MotoHouston.com MotoHouston.com
Register Members List Member Map Media Calendar Garage Forum Home Mark Forums Read

Go Back   MotoHouston.com > General Discussion > Dirtbikes, Mini's, ATV's.....
Forgot info?

Welcome to MotoHouston.com! You are currently viewing our forums as a guest which gives you limited access to the community. By joining our free community you will have access to great discounts from our sponsors, the ability to post topics, communicate privately with other members, respond to polls, upload content, free email, classifieds, and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free, join our community!

Register Today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.


FREE MH Decals by MAIL!

Advertisement

Reply
Share This Thread: 
Subscribe to this Thread Thread Tools
Old 09-10-2007, 09:16 AM   #1
Meaner-n-u
Just so you know...
 
Meaner-n-u's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: None-ya
Feedback Rating: (1)
Posts: 5,072

Experience: 7 years

Bike(s):
2013 Triumph Speed Triple SE
09 Fz6"Rrrrr"








Kids and Dirtbikes

Bought a NON-Operating RM60 for our daughter, now all the kids want to learn to ride! - We agreed this could be their "CHRISTMAS" so we have time to get gear and bikes. What next?

4 kids (Meaner-n-u and Squoddybody's)

Boy 12 - Girl 11 - Girl 10 - Boy 9

How do you fit their gear? Sizing is odd and pants can be shaped or straight?Can they share gear? (They all wear different sizes) What is the best starter bike? Used or New? Safety/Learning classes - (Planned for January 08)

Am I missing anything?

Thanks!
__________________
Deal with it...
Meaner-n-u is offline   Reply With Quote
Similar Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Dirtbikes going up..almost vertically iDazzle Dirtbikes, Mini's, ATV's..... 10 11-03-2014 06:39 PM
New to dirtbikes OMEGA Dirtbikes, Mini's, ATV's..... 6 01-28-2014 10:22 PM
where to buy used dirtbikes... upononer6 Dirtbikes, Mini's, ATV's..... 51 07-30-2012 09:12 PM
dirtbikes on the street klassik General Discussion (Moto Related) 36 06-26-2010 07:38 PM
Dirtbikes? specterunseen General Discussion (Moto Related) 41 05-01-2009 10:56 AM
Advertisement
Old 09-10-2007, 09:21 AM   #2
hotnanas
i rock knobbies
 
hotnanas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Feedback Rating: (4)
Posts: 8,881

Experience: 10+ years











i'll be selling an operating kx60 soon too. newly repaired cylinder, with new top end.

would be great for children all the way to adults who still want to be children.
dirt and motard setups.

i know cycle gear has childrens gear, check them out. some of the other shops may stock some as well.
hotnanas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2007, 09:26 AM   #3
FLYIN'DUC
Senior Member
 
FLYIN'DUC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Cleveland, Texas
Feedback Rating: (7)
Posts: 6,254


Bike(s):
07 Ducati, 99 Busa









A rm 60 is a cool bike, but not the best for kids, it is a 2stroke racing bike,very finecky and puttin around would foul plugs etc, I would suggest a honda xr70, it is a 4 stroke, much easier to deal with, and not quite as radical, no clutch to deal with and they are quite reasonable on craigslist, runnin for only $ 500- 750, and will last a very long time, just my 2 cents
FLYIN'DUC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2007, 09:31 AM   #4
hotnanas
i rock knobbies
 
hotnanas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Feedback Rating: (4)
Posts: 8,881

Experience: 10+ years











+1

the 60s may scare them away from riding as well.
hotnanas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2007, 09:33 AM   #5
Angamico
Range Target
 
Angamico's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: League City
Feedback Rating: (0)
Posts: 496


Bike(s):
YZF600R
TigerEX1200








The class I told you and Guitar Man about...

Link on HoH website
Angamico is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2007, 10:15 AM   #6
MadseasoN
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: 77002
Feedback Rating: (1)
Posts: 5,603

Experience: 10+ years
Trackdays: 10+











Both of my kids (6 and 9) have motocross gear. We went to Cycle Gear and had them try on different sizes. I ended up buying a lot of secondhand stuff from Craigslist, HoustonMotocross, etc. The end of season is coming up soon so you should see alot of stuff coming up for sale (you know how fast kids grow out of stuff).

Personally I wouldn't bother with the pants and jerseys. Definately knee/elbow pads, helmet, gloves, and maybe boots. Let them try out riding and see if they're gonna stick with it.

As for starter bikes, I'd stick with the 4-strokes. They're alot smoother on the low end and easier for kids to learn. Nothing bigger than a 70cc to start with. Maybe an XR80 but that would be pretty big for a 9 yr old.
MadseasoN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2007, 11:45 AM   #7
hotnanas
i rock knobbies
 
hotnanas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Feedback Rating: (4)
Posts: 8,881

Experience: 10+ years











protect their necks too...buy them a neck roll...we don't want to ruin any of those developing muscles.
hotnanas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2007, 12:05 PM   #8
RACER X
what R you lookin' at?
 
RACER X's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Richmond, Tx
Feedback Rating: (26)
Posts: 33,497

Experience: 10+ years
Trackdays: 8

Bike(s):
'14 Honda GROM! 181cc of fury!!
'10 Aprilia Tuono Factory-SOLD
'08 Busa - sold
A few more bought
A few more sold






how young can your start them, mine turns 3 this yr, and i'm thinkin XR50 already.
__________________
ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ
2014 GROM
181cc's BABY!
Trump/Zimmerman 2016
Make America Great Again!
RACER X is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2007, 12:11 PM   #9
FLYIN'DUC
Senior Member
 
FLYIN'DUC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Cleveland, Texas
Feedback Rating: (7)
Posts: 6,254


Bike(s):
07 Ducati, 99 Busa









Quote:
Originally Posted by RACER X View Post
how young can your start them, mine turns 3 this yr, and i'm thinkin XR50 already.
Maybe a small 4 wheeler, Hey guys props for starting them young, I was broke and scared to let my kids ride when they were young, and now they are in their early 20,s, and want start ridin chit like I have, daughter wants an aprilla and my son wants a R1 for his first bike, scares the outa me, they are still my babies
FLYIN'DUC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2007, 03:18 PM   #10
MadseasoN
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: 77002
Feedback Rating: (1)
Posts: 5,603

Experience: 10+ years
Trackdays: 10+











Quote:
Originally Posted by RACER X View Post
how young can your start them, mine turns 3 this yr, and i'm thinkin XR50 already.
Doesn't the XR50 have an autoclutch? I'd start with a one-speed bike like a PW50 with training wheels and throttle limiter.

Don't forget about the kids' point-of-view. Even a little PW50 seems like a big, loud, smokey machine and can be intimidating.
MadseasoN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2007, 03:23 PM   #11
GABRIEL
Senior Member
 
GABRIEL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: SW/SE Houston
Feedback Rating: (14)
Posts: 7,184

Experience: 1-3 months











if they are small jr or pw would be good but i had a friend that still managed to crash the jr. hit the brake at the same time they gave it gas! wow!
GABRIEL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2007, 08:16 PM   #12
Meaner-n-u
Just so you know...
 
Meaner-n-u's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: None-ya
Feedback Rating: (1)
Posts: 5,072

Experience: 7 years

Bike(s):
2013 Triumph Speed Triple SE
09 Fz6"Rrrrr"








Thanks!

There are some REALLY GOOD ideas out there. I've had them try on gear at Cycle Gear (no purchases) and I plan to start them with the Dirt Bike class at Awesome in January.

Craigs List is where we found the first bike. Thanks for the "season ending" info. I do know how kids grow and we want to spend as little as possible while making sure they are safe and enjoying themselves.

I really appreciate the tips on the 2 Stroke v/s 4 Stroke. I really don't want to scare them at the start. Only 1 (Daughter - 10) was so into this idea that she started saving her own money to buy gear when we wouldn't get it for her. The others just want to not be left out.

Guitar Man has very fond memories of dirt bike trips and camping, so I guess this means I know how I'm spending next summer... BLEGH!

So thanks again to everyone. Seems like I'm on the right track, but the bike situation never occured to me. Glad to know I can ask around and people care enough to help.
Meaner-n-u is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2007, 08:29 PM   #13
jetcycles
DRIVEN BY ANGER
 
jetcycles's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: ShoreAcres
Feedback Rating: (14)
Posts: 12,024

Experience: 10+ years

Bike(s):
1950 Chevy Deluxe
1980 Honda CT70
1987 Kawasaki 650SX
1996 Honda Z50



what do you need to get that 60 running again? there are several sponsors on the boards that can get you bike parts for a discount, and many of us have the know how to give the bike a once over and try to get it going for you. Those two strokes are simple!!! BTW, keep an eye out for older four stroke honda's for them to ride. i have a 1980 CT70 and a 1996Z50 in the garage and they both start first or second kick!!!
__________________
I understand the consequences of my actions prior to engaging in those actions. . .there are certain situations in life where the risk is totally worth the reward.
jetcycles is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2007, 08:58 PM   #14
hotnanas
i rock knobbies
 
hotnanas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Feedback Rating: (4)
Posts: 8,881

Experience: 10+ years











these 60s are very simple. i'd love to get another, but i don't have room for the one i have now. but they may be quite intimidating when the power kicks on for a younger kid.
hotnanas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2007, 08:59 PM   #15
Urandaman
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: cypress
Feedback Rating: (0)
Posts: 691


Bike(s):
2002 f4i









Send a message via AIM to Urandaman
i started on a xr100. smooth power band, and a blast to ride.
xr80s are a lil shorter but still have a clutch.

klx110 or the suzuki 110 may be a good bike too. more power than a 50. a little taller than a xr 70, and you can mod them as they get better.

im sure your older son will want to be the big guy, so teach him on a bike with a clutch, might as well learn now.

the klx are semi automatics, and if i remember right, you can do something in the transmission to free up a 4th gear instead of the 3..
Urandaman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2007, 02:52 AM   #16
Meaner-n-u
Just so you know...
 
Meaner-n-u's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: None-ya
Feedback Rating: (1)
Posts: 5,072

Experience: 7 years

Bike(s):
2013 Triumph Speed Triple SE
09 Fz6"Rrrrr"








Guitar Man has a full page list of what needs to be fixed... I'm a good girl. I stay out of the garage and away from the tools.
Meaner-n-u is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Advertisement


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:32 PM.


MotoHouston.com is not responsible for the content posted by users.
Privacy Policy