It was quite natural for us, to introduce our son very early on to the concept of riding in the woods. At the same time, we could combine it with a walk or later on a run. We started with him riding on Push Bike. That way, it was quite natural for him to move on when we migrated to the motorcycle.
Try the motorcycle in a different environment.
There are good reasons to start early on, getting out into the woods.
It provides a good break/alternative to training in open areas, while it can be combined with something the rest of the family can participate in. It goes without saying that there is no problem with having a child riding a Push Bike in a public forest, but it can be quite a different story when on an motorcycle.
My Experience is that it’s not that big a problem, if the motorcycle is electric. You should prepare for curious looks and questions tough.
Normally training will be one adult and one child. A ride together I the woods, will be an opportunity to ignore this rule. This allows the entire family to be involved in the interest without focusing on it.
In addition, it gives the child a good opportunity to practice balance and motor skills, without making it feel like training.
Thus, the sessions can also be made longer than the regular training. It’s can be a good idea make frequent breaks. The length of these trips (and the number of breaks) is determined by the child’s physique and concentration.
These tours are also a good opportunity to introduce the child for riding in the woods. Initially, the tours will be made on wood roads, but slowly you can start riding on narrower trails. In this way, the child slowly introduced to trees, bushes and rocks being closer and closer to the trail.
Trees are terrifying when you start riding a motorcycle! – ask any adult who starts for Trial or Enduro!
Speed is an interesting variable
Similarly, our perception of speed is controlled by the objects around us.
Therefore, it is essential to adjusts the speed of the motorcycle to the conditions. This means a speed that is usually ok on the open area, may feel too fast for the child in the woods.
It’s important not to be tempted to push the speed up to early on, as it may cause backlash.
This is of course – like everything else – different from child to child.
Training in the woods is a great way to teach the child to drive between obstacles and hilly terrain. It can be used with great advantage as the child gets better at riding, as an physical exercise and training to techniques.
We often use it as a breakout or alternative to normal training at the club, were we do training in sections. In addition, it’s a great opportunity for you to get some exercise – following junior on a motorcycle can be challenge.