- Jul 25, 2010
start her on a 125 monkey bike - she will be able to get both feet on the floor and less height to fall from.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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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'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.
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.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.