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Old 11-14-2012, 10:53 AM   #1
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Kids 50cc starter bikes?

I'm starting to hunt around for a learner bike for my 4 soon to be 5yr old to learn how to ride. Looking to buy one in decent used condition but I don't know alot about these.

I've found what looks like a nice Husky 2 stroke for $500 and an 01' JR50 suzuki also $500.

I started with looking for a PW50 but they seem a bit harder to find. I'd like to stick with about a $500 budget being I have no idea if she'll actually ride it. I don't want to go with a no-name either, not going to face a challenge hunting parts and I've got 2 1/2 yr old twin daughters who will hopefully learn on this bike down the road as well.

Just looking for a little insight on these and if there is anything to avoid or to especially look for in them.

Thanks for the expertise :)
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Old 11-14-2012, 01:08 PM   #2
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My daughter started out on a used PW50 when she was 4.

Rode it for 3 years, and ended up selling it for $100 more that I purchased it for.

It was a great little bike. Performed flawlessly. The throttle limiter was very easy to adjust.

Great starter bike in my opinion...
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Old 11-14-2012, 01:50 PM   #3
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a thumper 110cc or any cheap pitbike would be a good idea as shen they grow out of the cc then fit a bigger motor and parts are very cheap in the uk so i guess over the pound it be the same.
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Old 11-14-2012, 02:13 PM   #4
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The Suzuki is better for kids with a smaller frame, shorter legs and lighter weight. My very skinny son had a JR to start out, he went to a PW at age 5. The stocky boys had PWs right out of the gate. Either are great starters, I had KTMs and Huskys for racing too. Each was a major PITA, I'd not bother with any of them for what you describe unless you want to spend 50% of the ride fixing it.
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:03 AM   #5
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I've got a pair of PW 50's for our kids. my 11 year old daughter loves riding it, even though she's clearly way too tall for it. My 5 year old son still rides with the wide set training wheels, even though he's been off training wheels for a year or so on his bicycle. I didn't expect much out of the PW, but clearly liked them enough to pick up another one!

FWIW, in southern MO, I paid 600 for a very very clean one, and 400 for one that had seen some use. Both run perfectly and have required nothing.
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:33 AM   #6
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My smallest started on a PW-50 when she was wheels lasted about an hour...
(bought it for about $400 IIRK)

We sold that one about a year later for about $500 (had sold the training wheels after we took them off for $50)
Sold it on a Saturday morning and picked up her TTR-50 that afternoon...
(just a bit bigger and a clutchless 3 speed)

This spring she should be taking over her older sister's KLX-110 (Younger one is 8 now), when she moves up to a TTR-125 and has to learn a clutch (she's 11)

She's already started "testing it out"

The PW was a great little bike, just twist and go. The only fault I see now is it's all hand-brake. One of the things I'm still working with the girls on is using the foot brake also.

Over all the PW worked great but she outgrew it quickly...but it sold in less then a week.
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:47 AM   #7
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I like the pw50 if they are small. I like the xr70 if they are large. If they are in between the ttr50 or crf50 is a good choice. This is coming fram a father of four boys.
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:28 PM   #8
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Buy a Loncin PY50 if you can find one. Identical to the PW but you're not paying for the Yamaha name.
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