Re: will 12 year old have fun with 90cc
I completely agree with Tim on this one.
This past summer I went to Conn to meet an online friend. We drove up to MX-338 in Mass, where his 9yr old daughter raced her Peak PowerSports Kasea 90. Let me tell you, with a modded suspension and motor, it will cook a Yamaha Blaster (power, acceleration, top speed and handling), 250ex, 300ex and keep up with any 400ex. It will easily do 65mph with taller gearing. But what really impressed me was how light it was. Fully race-prepped 90's weigh 175-200 lbs. Thats still a lot of weight to throw around and control for any 6-7 year old, let alone even a 15year old or myself. Full size quads weigh in the neighborhood of 375 lbs. I'd hate to think of that 375 lbs landing on any child.
Then there is the legal issues, CPSC and those looking to ban ATVs all-together because of these irresponsible kids and parents.
I say keep the kid on a youth quad. Get them all the safety gear you can buy (helmet, goggles, gloves, chest protector, neck collar, kidney belt, long-sleeve jersey & pants, boots and elbow guards). Your child is too prescious to give them any less. Let them learn, and be with them all the time. When they're ready for more power, it is available.