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Value Through and Through

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Value Through and Through

Ted Belfour
April 3, 2006

Many motorcycle enthusiasts agree that pocket bikes "Motorcycle Works of Art." Pocket bikes are at their best in sports competition, as the increasing number of races has shown. Pocket bikes provide all the thrill of MotoGP racing. Pocket bike racing is also the most affordable motor sport. Some even claim that the very fine riding skills like balance, self-control, agility, and fast reaction time required for pocket bike racing is proving helpfull in learning to use full sized motorcycles on open roads as well.

Transportation is eay since at only 38-47" long and less than 50 lbs, they can be transported without any additional support equipment, even in a car trunk or backseat! Pocket bikes can be raced in parking lot competition or on Go-Kart Tracks, and you won’t be alone since this is one of the fastest growing motor sports in the world.

These bikes are suitable for any age 16 and up, to the 300 lbs adults, though obviously what type of bike you would give each varies greatly. There are smaller pocket bikes designed for younger children, but caution should still be used. Pocket bikes are the thoroughbreds of minimotos and are therefore intended for competition. They are designed for racing and private land only, not for highway use. A helmet, protective gear, gloves and good shoes should be worn at all times during their operation to minimize the chance of injury. Children under 18 should operate these or any other motorized devices only under the strict supervision of an adults.

Several international MotoGP Champions started their careers with Pocket bike racing. The best example is Valentino Rossi. He was Italian Pocketbike Champ twice before becoming 125, 250, 500 and several time 1000cc MotoGP World Champ. Thomas Luethi is the first Swiss Pocketbike Junior Champion that made it into the Moto World Championship. He was followed by others, such as Vincent Braillard. There is no doubt that there will be more Swiss top riders to come, the Swiss Pocketbike Championship being one of the best providers. Dave is the owner of http://x18-pocket-bike.info a website that provides information on pocket bike racing



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