Re: message to kids new to the sport...
C'mon, MX3, be serious ......tell them about the safety factor, at lest.
Guys, one of the most important things you will need (well, besides a pocketbike) is the proper safety equipment: helmet, gloves, elbow and knee pads, some good shoes, and a jacket. Make no mistake - these little bikes look like they're safe, but they can be just as dangerous as a full-sized motorcycle without the proper equipment. (Take it from someone who wiped out without any of the above-mentioned gear, and is just now recovering a month later from some serious road rash.)
RULE NUMBER ONE: Don't ride your pocketbike in the street. Yes, sometimes this happens, but there are very good reasons not to street-ride:
1) You are smaller than the average motorcycle, and drivers may not be able to see you over their hoods or out of their mirrors.
2) These little bikes are not made for the street - for the most part, they do not have turn signals, headlights, or brakelights. (Yes, I know there are several makes that DO have this equipment, but they also cannot be registered as street-legal vehicles because of their small size.)
3) Street-riding is considered illegal, and you will get in trouble for it, even to the point of having your bike taken away by the police. Stay safe - DON'T DO IT!!
Find a big empty parking lot (get permission from the owners of the property), and set up some cones. Practice some slow figure eights and shifting your weight - see how the bike responds to what you're doing. Practice, practice, practice - this cannot be emphasized enough.
Inspect your bike before and after each run. Check all bolts to make sure they're tight. Missing any? Replace them immediately. Chain lubed? Wheels spin freely? Brakes rubbing? Make a checklist of the important things, and follow it each and every time you ride. Take care of your bike, and don't abuse it - the better care you take of it, the longer it will last, and the more enjoyment you will get out of it.
"I'm going off the rails on a crazy train." - Ozzy Osbourne
Dear haters: Please be patient. I have so much more for you to be annoyed about.
Last edited by SpyGuy; 12-06-2008 at 12:16 AM.