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Just when I thought that dirtbiking with the kids could not get better, it does . . .

Old 05-29-2018, 09:27 AM
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Default Just when I thought that dirtbiking with the kids could not get better, it does . . .

. . . because now the wife wants her own, new bike.

Why is this good? Because it means MORE riding for all of us.

She rode a little XR 70 on Sunday and had a blast. She did not want to admit it but she had a great time on it and had realized that it is fun riding around. Like an amusement park ride that never has to end. Plus, with our 6 yo daughter and 8 yo boy buzzing all around and having a great time, it was hard not to enjoy ones self on the/a bike.

Now I'm looking at a TTR 125 LE and a CRF 125 Big Wheel for her and am leaning towards the TTR as it can be fitted with a Recluse clutch kit to make the bike an automatic and help no needing a clutch to shift at all.
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That's a nice trailer.
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I would 100% recommend the Rekluse clutch but as for a bike I would think a Honda CRF 125 big wheel would be a better choice if Rekluse has one to fit it. Have you called them?
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Ha! Good that we got that (obligatory) request out of the way early.
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That's a nice trailer.
Thanks. I had an open trailer for a while, then got a snowbike kit for this past winter, and between the PITA of loading/unloading, the filth, salt, frozen straps/buckles, bleeding hands/fingers from fiddling with everything in the cold, I had to step it up and get an enclosed trailer and now that the kids and even the wife are getting into riding with me, I made the right choice as I can easily fit all the bikes and our stuff inside the trailer with room to spare.

I can only fit one sled and one snowbike in it in the winter but that is all we need to do, for now.
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I would 100% recommend the Rekluse clutch but as for a bike I would think a Honda CRF 125 big wheel would be a better choice if Rekluse has one to fit it. Have you called them?
Rekluse does make an kit for the TTR 125 but not for any of the CRF's for some reason.

My wife is never going to want to go on hardcore trail rides, at least for now, but for tooling around the farm(s) and easy kid-friendly trails that I also happen to like, a 125 cc trail bike, with electric start and 16/19" wheels and a Rekluse will be perfect for her.

The TTR 125 LE is Yamaha's version of the big wheel with the 16/19" wheels/tires.
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BIL had also picked up this 2008 KTM 300 XC-W that is pretty mint.

I had put the bike through its paces in the hayfield where traction is just about 100% and just way more fun than the street, and the bike has great power and is nice and light, especially compared to my bike which is a 4 stroke beast.

I will admit, the most fun is riding the 110 around the barn as it really is more fun riding a slow bike fast than it is riding a fast bike slow. I want to get a 110 just for when I'm riding with the kids. The KLX 125 is also a hoot as it is a manual clutch.

Also, nothing at all is being done with making a track of any kind. We already have a massive path to ride on, just with no jumps, so all we keep on doing is riding and enjoying. At least when we have time sometime, we can get to making and laying out the track. For now, all we want to do is ride.

Oh what fun it is to ride . . .
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Hello thundra,

I see your posts on here about riding with family and kids.

Can you tell me at what age you would feel comfortable buying your son a 50? When did you first put your son on a bike?

Something like this....https://www.yamahamotorsports.com/tr...le/models/pw50
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Hello thundra,

I see your posts on here about riding with family and kids.

Can you tell me at what age you would feel comfortable buying your son a 50? When did you first put your son on a bike?

Something like this....https://www.yamahamotorsports.com/tr...le/models/pw50
My boy rode the JR 50 for the very first time this past fall, he was 7 years old. He had no interest in riding until this past October and he had been riding his pedal bike for at least a few years before this fall.

My 6 year old daughter learned to ride her pedal bike with no training wheels just last month and then a week later, got on the 50 and was off and riding.

I had heard that it is best to wait till the kid is able to ride a pedal bike without training wheels before unleashing them on a 50 and I'll now agree. Plus, I could not get them on the bike sooner even though I had tried to and had the outrigger wheels on the dirtbike but still, no go, they were just not interested. Now they are loving it as am I.

I have seen other parents put their kids on bikes as soon as they can and there is one kid online that they had riding and racing as soon as he could walk. The worrying thing is that no one sees videos from these young kids that are incredible at riding, and racing, but all it takes is one crash and we never see their video's again as the poor kid is just injured, and all for what? Racing and trophies?-although it can be fun.

We're just going to be riding around in circles through the forest and that will be good enough for us.

If my boy or girl would have ridden at 5 years old, I think that would have been my minimum. I have my kids watch the video's of the kids that are put on a bike with no instruction and just gun the throttle and freeze and end up in a wall/fence/car-busted and broken. I'm sure you know that it's not worth it at all. That is the scariest part, that they might not close the throttle and then all the braking in the world can't stop the bike with the gas pinned, or they don't know how to use the brakes. The brains are just not there yet.

Thankfully at 6 and 8, the kids both have it and my 8yo is picking up speed on his 110 and getting better and better all the time as is the girl but the girl is limited on the 50 as the cockpit is so cramped and there is like no suspension at all. I'm thinking of getting her a TTR 50 or a CRF 50.

We've also got the kids all armored up and they (now) like it. The most expensive part is the boots as they can be hard to find used but I found my boys pair, like new, on eBay for $70. We had to pay $110 for the girls boots but they are totally worth it as the bikes fall on their feet/legs the most and so far not a single injury. Gloves, knee, elbow and forearm guards, helmet, all of it is on them and they see me wearing all the same stuff too.

The PW 50 looks to be an awesome first bike for sure and what I'd go with if I were to do it again.
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Old 05-30-2018, 08:31 AM
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My goodness, here is where it gets even better. My wife is going to just simply buy the bike outright as she has the $$$. We are one of those that don't have a joint account.

We're making plans to go up and get her a 2018 TTR 125 LE and I'll put a Rekluse EXP 3.0 in it.

I know that I will also love riding the bike as her nephew has a KLX 125 that is a hoot to ride and the TTR will be even better as it will be brand new.
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Ha! Good that we got that (obligatory) request out of the way early.
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You mean you really want/expect me to post up the picture of my wife, whose job in a former life was to hold the pit board sign before the start of the races, as well as be one of the podium girls at the SX/MX races?, and be subjected to y'all complaining about sticky keyboards and that I should have warned you about the image being NSFW?
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Wife got her new bike last night and she is excited.

I had spent a few hours last night installing a Rekluse EXP 3.0 and it all went very well. The install was easy, it was just the gap adjustment that I had to do a few times as I had been adjusting things the wrong way, once I went the other way I had the adjustment spot-on and now the bike is an auto-clutch with the option to still use the clutch if one wants/needs to.

As the bike needs 20 hours before I can go full throttle, I have to keep it at 1/2 throttle for the first 10 hours and then 3/4 until 20 hours.

Disc brake up front along with preload adjustable front forks and the rear shock has both rebound and compression, not bad for a play/trail bike. I know I'm going to love riding it when she is not. I'll prefer riding it when she does not come with us to ride.
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This is just neat! I haven't ridden bikes since late 70's, early 80's, thanks for sharing.
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Would die to have a place like that to ride!


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We all got to ride our local rail trail yesterday. Lucky that we have a place that is only 16 miles away. Our 6 yo girl had a tough time on the soft sand and kept falling over in it as she is still learning and the JR 50 is so small that even my boy, who had some experience riding the 50, always had a tougher time in the sand on the bike as between being somewhat underpowered, and only 10" wheels/tires, for small kids, the sand can be tough, same with the wife, she was riding for only the 2nd time and while she never wiped out, found it tricky in the sand for only her 2nd ride.

The Rekluse did work well for her and she never had to worry about the clutch at all






We'll see how this weekend looks and will either ride some more or take the boat out and fish. At least we have great options weather depending.
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Life is good, brings back memories of when I was dating my wife and she would ride on the back with me. Had the most fun riding in the snow in the winter with a ski-mobile suit on, kept it till I got stupid one day and broke my arm in a crash (surprised it took that long) then it wasn't so much fun anymore.
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We all got to ride our local rail trail yesterday. Lucky that we have a place that is only 16 miles away. Our 6 yo girl had a tough time on the soft sand and kept falling over in it as she is still learning and the JR 50 is so small that even my boy, who had some experience riding the 50, always had a tougher time in the sand on the bike as between being somewhat underpowered, and only 10" wheels/tires, for small kids, the sand can be tough, same with the wife, she was riding for only the 2nd time and while she never wiped out, found it tricky in the sand for only her 2nd ride.

The Rekluse did work well for her and she never had to worry about the clutch at all


Your big bike in the foreground of this pic- what is it? It's a looker. That KTM 300 is badass too. Is it a two stroke?
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My bike is a 2017 Beta 500 RR-S. The bike is a Triple Sport, street, dirt and snow as I got a Camso DTS 129 kit and rode the snow/powder all this past winter.

The KTM 300 is my brother in law's new to him, bike. The two stroke motor has some guts to it for sure. I was impressed when I got to wind 3rd, 4th and 5th gears in the wide open hay field we have to ride it on.
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