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Old August 17th, 2013, 07:42 PM   #1
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At what age have you started kids on a bike?
My son is only 15 months now but is extremely interested in my dirtbike, jeep, lawn mower and anything he can go for a ride on. He likes the bike the most, and will go for rides until I stop. I was just wondering how soon others have gotten there kids to ride alone on a bike.

I'd like to get him on a crf50 with training wheels next summer/fall. He would be 2 1/2. Am I dreaming by thinking this would be possible?
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If he can ride a bicycle, he can ride a 50cc kid's bike. They have throttle limiters and some even have remote kill switches.

Teach him young, teach him how to ride safe, and you will have a riding partner for life!
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If he can ride a bicycle, he can ride a 50cc kid's bike. They have throttle limiters and some even have remote kill switches.

Teach him young, teach him how to ride safe, and you will have a riding partner for life!
I'm very familiar with bikes and would definitely have a limiter on the throttle.

And ya that's part of the plan, get him going as soon as possible, we both will benefit from it. I think it would be hard for the wife to tell me no if he goes with me.:)
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I gave Charlie his pw50 when he turned 4. He was all about it at first. He hasn't had much interest lately though. He is still on training wheels and lost interest the first time he dumped it when he asked me to take them off.

I just let him turn it on when he wants and am letting him get used to it at his own pace. I have a feeling when his brother hops on it next summer and schools him they will both be off to the races. Alex will be 3 in november.
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My dad started me out on my old Honda trail70 when I was about that age. He bulit some training wheels for it as I couldn't hold it up on my own. By the time I was 5 the training wheels had been removed. At 11 I decided when he wasn't home I could take out his IT 465 and ended up with a broken arm lol.
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My dad started me out on my old Honda trail70 when I was about that age. He bulit some training wheels for it as I couldn't hold it up on my own. By the time I was 5 the training wheels had been removed. At 11 I decided when he wasn't home I could take out his IT 465 and ended up with a broken arm lol.
I bet I am a lot younger than you..but my first bike was a trail 70 as well.i rode the snot out of it to the point where light brackets fell off while I was riding. Whenever you decide to let him ride, Levi, you won't have any trouble finding a bike. You and your deal finding will keep him supplied with bikes forever. :)
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I bet I am a lot younger than you..but my first bike was a trail 70 as well.i rode the snot out of it to the point where light brackets fell off while I was riding. Whenever you decide to let him ride, Levi, you won't have any trouble finding a bike. You and your deal finding will keep him supplied with bikes forever. :)
Come on I'm not that old I'm 35 how much younger are you ?
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Come on I'm not that old I'm 35 how much younger are you ?
Well I'm 18, so about 17 yrs. yeah, I'm just a snot nosed kid lol
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Well I'm 18, so about 17 yrs. yeah, I'm just a snot nosed kid lol
Damn I could be your Dad lol
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Hey pops lol. Do you still have your trail 70?
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I bet I am a lot younger than you..but my first bike was a trail 70 as well.i rode the snot out of it to the point where light brackets fell off while I was riding. Whenever you decide to let him ride, Levi, you won't have any trouble finding a bike. You and your deal finding will keep him supplied with bikes forever. :)
Yeah but that was 2 years ago, sort of not the same thing.
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Hey pops lol. Do you still have your trail 70?
No I dont. I have a 7 month old son now I'd like to find a nice one for him when he's old enough to ride.
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Yeah but that was 2 years ago, sort of not the same thing.
who told you the truth...try about 8 yrs.

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No I dont. I have a 7 month old son now I'd like to find a nice one for him when he's old enough to ride.
A friend of my dads is looking for an early blue one like what he wanted when he was a kid. They can get fairly expensive. Also an early Honda mini trail in fair condition can be a $2500 bike... Watch out for those at a garage sale lol
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I gave Charlie his pw50 when he turned 4. He was all about it at first. He hasn't had much interest lately though. He is still on training wheels and lost interest the first time he dumped it when he asked me to take them off.

I just let him turn it on when he wants and am letting him get used to it at his own pace. I have a feeling when his brother hops on it next summer and schools him they will both be off to the races. Alex will be 3 in november.
Weird, that's my name and the same age I got my first bike, a jr50...that was 34yrs ago...however I never lost interest in them...I took a few yrs off from riding here and there but I have never been without a bike in the last 34yrs, however I did take a 20yr break from dirtbikes, but I'm back now and couldn't be happier
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Weird, that's my name and the same age I got my first bike, a jr50...that was 34yrs ago...however I never lost interest in them...I took a few yrs off from riding here and there but I have never been without a bike in the last 34yrs, however I did take a 20yr break from dirtbikes, but I'm back now and couldn't be happier
I really wanted to get him a jr, but I couldn't find one that wasn't over priced or a pile of garbage.

C-bomb is a different kid. He wrecked his bicycle hard this summer and was chomping at the bit to get back on it even with 12 stitches in his chin. Loves daddy's bike and pretty much anything with a motor. He even kicked his bike over and started it several times yesterday. However he only rode it maybe 10 feet. Its his call, I'm sure he will be tearing shit up on it or another next summer.
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I really wanted to get him a jr, but I couldn't find one that wasn't over priced or a pile of garbage.

C-bomb is a different kid. He wrecked his bicycle hard this summer and was chomping at the bit to get back on it even with 12 stitches in his chin. Loves daddy's bike and pretty much anything with a motor. He even kicked his bike over and started it several times yesterday. However he only rode it maybe 10 feet. Its his call, I'm sure he will be tearing shit up on it or another next summer.
I wish I still had that bike..I still remember going to the dealer with my dad in 1978 and coming out with a new jr50 for me and a Elsinore cr250 for him...matter of fact I think that was the last bike my dad bought for himself...he still brings that bike up from time to time...the latest was when I bought the 450x, he made a comment on how is 250 would have wiped its ass with my four stroke....ahhahahahha, old guys and the past!
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Both of mine were on TTR 50s once they were good enough on their pedal bike. i am not a fan of training wheels and neither of mine had them. I've seen the results of training wheels go both ways and it's really about the kid and their supervision/encouragement. Some did training wheels and then didn't ride and some did ride after. Same for starting without training wheels.
Mine were riding at 3 and 5.
Most kids don't get throttle control/braking until 4/5 so even if you start them sooner, it doesn't make them "better" sooner. Since we almost exclusively woods ride (vs track or open field), I made them wait more to ensure they had that control (or learned it quicker).
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Nothing like watching your 5 year old kick ass on the trails and show up teenage noobs....
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my son has been riding quads with me since he was born. had him in his carseat strapped to the back rack on my big bear.

and he has rode with me on my blaster since 2. he started riding his own when he was 2 and a half. so he rides his quad pretty well at 4.

I have yet to get him a dirt bike.

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