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   When is a good time to start teaching the young?

    Monday, August 13, 2012

Author: Brett Grandin

Having two grandsons (five and three) I am keen to give them the opportunity to ride dirt bikes. Or am I hoping that they will be interested? They are keen to help in the shed when I am working on my bike, don’t mind having a dink on the front of big bikes, although a bit reserved about of the noise of the exhaust (legal of course).

The opportunity came about so I purchased a second hand PW 50, then ensured that it was up to scratch and fitted a set training wheels. I explained to the boys that this was their bike and that the little red fox helmet was for use on the motor bike. Well we all know that the helmet gets used for all activities including the push bike.

The time came for the intro to the bike running, well this did take some getting use to but once you see your poppy riding YOUR bike it is surely game on. I get the eldest boy to get onto the bike and under supervision explain the concept on turning the throttle (thank goodness for the screw that enables limited throttle). So here I am chasing the grandson around the back yard hanging onto the rear of the bike. This is good exercise and I sure knew I had been at a large portion on my half acre block.

When to do the solo run? We are lucky enough to have a 10 acre location that the boys can use to ride the bike (and the great grandparents are grateful for the visits).  I decided that the preliminary training had been completed and it was time for the SOLO run.

Gear on ….. ran through the throttle on / throttle off exercise. Lets do it

Well the kid is off … I am running behind the bike ….. throttle off! …….THROTTLE OFF!!   I can not keep up …….. poppy gives up….. the fence will stop him!  Yep. (I am so glad that I am yet to screw out the throttle stop)

I am sure that the look on his face was “what the ………….you have tried to kill me”. Well the younger of the two young ones decides that it his turn. Nanna sitting on the rear ….as you could probably understand poppy has just had to do the 100 yard dash to save the other child and is a bit under the weather.

Well this went a lot better and this bloke understands the consequences of not doing the throttle off routine. Broom broom …….purrrr…..broom purrrrrr and his is turning the bike in circles by himself. Circle work at a young age …… the kid shows promise.

Rider number one looking on with interest and contempt.  I could see the square-up he was planning for his little brother showing him up.

So training continues. My question still is have I started too early?  Is three and five a good place to start?