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|07-22-2015 02:04 PM|
I learned to ride on the mean streets of Pittsburgh (ok, they're not THAT crazy, but it's still a city) on a Ninja 250 years before I had a driver's license. Stupid State Farm didn't even believe that I could have a motorcycle license without a driver's license so I found out after a while that they never even added me to the policy!
But yeah, dirt riding is the way to go to get the fundamentals down.
|06-25-2015 06:13 PM|
Good to hear the dinner conversation sparked progress.
I recently bought a Honda CRM250R, so I can follow my daughter when she rides the CRF50 in the forests here. Wanna teach her in the way that I preach!
Our 3 year old son has also now learnt to ride a bicycle. He'll be on the CRM as soon as hit feet can reach the floor comfortably, no doubt.
|06-25-2015 05:44 PM|
Originally Posted by The Stig View Post
|06-16-2015 03:28 AM|
1/2???? I barely remember what a dollar bill looks like!
The other... I do alright.
|06-14-2015 06:20 PM|
Originally Posted by Luckyadam12 View Post
|06-13-2015 01:19 PM|
I always point people toward the Ninja 250 and 500 as well as the gs500 and blast 500. Then i make them sit in front of youtube and watch the whole
"Twist of the wrist II" video.
|05-21-2015 06:42 PM|
As I learnt to ride bikes on dirt & sand, I always advocate the same as above.
I started on a 175 (It was too big for me at 13), then at 17 went onto a 250 enduro bike which I rode on & off road, then onto bigger things.
Usually around that time I share that it's very beneficial to learn off-road someone comes along and says they learnt on a 600 sportsbike, etc.
Who am I to wrong them? There's not much I can do except think - I wouldn't let my kid learn on a 600 sports bike. No way!!!
Like WeyrauchRC51, I bought a cheap CRF50 for my kids. My 6 year old daughter is just about able to control it herself now, with me riding on the back with her off-road (it's cramped, but fun). She still lacks confidence to ride on her own, but she's always been careful of dangerous things since before she could walk.
My son who is 3 is much less risk averse. He still can't quite ride a bicycle, but balances fine on a training bike without pedals and gets up to some big speeds on that.
On the CRF50 with me on the back, he drops his upper body hard into corners, just as he rides his training bike and makes me giggle.
They both love riding the CRF with me, especially the little guy. He gets really excited when I start the engine.
Once they're up to it I'll let them each ride on their own and as they grow up I intend they'll always have bikes to ride in the forest around our home, so that when they're adults if they ever decide they want to ride roads bikes they'll have been through all the lessons of bike control at slow speeds and be familiar with the consequences of not riding under control.
Rice & chicken (arrozconpollo), you obviously can't give your daughter and her friend a childhood of riding experiences now, but you can make sure they're proficient on bikes off-road first. Get lightweight off road bikes & protective gear, take them on rough terrain, they can fall off countless times, get scrapes, etc. that's fine. Just make sure it's a lot of fun for them, they'll learn best that way. They can also begin riding on these dual purpose bikes, on the road later...You could even make them into motards later so they really build confidence leaning a lightweight bike well over....
Riding off-road can also remain a fun way to continue to learn even after they decide they really want to move onto a sports bike. A transition like this will certainly be safer than going straight onto tarmac from the beginning.
|05-21-2015 03:14 PM|
Originally Posted by extrapolator View Post
|05-21-2015 02:33 PM|
Originally Posted by arrozconpollo View Post
Something I failed to mention in my original response is TIME: While riding a small dirt bike around on some grass for an hour is a start, it's a very small start. The longer you spend in the grass / dirt, the better. Days, weeks ... months, the longer the better. That may not be realistic, but it's true that experience in the dirt is the way to learn ... well, the best way to survive the learning process.
In the dirt, you learn what it feels like when the back tire is spinning and sliding, what it takes to make that happen. Same with wheelies. If you learn those things on the street, LOOK OUT!
Street bikes are big, heavy and FAST, and cars with idiot texting drivers are all around, and there's very little room for error like there is on a small dirt bike. Lessons on the street are usually painful at best.
All that said ... Good luck! (I feel like a damn parent after writing this! But it is all true)
|05-21-2015 02:19 PM|
Originally Posted by LDH® View Post
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