I had a 1983 Honda ATC70 when I was 3 years old and never had any problems (except for this lifelong addiction to internal combustion engines). I think guidance, education, supervision, and gear are far more important than the number of candles on the birthday cake.
This is my thoughts on it but I have had a lot of people tell me it was too soon and he is too young. I dont see why age should matter as long as he is able to operate it safely. Figured I would ask here to see what other riders thought since most of the folks against the idea dont or have never rode.
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Old 04-07-2011, 01:10 PM   #7
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definately not too early
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Go to the races and they have a class for 4 to 6 yr old riders. They are a blast to watch and will haul more than you believe. Jumps and all.
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Old 04-07-2011, 04:48 PM   #11
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I say if he's mature for his age, let him rip!

I'm sure you were planning it already, but since he's young, instill the need to maintain/keep his bike clean, and he'll respect anything he ever owns.

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Old 04-07-2011, 05:02 PM   #12
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That will be somethin he will learn. The plus to him gettin one is a get one too so he can watch how i clean and maintain mine and he will probably want to do the same since he tries to do everything I do. That way I can show him the right things to do and how to do them.
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Agree.....it all depends on the child though. I rode a PW50 when I was 3 so if the child understands, have at it...
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I ride my 50 daily. They make limiters that only let him go so fast. Soon as he's got it let him rip.

Then get him an 88kit for his 5th birthday.
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Good question, I was wondering the same. 3-4 seems to be a good age to start. Looks like I need to get a 50 so I can have all the bugs worked out by time my boy is old enough to ride.
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