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Old 10-18-2004, 04:13 PM
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I am going to start looking into an MX bike for my soon to be step son. He is 6 years old, pretty tall for his age, but has "issues" with new activities that you may get hurt doing. He loves to watch the races on tv, and he plays the MX games on playstation (during the winter only, summertime is for OUTSIDE play).

Anyhow, here is my question. For those of you with kids, or those of yo who have ridden since you were very little, how long can I plan on him staying with a 50 cc bike? Is this something that I am going to be able to get a solid 2 to 3 years out of, or am I looking at getting him bigger bikes at the rate we have to buy new shoes???
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Old 10-18-2004, 04:31 PM
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It all depends on who fast he grows and how fast his skill level grows. When I first started riding I was almost too big for the bike I learned how to ride on. Once he starts learning and progressing his skills should surpass the limits of the bike. That is when it's time to start looking for something new. They make lots of aftermarket parts for the 50's to where you could keep it until your forced to get a bigger bike.
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Old 10-18-2004, 04:31 PM
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kx 60 great starting point
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Old 10-18-2004, 04:35 PM
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For a tall 6year old. I would consider something along the lines of a PW80 or if he likes red or green, the XR or KLX lines (similar displacement). I made the mistake of starting my average sized 8 year old on a KX65. He is just now beggining to enjoy it (He'll be 9 this month), but still has more fun on his buddies PW80.
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Old 10-18-2004, 05:30 PM
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I agree with Prag, start out on something non-intimidating like an xr or pw. My daughters and nephews all started on the little shaft drive 50s and graduated to pw80s and lem 50s and now aged from 8 to 10 are on kx65s. Because kids grow so fast expect to keep trading every 2 yrs.
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Old 10-18-2004, 05:33 PM
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i say xr 70, my liittle bro is a tall 6 year old, but just started on a 50, if he feels more comfotable on a 50 then a 70 then get it or vice versa.
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Old 10-18-2004, 05:40 PM
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We have a 5 and 7 year old that ride. They started riding in April of this year. The 5 year old rides a JR50 and the 7 yr old rides a PW80. The 7 yr old rode the JR50 for 1 montha nad we found a used PW80 for $500 and we got that for him. He was scared of it being bigger for all of a week. But the bike is a good fit for him. It is pretty tame also, easy to ride. The PW80 is a 3 speed with clutch-less shifting. He doesn't shift a lot, mostly rides in 2nd. But if you get a used bike, you can afford to trade up more often.

Good luck and feel free to ask any more questions you can think of....
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Old 10-18-2004, 07:07 PM
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My boy is 9 and has been riding his PW80 for about a year. He only weighs 65 lbs. He learned how to ride it in about an hour. Some kids have learned in 10 minutes. It's very easy to ride. He's not quite "experienced" enough for the next level but I was able to lift the seat and increase the hoursepower. So, he'll be riding it for at least another year. With kids, you should expect to trade up every few years. Just sell the old bike and get a better/bigger. You won't be alone. I'll sell the bikes I have now to purchase bigger ones when I need to. It seems as though there is no shortage. As long as you service them, kids usually can't damage them too bad. My nephews have an XR50 and XR70. The younger one weighs about 50 lbs and the older one likes to eat. Those bikes are also very easy to ride and great for beginers. I don't have any experience with any of the other bikes mentioned but they too seem like they would be just fine. As long as you get the kid out there riding safely, just about any bike should be OK.
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Old 10-18-2004, 09:22 PM
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Awesome .... thanks to all of you for your input. I just started riding about two years ago, and am getting ready to turn 29 here in a couple weeks, so I don't have the knowledge for the "little guys and gals" in the sport. In the two years that we have been involved in MX, we have met some of the greatest people we could have ever asked to meet. Now that our lil man is getting bigger, we want him to get out and enjoy things with us, as a family ... and make lots of friends as his mom and I have.

Hope to share some track time with all of you someday!
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