Are dirt bikes too dangerous for kids?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by B1, May 16, 2017.

  1. jay547

    jay547 Long timer

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    Awesome!

    The first time my daughter raced, she got third and got a trophy. We put this picture in the local paper with a little blurb. Her first grade teacher happened to see it and brought the paper to school for all the other kids to see. She was queen for a day.

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    So, not only are they not too dangerous, the kids receive many other benefits and rewards.
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  2. WYO George

    WYO George Long timer

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    I begged for a dirt bike when I was six, but my folks thought they were too dangerous for someone my size. Instead they bought me something nice and safe....

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    A poster size version of that photo hangs in my office. The folks didn't understand protective gear and had no idea what they were setting in motion, but I lived and over the years I've road raced, ride bikes on the edges of cliffs in the desert, own a motorcycle shop and teach people to ride bikes for a living. It's all kinda ironic that their desire to steer me away from bikes just fueled things even more. (BTW, I learned that you can pop the three wheeler up on two wheels and keep it that way for miles at a time.)
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  3. Rodzilla

    Rodzilla Little short for a Stormtrooper

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    Both my children ride. My wife has no desire (yet she thinks she might like a scooter to commute to work in downtown traffic?).

    Both started as soon as they could ride a bicycle. Son is now 13 and I'm struggling with what to get him as he has outgrown his TTR125LE, he is not terribly aggressive on the trail, but he's "man sized" at 5'7 and 165lbs. He had his worst get off in the back yard, when he ran his PW 50 into the fence (mostly damaging his pride) of course momma was watching so that was a rough evening.

    Daughter was actually the more aggressive of the two, chasing her brother and mad that dad is "too slow", at 8, she felt passing dad was the right thing to do, I watched her at about 25 mph (seemed like 100 mph) get headshake and go down. Knew right away she broke her collar bone. Probably 10 miles from the truck and 50 miles from town. I still see that wreck in my dreams. Kills me every time. But she still rides (although a bit slower).

    Both my kids ride and both my kids shoot.

    Too dangerous? Dunno. Am I growing kids that get outside and experience life? Trying to.
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  4. sparkingdogg

    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    My pops gave me a motorbike when I was a kid. And a chemical set with actual dangerous chemicals, including acid. A real woodworking tool set, with a saw sharp enough to cut your finger off with. A 120 volt electric train set. A black powder canon. A rifle and a shotgun. Even let me play with his vintage "live steam engine" (no shit).

    I never broke a leg, poisoned myself, cut a finger off, or got shocked. Never blew myself up, put an eye out, or got burned by steam. I sure did have a lot of fun, though.

    Thanks dad! :super
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  5. billmags

    billmags Scoot Jockey

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    Everyone's different.
    I was a two wheeled junkie, my parents weren't but let me go my way and I was on a motorcycle at 11.
    I tried with my own son but it was his choice ultimately- he is 16 now & has no interest.
    I feel sad a little because I'd love to ride with him. But what can you do.
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  6. Schmokel

    Schmokel Show me your triggered face.

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    If no one has ever told you, you're an awesome Dad. I've got my first wee-one due in July and I plan on doing the same things with him. Shooting, riding, fishing, welding, etc. Good on you man.
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  7. VX Rider

    VX Rider Been here awhile

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    My 4yr old wants a motorcycle, I'm using that as leverage to get him to ride the pedal bike more without the training wheels....
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  8. Mecano

    Mecano Been here awhile

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    The problem is they will get better at it, they will get hooked after the first race, you will get hooked too, then you will get better new bikes, get RV/trailer, travel a lot, try for Loretta's, savings account takes a hit, then hopefully wife was in it or she will be pissed...
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  9. Okeedokee

    Okeedokee Cranky Bastard

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    Raised two sons and we rode dirt bikes together many years. Never any serious injuries. BUT, we rode on motocross tracks very little. We were woods riders. We would visit places with MX tracks two or three times a year. My challenge was trying to keep them off the tracks and in the woods where I knew they would be able to ride safer. I've talked to many fathers who would carry their boys to those places only very seldom but would let them jump right on the tracks with little or no training. A recipe for an injury as far as I was concerned. We saw a lot of inexperienced kids with broken arms and collar bones at those places. The woods are much safer in my opinion. Also, in my opinion, atvs are 10 times more dangerous than dirt bikes. My sons would scare the hell out of me with the way they rode ours at our hunting club. 4 wheels must be safer than two! WRONG!
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  10. NC Scott

    NC Scott MOmymamamamaMOmymama

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    I would ask that you please refrain from using quotes around the phrase "man sized" when describing your 13 year old that is 1 inch taller and 10 pounds heavier than me. I am 42. :imaposer
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  11. Takataka

    Takataka Been here awhile

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    My 53 yr old neighbour and his 11 yr old son got their first dirt bikes about a year ago.

    Guess which one of them has had regular visits to the local hospital and which one hasn't had a single notable injury...
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  12. Celtic Curmudgeon

    Celtic Curmudgeon Indiana Jones wanabe

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    I desperately wanted a dirt bike as a kid, but it was a 'no go'. I bought my first bike at age 22 and have been riding ever since, but still resent not being allowed to have a bike as a kid when all my friends did. Oddly enough, my folks did allow me to destroy my body via football....
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  13. gmk999

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    Ha ha love this thread. I had mini bikes as a kid (rupp sprint) and a couple of enduros after The only motorhead in a large family I did what I wanted with them , no issues.

    My kid has a 24v oset. at 9 he has fully outgrown it but for the first three years I put a seat on it and we would ride at a large Army Corps property near us. The trails are really tough on my big thumper (420#+) . But when he was 5 we would chase around on the flats and dare each other( through Sena helmet coms) to try a new trail ,hill or chase top speed (25) down the old roadbed that runs the length of the property. It was a blast.
    At six, it was a bit tougher to follow him on the tight trails and rubble washes. but he could see how my heavy bike would wash through the turns and would pick Dad friendly trails and I would follow.
    At seven, I never saw the little &#!!.. I still hear it through my com.. “ You can do this one Dyaad” .. “It’s only steep, but not too loose” My little scout taking care of be.
    at 8 it became more of a yard toy and he got a bit more into trials

    I need to replace the oset this summer but can’t seem to find what we need. The Electric spoiled us. The amount of seat time that he got on that bike was priceless. No noise=no complaints. Cool bike=good attention. He zoomed that thing everywhere yard,sidewalk, st parks, campgrounds. I would love an adult sized one for him but the cost is too high for us.

    Parents out there... Think electric as a starter bike . $.02
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  14. jay547

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    Yep, my daughter was six in the pic above. At fourteen, we headed to Loretta's. My younger daughter posing along the way.

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    She's #16.

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    Mine is the middle one.

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  15. AK650

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    I'm hoping this question is kinda tongue in cheek??

    I fear we're turning into a nation of puzzies when I see stuff like this. My friends and I were operating farm machinery/power tools and doing the work of grown men when we were in grade school/junior high. Not to mention running amok in the fields & woods with rifles and /or shotguns hunting for dinner. Now, they'd report you to child services for letting a "kid" do such things. Friggin' pathetic. Riding a dirt bike unsafe.........you have to be shitting me?!

    Jeff
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  16. ShaftEd

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    I'm an old guy now but back in the 70's, when I was teen, I talked my parents in to a mini bike. Started my riding career. The 70's were all about getting high but I had a throttle and two wheels. All the high I needed.
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  17. B1

    B1 Carbon-based bipedal

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    if you watch the vid i think all will be revealed, jeff :)
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  18. kimber45

    kimber45 I'm over it.

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    mom didn't know whalers hey. my 15 IS a dirtbike on the water. motor mounts and throttle cables beware. :lol3
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  19. AK650

    AK650 Been here awhile

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    Yeah, guess I should have watched that before going on a rant!:shog Thanks for pointing that out. Great video. Maybe there's hope for mankind after all!

    Jeff
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  20. Baconologist

    Baconologist Been here awhile

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    kids should stick to pavement!

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