To find the right Off-Road Vehicle (ORV, i.e. dirt bike, quad or go-kart) for your kid, follow these three steps before you make a purchase:
1) KNOW THE AGE RANGE AND APPROPRIATE SIZE VEHICLE
The first thing you must consider when purchasing an ORV for your little one is the child's age and size. ORVs for youngsters come in a variety of sizes and have a large range of engine capacity, everywhere from a simple 50cc, 60-, 90-, 110-, 125-, 150, and 200-cc engines. The younger they are, the lower cc you want to start them on.
Obviously, you will want to get an ORV that will be comfortable for your child to sit in, so make sure you measure a child's leg height, so you know what to expect for seat height.
Remember, most of these rides are an investment, and kids can grow out of extremely small bikes in a hurry. Finding the middle ground might be the best bet, even if your son or daughter needs to wait another year to ride.
2) CONSIDER THE WEIGHT OF YOUR CHILD AND THE BIKE
If your children are approaching their teens, a higher cc ORV could be a great responsibility for them. However, it's still important to know your child's height and weight so he or she can successfully control the ORV and swing his or her leg over the saddle without any problems.
3) MAKE SURE THEY ARE COMFORTABLE
Far too often, parents try to introduce ORVs to children who aren't comfortable on the vehicle. You should make sure your kid feels in control of the vehicle and are not distracted by his or her gear or helmet. Once he or she is comfortable riding, take your child to a dune, desert, wooded area, field, or a closed-off track to get better adjusted. Many young riders love the thrill of off-road riding, but it is important to make sure they feel comfortable with their new ORV before heading out for a more challenging ride.