Kids Dirt Bike Training Wheels *** A MUST READ ***

Posted by on May 25, 2014 in Reviews | 15 comments

Are you helping the next superstar motocross racer like Ryan Villopoto get off to an early start? Or maybe you’re just in a hurry to begin sharing one of your life’s passions with your kid? Or perhaps it’s a safety thing. Whatever your reasons, you want to get your kids on the fast track to dirt bike riding success right? Then you’ve got to get them kids dirt bike training wheels. There simply is no better way.

In this article I will talk about who should use training wheels, and who shouldn’t. I’ll also discuss every training wheel setup on the market, and point out what’s good and/or bad about each brand. Additionally, what kinds of terrain they work on, which training wheels fit on what bikes, where to go get the best deals on every set of wheels, as well as some important safety aspects that you need to be aware of.

Who Needs Dirt Bike Training Wheels? & Why?

Training wheels are intended for beginning riders, on entry level motorcycles. In other words, toddlers and small children who are learning to ride their first 50cc motorcycle.

And as for the why, well….

not only will training wheels accelerate your child’s learning curve, but they also allow your child to begin riding a dirt bike or motorcycle at a younger age than he or she would otherwise. And in a safer, and much more enjoyable way.

A tremendous advantage, no doubt!

kids dirt bike and motorcycle training wheelsTheir feet may not even be able to touch the ground while sitting on the bike yet, but thanks to training wheels that doesn’t mean they can’t already be learning to ride.

Normally, in order to ride a motorcycle without training wheels, you’d need to be accelerating or maintaining speed to keep the bike upright. These are dangerous speeds for a small child who is just starting out, and make for a difficult learning environment as well.

But with the bike fixed in the upright position learning takes place in a slow and controlled fashion, without the constant worry of tipping over every ten feet, and getting bumps and bruises.

That’s not fun. And can be very discouraging for kids. To the point that they may even decide that they don’t like riding, and don’t want to do it anymore.

Far better for them to be confidently riding along, continuously cruising around and around, learning how to steer the bike around obstacles, how much to twist that throttle and when, and when to apply the brakes.

Now they’re smiling, not crying. Instead of falling and being humiliated again and again, they’re having fun, excitedly showing you what they can do, and getting high five’s from you!

You’d pay $103 for all that, wouldn’t you? Then keep reading because yeah, you can get them that cheap.

What’s A Good Age To Get Them Started?

That’s for you to decide. But if you’re kid can understand the idea that twisting the throttle makes the bike go, brakes make it stop, and the importance of avoiding obstacles, then it might be time.

Check this kid out. He’s only 2 years old, and has already learned enough about throttle control and steering to follow his older sister around the yard.

 

 

Here’s another good one. This kid is only 3, but he’s doing an excellent job of navigating this little motocross course.

As a side note though, if your kid is going to be going over bumps like this, then make sure you get him a youth motocross neck roll
to help support the weight of the helmet. Even on flat ground they can be a big help, as the throttle and brake also cause excessive head movements.

 

 

I loved this video too. Only 4 years old and this kid is already decked out with a trick looking dirt bike and matching gear. Suuhhweeet!

 

 

I want to show you this one last video, because I want you to see that with dirt bike training wheels even a 19 month old child can begin learning to ride a motorcycle.

Plus the parents do a really good job here by finding a nice flat and open area to practice in. And they even rigged a strap just in case they needed to make an emergency stop.

 

 

Pretty cool huh? Isn’t it exciting to imagine just how awesome these kids could be by the time their teenagers? Yep, the sky is the limit for these kids.

Take Sean Cantrell For Example

Ever hear that name before? If not you probably will soon. That’s him, sitting on his PW50 motorcycle, using the old style training wheels to learn to ride at only 2 1/2 years old.

Sean Cantrell learning to ride a motorcycle.Training wheels are part of his great success as a dirt bike racer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And that’s him again on the right. Only 7 years old and already a decorated winner.

Nowadays he’s 14 years old, sponsored by Kawasaki, and is still winning races all over the place.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Sean’s mother, Tina, earlier this week, and she was proud to say…..

“not only has Sean won the prestigious Loretta Lynns race 3 times, but he was also recently selected by the American Motocross Association to race for Team USA in the FIM World Motocross Championship in the Czech Republic in 2013.”

It’s an honor just to be invited to participate in the event, but get this….he even won Moto 1!

What’s next for this kid? Who knows, but he seems destined for greatness.

And it all began with a parents decision to start him out early on a dirt bike with training wheels.

What Terrain Will They Work On?

Of course you could use them on pavement, but they’re designed for off-road use, (which is a lot more fun anyway!)

They will also work great on grass, mini motocross tracks, trails, dirt, clay, and gravel. Sadly they do not work well in quicksand, or even loose sand.

What Size Bikes Will They Work With?

They work best on 50cc bikes. Actually that’s really all they should be used on. While it may be possible to put them on bigger bikes too, this is not recommended.

Bigger bikes are not only faster but they’re also taller, making them too dangerous to be used with these training wheels.

Training wheels should only be used on entry level motorcycles, by beginning riders.

Do They Have Any Limitations?

It’s important you understand that training wheels do not guarantee your child’s safety. While mid-mounted training wheels do a great job of providing stability on straightaways, as well as turns, they do have their limitations.

Say for example, your kid is humming along at a pretty good clip, then decides to yank on the bars to initiate a hard turn. If he was going fast enough then he might actually tip the bike. Or maybe the bike stays upright, but he falls off it anyway.

This potential problem is easily remedied though, however, by adjusting the bikes governor so that high speeds cannot be reached.

Also, do not allow your child to jump anything while using training wheels. They’re not designed to handle those kinds of forces, and may be a hazard in the event of a crash while jumping.

Which brings me to my next point. Do not place your feet on the ground in front of the training wheel axle. If he’s tall enough for this to be a possibility then make sure you advise him not to do this.

You still need to get your little guy geared up. Helmet, shirt, pants, and shoes at a minimum. And also consider getting some gloves, a neck roll, and a chest protector.

Another mistake to be avoided is leaving the wheels on the bike too long. Sooner or later your child will have learned how to use of all the controls and how to balance quite well. Maybe you’ll have adjusted the governor out a bit to allow for a little more speed, within reason. But at some point the wheels got to come off.

You don’t want to just keep giving him more and more speed, (10mph is the recommended max). And you don’t want him to develop bad habits by relying on the training wheels for too long.

When Is The Right Time To Take Them Off?

The day will come when it’s time for them to come off. But when? That’s for you to decide, based on your own observations of him riding. A couple things to look for…

Does he seem comfortable while riding, or is he still nervous, and abrupt with the controls?

Does it look like he’s balancing on his own, or is he relying on the training wheels while turning?

Keep a close eye on him. Make sure he’s not just turning the bars and leaning on the outside training wheel. He should be leaning into the turn, if not, then he’s not ready yet.

When the time comes, and you’re ready to remove the training wheels, run along side him if possible, and be prepared to snatch him up if things start to go bad. If he hasn’t been using a chest protector yet, then now would be a good time to start.

O.k. so we’ve gone over the benefits of training wheels, their limitations, and some safety issues. Now lets discuss the different brands available, and which ones fit on which bikes.

 

R Barr Mototrainer

Not much about the R Barr impresses.

Steel axle, powder coated wheels, and 4” Off-road tires, and clamps to the frame. That’s all fine and good, but….

No warranty.youth motocross dirt bike training wheels

No ball bearing hubs.

There is nothing wrong with a cheap alternative. Unless it costs just as much as the others. And the R Barr does, so why bother?

Fitment

Honda

CRF50F: 2004 – 2009, 2011 – 2012
XR50R: 2000 – 2003

Kawasaki

KDX50: 2003 – 2006

KTM

50 Mini Adventure: 2002 – 2007

Suzuki

DR-Z70: 2008 – 2009
JR50: 1986 – 2007

Yamaha

PW50: 1986 – 1987, 1990 – 2009

 

 


 

Moose Racing

Steel axle, powder coated wheels, and 4” Off-road tires.

What’s different about the Moose Racing wheels is they mount to the engine case instead of the frame.

Some people prefer this method because they’re afraid of damaging the frame.Dirt bike with training wheels Is that a legitimate concern? In theory, maybe. In practice, probably not.

Many people are having success using frame mounted models. And I have yet to hear of a single person who has damaged the frame using them. But it does seem plausible that this could happen, since the frame is a hollow tube.

If you’re concerned about this, then you may prefer the Moose unit over frame mounted models. And if you decide to go with a brand which does mount to the frame, just keep this in mind, and don’t go crazy torquing it down.

They come with a warranty, but only for manufacturer defects.

Has ball bearing hubs, which are good for long term use.

Fitment

Honda

CRF50F: 2004 – 2009, 2011 – 2012
XR50R: 2000 – 2003

KTM

50 Mini Adventure: 2002 – 2007

Suzuki

DR-Z70: 2008 – 2009
JR50: 2004 – 2007

Yamaha

PW50: 1992-2013
TTR50: 2006-2009, 2012-2013

Kawasaki

KDX50: 2003-2006

 

 


 

MC Enterprises 200 Series

They’ve been producing motorcycle training wheels for over 30 years, and make a very nice product. As long as you don’t mind their price. M.S.R.P $182.99 might make you think twice.

Steel axle, and 4” Off-road tires.childrens dirt bike motorcycle training wheels

Powder coated to match the bike, adding style and durability.

Heavy duty three-piece wheel and hub with sealed bearings and pneumatic tires.

Swept back wheels give the bike a smaller footprint, making it easier to navigate through tight areas.

Simple mounting design makes for easy install / removal. This is especially helpful if you have an older, and more experienced sibling sharing the bike, and the wheels need to be removed and replaced often. Just take out the pin that holds the foot pegs on, slide the training wheel mounts over the peg mounts, and put the new supplied pin in place.

You do get a one year warranty with these wheels. Which indicates high quality materials and craftsmanship.

In fact, they’re so confident in the quality of their set up they even offer free replacement parts for life. Covered components include those subject to wear and tear or loss (tires, detent pins, washers, cotter pins), but does not include the axle assembly.

Fitment

***Note*** The list below shows confirmed fittings as determined by Motorcycle Superstore and MC Enterprises. This unit will almost certainly fit more bikes than are showed here, but they were unable to test them on every bike out there.

So if you got your heart set on these wheels, but your bike isn’t listed, then maybe take a chance and order it anyway. But that’s up to you. Of course you could return them if they don’t fit, but you’ll probably have to pay the return shipping.

Kawasaki

KDX50: 2003 – 2006; series #201

Suzuki

DR-Z70: 2008 – 2013; series #204
JR50: 1986 – 2005; series #200

Yamaha

PW50: 1986 – 1987, 1990 – 2005, 2008 – 2013; series #202
Y Zinger: 2008 – 2013; series #202
TTR50: 2006 – 2013, series #203

Honda

Z50R: 1979 -1998; series #201
X50R: 1999-2003; series #201
CRF50: 2004-2013; series #201

 

Where To Buy

If you buy from Motorcycle Superstore, or Rocky Mountain, then you don’t need to know the series numbers, or what series numbers correspond to what bikes. Just select your bike, and year, and they’ll handle that for you.

Motorcycle Superstore: $161.99

Rocky Mountain ATV MC: $157.99

If you buy from Amazon, however, then you’ll need to know which series number fits your bike. Check the list above to see which series # you need, then click the corresponding link below.

Amazon:

#200 = $137.95

#201 = $131.49

#202 = $131.39

#203 = $140.63

#204 = $137.63

 


 

Wheels 4 Tots

Established in 1999, with a focus on making a high quality product, and an emphasis on child safety.

Making training wheels for kids is the only thing this company does. And when you only do one thing, you’ve got to do it right, or else. So it’s comes as no surprise that Wheels 4 Tots makes one of the best, if not THE best, training wheel set up out there.

Best known for their E-Z Trainer, which sells for a tough to swallow $159.95, and only fits a limited number of bikes. They’re now pleased to introduce the Universal Trainer!kids dirt bike motorcycle training wheels

Not only is it less expensive, M.S.R.P. $129.99, but it fits on a LOT more bikes.

Whether your kid rides a Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, KTM, Husqvarna, Suzuki, or a Chinese import bike, as long as it’s a 50cc motorcycle, this thing fits it. Hence the name “Universal” Trainer.

They come with a limited lifetime warranty! That should tell you something right there.

Wheel height and mounting position is adjustable. This is helpful as it allows you to fine tune your set up, and choose the best setting for the type of terrain your kid is riding on. You can also lower the wheels for a less skilled rider, or move them up as they become more advanced.

Of course they come with the obligatory steel axle and 4′ tires.

The tires are pneumatic, and are made of a 4-ply rubber for added durability.

Designed to work for years of use, the wheels have ball bearings and grease fittings to keep them rolling smooth. A powder coated finish makes them look sharp, and prevents corrosion.

Installation is incredibly simple, and only takes about 5 minutes, and a pair of pliers. Just remove the foot pegs, slide the axle into place and attach it to the foot peg mounts, then install the foot pegs onto the Wheels 4 Tots unit.

Fitment

Honda

CRF50F: 2004 – 2014
Z50: 1972 – 1999
XR50: 2000-2003

Kawasaki

KDX50: 2003 – 2006

Husqvarna

CR50: 2000 – 2002
CR50J Junior: 2000 – 2002
CR50S Senior: 2000 – 2002

Suzuki

DRZ70: 2008 – 2009
JR50: 1979 – 2007

Yamaha

PW50: 1981 – 2009, 2012 – 2013
TTR50: 2006 – 2009, 2012 – 2013

KTM

50SX: 1994 – 2014
50SX Pro Jr.: 1997 – 2008
50SX Pro Sr.: 1997 – 2008
50SXMini: 2012 – 2014

 

 

15 Comments

  1. Wow, Brad you certainly know your stuff. Lot’s of information and love the videos! I have 3 girls and not sure this is what we will be pursing for them, but if they ever want to, I certainly know where to go! Or if I have friends interested I will certainly point them to you! :)

    • Ok great! If so just send me an email. I’d be happy to talk to them about it.

  2. Hi there,
    My son is 3 years old, and guess what I’m saying after reading your post: cool, cool, cool!
    :)
    laura

  3. Kids Dirt Bike Training Wheels. Awesome! Great information here. Thanks!

  4. So much information here..
    Could you please tell me the best place where to buy the Kids Dirt Bike Training Wheels?
    Thanks

    • Sure, no problem. Without a doubt the cheapest place to buy these is from right here.

  5. That was very informative. I had no idea that those even existed.

  6. Hi, I am interested in the MC Enterprise 200 series, but in the list it shows that it is only good for up to 1998 Honda Z50R. Is this correct, or will it fit my “1999” Honda Z50R also. thanks

    • Hi Doug, sorry for the delay. Unfortunately I cannot confirm that the MC Enterprises unit will fit your bike. I spoke with MC Enterprises and even they don’t know. The problem is it’s difficult for them to get their hands on every year, make, and model bike out there to test on. You could take a chance on it, and there is a pretty good chance it will work, but there is no guarantee. If you do, and it works out, please let me know so I can update my fitment list. Alternatively, you could go with the Wheels For Tots Universal Trainer, which does fit your bike.

      • Brad, just to let you know I did buy the MC Enterprise set and it fits perfect with no alterations on the 1999 Honda Z50. I will say this though, we rode it on the hot pavement for here and there for a few hours…and the tires wore down to threads…bam in one day. LOL. I know there not made for the hot road but I was shocked how quick the tread was GONE!

        • Glad they fit your bike, but certainly bummed to hear that the tires have such poor tread wear when used on asphalt. Thanks for sharing your experience here, which will help others, no doubt. I suggest you contact MC Enterprises and see if they’ll send you out some replacement tires. I’d be kind of surprised if they didn’t.

  7. How is Kawasaki KDX50 .My friend is looking to buy an old one.

    • That’s a great little starter bike. If it’s in decent condition, then go for it!

  8. Can u put training wheels on a 149cc bike

    • It probably is possible but I don’t recommend it. Because of the higher speed, and the taller height, it’s dangerous to use training wheels on such a bike.

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