How young is too young to teach your kid to ride?
Ok guys, looking for some support here. The ex-wife doesn't want me to teach my daughter to ride but I've got other plans... She's a little demon and she loves to hang with me whether I'm working on trucks/cars or bikes and loves to tag along when we go out camping and riding.
So I asked her last weekend:
Me - "Honey, if daddy bought you your own little dirt bike would you ride it?"
Hannah - "Well, couldn't I get hurt?"
Me - "Well, yes you could. But the idea is to teach you while your young to respect the machine and the road so you know your limits."
Hannah - "Hmmm...and you would teach me how to ride?"
Me - "Yes, of course sweetie. And as you get older if you like it I'll be there to help you if you want to get into racing or trail riding."
Hannah - "I don't know Dad, I don't think Mommy will like this. You know how stuffy she is. I mean, she doesn't even like me to play in the dirt. You let me get all dirty and it doesn't bother you."
Me - "Well sweetie, this would be for you and me to do. Not you and Mommy so I think we'll be ok. Just let me talk to her."
Hannah - "Ok. Can I get a pink helmet?"
...any how! It's obvious she is game. My question is this - I started when I was about 7 riding motocross, an XR80. She is very small and petite at 7 years old though. So long as I had her geared up she would be protected my only worry is balance getting her started. I was thinking about just moking up some training wheels and bolting them to the bike some how...?
I heard on an interview that Mouse McMcoy's "ran the baja 1000 solo and placed 12th after a horrible wreck" father tought him at 3 and tied him to a string. When he went to fast he pulled back on it.... :)
Am I nuts here guys? Can anyone share comments from their families and what went down when they/their kids were growing up? I just refuse to have a child who doesn't understand simple driving mechanics when she turns 16 and gets a license. Please tell me I'm not the only one.
...i did it one piece at a time