A dirt bike with training wheels is a great way for kids to learn motorcycle riding, but it’s not meant for long-term use. In fact, you should only use them for about six months or so. After that, your child will be ready to graduate from training wheels onto a full-size dirt bike.
Training wheels are good for helping your child develop the coordination and balance needed on a bike. But don’t provide the same level of protection as a full-sized bike does when riding off-road or off pavement (on pavement).
A step-by-step guide on how to make dirt bike training wheels
This handy tutorial will show you how to build the perfect dirt bike training wheels without losing much time. So stay tuned to see the step-by-step process…
- One 36″ long and ⅝ threaded rod
- 4 piece ⅝ washers
- 4 piece ⅝ inch lock nut
- 2 U-bolts
- 2 piece 8″ wheel
Step 1: Keep the bike straight & ready the tool
With the help of your friend or family member keep the dirt bike straight so that you can work without any complexity. Now bring all the tools in front of you to begin the main job.
Step 2: Attach U-bolt under the bike frame
Take one of the u-bolts and go to the right side of your dirt bike. Now simply put the u-bolt under the frame and tighten the nuts a bit. Keep some space so that you can later insert the thread.
After that, do the same thing on the left side of the bike’s bottom & attach the u-bolt under the frame. Make sure you don’t tighten it too much.
Step 3: Enter the thread into the two u-bolt
It’s time to insert the 36″ thread from the left side inside the left u-bolt & penetrate all the way through the right u- bolt you attached in the previous step.
Step 4: Measure the exposed thread on both side
In this step, you will have to ensure that the thread is sticking out both sides of the dirt bike equally. Using a tape measure you have to make sure that each side has the same length. For example: If the thread is 12″ & ¼ sticking out on the left side so it has to be the same on the right side.
When you get the same length then you have to tighten u bolt fully. Now simply tight both u-bolts using a wrench or ratchet so that it holds the steel bar or thread tightly.
Step 5: Mount the wheel & secure the nut
After that, start to insert a lock nut on the left side of the thread with a depth of 2-5″. Then put the washer inside the tread & make it tight with the nut. For tightening you can use a wrench.
Now, insert the 8″ training wheel into the thread. Following it again put one washer and a lock nut. Tight them using a wrench. Now do the same thing for the right side of the thread.
Step 6 : Provide space for smooth wheel movement
Now you will see the wheel is sitting tightly & spinning freely. But you have to loosen the inner lock nut & washer a bit so that the wheel can move on left-right a bit which is more balanced & safe for dirt bike riding.
All you have to do is to bring the nut & washer of the left side of the dirt bike into a bit right side in the thread. And bring the nut & washer of the gith part of the bike into a bit left side in the thread.
As you do it you will see both sides’ training wheel will move left-right more freely. And you are done with the setup of your cute little buddy’s dirt bike.
Why dirt bike training wheels are so important?
Dirt bike training wheels provide a safe and secure environment in which children can develop the skills they need while riding on the street.
They also help parents teach their kids how to ride without fear of injury or crashing into other vehicles or people who might be walking nearby. This can be especially important when practicing around cars that might be stopped at intersections during rush hour traffic jams!
Training wheels allow riders of all ages and abilities—from toddlers just starting with their first pair of training wheels to adults who want an extra challenge—to experience what it feels like getting on their bike for the first time before taking it for long rides around town or even out into countryside trails outside their home town.
Pros and Cons of Training Wheels
Any additional thing for your dirt bike will come with both benefits & downsides. And the training wheels are no exception.
In the following, you will see both dark & bright sides of training wheels.
It’s a great idea to have these wheels as it really helps to gain the motivation for a beginner rider. To be specific, it adds a sense of security.
Which ultimately grows confidence inside the beginner rider. It will help to learn faster.
Help to learn faster
Little bikers those age range from 6-12 years kids often get a hard time learning the ride a dirt bike. After all, it’s a machine you have to run maintaining the combination of proper acceleration, timely braking plus proper gear shifting.
All these become a bit easier when there’s a pair of training wheels because it prevents the kids from falling frequently.
Harmful to bike’s body frame
As the training wheels are attached with a steel pipe or thread so there always remains a chance of getting damage to the dirt bike frame.
Because on both sides the sticking out pipes wheels can get rough contact with the ground and make the lower frame a bit bent or misaligned.
Lack of balance
Because of the training wheels, your kid might think they can go even at a slower speed. So it would take a longer time to learn the natural balance of dirt biking.
Hard to learn to corner
Though it helps a lot, when it comes to cornering the training wheels creates a big barrier. So the rider would not be able to be familiar with the cornering position & the leaning angle.
As a parent, you always want the optimum safety of your kids & they deserve it too. Dirt bikers just love seeing their kids riding a small dirt bike from an early age. Here, the training wheels play a big role.
All around the article I showed you proper way of installing training wheels for dirt bike.
This challenging task to many dads will become a piece of cake for you after you read the article with focus.