Dirt bikes have always had a reputation of being big, noisy and dangerous. A pit bike is basically a shrunk down version of these and in recent years have become very popular amongst children and adults alike.
As far back as the 1950's when mechanics needed to get around the pits at a racetrack quickly and safely, they would build these little bikes for the purpose. They became quite popular, not only amongst the pit crews, but the racers themselves would get on these things and zoom around the track. This of course created fierce competition to come up with the smallest and most powerful bike possible.
A pit bike is a perfect place to start if your child wants to learn to ride, as they are a lot less dangerous than their larger cousins. These bikes are much lower to the ground and don't go so fast as to cause serious injury. Of course, you should always ensure that your child wears protective clothing such as a helmet and shin and elbow pads before riding.
That said, pit bikes are not only for children, many adult enthusiasts spend all their spare time tricking out their motors in order to get the loudest, fastest and most powerful ride they can. There is some serious competition out their among fans, and race meets every weekend around the globe. On the internet you will literally hundreds of websites based around the subject of pit bikes, pocket bikes and mini motos, and people in there will be more than happy to help you with any inquiries you may have.
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