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Old 02-09-2013, 10:31 PM   #1
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Best bike for my daughter?

My 8 year old daughter would like to start riding with mom and dad. I've never dealt with kiddie dirtbikes. What would be appropriate? Would a 50 be too small? Leaning towards a Honda because red is her favorite color.

She's tall for her age, pretty fearless and good on a pedal bike.

I'd like to keep budget under 1k if that's realistic.
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:47 AM   #2
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just put her in front of the TV, of a show about riding bikes, and call it good.
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:12 AM   #3
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My daughter is 8. We got the XR70 last year. 3 speed auto, no clutch. The 50 is too small for me to ride. At first I had to ride her around on the 70 to give her the hang of it and take over from behind if she needed help. Now she rides on her own but, hasn't learned to shift yet. It takes a while to get them going and you definitely don't want to scare her off. Now we have alot of fun with it. We are riding on the ice in the winter which gives her lots of open space to run on. I pull her around the lake on skis and thats been fun. There is no way she can handle roots and trails at 8 but, she loves riding around grampa's yard. Our mint 02' was $550.
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:10 AM   #4
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I taught both of my sons to ride when they were 5 and 6 on a Honda XR 50. Auto clutch, no shifting required. Just take off in 2nd gear and focus on riding. I still have that bike even though it's too small for them now (12 and 9 now). They both like to ride the TTR 90 these days. Gotta get a bigger bike for them... Maybe when it warms up a bit we could meet at a track or trail and your daughter could try it out.



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Old 02-10-2013, 06:25 AM   #5
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I have an 8 yr old son. Bought him a CRF50 when he was 3.5. Moved to a CRF80 last Christmas when he was 7.5. He'll ride it this season then move up in size again.

The 80 was (still is) too tall for him but he learned to slide off of the seat to stop. The reason I went with the 80 was the larger wheel size and clutch.

For a new rider, the CRF70 would be a great choice. The possible downsides are that the rider may quickly outgrow (size and skill) the 70.

I bought his used 2008 80 in fall of 2011 for $1000. It was bought and owned locally and was in excellent condition. I had bought his 50 for $700 and sold it 3.5 yrs later for $500. So, the good thing is that if you buy used, you can 'manage' the equipment costs as they grow and want/need larger bikes.

Good luck and enjoy riding with your daughter!
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:49 AM   #6
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Hey Ken if she has any of your ability maybe try and get a bike she can grow into a little. Otherwise you may be replacing it in a month or two, actually just give her your 300 and be done with it.
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:34 AM   #7
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:47 AM   #8
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not exactly a fly n drive but....

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Old 02-10-2013, 08:30 AM   #9
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Denver Craigslist has a couple xr70s & an xr 80 all under $900. You probably saw those...maybe your daughter could sit on them for fit... Very cool she's interested in riding! It'll be fun for you both.
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:19 PM   #10
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:07 PM   #11
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This has been very helpful. Thanks folks. Especially for the test ride offers. I need to finish picking her up some gear, then I may take some of you up on it. Got the boots and pants. Still need to take her helmet shopping.

I'm excited about getting her out there. Hoping she takes to it so I can get her sponsored and retire off the endorsement deals.

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Old 02-10-2013, 07:36 PM   #12
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If you ever get to Alamosa she is welcome to ride Rays TTR90. Three speed auto clutch, with the button. After having to get off my bike to kick his about 3000 times I thought the button was a valuable feature

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This has been very helpful. Thanks folks. Especially for the test ride offers. I need to finish picking her up some gear, then I may take some of you up on it. Got the boots and pants. Still need to take her helmet shopping.

I'm excited about getting her out there. Hoping she takes to it so I can get her sponsored and retire off the endorsement deals.

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Old 02-10-2013, 10:25 PM   #13
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Test-drive offer.

I still have the "Super-Spiffy Team Duckie Hooligan Flyer" on the back patio. 1997 Honda XR-100. Feel free to borrow for a while, to see how she gets along with it. Might give you a better idea of what to spend real money on later. Kick-starter, but fires-up very easily. Manual clutch with an easy pull. It has a stiffer rear spring for adults, but otherwise stock and absolutely un-intimidating.

PM if interested, and I'll get you my phone number and address in the NW metro 'burbs. Free to borrow, and the damn thing is nearly impossible to damage. Just return it with some fresh fuel in the tank, and I'm happy.
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:16 AM   #14
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Second on the TTRs. They offer the L size which should be just about right for your daughter. She will probably grow a good deal in the next year or two.
The size doesn't really matter, they all are pretty tame. The 125 market for that bike is good both for buying and selling.
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"Super-Spiffy Team Duckie Hooligan Flyer"
Now "The Blue Rocket" seems just a little inadequate....
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