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MCN  says:

You ask/You answer: What's the best project bike?

My 11-year-old son wants to buy a bike to ‘do up’ as a project for us to tackle together. It’s not a project to make money but to encourage his interest and enthusiasm. I’m a reasonable home mechanic but I'm not sure what bike to start us off. What's your advice? Your advice could help. Leave a comment below and we'll publish...

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  • Posted 3 years ago (19 June 2012 17:31)

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Feb 10

Posts: 198

wesley01 says:

Yamaha DT 125cc, fantastic little bike and dead easy to ride, plus can use it anywhere. That first bike taught me so much when I was 16 and re doing the engine was super easy again with the help of my dad.

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Dec 10

Posts: 12021

preunit says:

Just coz of the memories

It's gotta be a FS1E :-)

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Jan 11

Posts: 8400

snev says:

Van Veen OCR1000 WANKEL

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Jun 12

Posts: 6

barnowl95 says:

Me and my Dad have done up a Yamaha RD200 and a Kawasaki K200 Both look great and we haven't had to spend much on either as part are easy to find and they are a great bike when done up , good luck

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Aug 02

Posts: 2751

spondonste says:

Project for 11 year old

I'd suggest a Honda MT5 would be a good option. Not overly technical, possible for the youngster to believe they could ride it, not overly expensive to buy and there's a few of them around. 

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Sep 11

Posts: 257


ke 175 i did one aged 14 but not with my dad cuz he was in jail.................boooo hooooohooooohooooo.....boooo hooo daddy come back boooo hoooo hoooo lol:lol:

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Sep 11

Posts: 402

jollyboy says:

Firstly it depends what he wants to do with it. I'm guessing at 11 it will be riding off road, so that means you're looking for a dirt bike. Secondly you want to think about not only the purchase price, but also the availability and price of spares. Road bikes tend to be more expensive used than proper dirt bikes. I don't want to upset MCN but take a look at t'ebay and you'll see plenty of smallish crossers going much cheaper than small road legal trail bikes and they have the advantage of being better off road. With that in mind I'd go for something like a YZ80. Bear in mind, however, that bikes like this can be a bit of a handful for a complete novice. Not to worry though, limiting the throttle slide travel at first will sort that out.

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Jun 12

Posts: 11

domtrails says:

An SR 250 cheap to buy cheap to convert and easy to work on - its got the umpf for a kid and easy to work on. You can convert them  to scramblers cheap as chips and they look cool when done + its a bit different.

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Nov 07

Posts: 180

bird1050 says:


Simple go for a small capcity single four stroke as two stroke's are becomiong obsolete. And the genuine parts are getting harder to come by ,

They are cheap and easy to work on,


Get a work shop manual for said bike of your choice, and a digital camera as not everything in the manual is covered by photos.


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Jan 10

Posts: 431

rlf3 says:


If he's 11 years old then something he'll be able to ride now.

This probably means a small off roader.

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