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Old 09-07-2012, 01:49 PM   #1
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Joined: Oct 2010
From: Marysville, WA

I Ride: 08 675, 72 XL250, 93 PW80, 80 GS250
How young is too young?
I didn't start riding until much later in life (24yo?) and my slow progress has left me wishing I'd have started younger......so I decided I was going to give my lad every opportunity he wishes (and within our finances) to ride but at 2.5 he is probably too young. In the meantime dad gets a cool pit bike for the yard



How old were you when you started riding?

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Old 09-07-2012, 01:51 PM   #2
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From: Beaverton, OR

I Ride: 2008 R6 Race Bike - #52 - And whatever's in the shop!
18 for me. And yeah, we have a little one on the way, and we're already talking about when/how he'll start (if he wants to).

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Old 09-07-2012, 01:57 PM   #3
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From: Lacey, WA

I Ride: 1989 CBR 600, 1982 GPz 550
I will have my son on a PW50 by 2 years old, training wheels, leash and all. Gotta start 'em young!

That Kiddimoto pushbike is sick...time to break out the wallet.

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Old 09-07-2012, 02:01 PM   #4
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Joined: Sep 2006
From: N side Spokane

I Ride: a Yamaha slayer real slow.
I started when I was 12 but I gave my niece a pink leg powered sportbike for her 2nd birthday. She calls me Uncle Vroom Vroom.

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Old 09-07-2012, 02:03 PM   #5
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Joined: Feb 2006
From: Beaverton, OR

I Ride: 2008 R6 Race Bike - #52 - And whatever's in the shop!
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!

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Old 09-07-2012, 02:10 PM   #6
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From: Gig Harbor, WA
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I Ride: 2000 BRP (XR650R)
Started with an 80cc 3 wheeler. age 7 i think. Then we got a 125cc three wheeler and a 50cc mini honda bike!

Then my neighbor at age 10-12ish got an 80cc two stroke so i got an xr200 to ride with him. been riding ever since. only street for 3 years.

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Old 09-07-2012, 02:23 PM   #7
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Joined: Mar 2011
From: Federal Way, Wa

I Ride: 08 Hypermotard 1100S
Start young, they will be much more skilled.

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Old 09-07-2012, 02:25 PM   #8
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From: Salem, Oregon

I Ride: 1978 Honda CB400 (Project), 1978 Honda XL175 (Towner)
I started at 25.
7 months ago
I'm 26 now

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Old 09-07-2012, 02:41 PM   #9
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Old 09-07-2012, 02:51 PM   #10
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Wait till he ask for one, then he is ready.

As for me, I haven't started riding yet, maybe in a year or two I'll be ready....

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Old 09-07-2012, 03:01 PM   #11
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Joined: May 2011
From: LaCenter, WA

I Ride: 2003 Copper SV1K
12. Then I went from a 5 HP Briggs and Stratton doodle bug/pit bike to a 1972 Honda XL250....not exactly a jump I'd recommend.

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Old 09-07-2012, 03:04 PM   #12
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Joined: Mar 2006
From: Spokane,WA

I Ride: 1985 R80, and others
I was 4, on a honda 50 , graduated to yamaha 60 mini enduro a few years later.

First thing i did in my last marriage was buy the step kids some dirt bikes. Just good family fun, and possible future motorcyclists for life The oldest, now 20, has his endorsement after taking the Idaho STAR program.

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Old 09-07-2012, 03:08 PM   #13
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From: Vanquivering with Kevin in WA.

I Ride: Kawasaki Z1000; Yamaha RZ350 (2); Yamaha RD400 (2); Yamaha RD350 (2); Yamaha RD125; Yamaha RD60; Kawasaki '72 G5-100; '66 Suzuki X-6 Hustler FINALLY!!
Bikes weren't even on my radar screen 'til my Mom's rich friend's son gave me a ride on the back when I was 7. INSTANTLY hooked--and all I could think of was how badly I wanted my own, and not to be on the back again, as it somewhat terrified me, but the overall thrill of the ride was much stronger than the scary feeling of being on the back.

Back then (1965) what passed for minibikes were the rigid tube-framed, lawn mower engined affairs in the Sears catalog...I didn't care, I even drooled over them. I was blown away when the first real minibikes (Honda SL70, Yamaha Mini-trail, etc.) came out about 1969... I wanted one so badly I could almost taste it. Even if my parents could've afforded one, no way would they ever buy me such an extravagant gift....it took saving up from doing hundreds of hours of babysitting and yardwork between the ages of 11 & 15 before I was able to buy my own.

I begged, borrowed, but didn't steal other bikes such as Suzuki or Honda step-through POS's to ride as "trail" bikes until I got my own, so I started about age 9 or 10.

As to the OP's thread title, I think whatever age a child shows interest should determine when you allow them to start riding, as long as the bike in question fits them well both in size and power. Too much too soon could scare them unnecessarily.

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Old 09-07-2012, 03:13 PM   #14
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From: Seattle, WA
My girl just turned six and she has been riding for a year and a half - has an Oset electric bike and it works great. Hand brake levers/twist throttle/suspension/adjustable throttle the Oset gets her ready for the next bike which she is asking for already.

I have an Oset 16 for sale if anyone is interested.
Check them out here: http://osetbikes.com/

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Old 09-07-2012, 03:19 PM   #15
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From: SE Portland / Bucerias, Nayarit Mx

I Ride: 03' CBR1100XX, 84 GL1200A
I started at the age of 8, and have never stopped, or not owned a bike since.

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Old 09-07-2012, 03:20 PM   #16
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Joined: May 2008
From: Clarkinsas, WA

I Ride: Whatever's next
Took a ride on the back of some kind of dirt bike when I was 5 or 6. Been hooked ever since. Started riding at 12 in the dirt, 17 on the street. Stopped riding for about a decade and picked it back up. Those skills you learn on the dirt crashing all the time never really leave you.

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Old 09-07-2012, 03:50 PM   #17
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From: Bellingham

I Ride: 04RC51-05600RR-05DRZ400sm
I got a spanking new Honda xr80 for Christmas at 10 years old, and I wish I had started as soon as I could ride a bicycle! Your boy will be a superstar in 20 years

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Old 09-07-2012, 04:02 PM   #18
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From: 2nd star to the right and straight on 'til morning

I Ride: on ice at 15F below zero. GO ICEHOLES!!!
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...

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Old 09-07-2012, 04:16 PM   #19
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From: Chicagoland

I Ride: 2010 RC8R; 2009 ZX6R; Percheron/Paint (equine variety)
I wish I had started younger! I was 34.

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Old 09-07-2012, 04:20 PM   #20
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Joined: Oct 2008
From: Middle Earth WA

I Ride: 03 SV1000 Racebike, 03 Busa, 08 Busa, 89 Transalp
Full license at 14 in NM (no restrictions) and the trouble soon followed!

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