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Old 08-21-2013, 06:43 PM   #1
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What size bike to get my kids?

I posed this question on a dirt bike forum, and got some pretty ridiculous answers since the average age there is pretty young. I'm hoping I can get some better advice here, since so many of you have taught your kids to ride already.

My kids are 9 and 10, and both tall for their age, and I'm planning on buying a couple of used dirt bikes for Christmas this year (and yes, this is a present for me as much as the kids, since I'll get two new riding partners...). For those of you who have taught kids to ride, what size bike do you recommend for this age? I'm only looking at four stroke bikes. I don't want something with too much power that will scare them away from bikes or be too much for them. However, I don't want a bike that is physically too small for them.

Of course, I will have them sit on a few bikes to get an idea on physical size, but I'd really like some input on engine size. Thanks.
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Old 08-21-2013, 06:48 PM   #2
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XR80 or 100. Try both for fit.
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Old 08-21-2013, 06:57 PM   #3
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xr80 or 100. Try both for fit.
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Old 08-21-2013, 07:15 PM   #4
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If those are too small, you might consider a couple of KX 100s. You can tame the 2t hit and make them pleasant learning bikes that can be ridden competitively off road. Plus, they are a ton of fun for adults to ride.
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:33 PM   #5
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XR80-100 suggested again. You might find a deal on a TTR125 or DRZ125, and the KLX140. None are great, but they do make great trainers. Are they athletic, active, BMX type kids or ride the bike around the block slow kind of kids? What type of riding? Tight trails? Track? Deep sand? Rocks?

If they like it, expect to buy them each a 125 2t sooner than later but let them get to the point they are pounding the starter bikes. My kids started shifting on XR80s in MX competition after racing 50cc. When they were pushing that bike to its limits, and even beating a few riders on real MX bikes, they got a KX60 for the smaller one, a RM80 for the bigger one. They were 8-9 years old. They transitioned to the 2t like it was all they ever rode and their skills built at a very fast rate.
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Old 08-22-2013, 05:13 AM   #6
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Thanks for the advice everyone. I guess 80-100cc seems to be the way to go.
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Old 08-22-2013, 05:18 AM   #7
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I posed this question on a dirt bike forum, and got some pretty ridiculous answers since the average age there is pretty young. I'm hoping I can get some better advice here, since so many of you have taught your kids to ride already.
Just curious, what kind of answers did you get from the dirt bike forum?
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Old 08-22-2013, 05:30 AM   #8
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KLX110 is a great bike to teach with. Auto-clutch 3 speed. Low seat height. Bulletproof drivetrain.

We got one years ago when my sister's kid was done with it. My kids and their friends rode the heck out of it until moving on to bigger/better toys. I keep it around, though, to ride to the mailbox or down the road to the neighbor's house. I took it to our annual church picnic, along with some gear, and there was a line all day to ride it. Pure fun!
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:02 AM   #9
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At their age the real clutch and gearbox should be easy to pick up on. I'd avoid the auto unless they can barely ride a bicycle.
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:23 AM   #10
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At their age the real clutch and gearbox should be easy to pick up on. I'd avoid the auto unless they can barely ride a bicycle.
Yeah, kids learn the clutch and gear thing really quickly. Like one minute.
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:59 AM   #11
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ditto on the xr80/100 recommendation (actually CRF80/100 now) as long as they fit. If you need bigger, go with a CRF150F (not R) or a TTR125L
Do NOT try to start them on a 2 stroke race bike like a KX100.

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Old 08-22-2013, 08:12 AM   #12
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I agree with the posse, an 80-100cc bike is a great start.
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:00 PM   #13
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Just got my 10 year old a used CRF80 (basically xr80) and he picked up the clutch in a few tries, back slid a little, and is still getting it dialed in after first few hours. Bike is perfect for this. If he were taller, the 100 would've been better, but I'm 5'7" and chased the missus through the woods on the 80 while she was on TW200.... had a good time!

When he's a little better on hill starts et cetera we will head out for some real trail riding and that will be his bike for next season or two.

So, another vote for CRF/XR 80/100.

Sidenote: my bro gave my 15 year old a CR80 and he's doing really well with it, BUT a 100/150 would've been tons better IMO since we all just poke around anyway. CR is a bit too high strung.
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:09 PM   #14
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The CR and YZ 80/85s don't have a power valve so they are peaky. The RM was my choice back years ago for the kids. Itdidn't hurt they were unchanged for about 15 years too, (cheap!!!). Lots of good torque spread, and the Kawis had the PV too, both 80/100cc versions.

At 15, a 125cc MXer with low gearing is a good bet for those more physical types. A sit down and putter kid can get away with the play bikes of any size.
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:20 PM   #15
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My nephews, 10 and 7, ride KTM65 and 50 respectively. The 10 year old is getting ready to move to a KTM105. They are already racing and kicking butt. Both started on a xr70, and mastered it quickly.
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