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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-23-2009, 04:09 AM Thread Starter
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Teaching youth Rider to ride???

I have owned my vulcan 750 almost 2 years now, my daughter who is 8 yrs old has been my passanger, shes enjoys riding and is frustrated when I ride solo

I have been riding for 3 years now, and I had no riding experience growing up.

My question is when do you teach a youth to ride and what type of bike would you suugest a youth rider to learn to ride on?

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It's very responsible of you to ask. A little bit early in my opinion. I started out with small cc dirt bikes about twelve years old. Wildfire motors has some that could be appropriate. Keep in mind the legislators are looking at the child endangerment aspect of allowing youngsters to ride as passengers. Check the law in your state. Teach her to be safe and always wear her gear.

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She might be ready now. She certainly has the desire and there are some bikes out there that are designed for youth riders. A couple of things you need to ask yourself though:
  1. How well does she ride a bicycle?
  2. How athletic is she?
  3. Do you think she's going to give up the first time she falls down?
I think if you get the right answers on these questions she should do fine on a bike. My nephew started riding at about 7 or 8 and rides very well. I'm always in favor of supporting our children in their interests. My parents supported me at an early age when I wanted to take drum lessons. I still play in 2 different bands and even at 51 it is still my passion (2nd only to my wife).


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My daughter is 8 also and wants a small dirt bike, if I had a little more room behind my house I probably would have found her a small 50cc or something close to that. Whenever I go to a Stealership, she always wants to go look at the youth bikes.

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Both of my boy's started riding dirt bike's at age 5 so she is of age.I would start her off on a 50 cc automatic.

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I would recomend a little Honda xr50 or a yamaha 50...try to stay away from a 2 stoke for her first bike, as the powerbands might be a little much for her to handle starting out. i started riding mini bike when I was 4 or 5...so I don't think it is too young for her to learn.
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i would agree with the bicycle thing first... if shes good on a bike then i would look at a 50cc dirt bike.... once she can rip around on one of those she should be old enough to start increasing the cc's..... she has a long time to go before she can be out on the road though so give her some time to practice..... id rather fall on dirt and get up with some bruises than fall on asphault and not want to ride again..
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When you have decided she is ready for powered 2-wheel travel, you might also consider a local area class of the MSF dirtbike school.

For details on learning from the pro's at a class nearest you, see/visit:


In fact, you might take the intro dirt course together!

Riding off-road with your children is a great way to build some fantastic experiences and memories.....

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I started riding on my cousin's YZ80 when I was about 10 (he was about 8 at the time). Of course, we all knew how to ride bicycles by then, and had our sense of balance. I'd agree with whoever said that dumping it on dirt is much softer than dumping it on asphalt...


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Thanks for responses, She mastered the bike and scooter, but she wants to ride a dirt bike. She always looks at the 50cc bikes when I'm at the Kawasaki dealership.

Thanks again for all the information and responses. I like the automatic bikes to start with, but do they make trainning wheels? Dad is somewhat nervous. I will check in the meantime about ridng course.
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