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Old December 7th, 2009, 11:25 AM   #1
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Hey guys,

Something similar may already be in the forum but I couldn't find it. I'm looking at getting my girls into the MX sport, mostly just trail riding, nothing serious...

I have a 7, 12 and 16 year old. My 16 year old has always wanted to but the wife and I steered clear from it, but now my 7 and 12 are talking about it so were starting to put more thought into it.

I as looking at a Honda CRF50 for my 7 year old daughter or a Suzuki 65, but I don't know for my 12 and 16 year old. I was thinking maybe an 80 or 125 that they could share, but would a 125 be too much for my 12 year old, and would an 80 be too small for my 16 year old?

All my girls are very physically fit, and are into sports so I know they'll love this.
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Old December 7th, 2009, 11:36 AM   #2
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do they still make the cr80 experts?
my friends GF used to ride one when we were younger (about 18 and 5'3") and seemed to have a good time on it. She eventually stepped up to 125 after a couple years.

The expert is an 80 in a 125(?) frame.
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Old December 7th, 2009, 11:41 AM   #3
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Hey guys,

Something similar may already be in the forum but I couldn't find it. I'm looking at getting my girls into the MX sport, mostly just trail riding, nothing serious...

I have a 7, 12 and 16 year old. My 16 year old has always wanted to but the wife and I steered clear from it, but now my 7 and 12 are talking about it so were starting to put more thought into it.

I as looking at a Honda CRF50 for my 7 year old daughter or a Suzuki 65, but I don't know for my 12 and 16 year old. I was thinking maybe an 80 or 125 that they could share, but would a 125 be too much for my 12 year old, and would an 80 be too small for my 16 year old?

All my girls are very physically fit, and are into sports so I know they'll love this.
Huge difference there.

Kawasaki makes a klx110 (larger than the honda 50 but a lot smaller and more tame than a rm65) I also have a used yamaha ttr90E with electric start here at the shop.

for the larger bike have them sit on a few and almost let them pick what they feel they would be comfortable on, your on the right track i'd say between an 85 and a 125, or a four stroke 140L or similar...
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Old December 7th, 2009, 06:45 PM   #4
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start out with something like a xr 200 depending on how tall the 16 yr old is and a klx 125 or xr 150 would be about the rite height (going by how big my 12 yearold is)
best way to tell is take them to the dealership and test sit them
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Old December 7th, 2009, 06:47 PM   #5
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start them out on a pit bike so they can all ride. like a 110 model or a xr 100
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Old December 7th, 2009, 06:52 PM   #6
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I started on a yamaha yz 80. that was prolly 8 years ago. both of my sisters rode it as much as i did. BTW i would have been 12, my sisters 10, and 14.
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Old December 7th, 2009, 06:54 PM   #7
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buddy of mine has an 03 cr85, that has very low hours on the top end rebuild, new sprokets and chain, and is in good condition that he'd probably let go for $1,000. the engine is completely stock as well. PM me if you're interested in it.
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XR50 or XR70 and a XR100. I think they're all called CRF now, but same deal.
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definetly a four stroke, the power curve is much more forgiving and the low end grunt makes learning the clutch uber easy.

a bike can definetely be too big, but not really to small to learn on. i had a blast even when i was older tooling around on smaller bikes, i helped beat an xr100 into the ground and loved every minute of it.

you can start off with one, let them rotate and see if they really like it. if there serious, buy more.
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For the seven year old i an not sure the fifty would be big enough depending on size. My four year old rides a yamaha fifty with training wheels and my friends six year old boy is a little big on it. Mine has the small tires 12 in. The fifty i have is plenty fast enough though. Top end with me on it at 195 pounds is still pretty quick
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Thanks for all the imput guys, I'm gonna pick up a 50 for my youngest and see how that goes, if its too small I have lots of neices and nephews coming up that could ride it. I think I'll try to find a 100 for my 12 and 16 year old, and look for something bigger once they both get used to it....
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No matter what bike you decide to purchase, dont forget that Michigan [ and most other State's ] require that all youth under the age of 16 yrs old ,must be ORV certified before they can operate any type of ORV in Michigan, and this does include private property as well.

I can help you out with their certification if you'd like ?

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Not real sure but i thought i read no one under 12 yrs old on state land orv areas
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Bill, I was checking out your site, nicely done. Can you tell me for motorcycles do I have to wait till spring to take the class? Is it a one day class? and what is the cost, I'd have my three girls plus me, maybe my wife but I'm not sure if she'd do it.
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No matter what bike you decide to purchase, dont forget that Michigan [ and most other State's ] require that all youth under the age of 16 yrs old ,must be ORV certified before they can operate any type of ORV in Michigan, and this does include private property as well.

I can help you out with their certification if you'd like ?

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My child can not ride on my property without it?

Also, how old does a child need to be before they can get certified?

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My child can not ride on my property without it?

Also, how old does a child need to be before they can get certified?

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Legally, no. Another fine example of the government over-stepping its boundaries - while I agree that no one should be turned loose on any type of machine without supervision, I also don't agree with the government trying to make up for the idiots who allow their kids to ride totally unsupervised. This is a topic in itself.

Back to the original post:

For the 7 year old: CRF-50
For the 12/16 year old: TTR 125 - you can get the L if you want the larger version depending on how big your 12 year old is.



For everyone recommending bikes such as a CR/YZ80 (and the KTM 200 recommendation - WTF?? I've rode for years and can barely ride a bike like that to its full potential), I would say that a two stroke should be a bike to upgrade to if need be in the future, not one to start off on. I've rode for years, and I consistently find that when I hop on any 80 I get the front tire off the ground more than I do on my 125/250 2 strokes - you're sitting right over the wheel and they've got a short wheel base. This means it hooks up, and can easily pick the front end up....overall, not a good beginner type bike - they'll either pussy-foot it and foul plugs, or they'll really try to ride it and end up hurt....just my opinion
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Chris,

Thanks for the input, I didn't put much weight into the guys telling me to look at 250's and such... I'd rather them be on something a little small that they can control that have all this power and get hurt and never want to try it again.

I ended up getting a 2000 Pw-50 in premium condition for $300.00 and a 1995 Pw-80 in great condition for $250.00. I know that they are both smaller than what the girls could ride but my thoughts are this summer or next fall after they've had a few months to ride on them I can look to upgrade my older girls to 125 or maybe a little bigger. I'm gonna take them to the Cycle World show over New Years weekend in Novi. Let them hop on anything and everything so they can get a good feel of what else is out there too.

Thanks for all the input guys and have MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!
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start them out on a pit bike so they can all ride. like a 110 model or a xr 100
i think a 2008 Crf 450 would be best for a girl
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Old January 5th, 2010, 06:00 PM   #20
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Check out www.planetminis.com They'll hook you up right. Thats where im from :) As for the youngin's try a crf 70. For the 16 year old check out an cr 85. Or a klx 140...
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