Two-wheel deals

The Courier-Mail - Weekend Shopper - - Front Page - - KYLIE McIN­TOSH

PAR­ENTS seek­ing a sec­ond­hand chil­dren’s mo­tor­cy­cle can some­times find what they’re look­ing for un­der the gen­eral sec­tion in Week­end Shop­per.

Bris­bane Mo­tor­cy­cles Windsor dealer prin­ci­pal Ja­son Peters helped Shop­per through a maze of mo­tor­cy­cle queries.

Shop­pers search­ing for a child’s mo­tor­cy­cle should gen­er­ally look at buy­ing a new bike, he ad­vised.

But if they are con­tem­plat­ing a sec­ond­hand one, Ja­son sug­gests hav­ing an ex­pert check it out for just $ 60.

“At Bris­bane Mo­tor­cy­cles we con­duct pre-pur­chase in­spec­tions. Buy­ers can bring the mo­tor­bike in here to our work­shop and we’ll check it out for them,” he said.

“ If you are look­ing for a bike for chil­dren four years old and up, Honda has a great bike called the Fun Bike which is a four-stroke trail bike. It’s user-friendly, low main­te­nance and has good safety fea­tures in­clud­ing good brakes and sus­pen­sion.

“ It also has train­ing wheels and a throt­tle gover­nor so par­ents can wind back the amount of throt­tle.”

There is also a host of safety equip­ment young rid­ers will need. This in­cludes a hel­met, gog­gles for eye pro­tec­tion, gloves, jeans, boots and long sleeves.

Ja­son said there were sev­eral clubs around Bris­bane that pro­vide trail bike tracks for ev­ery­one from novices to pro­fes­sion­als.

“ In fact now is the time of year peo­ple gen­er­ally ride trail bikes. I mean you don’t want to be putting on all that gear in the sum­mer time,” he said.

“ It’s a sport that’s very pop­u­lar in the win­ter. There are camp­ing grounds that cater for fam­i­lies rid­ing dirt bikes. Gen­er­ally mum and dad will have bikes and so will their chil­dren. These grounds cater to this spe­cific fam­ily ac­tiv­ity.

“ Kids learn re­ally quickly and they have no fear. This is why par­ents should su­per­vise chil­dren at all times.”

A child’s 50cc bike can be found in Week­end Shop­per from around $ 300 up­wards.

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