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Old 04-16-2015, 07:05 AM   #1
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CRF80 for 11 year old?

My son is 11 years old and is 5 feet 0 inches. He has been trying to ride my XT225 which has a 31 inch seat height. He can hold it up but is on the balls of his feet. At one point he dumped it because of the weight and stopping a bit leaned over. I've been looking at a number of bikes to get him all in the $1000 price range. A neighbor just got an 04 Honda CRF80. That seems to be a perfect fit for him. I fit on the bike so it should fit him for a few years until he can ride something like my XT225. I've also looked at CRF100s but the extra 2 inches in seat height seems like it could be an issue. What else should I consider similar to a CRF80? I've also considered a new Chinese made
SSR 125 for $670.
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Old 04-16-2015, 08:07 AM   #2
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Old 04-16-2015, 08:17 AM   #3
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My son is 11 years old and is 5 feet 0 inches. He has been trying to ride my XT225 which has a 31 inch seat height. He can hold it up but is on the balls of his feet. At one point he dumped it because of the weight and stopping a bit leaned over. I've been looking at a number of bikes to get him all in the $1000 price range. A neighbor just got an 04 Honda CRF80. That seems to be a perfect fit for him. I fit on the bike so it should fit him for a few years until he can ride something like my XT225. I've also looked at CRF100s but the extra 2 inches in seat height seems like it could be an issue. What else should I consider similar to a CRF80? I've also considered a new Chinese made
SSR 125 for $670.

I think he will out grow that bike quickly. I would be looking at 150s in 4t or 80-105 2t.

I would go bigger and it will give you more time to save money for the next one.

He is still growing right?
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Old 04-16-2015, 10:15 AM   #4
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I actually ride the 80 around my yard and didn't feel too cramped. Im 6 foot. So I'm thinking it should fit him for 3-4 years.
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Old 04-16-2015, 10:26 AM   #5
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I think he will out grow that bike quickly. I would be looking at 150s in 4t or 80-105 2t.

I would go bigger and it will give you more time to save money for the next one.

He is still growing right?

This. Get him the biggest bike that he can one foot, right foot should be on the brake anyways. Heck, at that age I would jump off and stand next to the bike when I had to stop just so I could ride the fast bikes.
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Old 04-16-2015, 12:18 PM   #6
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He can one foot the xt225. But it is too heavy for him to support if it gets tippy.
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Old 04-16-2015, 12:47 PM   #7
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I will go the opposite direction with advice: get the bike that easily fits now. My daughter got an XR80 when she was about that size and rode it through high school. Heck, I rode it on trails too. Everybody loves a Honda 100/80.
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Old 04-16-2015, 01:09 PM   #8
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I second this. Then you can add the bigger wheels later to get even more use out of it.
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Old 04-16-2015, 03:30 PM   #9
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Every kid is different, but confidence and some athleticism goes a long way. Many will outgrow a xr80 in a month or two. My kids did, but it was my way of taking them from auto 50cc bikes to kx and KTM 65s. It was a good transition bike.

If your kid will be a fast dirt rider, the one footed thing is true. They catch on fast. If he will be casual, sitting most of the time the bike that fits him now is probably best.

If you think it fits you at 6'..... Well, that's another story!

Bike Fit is about when your moving, and standing, not stopped. That's for some anyway. For others it's about when they are stopped and they won't be transitioning to standing anyways. Plonked vs. aggressive riders.

For some kids it's not the fit, it's how badly they will pound the suspension and need disc brakes, and the xr/crf bikes are great starters but not so great once you get past the basics, if they even want to. Different kids again. Buy the right bike for their personality.

Good man for getting him riding!
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Old 04-17-2015, 11:37 PM   #10
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I ended up getting him a 2006 CRF100F. He fits on it okay and has some room to grow. He was riding it today and doing well on it. He is getting the use of the clutch down now.
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