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Old 12-04-2013, 09:47 PM
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So I've managed to convince my dad to get a motorcycle for my step brothers (they are 9 and 12). Does anyone know of good bikes that are small enough for them to have fun on but still big enough that they won't get bored of in a few months. I was thinking of a dirtbike but was wondering what are some of my options as I know nothing about dirt bikes.
 
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Old 12-05-2013, 05:41 AM
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No-one can ever go wrong learning to ride on a dirtbike. They will teach you so much about limits, control and pain relief; will put any potential biker on a different plane, as they learn their own limited capabilities.
And that nasty thing called "Consequences"

As for recommendations; there are a heap of scary little dirtbikes around nowadays. Do you have the equipment and the time to trailer them to appropriate riding places etc?

Those little 300 KTM's are excellent fun, but maybe not entirely an excellent choice for a 9 year old.

Although; of course, you could call it an Accelerated Learning Program.
 
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I learned 2 wheels on a 1979 Kwak KD125. All my friends had 50's at the time

It was great. Learning shifting and turning, and it was tough as nails (I dropped it a thousand times), and the "power" was very manageable. I'm sure giving a 9 year old a modern 125 wouldn't be advisable... but if you can find an old one (spelled cheap ), its a great option. Good luck. Lucky kids
 
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Old 12-05-2013, 10:04 AM
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Doesn't Honda make a 50cc dirt bike?

That should be able to keep any 9yr old entertained for a long time. It's more than enough for a 12yr old to learn on too.
 
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Old 12-05-2013, 11:26 AM
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Doesn't Honda make a 50cc dirt bike?

That should be able to keep any 9yr old entertained for a long time. It's more than enough for a 12yr old to learn on too.
I own the CRF50 and I'm a 5'2.25" (every little bit counts) "old" chick. I use this at my pit bike at the track, but I think the boys may get tired of it after a while. As it is, I'm contemplating another purchase.... :shifty eyes

But I may be willing to part witih it. I have the title and am the second owner. If I was to sell it, I suggest upgrading the handlebars. It needs nothing except gas.
 
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Old 12-05-2013, 12:39 PM
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i had/still have an xr80r honda trail bike, very nice and reliable, hell i still will rip through today but its small.
moved up to a yamaha 125 enduro. what mattered for me though was the fact there was trails and unconstructed area's i could ride through in my neighborhood.
if you are taking the bike to a track to ride it i would get more suspension range dirt bike instead of a trail bike.
im heading out to where the bike is now i'll post a picture, i've gotten like 3 feet of air on it but that bottoms out the suspension. but its still fun to the day.
i think my parents paid 2k for it brand new, go to a dealership and check them out, thats the most exciting part. then hardball the salesmen and walk out saying your going somewhere else.
 
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Old 12-05-2013, 01:06 PM
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KTM. Steer clear of those cheap china crap things as the only thing they give youbis a massive headache and end up costing the same, if possible get a four stroke cause those 2T dirts rev like heck and goes through pistons every 200 hours or so, might be even less IIRC... I've ridden a lot of 80cc two stroke dirt bikes and they tend to have a very, very steep power curve a "power peak" in finnish, I'm sure there's an english word for it too, but basically they give all their power out at once and tend to do pretty flashy wheelies while at it, 4t would be more "civilised" and easier to learn on albeit usually more expensive to buy...
 
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Reminds me of this crazy trick this guy does.
http://i.imgur.com/ScSsJaG.gif
 
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Old 12-07-2013, 03:35 PM
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Thanks for the replies now to craigslist! I think they will like more of the trail style bike, we have a few canyons around us.
 
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