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Old 09-07-2012, 04:51 PM   #21
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I've heard not to put training wheels on anything, as it throws off their ability to manuever once off the bike.
I've seen many youngsters start off with the training wheels and do just fine as the grow. Like many things, it's not the equipment, but how it's implemented.

Some kids can start at 2; others, maybe not.

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Old 09-07-2012, 04:53 PM   #22
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I've heard not to put training wheels on anything, as it throws off their ability to manuever once off the bike.

Those pedal-less bikes are where it's at for teaching!
The little blue bike is sans pedals or stabilisers so we will be testing the theories. Plus it was cool!

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I don't think there is a lower limit. (or an upper limit for that matter)

If the kid is having fun, and wants to continue riding then GO FOR IT!

Just don't be a "little league" parent with delusions of granduer.

There is a infinitesmal chance your offspring is the next Giacomo, but odds are they are just another average chode.


I had the pasion to ride all my life.
My first ride was at age 10 on my best buddies new XR75.
I was jealous as you can imagine.
My parents hated bikes, no support there.
We used to bicycle up to Burien Honda and sit on the little bikes and just be annoying little kids.
The staff always allowed it and even encouraged us.
How cool is that?

I had to save up my paper route money to get my first machine.
I had $425.
A brand new to me, used up old X enduro racer, nearly worn out.
GREEN,,,
Honda 1975 MR175.
$350 out of my pocket.
I was 12.

The rest is history...
No little league here. He can if he wants, it's all on him. Maybe he doesn't but it is available.

I was really just interested in others' great stories of passion.

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Old 09-07-2012, 05:03 PM   #23
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The little blue bike is sans pedals or stabilisers so we will be testing the theories. Plus it was cool!



No little league here. He can if he wants, it's all on him. Maybe he doesn't but it is available.

I was really just interested in others' great stories of passion.
I have encouraged all my children to ride.
I never really pushed, just made sure we had a bike and kept making the bikes available.
They have all learned to ride, I assume its to humor me...

None of them have "the bug" like us.
Damn shame...
I'm hoping my wildman 3yr old grandson takes up the flag for the old man.

Some of us have it, some don't.
Damn shame...

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Old 09-07-2012, 05:35 PM   #24
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I Ride: GS1150 Rat bike, NSR(G)500cc two stroke,CBR 900rr, 00 VFR800f
I started on a SL70 around 14-15yrs. I beat the piss out of it. I rode it every day for 6 months up at Hungry Valley ORV park in Ca.
Then Dad pick up a duel sport KM100, tinny little two stroke 100cc. It ripped for it's size. It would do 60 mph two-up!
My Dad got it as a tool, not to be having fun on! Everything was a effing tool to him. Used for work not play, he would say. He was a tool!!
Took that same KM100 and ripped the streets of down town L.A. After 7 tickets for no license. I got tested and a bigger bike.
Then moved up to a LTD550. Same streets, same stupid stunts, same stupid kid.

I started my boy riding with me a on Z50. He sat in front and I made high pegs and extended the rear brake peddle. He was two. (only have paper pics)
We went very slow to start. As he got older I would hold the cross bar and let him work the throttle.
He went to E. WA for a while with his ...Mom.
By the time he was 5 we were doing little papa wheelies and riding around at the local flat track races.
His first bike was a 1970 something Suzuki JR 50, he soon out rode it. I picked up a used KTM 50 Adventure out of Monroe, like $300? I got my self one of those 125 hopped up pit bikes so we could take it to the woods.
That was for sure some of the best times. Didn't take long for him to start getting away from me.
Told him if he didn't stop making me look slow. I'd get a bigger bike!

I think if they're not scared to putt putt in the back yard? Should be fine.

One other thing. You can take the wee ones almost anywhere to ride. Big field, huge back yard and no one cares.

Andy, should I save my child's full-face street helmet for ya?
I had so much padding on my kid, you could throw him off the roof and he wouldn't get hurt. Kids gear is cheep on C.List.

P.S. There is NOTHING better than seeing your kid take off on his own for the first time.
He rode past me and despaired down the path........
I ran to see if he was OK. He came around the corner and rode past again the othe way..........I was like OMG, he did it!! He effing did it!!!
I couldn't walk back till I got the tears of joy wiped away.
It was Feb 9-07.
We put #27 on his bike.

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Old 09-07-2012, 05:35 PM   #25
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I Ride: Ninja 650 or somebody elses.
Just past my 30th birthday, would have started younger but things just weren't aligned for a motorcycle. Most fun I've ever had.

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Old 09-07-2012, 05:57 PM   #26
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I Ride: Team Orange
I didn't start til I was 27. If I started when I was younger on dirt bikes, I probably wouldn't have crashed 10 times in the last 5 years.

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Old 09-07-2012, 06:01 PM   #27
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From: from Wa, living on Grenada (island)

I Ride: 1991 XR250L, 2007 BMW F800S, 1999 ATK 605 ESDS/SM
if you have to ask, she's too young.

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Old 09-07-2012, 08:10 PM   #28
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I Ride: 2000 BRP (XR650R)
If they got hair, i dont care!


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Old 09-07-2012, 08:44 PM   #29
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I Ride: for OPRT with an '07 SXV550 (The Darkness) and a '13 ZX14R (Mjölnir). DGA sucks.
27. Seem to be doing allright.


I think I'd be dead if i would have started any sooner.

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Old 09-07-2012, 08:58 PM   #30
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I Ride: slower than you with a bigger grin!
i started at 23 or 24.

not sure when i'm gonna throw the kids on. my wife is very against it.

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Old 09-07-2012, 09:01 PM   #31
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From: Bainbridge Island, WA

I Ride: 2001 BLUE Ducati ST4
11 or 12 -
Honda CT70 with a Manual tranny - Clutch and ALL!!
Christmas Present...
Then a SL100 Honda - then a Kawi 125 2-SMOKE Enduro...
Lots-o Dirt experience - MOM said NO to Street bikes until I Moved Out -
DID that for College and ended up with a Race Prepped Honda 500 that would easily hit triple digits as a Summer Commuter...
Jump ahead 20 years and here I am with a crazy FUN Monster...
GOTTA say my Dirt time has saved my ass more than a few times on the street - Just let the bike find its course and kinda let go - Scary, but it works!!

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Old 09-07-2012, 09:13 PM   #32
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My buddies 2 yr old would tear it up on the 50. Wipeout. And get right back on. He made is older brother (4 yr old) look like a wimp. It was really interesting to see, but awesome to be a part of.

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Old 09-07-2012, 09:14 PM   #33
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I Ride: Whatever old bike isn't broken, 1977 XS-400D (broken), 1978 GS1000E, 1960 BSA C15 (missing pieces), 97 ZX600E ( It's a lover not a fighter)
I got my first bike at 38..

I tried to get the kid started a little earlier



When our teen gets his license I'm going to sign him up for the MSF class to get his endorsement. I think it'll make him a better driver or more aware of bikes on the road anyway.

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Old 09-07-2012, 09:17 PM   #34
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I Ride: 2007 CBR1000RR, 2006 WR450F
I started at age 20, not quite sure how I survived those first 2 years on a 600. Been riding over 20 years now.

Started the kids on a balance bike at 3.5 yrs, 2 weeks of Fred Flintstoning it and off came the training wheels from the bicycles. OSET electric trials bikes are great for learning, I started them at 5 but should have started at 4. TTR-50 at age 6. All these starter bikes have speed governors, great way for kids to learn. My kids are 6 and 8 now, both BMX racing and riding the dirtbike, hopefully they develop some of the natural instincts that took me so many crashes to develop.

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Old 09-07-2012, 09:23 PM   #35
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I Ride: 07' Triumph Tiger, 08' KTM 450 EXCR, 08' GSXR 1000 Track, 07' Aprilia Tuono
9 yrs old on a 72 Honda SL70. Wish I still had that bike.

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Old 09-08-2012, 06:37 AM   #36
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I Ride: 05 KTM450SMR, 04 YZF250 and one bad ass Truck hehe
My son started at 3 yrs of age and look at him now I started at 6 and well look at me now

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Old 09-08-2012, 07:54 AM   #37
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I Ride: Busa. Sold KTM 625 SMC
I started riding dirt bikes at 12 then took quite a few years off. Couldn't get away from the need to be back on a bike. Now I will never be without a bike. I say start them as young as possible.

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Old 09-08-2012, 08:04 AM   #38
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I started at age 20, not quite sure how I survived those first 2 years on a 600. Been riding over 20 years now.

Started the kids on a balance bike at 3.5 yrs, 2 weeks of Fred Flintstoning it and off came the training wheels from the bicycles. OSET electric trials bikes are great for learning, I started them at 5 but should have started at 4. TTR-50 at age 6. All these starter bikes have speed governors, great way for kids to learn. My kids are 6 and 8 now, both BMX racing and riding the dirtbike, hopefully they develop some of the natural instincts that took me so many crashes to develop.
I had to look up OSet trails bike, Very cool!

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Old 09-08-2012, 08:12 AM   #39
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I didn't start riding until I was 8.
The delay messed me up for life.

Each of my three kids started between 4 and 5.
Before that, they rode trails sitting in front of me, learning the controls and getting familiar with the whole deal.

One thing that I would strongly recommend is not to use training wheels on motorcycles, it causes habits have to be undone later.
Much better to start them off on bicycles and switch to motors when they have the whole two wheeled thing solid in their heads.

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Old 09-08-2012, 08:24 AM   #40
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I think it depends on the kid. My son was 6 when we got his PW. Some kids don't understand go, stop and steer until they're older than others, and some learn it really early. The people we bought his first bike from put their son on it too soon and he ran into their house and got scared of the bike. People wanna put their kids on bikes so early, but sometimes, the kid gets hurt and scared of the bike at an early age and then you've completely undone everything

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