Ooooo I remember my first bike..
Suzuki RM80, what a bike, loved it!
I started out with an 80cc trails bike.If the wife isn't too happy then go down the trials bike route., Slow, skillful sport. Far cheaper. And safer!
Four stroke 125 are about the same size as a big wheel 85 two stroke but tamer. 125 two strokes are not much different power to an 85 but far bigger frame. Too big for a twelve year old unless he's a giantI’d go for 80cc with big wheels is as opposed to 125 - some 125’s are lethal
Trials bikes are available from £500 that will work in a fashion up to £10k for the latest high tech. Buy cheap and you buy trouble. You won't get anything decent under £1.5k really. Spend £3.5k and you get a relatively modern bike that would be good enough to win a trial in the right hands.
Honda stopped making two stroke motocross bikes in 2008 and now they're really in demand. I got my lad cr85 off eBay for£800,he had it two years until he outgrew it. Put new plastic for £70 and put it on Facebook for £1350 and had forty people after it within three hours. Should have asked more for it,it was gone cash in hand by dinnertimeThe older classics are really making a lot of money nowadays. We have two in now that will of cost towards £8k to be in the condition they are now.
£1500 I could live with, I wouldn't want to be spending a lot more as its his first bike and prangs are bound to happen!Trials bikes are available from £500 that will work in a fashion up to £10k for the latest high tech. Buy cheap and you buy trouble. You won't get anything decent under £1.5k really. Spend £3.5k and you get a relatively modern bike that would be good enough to win a trial in the right hands.
Well, point out to her that if he has a dirt bike now, it will (possibly) get bikes out of his system early on so he won't want a road bike later....Great advice Rob, cheers!
That's what I'm hoping, a good thing for a father and son outings. Something I yearned for from my old man. He plays rugby so I make time for taking him to practice /games, but I thought it would be good to tinker over engines, ferrings of an evening rather than him being glued on the xbox!
My wife has turned into a proper mama bear over the subject and isn't keen to say the least!
There's a nice looking yamaha TTR125 on eBay today £1250 but keep it in good nick and it will still be worth that in five years time