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What is a good size cc on a dirtbike for a 14 year old?

Asked by person12346 (3points) September 24th, 2009

im about 5’5 and i want something that can go pretty fast but i want to be able to reach the ground with my feet flat

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whatthefluther's avatar

cc is not really relevant….it’s frame size. Would this be your first motorcycle or do you have experience? Will you be doing much hill climbing or mostly flat trails? Are you familiar with 2stroke vs 4 stroke and do you have a preference? Let me know, and I’ll be glad to make a recommendation. See ya….Gary/wtf

person12346's avatar

i have a little not that much experience but i can ride. mostly flat trails.small jumps too i like 4 stroke. thnx.

missingbite's avatar

Buy a bike that you can grow into. I rode a bike that my feet couldn’t reach without tiptoeing and my dad put a governor on it to restrict the speed of the bike until I could handle the power. At 14, you don’t want a small bike you will outgrow in a couple of years. If you are strong enough to hold it up, you can ride it.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

@missingbite, shouldn’t that be strong enough to pick it up since he/she is liable to fall over once or twice?

whatthefluther's avatar

Here is a comparison of Honda’s mid sized trail bikes. There are two smaller bikes but they are semi-automatic (no clutch) and they are for smaller or younger kids. They have two larger sizes (250cc and 450cc) but I would not suggest the bigger one until you’ve gained experience. The seat height on the four shown varies from about 29” to 34”. Go to a dealer and sit on the bikes to see what you are comfortable with. If you know you will need to keep the same bike for a number of years, go up a notch so you can grow into it and not quickly become discouraged by its lack of size. If there is someplace to rent them, try different sizes. If there are public riding areas, see what the other kids are riding and talk to them about their bikes. Motorcyclists love to talk about equipment and will be glad to share opinions with you (tho, naturally they will show bias to their current bike or brand). At one point I had a 750 street bike, a 500 dual sport and a 175 customized trail bike and even tho the 175 frame was really too small for me, I had a blast with it. Be sure to get a good helmet and protective gear. Ride safely and have fun.
See ya….Gary/wtf

missingbite's avatar

@evelyns_pet_zebra You are correct. I should have been more specific about picking it up. The difference between an 80cc and a 150cc is only 73lbs. Jumping up to a 250cc from a 150cc (depending on model) can weigh less. The CRF 150 curb weight is 236lbs while the CRF 250R only weighs 227lbs. Go to a couple of dealers and see what you can handle!

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