The Massachusetts Senate are proposing a bill that will forbid anyone under the age of 14 to ride a dirtbike (or ATV or snowmobile). If you say “so what, why should a kid be allowed to ride a motorcycle”, think about those families that have kids riding small 50cc dirt motorcycles on the weekends in the forest or dirt tracks. We’re not talking about kids riding motorcycles in the “wild”, but under supervision or their parents.
Most top motorcycle riders learned riding their motorcycle at a very early age. Valentino Rossi (5 years), Nicky Hayden (3 years), Troy Bayliss (6 years), James "Bubba" Stewart (4 years), Mike Metzger (4 years) and Travis Pastrana (4 years) to name a few champions, all showed that you need to start young, really young, to be good at your sport.
At 14 you are already quite old to not have the fear of crashing. Having young kids ride, under supervision, as early as 5, can only drive up the overall standard. If parents think their kid can ride a motorcycle at a young age, why should the government stop them? Small displacement motorcycles don’t go fast, and when wearing proper protection, your kids will not be more at risk than riding a bicycle, possibly even less.
This law could possibly forbid you from letting your kids ride a small motorcycle in the forest, or even a dirt track. Instead, the politicians should concentrate on education.
If you disagree with this proposed bill, there’s something you can do about it. Click on the link below and send a message to your state representatives. It’s important that you do, since they are depriving you from your freedom.