Xmas minimoto warning
The Motor Cycle Industry Association is asking parents to be responsible and vigilant if buying a mini-bike for Christmas.
There has been a massive increase in the numbers of poor-quality copies of these bikes, from around 7000 in 2001, to 70,000 in 2004. The MCi is concerned that the bikes lack quality, service and after-sales support. There is also growing concern over increased copying of reputable brands.
Some of the cheap copies are missing basic safety features, such as a rear chain guaring, designed to prevent possible injuries in the event of a spill.
"While there are less well known makes that offer good value, in this sector price and branding are a guide to quality," said the MCI's Craig Carey-Clinch. "It is also important that these bikes are only for use on private property, with the permission of the landowner. Parks, playing fields and grassy areas can not be used by children on these bikes as they are public rights of way. Anyone caught using them illegally risks fines or confiscation of their bike."
"Mini-bikes are designed for young people to enjoy their first experiences of motorcycling and it's impreative the bikes are safe and used in the correct environment."
If you're concerned about finding legal places to ride, you can get more information from the Auto-Cycle Union, or take a look at our circuit guide, right.