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Old 11-06-2012, 12:17 AM   #21
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I'm at these crossroads right now, daugther is 14, son is 15 (going to be 16 in 3 wks).

Both have been riding dirtbikes since they were 5.

My son is more excited about getting his bike permit than his car at the end of the month. With the auto permit he is limited to drive with a licensed driver(who's had a license for min 4 yrs) plus a few other stipulations. With the bike he's free to go, nothing holding him back. There are rules as well like, no night riding, no double riding, no major highways, and a few others. But he's looking forward to gaining some freedom on the bike.

As for trusting him on a bike, I don't worry too much about the decisions he'll make. But I worry about everyone elses around him. We've spent countless of hours on youtube videos watching worst case senerios so they understand the consquences of bad decisions/judgement. I also try to follow bikes on the road and I point out to the kids things that cars are doing wrong around the bikes and what the bikers might be doing wrong themselves. They both take it very seriously and ask questions, which I'm glad to see.

Bikes have always been a big part of our family. I ride an R1 and a WR450 converted to street. Wife enjoys riding the motard, and has ridden the R1 as well. My Dad also has an R1 and Virago750. My sis rides dads R1 and her hubby has a track 929.

So we bought a Honda Rebel 250 this past summer, great little beginner bike that my son can take to school when he gets his permit. He also wants to convert into a bobber. Great, he's going to learn to wrench too. Both kids spent some seat time on the rebel this summer.

Made the mistake of letting my daughter ride the motard and my son the R1.



She was never really keen on the Rebel and as soon as she rode the WR she loved it. She says it feels just like her dirtbike just a lil bigger.

My son was flunking out in mathematics, (every other class he was doing great) and it wasn't looking good. I told him if he fixes his grade by yr end he can ride the R1, and he did!!! So he got to ride the R1 one time.

Well now no one wants to look at the Rebel. I think they're hoping to slowly take over my bikes and I'll get stuck with the little cruiser. They wish!

Let me tell you, its not a good look for me (my fat ass) on a little bike like that.

Oh yeah, my first bike was a 84 Honda VF1000 interceptor when I was 16.


My son and my dad (who's 83 yrs old)
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:46 AM   #22
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I've had this very discussion with my son. He rode on the back of my '03 R1 when he was 11 and enjoyed it. I then sold that and got dirt bikes as he showed interest in riding and he was too young to ride on the street.

After he joined the Marines and got to his duty station (SoCal), he was inquiring about getting a motorcycle and what I thought would be good for him. I gave him some ideas of simple bikes that would fit his learning needs: DRZ400, Ninja 500, FZ-6, etc. Explained to him the reason why and that I would prefer to see him learn to ride street on a bike that he couldn't get into too much trouble on, as well as being financially viable for him in terms of insurance and purchase cost.

As far as I know, he still hasn't purchased a bike. But, I'd love to take a vacation out there and do a trackday with him.

BTW, I don't ride street at the moment. Track only.
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:52 AM   #23
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Me and the guys at work talked about this, I told them what I said here and got blank stares.... Then Steve says... Wait we figured you would duck tape them to a bike.... No seriously... Lmao!
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:50 AM   #24
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I'm 22 my parents don't even know about my bike. I'm usually very careful as for.allowing your kids to have one I would recommend not to .

I had a friend who drove his car underneath an 18 wheeler pulling out on the road.
@100+mph he slammed his brakes the car went through the middle and our the other side and he was in pieces. Another friend who had stopped when he saw the trailer saw the accident. He had to see a psychologist for a few days

As for jassi The sight of his parents at that funeral has never left my mind since

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Old 11-07-2012, 12:38 AM   #25
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my son has been riding bikes since he was 5. i let him ride the r1 when we go out together but i wont let him go by himself.
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:05 AM   #26
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I'm 22 my parents don't even know about my bike. I'm usually very careful as for.allowing your kids to have one I would recommend not to .
My son is 4 and I just gave him the TTR 50 I bought him 3 years ago. The above comment is the main reason I want to make sure my son knows how to ride. If he's like myself my dad, brother's or father-n-law he will want to ride, its just a matter of when. I don't want him getting on a friends bike and not knowing what to do.

If your kids want to ride they will. I did and my mother was against it.

As mentioned, I agree riding on the street for transportation is much more dangerous than taking pleasure rides, avoiding high traffic areas and reducing risk.

My boy loves his bike and already knows that he has to wear all his gear to ride. Even though he is only going about 7 mph.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:23 AM   #27
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Ur right I have been wanting a bike since I was 16 and my dad always got mad when the topic came up and up to this day he is strictly against it I still live with them so I have to hide it at a friends and first 3 months when I learnt it was on a close friends bike I want to tell them in-case if something happens it shouldn't be a huge surprise. I'd rather stay in their prayers

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Old 11-19-2012, 07:05 AM   #28
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Great question

I remember asking my dad how he felt about me getting a bike when I was 16 or 17. His reply was "not as long as your under my roof". Well as soon as I moved out at 18 one of the first things I did was buy my first bike (96' F3") . Crashed it within 2 weeks and banged up my knee pretty bad and I sure heard an earful from him about that. But I got right back on and have had another 10 years of doing something I truly enjoy.

I have a 4 year old now and already he has a keen interest in bikes. Soon he will be at the age that I could teach him how to ride little dirtbikes. I've thought long and hard about what it would mean bringing him into the world of motorcycling and to me the good outweighs the bad. It will be my job to teach him the right way to do it but it's something we can do together and I'm looking forward to it. Plus if I told him no what kind of hypocrite would I be?
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:35 AM   #29
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Well, I got my first bike when I was 15 years old and my old man was riding as well so he literally showed me the ropes in terms of "thinking for everyone" around you while you ride. Anticipating what cagers do (reading the body language of the cars) was probably the best lesson I got in life cos I have been riding for just over 20 years and still I have not been involved in an accident with a car. This is the same tutoring that I will give my son when he is old enough to ride (3 years old currently). I will start him off on an offroad until he has decent command of the controls and then gradually move onto the street.

If you ride your kids will in most cases develop an interest in motorcycles. Id rather teach them myself than wait till they leave the house and do it anyway without the necessary skills...
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:38 AM   #30
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My boys have grown up around motorcycles since they were born and have hung out and helped me work and build bikes as far back as I can remember. They share the love of motorcycling with me and are really into every aspect of MC's. Both of them and now my grandson have had dirt bikes and back when very dangerous 3 wheelers were popular also rode them. With that said, I've never allowed them to have street bike while living under my roof. NJ is a very dangerous area, as many are, to ride. Besides the fact that most cagers are bad drivers, 9 out of 10 people pay more attention to their cell phone than what's is happening around them. With all the experience that I've had I'd prefer that they never ride street unless they were living in a less populated safer area. It gets worse every year and takes an extremely well educated defensive rider to survive the streets in any metropolitan area.
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:41 AM   #31
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I am not asking about riding a dirt bike or track bike.

If your kid turns 16 (boy or girl) and wants to ride a street bike how would you "feel" about it what would you say.

There is a diff betwen thinking and feeling.

I don't really relish the idea of my kids riding on the street because chances are they will get hit by a cager at some point in time ( I sure have).

I think I would tell them OK but insist they go to track first and ride with me on street for first x amount of time to watch and learn...hopefully my wife says no way in hell while they are living under our roof

If you don't have kids feel free to chime in but I think those who do have kids have a much better perspective...

My son just became a teenager and my daughter is 11. I think my girl likes bikes better than my boy......
mine are 6 and 4 but they can ride when they are 18 no sooner unless its dirt
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:46 AM   #32
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I've had this very discussion with my son. He rode on the back of my '03 R1 when he was 11 and enjoyed it. I then sold that and got dirt bikes as he showed interest in riding and he was too young to ride on the street.



BTW, I don't ride street at the moment. Track only.
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:42 PM   #33
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I wanna adopt a little black kid. Is he allowed to ride at 16, or should I force him to be the next LeBron?
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:50 PM   #34
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My boy is 4, so thank God I don't have to worry about this for at least 12 years.

I know how my dad was when I was 18 and wanted a street bike. I ignored him and got one anyways. I understand now why he was the way he was about it.
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Old 11-22-2012, 01:39 PM   #35
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How can I have bikes and say no to my son

I worry every single day, he uses the bike for college or going to see his mates, he's been on training for road riding and is ready for his first big bike soon,
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:14 PM   #36
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Today was my sons sixteenth birthday,
he skipped a couple classes and went and got his drivers permits for both car and bike this morning. What a grin on his face when he got home.

Too bad the weather here just took a nose dive today and its snowing and cold. Im sure there will be some nice riding days when we can get out before old man winter sets in.
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:22 PM   #37
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hmm, by the time I have kids and they grow up to the age of being able to ride one, I'm sure the street legal US bikes will be limited to 250cc and max 80mph.
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Old 12-26-2012, 05:48 PM   #38
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Update,
we went for our first ride Dec 20. He did great!!!
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:09 AM   #39
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i dont have kids but have thought about this many times. I dont know how i would feel. My dad had bikes but hated me getting one and i couldnt get it until i moved out of the house. I would try to not let him but if he did i would also understand.
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