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#1 my4beautifulboys

Posted 18 January 2013 - 03:51 PM

Hi, Ds will be turning 6 next month, he is really keen on motorbikes, we have recently been to a shop for something else and he's seen a small two wheeler (50cc)that he loves. We live on a rural property, so he would have plenty of space to ride around, perhaps too much space? I'd have to limit the areas he was allowed to ride. To me 6 seems very young to have a motorbike, so i'm still a little unsure? Does anyone else with a 6 y.o own a motorbike and is it ok for them?

#2 Always amazed!

Posted 18 January 2013 - 03:55 PM

My boys dont have one but my hubby was riding at 5 on his own in the bush!!!!

My eldest is 5 but has CP so he wont be riding a motorbike for a long time but my 4 soon to be 5 year old may get one when he is 6..
HUbby wants them both to start young


#3 belinda1976

Posted 18 January 2013 - 03:58 PM

Gosh my DH wants to buy my girls a dirt bike - I think he's crazy. We're not even on property.

#4 FeRaL n ScReWeD

Posted 18 January 2013 - 03:59 PM

My son who is 7 in June got his first bike last week. I like peewee 50's as the parts are easy to replace and they last forever.My son has to wear his helmet, armour, gloves and goggles or he doesn't get on. Even thought he has a bleeding disorder I still had no hesitations in getting him his bike.Safety gear is a must!

#5 liveworkplay

Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:05 PM

I think you are crazy for even entertaining the idea wacko.gif

#6 Red nut

Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:09 PM

Please don't. Kids that age have no impulse control and no understanding of consequences. It's a serious injury waiting to happen.

#7 mantilla

Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:09 PM

my boys are grown now, but had motocross bikes when they were 4 & 6 yrs.  We did have a farm property at the time, but got them into local club days & bigger events as they got older.  My DH had ridden motox when he was younger too.  The safety gear is important to have - accidents do happen - & as they grow of course the gear/boots/helmets will need to be upgraded etc.  Our kids have had loads of fun with their various bikes & at 22 & 25 yrs old now, they own their own bikes & race competitively in various spots here in NZ. Loads of good friends from the sport too.
its like any sport for our kids, if they are keen & you are able to support (financially & physically) them in their interests its all good.

#8 EsmeLennox

Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:10 PM

I would consider it if I was sure I could provide suitable supervision.

#9 mummabear

Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:14 PM

yep, my 6yo does. He also has very mild CP.

He rides it really well, and isn't crazy at all. He loves being able to be like everyone else, where his disability goes unnoticed!

Our kids have every full protective gear though, not just a helmet! Not a cheap exercise when you have three that ride!

#10 lishermide

Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:15 PM

My kids were on theirs at that age.

Ours has a speed limiting device. DS is 8 and we're still using it. He can't go too fast.

Speed limited, safety gear and a nice clear, open paddock, go for it!

#11 9ferals

Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:25 PM

I think it's too young - starting kids on motorbikes when they are so small just makes them seem like toys instead of real vehicles which travel at speed and can cause a hell of a lot of damage if something goes wrong.
I have to say though that I'm coming from the position of having learnt to ride at about 9 or 10 and thinking motorbikes were great until my cousin was killed at age 12, so I'm pretty anti-bikes for anyone, but particularly children who don't have enough maturity to understand the risks they are taking.

#12 BadCat

Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:28 PM

Does anyone else on the property ride?

I'd let him have one but would limit him to a small area unless someone else rides with him for the time being.  Motorbikes are great fun for kids.  One of my brothers has a bike for himself, one for his partner and one for each of the kids.  They go out riding as often as they can.  Have done since the youngest was 5 or 6.

If your boy is not prone to being utterly reckless then I have no problem with it.

Edited by BadCat, 18 January 2013 - 04:31 PM.


#13 librablonde

Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:31 PM

QUOTE (liveworkplay @ 18/01/2013, 05:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think you are crazy for even entertaining the idea wacko.gif

Yep.
And also, if a 6 year old gets a motorbike, then where else do you go from there in the present giving stakes? A BMW for his 12th birthday?? OMG, I would have been stoked with a pair of rollerskates at that age......

#14 Jack's Mummy

Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:32 PM

My two boys both received a pee wee 50 for Christmas along with all the appropriate safety gear.

I don't have an issue with it.

I was ridin motorbikes at their age and my partner had his own from when he was 3.

Accident waiting to happen? Maybe but welcome to life. at least they are outside doing something.

Oh and we paid the extra and got them with training wheels to start off with and now they both ride without.

I would be more concerned about buying them 4 wheelers now they are dangerous.



#15 *Lena*

Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:33 PM

My kids won't be having one until they are at least 11-12 if ever, if I can get my own way. DH has been at me to buy one since our first son was born but it won't be happening. They just don't understand of the risks etc.


#16 Jack's Mummy

Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:40 PM

QUOTE (librablonde @ 18/01/2013, 05:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yep.
And also, if a 6 year old gets a motorbike, then where else do you go from there in the present giving stakes? A BMW for his 12th birthday?? OMG, I would have been stoked with a pair of rollerskates at that age......


A 6 year old is not looking at the bike thinking wow mum spent 2k on me this Christmas wonder what I will get next year.

My just turned 5 year old today received $60 grabber truck thing, he was estatic as he had been asking for it for weeks.

Ds1 has asked for a garbage truck for his birthday not a BMW.

It may be differen when they get older but for now we are happy that we bought them. We know they can be dangerous, hence all the safety gear and proper supervision. They also have a speed limit control which is in place.

The odd thing is my sons both spent nearly a week when we were in holidays riding them with not many incidences. Ds1 then jumps off takes three steps falls over on the gravel and took a massive chunk of flesh out of his knee!

#17 NunSoFeral

Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:41 PM

I'd be happier with a motorbike than a quad.
Really, really don't like quad bikes.
Really.

As for motorbike, peewees - if that is your lifestyle, there is constant and vigilant training and supervision and if your boy is relatively mature enough to handle it and the responsibility  - maybe.

Don't look for consensus, or what his dad did or anyone on here has done - trust your judgement - you know your lad best - can he handle it?

Can you handle it?
If there is any doubt - then don't do it

There is always next year.

For my boys - not a chance.
Not mature enough - they would be doing the crusty demon thing.
But they are soft, city boys tongue.gif

#18 Quack Quack

Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:44 PM

My 2 oldest boys (from my first marriage) have been riding motorbikes since they could walk.  I didn't want them to ride... but my husband is a motorbike rider and aparently I had no say what they did when they were in their Fathers care.

Now the Boys are 18 & 17 and still ride, both have motorbike licences to ride on the road as well as still racing Motorcross.

Injury wise, the oldest has had 3 broken wrists ( 2 at the same time!) and the younger one has had a broken collar bone, and he also fell from about 12 feet in the air jumping a tabletop jump and landed straight on his feet and snapped one leg clean in half ohmy.gif
That involved setting the leg then 18 months later it had to be re-broken and pinned and screwed, not fun!

I have a younger son from my second marriage who is 6, and despite the older boys wanting to take him out on the pee-wee 50 for some "fun" I am digging my heels in.  I couldn't do anything to stop the older ones racing/riding... but I sure can stop the little one doing it!


My vote is a No... But I have been told in the past I am a spoilt sport for being too sensible.

#19 BadCat

Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:45 PM

QUOTE (librablonde @ 18/01/2013, 05:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yep.
And also, if a 6 year old gets a motorbike, then where else do you go from there in the present giving stakes? A BMW for his 12th birthday?? OMG, I would have been stoked with a pair of rollerskates at that age......


Nonsense.

I was given a horse one christmas when I was young.  I didn't expect something more expensive the following year.  My brothers didn't expect it either when they got their motorbikes for christmas.

Honestly, I don't know where this idea comes from.  Most kids are not Dudley Dursleys.

#20 marley*and*me

Posted 18 January 2013 - 05:01 PM

My DS turned 6 four weeks ago and got one for his birthday. Plus all the safety gear, inc pants, shirt, boots, knee guards, elbow pads, chest guard, helmet, googles, and gloves.

We looked at the Yamaha peewees but because he was 6 we found him too big for their frame so purchased a different brand, 50cc bike with bigger frame. It has gears but no clutch and a speed limiter on the throttle.

We got the training wheels which he managed to break after 6 days so he decided to just ditch them and has never looked back. He is starting lessons with a professional coach so he knows how to ride safely around other kids, corner, etc. He can't wait to do motocross races.

And my DH and i have spent hours and hours watching him go round and round and round and round and round.  He is not allowed on it if we are not watching him.  We follow him around on it or an adult on a bike follows him around.

I do think it depends on the child though.  My son has been driving a little 12v car since he was 3 and he taught his little sister to drive it when she was about 1.5.  He has since leared to drive a large amount of farm machinery, so a 50cc bike was nothing compared to what he had been driving.

Ps, my 3 turning 4 dd will most likely be getting the Yamaha pee wee for her birthday this year.

Edited by marley*and*me, 18 January 2013 - 06:42 PM.


#21 Soontobegran

Posted 18 January 2013 - 05:07 PM

My answer would be "when hell freezes over" but I am not a fan of a young child on 2 or 4 wheels propelled by a motor. original.gif

#22 purplekitty

Posted 18 January 2013 - 05:09 PM

Madness.



#23 9ferals

Posted 18 January 2013 - 05:11 PM

QUOTE (Jack's Mummy @ 18/01/2013, 02:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
......
Accident waiting to happen? Maybe but welcome to life. at least they are outside doing something.
......


Welcome to life? Maybe.
In my family it was welcome to death. Obviously that is (thankfully) going to be rare and unlucky, but I wouldn't take the risk. Not with a 6 year old, no matter how much he wanted it.

#24 Mille-Mille

Posted 18 January 2013 - 05:13 PM

There is no way i'd buy him a motor bike, ever!

#25 #tootired

Posted 18 January 2013 - 05:36 PM

My kids have them.

DS1 is now 9 rides a 80cc Suzuki

DS2 is 5 rides a Peewee 50cc.

DS3 is 4 can ride the Peewee with training wheels.

We are country people, live in a rural community where lots of kids have bikes.

My kids have ridden the Peewee from about 4 yo. You can put a restricter in it and seriously, I could walk faster than it at slowest pace.

They wear , helmets, gloves, long pants and boots.

I grew up in the country and it's just run of the mill here that you ride a motorbike. Yes they are dangerous if not supervised well. My kids are very competent and comfortable on them, because they have grown up around them.

It is an expensive hobby. DS1 upgraded from the 50cc to the 80cc at 8 yo. I have 3 boys so the 50 was just passed down. But they do retain their value if you have to sell it to upgrade in size.




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