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Ideas on something to build with my daughter

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by collin228, May 22, 2020 at 5:57 AM.

  1. collin228

    collin228 Been here awhile

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    I wanted to get a kit or something that I could put together with my daughter. A go-kart, smaller motorcycle etc. Something we could build and ride around the neighborhood together over the summer. She is 8 and I am a pretty poor mechanic but willing to learn.

    Anyone have any ideas or done something similar?
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  2. Lewilewi

    Lewilewi Ride it like you stole it......

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    Monkey bike trike
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  3. Lewilewi

    Lewilewi Ride it like you stole it......

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    Google gas monkey monkey bike trike

    Hondo trike
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  4. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    Grab a new tractor supply mini bike for like $350, take it 100% apart. Theres your starting point. Almost impossible to mess up and you have all the parts! No chasing ghosts on ebay!
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  5. collin228

    collin228 Been here awhile

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    The coleman mini bike at Tractor Supply is $599! Jeez
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  6. collin228

    collin228 Been here awhile

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    This is a kit that is sold? I couldnt find anything.
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  7. CA-Cincinnatus

    CA-Cincinnatus Semi-retired GI-Bill student, husband, GSD-host Supporter

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  8. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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  9. jake28

    jake28 Riding to the horizon.

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  10. DiggerD

    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

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    Honda XR 100 for her and correct gear.

    Honda XR250 for you and correct gear and go from there.


    Edit: With the above mentioned bikes you will be building more than an object, but a life long hobby that will keep your partner ship with you and your daughter alive as long as you can ride.

    It will also keep you mindful to keep yourself in shape so you can enjoy riding long into your retirement with your daughter.
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  11. collin228

    collin228 Been here awhile

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  12. Richarde1605

    Richarde1605 Long timer

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    The XR100 is an after the apocalypse bike.

    Survival, it’s important.

    You can ride up to a problem, drag it around it and continue

    Not fast but better than walking, slow and light enough that you can still walk after you crash

    Perfect bike
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  13. Ozarkroadrunner

    Ozarkroadrunner Been here awhile

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    A friend's son just finished two Infento projects with his kids. Their next project is an old gas powered golf cart.
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  14. hugemoth

    hugemoth Big Brother is watching you!

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    How about a CT70 clone like the Ice Bear 125 or a small Chinese ATV or gocart. They are shipped in the factory crate and require some assembly.
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  15. nickguzzi

    nickguzzi Long timer

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    Back when I was in the same situation as your daughter, me and dad built a trolley, or box cart (?)

    Living in a bankrupt and impoverished country, it was all made from scrap.
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  16. 9mm

    9mm Been here awhile

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    5589AABA-07E0-472D-83DD-7FDA39773BC9.jpeg This would be fun. You could take her to school, park, etc.




    Or maybe I want one.
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  17. JagLite

    JagLite Long timer Supporter

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    Excellent Dad!

    There are many good possibilities so think about what will work best for your circumstances.
    Your mechanical aptitude, tool collection, her interests, and your neighborhood.

    Do you want something with a gas engine or would electric be better?
    Will she be able to ride her new project safely on your street or will vehicle traffic make that dangerous, and/or will the neighbors call the Police?

    Electric kits are available that come with motor, electronic controller, and throttle.
    (I bought my kit on Amazon)
    You supply the batteries and figure out how to put a machine together for it.

    I did a father/son electric project this past winter and it came out very nice.
    It is a bit different because I am the 65 year old son, building it for my 89 year old legally blind Father.
    It required a lot more fabrication than it sounds like what you are looking to get into, however it could be done very simply for your daughter.

    My build thread may give you some ideas: HERE

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    If you find an inexpensive atv with a bad engine, replacing it with an electric motor is pretty straight forward.

    Take a look at the site for DIY GoKarts too for more ideas HERE

    It could be fun for her if you buy something that requires minimal mechanical work (assembly only perhaps?) and she gets to paint it (with a brush) her choice of colors.

    Go Dad! :clap
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  18. greasyfatman

    greasyfatman Long timer

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    PW80 is about the simplest two wheeled thing you can find. They can pretty much be brought back from any condition. Should be able to grab one for 300$ once running there are a lot of hop ups that can be done cheap, mods can be done like science experiments.
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    viajero Too old to be a nOOb

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    First thing I thought of was a scooter of some kind. Relatively cheap, fairly easy to work on, and if you choose correctly, plenty of available spares and support.
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