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Old 05-31-2008, 01:05 AM   #1
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How young should a child be to learn how to ride

I've got a 6 year old boy. I'd like for him to become a motorcyclist.

How old should he be before he rides behind me as a passenger?

How old should he be to learn how to operate a motorcycle?

What type of motorcycle?

All suggestions strongly welcomed! We'd like to do this the RIGHT and SAFEST way for him. Advice on classes are strongly welcomed. I'm in Austin for what it's worth.

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You can get him on a bike now. Honda CRF 50 with training wheels perhaps.
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Old 05-31-2008, 01:15 AM   #3
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I've got a 6 year old boy. I'd like for him to become a motorcyclist.

How old should he be before he rides behind me as a passenger?

How old should he be to learn how to operate a motorcycle?

What type of motorcycle?

All suggestions strongly welcomed! We'd like to do this the RIGHT and SAFEST way for him. Advice on classes are strongly welcomed. I'm in Austin for what it's worth.

Many thanks in advance!
My son started at 5 . But he learned how to ride a bicycle first w/no training wheels . If they can ride a bicycle with no training wheels they won't need them on a motorcycle . I bought my son a ttr-50 then i bought me a crf50 and i'm hooked . Buy a helmet/gloves/and riding boots . Then screw in the throttle stop screw till there going only 5 miles an hour or less .
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Old 05-31-2008, 01:16 AM   #4
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To answer your second question i would NEVER ride with my son on my big bike . But thats just me .
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Old 05-31-2008, 01:20 AM   #5
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I started riding dirtbikes and four wheelers before I learned how to ride a bicycle at age 4. It all depends on if your kid has an interest in it.. I know I did.
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My kids started riding on a PW50 with training wheels at 3 and 4 years old. I occasionally would let my 4 year old ride with me on the DRZ400 between me and the tank, but that was very slow out on a couple acres when I lived in the Rio Grande Valley. He always wore a helmet when we did that.

I don't think I would ride with them on the bike in a street environment until they are much older and had full protective gear available and I really doubt I would even then. That's an issue with traffic and the fact that I can do everything I can, but there is always a chance of some moron pulling out in front of me.

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HI and here is my opinion... coming from a mom of 4


My kids started riding by them selves on a PW50 at about 4 - 5 years old. Four wheelers since they were about 18 months or so on my lap. They have always worn gear on the dirt bikes so it has always been something the know as a requirement, not an option.
They all ride as passenger on both of my bikes with me and have ever since they were old enough to hold on (which varied between the kids). They are now 9, 11, 12 and 14 and love bikes
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no Havent ridden since last week with you guys, Maybe Sunday, Hows your new shield for thr Vmax ?
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no Havent ridden since last week with you guys, Maybe Sunday, Hows your new shield for thr Vmax ?
have to pick it up this afternoon. I think we are making a Fayetteville ride tomorrow.
Seen someone on a Suz wearing uniform blues yesterday after I picked up my oldest from the HS, thought it might be you.
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my daughters 2 yrs old and she has her own 4 wheeler, but i always ride with her cause she cant reach the floor boards. but she is in control. she will get her own pocket bike in about two weeks. shes hooked and so am i its our father daughter time. and i live on a dead end and she gets on me gsxr with me but i never throtle! also she has a helmet and she wears cowgirl boots. its a bonding thingy
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I started an x's son on a electric pocket bike at 4yo. He had no problem.
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Mike....what up bro! Long time!

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I started very early, too (4-5). Like others said, make gear mandatory early. If they understand it early, it'll be customary when older. If he/she can ride a bike, a lil moto shouldn't be too much to handle.

Good luck and remember it's all about safe fun. I remember riding when I was a wee young lad, and those times were some of the best.
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I know a 4 or 5 yr old who rides a lil 50 cc bike governed down so low that it wont go in high grass.
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i got a little Honda 50 when i was 6... then a YSR50 for my 8th birthday to start on pavement..by the time I got my first big bike ('92CBR600F2) for my 12th birthday, I had logged about 5k on the YSR and ridden my mom's honda shadow alot on the street. including road trips with dad... rider rally, GWRRA rallies, etc. I even road my dad's 78 goldwing to the GWRRA spring fling in 94 just because it was the first year i was licensed and i could technically win the youngest rider. I was snubbed out the previous years on the technicality that i wasnt old enough to be licensed...

now that i have a son.. we've already started looking for a 50 for him...he's 4 months old now so i'll play on it til he's ready

As soon as he can ride his bicycle.. he'll be given a chance on the 50... if he wants to keep it up.. it gives me an excuse to get a supermoto so we can go riding together
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As for riding ON large bike, look into the snow mobile kid harnesses... straps around all their appendages as well as yours...

First time I saw it was with Navigator. Awesome design, built well and seems to work incredibly.
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my 8 and 5 year old can ride pyrofallouts little 50. the 5 year old makes me nervous though, he is to wall all the time (climbed on the roof and jumped off yesterday). my 8 year old does wonderful on it.
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