Reasons or benefits of starting young?

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12/15/2017 5:39 AM

Looking for some of your thoughts on starting to ride at a young age. Do you guys feel there are benefits of starting to ride at a young age. This could be either to pursue a professional career or simply to ride for fun.

Thoughts?

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12/15/2017 5:54 AM

The younger you start the more time you have to develop skills to reach a high level of proficiency (on mommy and daddys wallet with no responsibilities of your own).... Is that not obvious?
Why do you think we don't see anyone who started riding at say 14 years old on factory teams?

On the side of riding for fun. It doesn't matter when you start as long as you're having fun.

Not really understanding what you're trying to ask here. It seems pretty cut and dry to me.

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12/15/2017 7:06 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/15/2017 7:17 AM

McGrath started late.....
Weston Peick started late....

Before this great questions gets ruined by the negative vitards complaining about mommy and daddy’s money....here is my thoughts on starting young. And I’m no pro. But I do pay my taxes and am a self reliant citizen....


Starting young you develop a special bond with your family that people outside the family won’t understand—teachers, neighbors etc....

Starting young teaches you that you won’t win everything in life without putting in some serious hard work. And even after the serious work has been put in you still might lose out. Great transition to real life skill.

Starting young shows you that nothing is handed to you on the track. Critical thinking begins on how to navigate a track, set up a pass...avoid pitfalls. Problem solving at a split second...Etc. critical thinking: another transition to real life skill.

Starting young teaches the kid that he/she has to depend on mom/dad/mechanic but that it all comes down to the single rider when racing. Great life skill....you depend on others but you still have to perform yourself to be successful.

START EM YOUNG! And don’t even focus on a pro career. Let the young focus on that if that’s where they wanna be.

I don’t think I’d be where I am today without family support and motocross as a large part of my young life.

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GP740
Since 1987

12/15/2017 7:17 AM

You learn a lot quicker when you're young. Most of the movements and the feeling for the bike can't be taught, one has to develop that and it's a lot easier to do that when you're young.

Doesn't mean that it's impossible to become a good rider when you're starting the sport with 25 y/o...
Joel Smets started racing dirtbikes when he was 17 y/o and became multi times world champ
Matthias Walkner (MX3 World champ and top Rally rider) also started pretty late.
But those are pretty rare exceptions ofcourse

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12/15/2017 7:22 AM

my boy is starting over riding this year at 12, he rode since 2 on a crf, then a pw, then he bought another crf , told him if we sell pw he has that as seed money the rest of his life for dirt bikes. he sold it at 7 years old and bought another crf, then this summer and found a 04 yz85 needing a little tlc and bought that with the crf money. I paid for parts as long as he helped work on it. He has never ridden a bike with a clutch so he had one training session, then broke his arm in a BMX practice. Now winter is here he wants to hang up the BMX racing for a while and give some moto and flat track a try. Which helps me, I quit riding when we started traveling for BMX all over the country, now we get to spend some time motoing down together, told him its going to be tough to start this late but his BMX skills should translate when he gets comfortable.

So in my eyes, you can never start to late, just as long as you start and have asmile on your face

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kcco

12/15/2017 7:27 AM

Georgie, well said brother!

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12/15/2017 7:39 AM

Tom White, who just passed away not too long ago, didn't start riding until he was 15 or 16. He was one of the best in the sport for a long time.

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12/15/2017 7:49 AM

Not really rules about this subject. Starting young is good for the physical development in adequacy with the discipline and also, the capacity to be able to change more easily a bad habit.

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12/15/2017 8:13 AM

I started at 12, and I went on to win a couple 250B motos, in my twenties.....at local races. It was all a blast though! Wouldn't trade it for anything; wish I hadn't broke my arm so bad.

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12/15/2017 8:33 AM

The earlier you start the more time you have to get better. And the more time you get to enjoy the sport. Also learning is way easier when youre a kid.

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12/15/2017 9:29 AM

Riding will be more natural and comfortable for anyone who starts at a young age. That said, I don't think there is an ideal age for it.

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Braaapin' aint easy.

12/15/2017 9:41 AM

Starting young makes sense, if the kid REALLY wants to ride. I bought my 4 yr old a crf50 (should have started on a pw) and he said he wanted to ride, but once he started it was obvious he wasn't ready, and subsequently scared himself and stopped riding for a few years. He's good now, but something to think about...

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12/15/2017 10:26 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/15/2017 10:28 AM

The best thing about starting young is being fearless.

I'm not sure when John Dowd started riding, but I believe the stories I've heard state that he didn't start racing until his mid-late teens.

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12/15/2017 10:27 AM

In my opinion, you need to start young to get over that initial “fear” stage. I rode a lot as a kid, but didn’t start racing later in life. It’s been a great, rewarding journey, but I had to learn to get over that fear of sending it as a young man that had insurance, work, and sick leave on my mind. A kid does not have those distractions.

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12/15/2017 10:33 AM

Joel Smets starting at 19 years old.

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12/15/2017 11:08 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/15/2017 11:09 AM

If you start Young getting drilled about winning and being a loser when you lose the kid will burn out.

If you start young and just have fun riding, not about winning, start young!

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12/15/2017 11:38 AM

Shawn_Smith wrote:

Looking for some of your thoughts on starting to ride at a young age. Do you guys feel there are benefits of starting to ride at a young age. This could be either to pursue a professional career or simply to ride for fun.

Thoughts?

Seriously? There are absolutely ZERO benefits of starting to ride at a young age. It is common knowledge that all of the sport's top pros, including MC, RV, RD, and JS7, did not start riding until they were about 17, which is the min age required to turn pro. Here's a little fun fact, both RD5 and AC92 won the first race they ever competed in, which happened to be a 250 lites supercross race! Now I am not saying that was the first time they ever swung a leg over a bike, but think about it, had they been riding for longer than about a year at that time, they would have been either too burnt out to even want to compete in a race or they would have had too many injuries to continue. I think everyone here would agree it is definitely best to start them late and and at the highest possible level!

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12/15/2017 2:03 PM

Js7 started riding at 17? Stopped reading your post once I hit that sentence. Sorry. Vitarditis is a real diagnosis. And it’s spreading!


Where’s my fact checkers?!?!
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GP740
Since 1987

12/15/2017 2:05 PM

Shawn_Smith wrote:

Looking for some of your thoughts on starting to ride at a young age. Do you guys feel there are benefits of starting to ride at a young age. This could be either to pursue a professional career or simply to ride for fun.

Thoughts?

brightgrey wrote:

Seriously? There are absolutely ZERO benefits of starting to ride at a young age. It is common knowledge that all of the sport's top pros, including MC, RV, RD, and JS7, did not start riding until they were about 17, which is the min age required to turn pro. Here's a little fun fact, both RD5 and AC92 won the first race they ever competed in, which happened to be a 250 lites supercross race! Now I am not saying that was the first time they ever swung a leg over a bike, but think about it, had they been riding for longer than about a year at that time, they would have been either too burnt out to even want to compete in a race or they would have had too many injuries to continue. I think everyone here would agree it is definitely best to start them late and and at the highest possible level!

1 word: Jeff Ward

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12/15/2017 2:26 PM

Shawn_Smith wrote:

Looking for some of your thoughts on starting to ride at a young age. Do you guys feel there are benefits of starting to ride at a young age. This could be either to pursue a professional career or simply to ride for fun.

Thoughts?

brightgrey wrote:

Seriously? There are absolutely ZERO benefits of starting to ride at a young age. It is common knowledge that all of the sport's top pros, including MC, RV, RD, and JS7, did not start riding until they were about 17, which is the min age required to turn pro. Here's a little fun fact, both RD5 and AC92 won the first race they ever competed in, which happened to be a 250 lites supercross race! Now I am not saying that was the first time they ever swung a leg over a bike, but think about it, had they been riding for longer than about a year at that time, they would have been either too burnt out to even want to compete in a race or they would have had too many injuries to continue. I think everyone here would agree it is definitely best to start them late and and at the highest possible level!

The fact that two people already took this post seriously and one even had the audacity to call you the vitard genuinely makes my brain hurt.

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12/15/2017 2:36 PM

GeorgiePorgie wrote:

McGrath started late.....
Weston Peick started late....

Before this great questions gets ruined by the negative vitards complaining about mommy and daddy’s money....here is my thoughts on starting young. And I’m no pro. But I do pay my taxes and am a self reliant citizen....


Starting young you develop a special bond with your family that people outside the family won’t understand—teachers, neighbors etc....

Starting young teaches you that you won’t win everything in life without putting in some serious hard work. And even after the serious work has been put in you still might lose out. Great transition to real life skill.

Starting young shows you that nothing is handed to you on the track. Critical thinking begins on how to navigate a track, set up a pass...avoid pitfalls. Problem solving at a split second...Etc. critical thinking: another transition to real life skill.

Starting young teaches the kid that he/she has to depend on mom/dad/mechanic but that it all comes down to the single rider when racing. Great life skill....you depend on others but you still have to perform yourself to be successful.

START EM YOUNG! And don’t even focus on a pro career. Let the young focus on that if that’s where they wanna be.

I don’t think I’d be where I am today without family support and motocross as a large part of my young life.

Well said!!

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12/15/2017 3:16 PM

Pretty sure John Dowd didn't even ride a dirtbike till he was like 16

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12/15/2017 3:47 PM

GeorgiePorgie wrote:

McGrath started late.....
Weston Peick started late....

Before this great questions gets ruined by the negative vitards complaining about mommy and daddy’s money....here is my thoughts on starting young. And I’m no pro. But I do pay my taxes and am a self reliant citizen....


Starting young you develop a special bond with your family that people outside the family won’t understand—teachers, neighbors etc....

Starting young teaches you that you won’t win everything in life without putting in some serious hard work. And even after the serious work has been put in you still might lose out. Great transition to real life skill.

Starting young shows you that nothing is handed to you on the track. Critical thinking begins on how to navigate a track, set up a pass...avoid pitfalls. Problem solving at a split second...Etc. critical thinking: another transition to real life skill.

Starting young teaches the kid that he/she has to depend on mom/dad/mechanic but that it all comes down to the single rider when racing. Great life skill....you depend on others but you still have to perform yourself to be successful.

START EM YOUNG! And don’t even focus on a pro career. Let the young focus on that if that’s where they wanna be.

I don’t think I’d be where I am today without family support and motocross as a large part of my young life.

Damn good post!

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12/15/2017 6:31 PM

To me it comes down to size. As a small kid on a little bike, you're close to the ground going slow speeds. You lean balance, throttle control, and other basics while risk is minimal. Then keep stacking that knowledge gained as you move up.

When trying to teach an adult they started on a big bike with enough power to hurt them. Just falling over can result in all kinds of injuries and usually does. And it just seems more difficult for an adult to make movements second nature. They are often jerky and awkward for a while. Yea it can be done, there are even 2 or 3 examples of late starters being pros. But after going through the process I would consider MX a very dangerous sport for an adult to pick up. The risks are just so much higher.

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12/15/2017 6:49 PM

Georgie's got this covered

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I ripped a start from Egypt and I was happy about that.

12/15/2017 8:29 PM

TeamGreen wrote:

Georgie's got this covered

x2

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12/15/2017 8:45 PM

GeorgiePorgie wrote:

Js7 started riding at 17? Stopped reading your post once I hit that sentence. Sorry. Vitarditis is a real diagnosis. And it’s spreading!


Where’s my fact checkers?!?!
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Looks like a 17 year old on that PW50 tho

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12/15/2017 8:55 PM

Only advantage to starting young is you will only miss some school when you get injured instead of missing mortgage payments. You won't be riding as a career so starting young does not matter for that.

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12/15/2017 9:56 PM

GeorgiePorgie wrote:

Js7 started riding at 17? Stopped reading your post once I hit that sentence. Sorry. Vitarditis is a real diagnosis. And it’s spreading!


Where’s my fact checkers?!?!
Photo

109 wrote:

Looks like a 17 year old on that PW50 tho

clearly photoshopped

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12/16/2017 12:13 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/16/2017 12:13 AM

Starting them young 40 years ago was great. Since the sport has turned into 60’ triples then it would be best to wait until their 30....so they can start out on vet tracks

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