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This is how kids get started on motorcycles

Just got in the diaper, now a wheelie on the back wheel. “Why do you allow your child such a dangerous sport?” Motocross parents hear the question all the time. Sure, injuries can happen – but so can other sports.

The beauty of Motocross for kids: The kids have to move a lot, train their motor skills, their condition and concentration. But how and where do you start?

Motorcycle for kids

The youngest usually start on 50cc machines with automatic (here KTM SX 50).


“The little ones don’t have to bring anything with them except the will and the desire to want to ride motocross,” says Ballerstädt. “We provide the protective equipment, the right children’s motorcycle, and they will be accompanied and instructed by me in an individual lesson.” The ideal introduction to checking whether motocross is actually the right hobby for the child.
In contrast to many other sports, the initial acquisition costs are high. For a motorcycle plus equipment and motorcycle trailer, 2000 euros and more are quickly due.

Motorcycle courses for children

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06179 Teutschenthal / MSC Teutschenthal e. V

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08132 Muelsen / MSC THURM

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14532 Stahnsdorf / MCC Schenkenhorst

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15517 Fürstenwalde / MC Fürstenwalde e. V

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18442 Steinhagen / MSC Nordvorpommern e. V. Steinhagen off-road site

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19086 Plate / PSV Schwerin

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19288 Ludwigslust / MC Ludwigslust e. V

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16845 Dreetz / MC Dreetz e. V

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23824 Tensfeld / MCE Tensfeld e. V

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23843 Bad Oldesloe / AMC Stormarn

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29416 Salzwedel / MSV Steinitz

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29633 Munster / MSC Munster

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36205 Sontra / MSC Waldkappel-Breitau

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36433 Gumpelstadt MC Moorgrund e. V. in the ADAC

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37181 Hardegsen Electric Ride Park Hardegsen

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57234 Wilnsdorf / MSC Oberes Weisstal eV

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64850 Schaafheim / MSCW Schaafheim

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65558 Kaltholzhausen / Motocross country

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67227 Frankenthal / AMC Frankenthal e. V

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72762 Reutlingen / 1st cycling and motorsport club Reutlingen e. V

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88450 Berkheim / MSC Berkheim

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94259 Kirchberg im Wald / MX School Bavaria

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Kids MX School Enrico #239

Minibike Team Travering

ADAC Lower Saxony/Saxony-Anhalt registered association

MX Kids Club – Kids Tour

ADAC MX Academy & taster courses

Motocross courses for children


“The first trial lesson is all about giving the children a feel for the bike and everything that’s going on around it,” explains Ballerstädt. “Everything is new to them. Wearing a helmet, putting on the breastplate, heavy boots on their feet and then the rattling sound of the little two-stroke machines.” Parents should not underestimate how exhausting this can be for the child, even if it only does the first laps on a meadow.

If the child’s heart then beats for speed, successes can often be seen quickly. Under the guidance of a trainer, you avoid making mistakes in your driving technique; this also means more safety and stability on the bike. The general rule is: drive, drive, drive – that’s the best practice.

Motorcycle for kids

Motocross as a family sport: Aunt Lisa with niece Charlotte (4).


As part of children’s training, clubs offer a good platform for exchanging ideas with other parents and joining exercise groups. Then the first races can come.

This is how you get started

A taster course is not a birthday surprise. The child should be willing to drive. Even beginners’ courses require your child’s full concentration.

Having fun comes first. Motocross is a cool sport, but overly ambitious parents are no help. Does your child want to drive? Fine! Is your child afraid? The taster courses are also there for that – to let it be easy.

calculate costs. Can we afford this sport? Trailer, bike, protective equipment, training fee. The exchange with experienced people helps with the assessment.

Let the professionals do it. Parents should not interfere with the coach. It is best to behave calmly and wait at the edge of the track. That helps the child the most.

Invest time. Without the support of parents, children cannot practice the sport. Not only do they have to be driven to the track, they also have to be looked after on site.

Protective equipment is mandatory. The risk of injury can be reduced with the right protective equipment. Tip: Buy used children’s motocross gear online and resell it later. Always buy new helmets.

How old does my child have to be? Most clubs offer taster courses from the age of six.

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