A bicycle engine kit for a 11 year old? YES or NO

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  1. meowy84

    meowy84 New Member

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    Since I've been putting my first engine kit together I see my 10 year old son is getting envious LOL. So I thought maybe I should get him one too so we can work on his together. I would install the engine on his MTB with the smaller 24" (I think) rims. Since the circumference of the 24" rim is smaller than our 26" rims his top speed would be less than our bikes. I'd get him the 50cc engine version and additionally put in some safeguards to limit his top speed.

    He already has one of those little 50cc kids quads that he rides at camp in the summer but of course the quad having 4 wheels I feel is a lot safer and even though he's driven that darn thing into the side of the barn a few times at a decent clip when he first got it he didn't get hurt.

    SO what do you guys think? Good or bad idea to get an 11y/o one of these?
     
  2. Venice Motor Bikes

    Venice Motor Bikes Custom Builder / Dealer/Los Angeles

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    Some of the best memories I have from being a kid are of my dad taking me & my brother out to ride the motorcycles!!! You have to do it!!!!!! ;) (^)
     
  3. weekend-fun

    weekend-fun New Member

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    totaly! Im 11 and lovin' it! (note: i hope i seem more mature, i find it common kids my age or anyone within 2 years of me seems very immature at times.. lol)

    how about some sorta beach cruiser w/ a rear trike kit?? it be pricey but just an idea.
    also check out atomiczombie.com, they have a forum w/ info on building your on three wheeler IF you have a welder.
    lol tell your son hi from me :D

    Sam.we.
     
  4. Egor

    Egor New Member

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    He will never forget the experience, do it. One nice thing on a two stroke engine, it can be throttled at both ends. You can restrict the exhaust and it makes a good governor and it still has strong pull up to a point. 20" wheels and a 44 tooth sprocket may be a bit too large, you may need to use a 39, as these engines don't like to spin up too well. Have fun, Dave
     
  5. Ted

    Ted New Member

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    I used to sell Honda's, then as now there was a concern about kids having access to full throttle, what we did to limit this and still give the parent the ability to increase the throttle opening was to drill the cap and install a #6 long screw that acted as a throttle stop, it was double nutted and could be backed out at the parents discretion.
     
  6. PutsTheDUIinRUINED

    PutsTheDUIinRUINED New Member

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    Do it. Hard work + Responsibility = Starts becoming a man (Good for you). Ten yer old with a motorized bike = Coolest Kid at School (Good for Him).
     
  7. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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    I will ad "Fo'sho'!"

    Heck, just having a dad around at his age is a good thing. A dad and son working on a motorized bike together? "priceless" as they say.
     
  8. silverbear

    silverbear The Boy Who Never Grew Up

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    I'll second what's already been written. He'll learn a whole lot especially if you help him motorize his bike and he doesn't help you. You know what I mean, even if in the end you do most of the work, ownership is a big deal. Also a responsibility as the owner/rider to be checking things, riding safely or getting hurt. What could be better than two buddies building and riding together? Father and son. Good for both of you. He'll only be a boy for a little while. What would it have meant to you if your dad had taken the time to do this with you? I'm a little envious as my kids are all grown up. Good luck and safe riding to you both.
    SB
     
  9. curtisfox

    curtisfox Well-Known Member

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    I am up there with SB I will thired it. My brother is 3 years older then me. I can remember my first rid was on one of his friends bikes I was about 14. Boy did that hook me. It was the old cutout cenerator friction drive with the old briggs washing machine motor. That was the start. I had the first Go-kart in town and by the 15 I knew more about small engines then my dad,so he was not much help other then was able to make a few parts were he worked.
    And now after all these years I am rehooked. LOVE IT Sure would have been nice to have a kit back then
     
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    Cogswelln New Member

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    I wouls have to agree with the people who say go for it, ive taken my 5 yr old son in a trailer behind my motor bike, and my son loves it. he wants me to make him one when he gets older. the only thing i would say is the obvious helmet. not that i need to say it, but tho im stuburn and dont wear a helmet( yes i know the danger of this, stuff does hurt worse the faster you go). But i definintely think he will love it and the experience will be a good memory for him. SO go for it
    nich
     
  11. Pablo

    Pablo Master Bike Builder & Forum Sponsor

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    Off road = FOR sure!!

    Street = no WAY!!
     
  12. macattie88

    macattie88 New Member

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    build him the bike....my first motorcycle was a 3 wheeler back in 1973 and always have great memories of that bike...got a ct 70 the next christmas and have been riding ever since,just bought a harley two weeks ago,he will love it and you two will build good memories together...he will probably develop a passion for motorcycles
    (and mb's) like i did and thats not a bad thing!
     
  13. meowy84

    meowy84 New Member

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    Thanks for all the words of encouragement guys. And a shout out to weekend-fun (Sam)...good to see someone my son's age chiming in as well.

    I thought I'd at least get some "what are you thinking" or "that's irresponsible parenting" from someone. :rolleyes: I think I just spend too much time around women where my 'great' mechanical ideas are often downgraded to 'hair-brained schemes' so I end up doubting myself. Plus, against my own parents' advice I bought a motorcycle myself when I turned 18 and had a real close call with a semi which scared me ****less and I haven't owned a motorcycle since. Granted a motorized bicycle and a motorcycle are two different beasts.

    Anyways, the only one besides me who seems to be entirely for it is my son's grandma but then again she was the one who got him the quad and I must admit she is more 'redneck' than I am. LOL Although my fiancee on more than one occassion has expressed interest in her own bike but has taken the wait and see approach to see if it's something she'd want once my own bike is completed. I'm sure once she takes a ride she'll be hooked too. Then maybe it'll be something for the three of us to do together.

    The quad is bulletproof reliable, just add gas and go so my son isn't really learning much. Plus he's too much into Star Wars and video games and well, I just can't have that or he'll en up with no mechanical aptitude whatsoever. scratg I figure with the china bicycle engines needing constant tinkering and tweaking this will be a good opportunity for him to get a crash course on mechanics of small engines and will get him more interested in mechanical things like I've always been.
     
  14. dag_29307

    dag_29307 New Member

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    I have to echo the opinion of every one here. Go for it. I am doing the same thing for my son and he is 13. I also have fond memories of being a child riding a motorcycle and the thrill of the ride as well as the rush of being trusted to do so, as well as the learning experience that went along with it.

    In my opinion there should be limitations as to where and when he can ride and with whom. Those are the limits with my son. Otherwise well you know the rule about the inch and the yard....we tested it. Didn't we?

    Have fun both of you.
     
  15. Cabinfever1977

    Cabinfever1977 New Member

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    It would be great for you and your son to build a bike together for him.
    If i was you, you will want to govern his speed and ride together with him off road at a safe place,thats if you want him to live long enough to enjoy it. You will also want to go over the safety stuff about the bike and power tools too,if you want him to keep all his fingers.

    Ride safe and enjoy.
     
  16. Nougat

    Nougat New Member

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    If he's riding a quad, hopefully he's already got helmet and gloves. Add a jacket to that. All the gear, all the time.

    You might also consider reviewing the legality in your area. In IL, you have to be sixteen to ride MBs onroad.
     
  17. meowy84

    meowy84 New Member

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    Nougat you mean in IL you have to be 16 to ride MBs onroad period or 16 to ride motorized MBs onroad? Wow, either way that's interesting.
     
  18. Nougat

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    MB = motorized bicycle -- not mountain bike.
     
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    It sounds like you have all the safety issues in mind, not to mention the father/son time is what life is all about. I can't wait until my oldest is old enough to tear up the bike lanes with his ol' man!
     

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