Motorcycles for Kids: Buying Guide

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If you are a rider and also a parent, it's fairly likely your kids have asked you if they can ride your motorcycle. 

Before laughing, most parents (hopefully!) immediately answer "NEVER". To sub in the big "N-O", there are actually some pretty solid, and much safer options in kids rideable toys, anything from kids atv's, to kids dirt bikes and pocket bikes which will appease a child curiosity and offers hours of outdoor fun!

Depending upon your children's age group, size and preference there's usually a ride-on toy that will peak your child interest.

 

BENEFITS OF RIDING A KIDS POCKET BIKE OR DIRT BIKE MOTORCYCLE

 

First of all, what are the benefits if you will let your child drive his very own bicycle? You will let your child develop. It’s hard to think of a better activity than riding a bike when it comes to to keeping your child active outside.  What other activity can you think of that can be so fun and recreational and yet be so great for isolating those leg muscles?  

Kids will also get a powerful dose of bilateral coordination practice as they learn to work both legs together to turn the pedals. This requires the same reciprocal leg movements that are required for coordinated, fluent walking.

Also, kids get great practice with balance as they lift their feet off of the ground and up to the pedals before initiating movement. Working the handlebars encourages upper body preconception and strength as the hands support the upper body while turning when needed.

We’ve all seen kids standing up to ride that bike faster or to get up a hill — a major core strengthening going on here!  With childhood obesity on the rise, focusing on activities like bike riding is more important than ever – torching calories while socializing and having fun with friends is the perfect way to keep kids fit.

 

CHOOSING THE BIKE

 

Before you buy a mini moto for your kid, the most important thing is to make sure that your kid is both mentally prepared and physically prepared enough to get on the road. 

Searching and looking for minmoto for kids can be overwhelming. Compared with adult motorcycles, these mini pocket rockets  and dirt bikes vary in size and speed! 

Make sure you choose a bike that fits your children's age group, height and weight. 

It is a must to pick a bike that is the right size for your child. If it is too large, it can be very uncomfortable and difficult for them to ride. If your child is between sizes, then you can pick a larger one. However, if you will be purchasing a larger one because you would like to save more money for your kids of different ages to share, then, it might put them off the experience. 49cc mini pocket bikes are the most ideal type of motorbike to choose. They are specially made for kids of all ages. Plus, you can choose between electric or gas pocket bikes too!

 

Is It Expensive?

Children grow without you even noticing it. That is why most children's bike, even the mini motorcross bike types, tends to be simpler in terms of features. They also come in very affordable price ranges too.

Smaller bike = smaller dent in your wallet! Plus, these mini bikes are easy on gas! 

 

Get The Right Size For Your Kid

Always take a look at your manufactures recommended rider age and weight requirements for each mini bike. Also take a look at the measurements and ensure it'a a fit for your child.  

 

Know the Right Equipment And How To Maintain It

 

Keep in mind that maintenance is always the key in getting the best experience with your min bike. Depending on how hard your kid rides it, tire and chain replacement, valve adjustments, and oil changes should be done upon noticing unusual sounds and unstable ride. Again these factors will depend upon the type of kids motorcycle you choose to buy.

Since your child will be rolling on two wheels, you would need to be very careful about the motorbikes' wheels. Do a thorough visual check to be sure that your tires are in very good condition. 

Spin the wheels around so you can see the tire from all angles. It may seem like a small thing, but you're trusting your child's to your rubber. A sudden tire blowout on a car is inconvenient. Take a couple minutes to check, and there shouldn't be any reason your child can't have an awesome time getting to know there new mini bike.

 

Get Into the Proper Safety Gear

 

You may think that a helmet is the only equipment you need when riding a bike. But, if you value your safety, you should invest in a motor jacket, boots, gloves, and dedicated eye wear.

When you choose to ride, make your own decisions about what gear to wear and how to ride, and the consequences of those decisions are entirely your own.

But a child doesn't have the ability to fully understand the risks or consequences involved with riding a mini motorcycle or pocket bike; it's up to you to do that for them. You can't control everything that happens on the road, but what you can do is make sure they're covered from head to toe in quality riding gear to keep them as protected as possible... just in case.

Getting them their own gear isn't only about protection, either. It also makes them feel included, and offering them a sense of ownership and responsibility for their own gear. Riding a mini motorcycle might be fun for a kid, but getting their own helmet or riding jacket to take care of will also give them something to really cherish, and make them feel really "grown up" too.

First things first when getting your kiddo geared up for riding is a quality motorcycle helmet. For kids, we recommend DOT certified youth full-face helmets, which run in small sizes just for them. This is not only for the additional protection it will provide your child, but it also helps to keep wind and bugs out of their faces, which could cause them some discomfort while riding.

Most importantly when buying a kid's motorcycle helmet (and really, any motorcycle helmet in general) is that it fits properly. All the impact protection and shock absorption built into a helmet won't work if the helmet is loose enough for it to shift around the head. Some kids have heads big enough to fit properly into adult Small or Extra-Small helmets, but typically, you'll want to avoid cutting corners by just plopping an adult helmet onto your child. Remember that kid's neck muscles aren't as strong as adults, and the weight of an adult helmet will be uncomfortable for them.

Along with the helmet, a kids armored motorcycle jacket is a great way to make sure they are both comfortable and protected while riding.  Just as with the helmet, avoid giving kids adult gear to wear; it will be too baggy for them and could impede their movement, along with being unable to keep armor where it needs to be to protect them.

Also high on the list of kids gear is a pair of gloves. These are important not just in the event of a crash, but they will also keep their hands protected from the elements, road debris, and even in case they just take a little spill getting on or off the bike.

 

SAFE RIDING AREAS

Buying a mini motorcycle for your kid will not only teach him on how to obey traffic rules and develop his personality – you are also instilling the sense of responsibility to him. Other than maintaining his safety whenever he is using his mini motorcross bike, you can also teach your child on how to clean his own bike.

Note: Depending upon the mini bike you chose and your the age range of you child, you should also know corresponding traffic/safety laws in your area. Childrens mini pocket bikes, kids ATV's (ages under 8 year) are clearly not for use on any roads ways, these are toys. Always make sure that your kids ride, in areas that are safe/legal and are terrains meant for the specific bike you chose.

 

CLEANING THE BIKE (this will be specific to the type of bike!)

 

Whether on or off road, bikes inevitably get dirty! Just a wipe down with a dry or damp cloth after a ride can do a lot to keep the bike clean. However, on occasion, a more thorough job is needed. Here are some of the simple steps you can teach your child in order to maintain the cleanliness of his bike.

 

Clean the Driveway

Spray the chain with a cleaner or degreaser and work on it with a rag. There are various chain cleaning gadgets that can enable you to wash a chain without removing it from the bike but a good wipe down with a rag and some solvent does a pretty good job too. Wipe down the derailleur, and remove any gummy deposits from the pulleys on the derailleur cage. 

 

Wet the Bike

Give the bike an initial rinse; either with rags or a hose, to loosen caked on dirt. 

 

Wash the Bike Frame and Wheels

Go from top to bottom, front to back, using a diluted soap or a dedicated product and the soft bristled brush. Use the brush to scrub the braking surfaces of the rims.

 

Rinse the Bike

Be careful not to shoot high pressure water at bearing packs or shock seals.

 

Dry the Bike

Bounce the bike on the ground a couple of times and then hand wipe the bike dry, starting with removing any excess water near shock seals. Apply a bike polish occasionally if you like. 

 

Lubricate

Lubricate your chain and other components as needed.

 

NOTE: This is an independently written blog and it does not reflect the views or advice of Rosso Motor's. Ride Safe

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