As you probably know, there are many kids’ vehicles available. These vehicles can give the kid the feeling of doing something meant for older people, like driving a car, while doing it safely. There are plenty of children’s cars that go slow and give the kid a feeling of driving.
But what if your kid wants something a bit cooler? That’s where children’s motorcycles come into play. They are cooler than bikes, but when purchasing them, you need to think about a few factors. In this post, we will show you a few things to consider.
What Age Range Is The Bike For?
One way you can determine the age range of a bicycle, or the skill level is by looking at its cc, or cubic centimeters. The higher the cc, the older the child should be for the bike, and vice versa. A slower bike can help ease kids into riding it. You don’t want to start a young child on a fast bike and then they have no control over what happens next.
Learn the Difference Between Off-Road Bikes and Competitive Bikes
Some bikes, especially the larger ones, are meant for trail riding. If your child wants to drive on the off-road, then you should buy them one of those. These are four stroke engine bikes. The MX bikes are meant for competition. If your child has interest in BMX bikes, you can’t go wrong with the two-stroke bikes.
What About Their Height?
A bike that is too small for your child can be dangerous, and so is a bike that they haven’t grown into yet. You want to measure a kid’s leg height, as this can help you figure out how high the seat should be.
Then again, if your child is growing fast, you also don’t want a bike that they will quickly grow out of. Finding a bike that will last them a long time is ideal. Trying to find that perfect balance is hard, but we believe they can do it.
Weight is Important Too
If your child is too heavy, the bike may have a harder time turning. Too light, and that can create problems as well. The bigger the child, the more CC they may need. If your child is near teenage years, give them a bike that can fit their growing bodies.
There are smaller bikes for smaller kids. Some weigh less than 100 pounds, meaning a child can push the bike with ease should something happen to it.
Two Versus Four Stroke
A two-stroke bike is great for your younger children. It has a clutch style that’s more automatic, which is good. A child that’s unfamiliar with shifting gears may be in trouble if they forget how to do so while they are riding. You also need to think about the child’s overall skill level.
A four-stroke ride is better for children who are experienced. If your kid is older, a four-stroke bike can introduce them to shifting gears and how they can get the most out of doing so. It’s the best way to ease a child into bikes that are meant for adults.
This sounds like common sense. Why wouldn’t you have your child wear a helmet? They are prone to falling, and their heads are much more delicate. However, there are many cases where kids underestimate how much a spill can hurt, or the parents believe their kid wouldn’t hurt themselves. Always have your child wear a helmet, no matter what. Make sure the helmet feels comfortable and is built to last. Knee pads, elbow pads, and gear that protects other parts of your kid should be worn as well, especially in the beginning stages where they are most vulnerable. The last thing you want is to seriously injure your child. Even a small swipe can be painful. Keep them equipped.
Read the Reviews
Another thing you should consider when you’re shopping for a bike is how good the bike is to other customers. Some bikes are made cheaper than others, and the last thing you want is a bike that is prone to breaking down. Check out a few reviews and see what the consensus is. Do most people have no problems while using the bike? Are some people reporting problems? Weigh in what people have to say before you make your decision.
Make Sure This is What Your Child Wants
Some parents force bikes on their kids because they like bikes, or because they want to see their child become competitive in the biking scene. The truth is that if your child doesn’t want to do it, they shouldn’t. Instead, find something else your child is comfortable in.
If your child expresses interest in biking, then is the time to get a kids’ bike. If they are unsure, maybe you can go to the shop and test out a few bikes and see if it’s what your child wants.
Comfortability is Key
Kids learn at their own pace. There are some kids who start bike riding and learn everything there is to know fast. Others take longer to learn. It can take them forever to learn how to shift gears or master the art of wearing a helmet.
Work at the child’s pace. Don’t give them something that’s too difficult, and also don’t give them something that’s below their skill level. Teach them at a pace that’s comfortable for them.
Also, ask your child if the seat or helmet feel comfortable enough. They need to be comfortable so they can learn how to ride.
A kids’ motorbike can be the gateway to fun and possibly to a career. A child can learn how to ride something meant for adults, and they can do so in a bike meant for them. Just remember to shop smart and properly pace your kid. The last thing you want is for them to feel uncomfortable. Happy bike riding.
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