Keeping my kids first bike

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3/5/2020 5:04 PM

It’s a ttr 50, nothing special but he really needs a bigger bike. I could take that money and fund the next. I keep thinking I want to keep it, because when he’s grown how cool what that be? Then again ... it’ll just be in the way ... what’s y’all’s thoughts ?

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3/5/2020 5:16 PM

I think it’s a must do. God that would be so awesome to still have my first bike.

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3/5/2020 5:24 PM

Keep it. He will thank you later. 💯👈

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“Men, we are surrounded by the enemy. We have the greatest opportunity ever presented an army. We can attack in any direction.”
― General Anthony McAuliffe, 101st Airborne, while addressing troops at Bastogne during the Battle
of the Bulge.

3/5/2020 5:35 PM

As I was typing it up I thought it was one of those questions that I already knew the answer to.

My granddaddy was a tinkerer, he always messed with something. I drug an old Yamaha Trial 80 frame out of the weeds that he was working on, just to keep it and it’s nothing. I imagine having a running, living mini bike would be awesome.

PS. I’ve thought hanging the old Yamaha frame from my shop ceiling, I digress

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3/5/2020 5:43 PM

If you can afford to keep going and keep it, do that. The memories will be priceless.

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3/5/2020 5:58 PM

I wish I had my first bike still. Unfortunately it got stolen.
I’d give anything to have that little Honda mini trail parked where my aquarium is.

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3/5/2020 6:18 PM

I kept my oldest son’s PW50. 30 years later we have been fixing it up for someone special.

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3/5/2020 6:19 PM

Keep it. One day you may be fixing it up for a grandchild.

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3/5/2020 6:38 PM

Gus wrote:

It’s a ttr 50, nothing special but he really needs a bigger bike. I could take that money and fund the next. I keep thinking I want to keep it, because when he’s grown how cool what that be? Then again ... it’ll just be in the way ... what’s y’all’s thoughts ?

"Be in the way" ? Nonsense I say ! Fast Forward 25 years, how bitchin would it be to have it ? 1 vote for make room laughing

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3/5/2020 6:54 PM

Gus wrote:

It’s a ttr 50, nothing special but he really needs a bigger bike. I could take that money and fund the next. I keep thinking I want to keep it, because when he’s grown how cool what that be? Then again ... it’ll just be in the way ... what’s y’all’s thoughts ?

sumdood wrote:

"Be in the way" ? Nonsense I say ! Fast Forward 25 years, how bitchin would it be to have it ? 1 vote for make room laughing

Touché

It’s a 50 for Christ sakes! Put it in the attic!

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3/5/2020 6:54 PM

Keep it. My parents kept my first year XR75 and I’m getting ready to restore it. We may be the same age but I’m in far better condition. I’m glad they kept it around, it brings back so many memories every time I look at it. Every scratch and dent tells another story from my youth.

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3/5/2020 6:55 PM

newmann wrote:

I kept my oldest son’s PW50. 30 years later we have been fixing it up for someone special.

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I see that Elsinore...

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3/5/2020 7:01 PM

I’m thinking a can get $800 for it. I guess. I want to get a used ttr110, maybe $1200-1400 depending on condition. It’s not like the $800 is a real dealbreaker. He had a big Christmas so I was thinking of ways to soften the blow (with his mom the CFO). It’s not a ton of money made on his bike, not a ton of money for a used bike.

While we’re at it, he’s 8 and a half. We don’t race. Don’t think I could stomach it. Out of curiosity, if we went to a local track, what could he race ? Do they have an entry level class and what are those kids racing?

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3/5/2020 7:54 PM


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3/5/2020 7:58 PM

The allure of a few dollars which is quickly eaten up, has gotten the best of a lot of old bikes I just should have kept. Still have my second and third bike ever, but #1 got away.

But who really wants that crap? They don't mean much to most of my family.

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3/5/2020 8:49 PM

My dad kept my first race bike (a KX 60). I'm really happy he did, it gave me a lot of great memories as a kid. We have it hanging in his garage with about 400 trophies and plaques. The trophies and plaques will probably end up in the garbage (minus a few of the more important ones of course) but that bike will be with me forever.

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3/5/2020 9:19 PM

Here's my son's 2nd bike---which I still have. Photo I gave his pw50 to the mechanic at the Honda dealer---which I have regretted since.

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“Men, we are surrounded by the enemy. We have the greatest opportunity ever presented an army. We can attack in any direction.”
― General Anthony McAuliffe, 101st Airborne, while addressing troops at Bastogne during the Battle
of the Bulge.

3/6/2020 9:20 AM

Even though my daughter decided she is done and i am selling her CRF70, i still have her first bike (XR50) tucked under the workbench. If nothing else, it will always be a reminder of the times we had together riding. And, like others have said, maybe one for the grandkids way, way, hopefully way, even more way, down the road. I say unless you absolutely have to sell it, keep it!

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3/7/2020 11:33 AM

Didn't go the usual route with my boys first bike. The PW's stability always looked a bit sketchy to me or maybe I was just over-protective? Built this in approx. 2004. Italjet JC5 (14"front/12" rear wheels) with fuel tank underneath seat, breather tube visible at steering head tube. One-piece tank/seat shroud kept it all nice and low for short legs. Still got it in the garage, sheeted over, almost sold it once. It was followed by a Husky Boy Senior,skateboarding, then cycle trials, BMX racing etc. Currently Devinci Wilson and karting. I can never understand people who regard this kind of stuff as "junk" but maybe that's a good thing? Photo
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3/8/2020 7:26 PM

Italijet was the inspiration for Bud M. to build cobra motorcycles out of his garage in Youngstown, Ohio. he used to put together 4 a night.....

You got history that made history buddy!

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3/9/2020 11:29 AM

Yeah, I have a PW50 and a TT-R110 that my son and daughter started on. Wife wants to sell them but I'm not sure I can do it without massive regret.

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Braaapin' aint easy.

3/11/2020 1:31 PM

Long and short is money comes and money goes. It’s not like I’m sitting on something worth $5000, meaning to me the small amount of money I make on this one is inconsequential. I want miss it in a month. Lot of good input here.

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3/13/2020 4:19 AM

Keep a few pictures of them them riding it and move it on down the road. But I'm heartless and hate useless fodder in my way.

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3/13/2020 10:08 AM

I kept my sons first bike, 2003 JR50 that Santa Claus brought him. It hangs on the wall out in the shop, with a broke chain, and 2 broken spokes. I started it about a year ago, 2 kicks! It hasn't been ridden since the end of 05, so after about 5 mins of thought, I took it off the wall and added about a pint of gas, oil, and coated the air filter to be safe and she hit right off. My son is 21 now, and mentioned he's so glad I kept it......that was enough for me. I saved it, and all of his Diamondback bikes from his youth.

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3/13/2020 1:24 PM

Yeah. Every time I start to think about it, I keep feeling more and more like I don't want to sell.

What sucks is that I'll have to pay $52 every other year to register the things here in CA. (Not sure if I can non-op them, but even then they would be $15 or $20 each.) California will send me nastygrams for a little while if I let the registration slide, then they just take the money out of your tax return anyway. You can't just let it go around here.

Still, those are cool little things to have around.

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Braaapin' aint easy.

3/13/2020 5:54 PM

Falcon wrote:

Yeah. Every time I start to think about it, I keep feeling more and more like I don't want to sell.

What sucks is that I'll have to pay $52 every other year to register the things here in CA. (Not sure if I can non-op them, but even then they would be $15 or $20 each.) California will send me nastygrams for a little while if I let the registration slide, then they just take the money out of your tax return anyway. You can't just let it go around here.

Still, those are cool little things to have around.

Damn? Really?? I always heard Cali was a tax crazy place, that's lame as hell.

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3/14/2020 3:17 AM

I still have my first bike, a 1972 JT60. Sits at my parents shed. I have thought of restoring it but think it would be best to just leave it in the crappy condition that I rode it in.

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