Roses are red, violets are blue, kids on motorcycles are worth a click or two.
Most of the bike riders playing around on the track looked to be in their early teens. That's a good age to learn to do this stuff because you haven't developed a fear of death yet.
This kid, I'm guessing is about 12 years old, is doing what is known as a "whip" and when done properly during a jump, your front wheel will be facing straight down the track like it's supposed to, but you and the rest of your motorcycle will be cross-ways in the track like it's definitely NOT supposed to be.
Now if you land that way you and your motorcycle may become permanently attached to one another, the trick is to get back straight again before you hit the ground.
I didn't do anything of interest today, it was too windy. So I didn't write a blog post, there's only captions for the pictures.
This little girl looks like she's around three years old. With all the armor she's wearing I wouldn't know she was a girl except I heard her parents calling her name.
I don't know how she holds her head up as big as that helmet is. But she was going around the track looking like she was enjoying herself.
By the way there were several different race tracks, kids this age were on the kitty track.
With the motorcycles I had as a kid you didn't dare come off the jump and land on your front wheel. Your front shocks would compress and bottom out, which would send you flying over the handlebars, and they would be picking up pieces of you for the next three days.
But the shocks are so good on these new bikes you can hit anyway but upside down and still survive.
Three things have completely changed motocross racing and off-road motorcycle riding in general since I was a kid.
The motorcycles have gotten a lot better in every way. Their lighter, way more powerful, better suspension, and more inexpensive for what you get.
Parents that enjoy off-road motorcycles are putting their tiny little kids on dirt bikes. I'm not sure when that started but maybe it had something to do with Tiger Woods playing golf when he was a little bitty kid and becoming the best player in the world, so parents thought that starting them young was the key to creating a sports champion. But the outcome was if a kid starts a sport early, and enjoys it, they can become really good at a very early age.
This phenomenon caused motorcycle manufacturers to start building motorcycles for kids of different ages. It's a chicken or the egg scenario. Did motorcycle manufacturers build tiny motorcycles so parents would put their tiny kids on them. Or did parents want motorcycles for their tiny kids. I don't know which one it was but these are some the smallest motorcycles I've ever seen.
This little guy was amazing, he could out ride me when I was at my best, and he looks like he's six or seven years old. Back in the day, a kid that young wouldn't be able to do this because even the small motorcycles were way too big. But now if you've got the money there's a motorcycle sized just perfect for a kid of every age.
I can't tell if this is a look of determination or desperation.
Seeing those kids out on the track having fun, made me want to unload my little Beta 250, and show those young whippersnappers how to ride......NOT!! These kids would run over me and use my bones for traction.
How old is this kid? Three? Four? I'm not sure I could even ride a tricycle at her age. The tires on her motorcycle are only about a foot tall.
Not only could this not happen when I was young, I don't think anybody could've conceived it would ever happen. Kids this age were still playing in a sandbox not riding a motorized vehicle.
I think the development of all the safety gear they use has helped parents to overcome the fear factor of putting their kid on a motorcycle.
The kids themselves have no fear. The teenagers I watched were doing things that would make Evil Knievel wet his pants.