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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-05-2008 Thread Starter
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message to kids new to the sport...

if you dont have a pocketbike...convince your mom or dad that your responsible enough and if you really want to make them convinced...tell em you want to be a motorcycle mechanic when you grow up lol

and when you get it i encourage you to take it apart and see how every thing works, do not touch any of the electricals however...

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-06-2008
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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.

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Re: message to kids new to the sport...

kids... dont ask ur parants to buy you one....buy a messed up one for 50 bucks,.or find someone on ur street that has a bunch of jcked up pocket bikes,,,,, make him a deal... fix it up...sell it or trade for another ..better bike.... (not running)....then sell or trade that for a better bike...

this technic works with just about everything in life...cars, bikes, houses, boats, girls.....lol

plus ... its a way better feeling to kno that you got the bike on ur own....like a man..

also, dont ride on the street... you have to find a place to ride... ask around...

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Re: message to kids new to the sport...

its christmas time why get a broken or jcked up one ask for a new one

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Re: message to kids new to the sport...

I can see his reasoning - if you get a messed up bike for like $50.00, then you can learn how to work on it, how to use tools, and how to diagnose what's wrong with it.

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Re: message to kids new to the sport...

i agree totally BUT they are china bikes and will mess up at one point in time, when it does mess up you will know what it did when it messed up and start the repair process there instead of buying a bike that you dont know where to start with and begin sinking alot of money into.

if i was a kid and got one for xmas i would much rather have one that ran then one that didnt

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Re: message to kids new to the sport...

kids do NOT take your bike apart then not be able to put it back together and just have it sitting there.i learned this the hard way lol with a few gopeds and pbs

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gopeds are pretty simple though.
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Re: message to kids new to the sport...

yeah but the motor and taking the internals out and losing bolts is a *****

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Re: message to kids new to the sport...

the cags engine is like the mid bike x1/x2 engines a piece of cake to work on ..it is like working on a weed eater engine
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you just cant lose all the bolts but my spare motor i take it apart all the time pretty easy accept a pain to get the cylinder off cuz those 4 allen things and my wrench thing isnt long enough to be able to make full rotation so i gotta do it at like .5 turn increments which is annoying
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Re: message to kids new to the sport...

Complaints, complaints ........ want me to call you a waaaaaaahmbulance?

Let's get back on topic here, guys ... we ARE in the kids' forum, after all, and I think we were discussing safety and proper care of their bikes .....?

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Re: message to kids new to the sport...

yea can you please...

ok, do not try to outrun the cops. it may seem as if you are going fast but they will have no problem keeping up with you.

oh and always wear a helmet! and ankle pads,
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