XR50 for kids...??
Posted December 08, 2002 - 02:01 AM
Are there actually "kids" riding these bikes?
I am planning on buying an XR50 -02 for my 6 year old son, he is an absolute beginner (almost like his father). Would you recomend this bike for a kid?
I am not telling this to my wife, but if he doesnt like it I am going for some Fast50s improvement, and then guess who is going to ride the thing ...!
This is my first topic on thumpertalk, great site, been watching you for some time now.
KTM400 -02 "best there is...."
Posted December 08, 2002 - 03:49 AM
Posted December 09, 2002 - 06:10 AM
Posted December 10, 2002 - 05:43 AM
I bought my son an XR50 when he just turned 4 (big for his age) and he's been riding for about two years now. I researched a few bikes and here's some features I really liked about the Honda compared to the others.
1. Honda has a foot rear brake. Others have only hand brakes. A kid's hands aren't especially brawny and pulling a hand brake lever especially after a crash or two has packed the cable with grit, can be hard. This way my son can simply stomp on the big lever and lock the bike up. In my opinion, safer. Plus, some kids in a panic might grab the front brake instead of the rear brake if both are on the handlebars. Trust me, kids panic and get confused from time to time. (Every dad knows this)
2. The 50 has a 3 speed tranny with auto-clutch. You get the best of both worlds. When the kid's first getting used to throttle/brake, simply put the bike in 2nd gear and forget about it. They'll ride all day long without needing to know about shifting. You can even start these things in gear. Typically if my boy crashes, he simply picks the bike up, starts it (in gear) and takes off. Until he learned about shifting, that was the method he used. Maybe not the best for the tranny/clutch but you'll wear out kids faster than you could wear out this bike. These bikes are amazing. When they mature a little, introduce them to shifting.
3. The bike's a 4 stroke instead of the 2 stroke Yamaha was offering at the time. Forget about fouling plugs, mixing oil, injector failure, whatever. The motor puts out plenty of low end muscle for beginners and practically MAKES GAS. Gas up in the morning and the kids can ride non-stop all weekend and still have a full tank on the way home.
4. Cool Factor. Let's face it, kids want to look cool. Who wouldn't? Inverted forks, tank shrouds, spoked wheels, and color themes all combine to make the bike look like Dad's CR.
5. Resale value. I don't plan on selling this bike, because 10 kids couldn't wear it out, and I've got plenty of kids in my family that I'll pass the bike on to. We've still got the 1970 QA 50 I learned on as a kid and it runs. But if you buy a Cycle Trader, you'll see the used Honda XR50's are going for close to the new price.
Bottom line. Buy one. Your kid will love you, and you won't regret it. Yes - There are a FEW kids riding these things.
Posted December 10, 2002 - 08:02 AM
1. The XR is bigger than the PW so it's better for older kids.
2. The XR is way better made and can handle adults without damage. The PW is questionable as far as putting an adult on and riding around.
3. The XR has a lot of torque even with the throttle limited and the engine braking slows the bike when the kids let off. The PW barely moves with the throttle limiting screw inserted and if you back it off too much, it gains too much speed and free wheels.
4. The PW has an annoying Start/Run/Stop switch on the bars that does not work when wet. I've had to blow it out with a compressor so the bike will start.
5. Tons more hop ups for the XR than the PW.
6. The XR just takes gas, the PW needs to have the oil injection tank filled occasionally.
Other than that, they both hold their value extremely well and buying a used one is almost not worth the hassle unless you find a very good deal.
I bought the PW50 first because my older son was still very small and now I wish I had 2 XR50's.
Posted December 10, 2002 - 10:49 AM
Posted December 10, 2002 - 10:59 AM
And mostly your not selfish you'll have a blast on it too (probably you'll sell your XR250 and get one for yourself).
4 wheelers are boring except in the snow.
Posted December 10, 2002 - 11:05 AM
The XR50 would be borderline but probably fine for an 8 year old. The XR70 would be too big for a 6 year old. The XR70 is just like the 50 with a little more power but it is physically larger.
My wife didn't think either 50 that I bought was actually for the kids. I do ride the XR more than my boys do, it's too much fun.
Posted December 10, 2002 - 11:32 AM
I'm 6'3 225lbs.....would I do it harm?
Posted December 10, 2002 - 11:35 AM
but there are after market stuff to make it more suited to grown-ups (frames,suspension and MORE POWER!).
Posted December 10, 2002 - 11:37 AM
Posted December 10, 2002 - 11:56 AM
Posted December 10, 2002 - 01:18 PM
I think I go red for this christmas!
Ride safe! Have fun!!