Convince Your Parents To Let You Ride A Dirt Bike

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To Kids:

We get it. Dirt bikes are just plain cool. That’s why we do what we do and have an undying love for riding. We also know that if neither of your parents ride, it can be a massive undertaking to convince them to not only let you ride but fork over the dough to buy your bike. The following are a few arguments/facts to help you start this conversation and get you on the path of lifelong love of all things two wheels.

To Parents:

If you are reading this, that is a great sign. You are open-minded and cool (yes, I am playing to your ego. Is it working?). Normally one of you is down to let the little guy or gal hop on a motorized two-wheeler and experience the thrill and excitement that will change their lives. But we get that there is a protective instinct that is natural and sometimes really hard to ignore. The following are some reasons you should let your pride and joy ride a dirt bike and experience pride and joy themselves.

Talk About It

Depending on how old you are, having a meaningful conversation with your parents might be a hard thing to do, but if you are able to listen to what your parents have to say while also making a case for why you need a bike, you are golden. Parents are going to have the typical reasons that they don’t want you to ride, and your goal with this conversation is to absorb what they have to say in a respectful and open manner. This is the beginning of the road that leads to you getting a bike, and if you start it by showing your parents how great a kid you are, they will be more willing to listen to your counterargument.

Reasons You Should Ride

  • Safety. The number one concern for most parents is safety, which is completely understandable. But what you can tell them is that, as with any sport, dirt bikes can be learned with a "crawl, walk, run" approach. Meaning there are plenty of small, very manageable "first bikes" on the market that make it very easy to dial down the power (list to follow). Also, even more performance-based kids' bikes have throttle limiters and basic tools to keep things as fast or slow as they want. Also on the safety front, you can show them all the gear on the market just for kids. Not only does it show them that you can be covered head to toe with every manner of protection, it also shows your parents that the motorcycle industry cares deeply about safety and that there are enough kids riding to support such a robust array of kids products.

  • Motorcycles are amazing tools to teach responsibility. Regarding riding, tell your parents that you will learn to be responsible for your own safety and learn to ride within your limits. Regarding your bike, there are many things that you need to check before you ride so, with their help, you will learn good safety habits and get into a routine of taking care of your bike.

  • You'll spend more time with your parents. Tell them that dirt bike riding is such a core family activity that you will beg them to either ride with you or for them to watch you ride. Families that ride together, stay together. This goes beyond just family as well. Some of our best friends and strongest relationships are with fellow riders who we've met along the way. There is a massive sense of community and belonging that is supportive and understanding.

  • Riding is healthy, especially off-road riding! There is a reason that motocross and off-road racers are in such good shape. Riding a dirt bike is a great physical activity that engages your whole body as well as your mind. Tell your parents that your reflexes will improve, you'll get plenty of exercise, and your mental acuity will be sharper (plus using fancy words like that will impress them).

  • You'll be too busy to get into trouble. Once you start riding, you won't want to stop and it will be part of most of your free time (after homework and chores, of course). Riding a bike or working on a bike are constructive activities that take time and keep you occupied and fulfilled to help you ignore bad influences as you grow.

  • Positive stress release. Even kids get stressed out from school work and peer pressure, but you can say that riding is an exciting stress reliever that lets you recharge and focus.

  • Vehicle control. Motorcyclist are always better drivers than non-motorcyclist. Tell your parents you will be a much safer and aware driver because riding a motorcycle teaches you to be focused and aware of your surroundings. This translates to driving a car when you get your driver's license.

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Make A Deal

  • If your parents are still not responding to all of the compelling reasons above, try to work out a deal.

  • Pay for the bike yourself. Come up with a list of chores you can do around the house and work on how much each pays with your parents. Pick some hard ones too. Sure, they are lame, but it will show your parents your dedication and willingness to be responsible.

  • Leverage your grades. If you have good grades, promise they will stay that way and you won't let them slip. If you don't have good grades, this is the perfect opportunity to impress your parents and get something rad out of the deal.

  • Read more. Work out a book-for-cash or book-for-riding time agreement. Not just schoolbooks, but reading all kinds of books is overall good for your brain. Parents love to see their kid reading rather than playing video games or on the computer.

  • Take more classes. No, not at school but at dirt bike riding schools. There are plenty of riding coaches and classes that even provide bikes, which is a good way to try before you buy. This shows that you are being responsible while learning good riding and safety habits.

Yes! Your parents are totally convinced, but now you need a bike. Here’s that quick list to get you started. Here we are looking at gas-powered bikes, but a whole different list of electric bikes will be coming soon.

Inside the 2012 Yamaha TT-R50E and PW50 - Dirt Rider MagazineChris Denison
Monster Moto Classic 80cc Mini Bike
Monster Moto Classic 80cc Mini BikeCourtesy of Monster Moto

Out of the bikes on this list, this is the simplest and fastest way to get riding. This bike drop-ships straight to your house, you pop on the handlebar, and you are ready to rip. It has a basic, pull-start motor, no clutch or shifting, and sturdy no-suspension frame.

SSR SR70 Auto
SSR SR70 AutoCourtesy of SSR Motorsports

This bike is a little more serious and yet still has an automatic transmission so you don't have to worry about clutching or shifting. SSR is one of the bigger and more legit pitbikes on the market.

Thumpstar TSB 125
Thumpstar TSB 125Courtesy of Thumpstar

Thumpstar was one of the first pitbike manufacturers in the early years of the pitbike craze. It is still making bikes, which attests to its sales at least. This 125 is definitely more for the teenager since it does have a clutch and a shifter to go through the four gears.

Yamaha PW50
Yamaha PW50Courtesy of Yamaha

This bike has lasted the test of time. It is a two-stroke but has an oil injection system so you don't have to mix premix oil into the gas. There's no clutch and no shifting; just twist and go. As you can see by the price, once we start talking about Japanese motorcycle manufacturers, these are much more of an investment.

Honda CRF50F
Honda CRF50FCourtesy of Honda

This bike is a four-stroke so no mixing gas. Even though it is small there are tons of parts and modifications to this bike to let it grow as the rider grows. This bike has what is called an automatic clutch. There are three gears that you have to shift with your foot, but you don't have a clutch to pull in.

Suzuki DR-Z70
Suzuki DR-Z70Courtesy of Suzuki

This bike also has an auto clutch with three gears that need to be manually shifted. It is a little bigger and has a little more power than the CRF and PW. The auto clutch also means the bike cannot stall.

Kawasaki KLX 110
Kawasaki KLX 110Courtesy of Kawasaki

This is the most serious bike of the group and is definitely for a teen. Even adults can comfortably ride it and have a great time. It also has an auto clutch and four gears.