twagner44, on 11 April 2012 - 12:20 PM, said:
Like most of you other vet riders, I'm raising my kids on dirtbikes. Depending on their growth phases, I replace the bikes every 2 or 3 years. I've run into a bit of a problem at about age 12 though. There seems to be a very big step between the 125's and the next size up. You go from 50 to 70 to 80 (with a clutch) to 125, then 250?? I kept my older son on the TTR125 for longer than he should have been and was able to step him up to an 02 XR200. Perfect for him and his riding style now. My younger son has been on that 125 for about a year now and has already outgrown it, but he won't be comfortable on something (almost) full sized, besides the fact that he has a very different riding style and needs something that will perform. I've thought about putting him on a 2 stroke (KX100?) but we do a lot of different type of riding and I don't think that will work for some of the tight trails we do - feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. I'm looking at the CRF150R as probably the only option right now. Problem is that they are VERY hard to find and a little pricey for a kid's bike that will be owned by a guy who has to maintain stable of about 5 bikes. Are there any other alternatives to that bike?? Or what did you guys that have been through this do? They can both ride the full sized moto's but are not ready to have those as their full time bikes. Thanks for your input.
Just to understand, you're asking here about your younger son, correct? He's 12 yrs old, (how tall/inseam length/how much seat height might you want?), ready for something more aggressive than an XR200, but workable for him on tight trails, and you'd rather not have it be an expensive, high-maintenance model, correct?
Edited by calbikeman2, 11 April 2012 - 03:33 PM.