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Er , its the TZ 750 Flat Track article from 1975 , Actually . They did FIVE , so they say .
 
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My 7 year-old grand-daughter watches on-board videos with me and says 'I can do that'. She wants me to build her a road race motorcycle. I have a Honda SL90 frame, forks and wheels, but I need a motor, so I intend to sell one of my gearboxes to get funds. The trouble is, I don't think she will have anywhere she can ride it without it costing a bomb. She is really good on a push-bike, now that she understands it needs to be rolling before it will stay upright. She is really funny - I have taken her to Winton Raceway to talk to the road racers. She was all dressed up like a dolly bird, and of course the fellas were delighted to talk to her. She is only knee-high to a grasshopper.

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With those Lifan motors, it would be easy to build a 125cc version of this :

 
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I've had one of the kids' parents ask me how his son could get into road racing because he is copping too many injuries with MX. On the bitumen, although the speeds are much higher, as long as you slide when you crash - you usually don't get hurt. MX is much more up in the air, so the injury rate is higher.
 
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No reference to MX - more like flat track racing. A lot of road racers believe their skills were improved with flat track.
It sure helps you explore tire traction. A pal of mine mows a road race track in a large field for kids to race on - they love it!
 
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Had a Villiers 250 engine once , think it'd be friendlier - if you found a good low time one .

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My 7 year-old grand-daughter watches on-board videos with me and says 'I can do that'. She wants me to build her a road race motorcycle. I have a Honda SL90 frame, forks and wheels, but I need a motor, so I intend to sell one of my gearboxes to get funds. The trouble is, I don't think she will have anywhere she can ride it without it costing a bomb. She is really good on a push-bike, now that she understands it needs to be rolling before it will stay upright. She is really funny - I have taken her to Winton Raceway to talk to the road racers. She was all dressed up like a dolly bird, and of course the fellas were delighted to talk to her. She is only knee-high to a grasshopper.

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start her on a 125 monkey bike - she will be able to get both feet on the floor and less height to fall from.
 
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Girls or boys, women or men, shouldn't be any differences in what you start them out on.

I get approached fairly regularly by people that say: I used to ride, I had a (insert any make model), I'm thinking about getting back into it, BUT I'm concerned about all the distracted drivers (idiots in basic terms). I smile and tell them NOT to get back into it, that with that fear they will surely become the victim they fear.

Motorcycling is about risk management and self confidence, that the throttle is as much your friend as your brakes. Before I ride with someone new I ride behind them and watch their moves. Go smooth first, fast second.

One of the good aspects, and there aren't many, about living in Massachusetts is that they offer a rider safety course that, if you pass, leads to a motorcycle license on the day you complete the course; last time I checked it cost about $250. If they won't pony up the conversation shifts to something else.

For the confident ones, I encourage them to purchase a 2 or 3 year old 250 four stroke twin, any make (same as used in the rider safety course). Tell them I will teach them how to maintain it and that if they don't like it they can sell the bike for very near, maybe more, than they paid for it. Same if they want to upgrade.
 
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I took the MSF rider safety course a few years ago so I could get used to switched feet on the Harley. The bike I used there was a Suzuki TU250 single. Loved it. (I will be getting one when I can't kick the Norton anymore.) The course was excellent and taught me a few more tricks as well as pointing out some bad habits.
 
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I've had one of the kids' parents ask me how his son could get into road racing because he is copping too many injuries with MX. On the bitumen, although the speeds are much higher, as long as you slide when you crash - you usually don't get hurt. MX is much more up in the air, so the injury rate is higher.
Just buy her a Honda XR100 and find a big paddock to learn to ride it she will have the best time of her life no need to jump it, we go out to Manor Park a big cattle station and motorcycle park 5 hour drive from Brisbane and stay for a week, my daughter would find some young friends and ride with them all day from 7am to 6pm only coming back to camp for food and drink, the Honda will ride all day on one tank of fuel, she loved that bike but now she has grown up and now into driff cars she is building a real hottie now and she is a hottie as well, she going to get her bike licence soon and she will get my old Triumph Thruxton, there is more to bike riding than the race track and of course AL you will come back with road riding is to dangerous, but then thats your opinion lol.
I just recently sold her Honda 100 and another young girl is learning to ride it and what I have heard she just loving it and her new to her Honda XR100.

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One of my old female bosses when working brought herself her first motorcycle a Kawsuki cruiser, very inexperienced, she dropped it a few time and couldn't pick it up without help with in 6 months she got it serviced and came home with a Harley, still very inexperiencedand I told her she needed more experience, but she just told me I am jealous, really I counldn't care less, she become one sided as they do when they get a Harley, she met a fellow with a Harley and was waiting for him one day to go riding together he phoned her to say he was leaving, he never turned up 100 yards up from his house he got wiped out by a drunk driver and killed instantly, I never forgot that day she told me what had happen.
It made her think more about her inexperience with bikes, not sure what she did as she left her job not long after that and went back out west where she grew up.

I met 2 young ladies at a bike do we put on in my younger days they both had 850 Norton Commandos kick start models they were young, slim and very pretty and they had no problems at all kicking them to life, found out one of their farther's was into Nortons and they grew up with them.

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When I worked in motorcycle sales for both Harley and BMW I always recommended a used Honda Rebel 250 0r 450 as a first ride. They can be had for around $1500, ridden for a year or so and then sold for $1500. None intimidating, low seat height, and darn near indestructible.
 
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Two of my grand-daughters often discuss boys' and girls' colours. I think it is wrong to deny gender differences, I believe there ARE such things as boy' ' toys. I have a lady friend who is an excellent road racer. When she races, she is like a lioness hunting her prey. However I don't believe she has ever rebuilt a motor. There are not many women on this forum.
 
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When I worked in motorcycle sales for both Harley and BMW I always recommended a used Honda Rebel 250 0r 450 as a first ride. They can be had for around $1500, ridden for a year or so and then sold for $1500. None intimidating, low seat height, and darn near indestructible.
I have a Honda SL90 frame to which I intend to fit a 125cc postie bike motor. I'll build the bike to look like a factory racer, that might inspire her. What I taught her to ride a pushie, I told her that once the wheels are turning the bike would stay upright. She got the bike rolling at the first attempt and has never looked back. I think the wheels on a monkey bike are too small for beginners. If she got dumped, she might walk away.
 
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