Sunday, February 22, 2009

Adrenaline with Pit Bikes - Need for Mini Speed

Maybe it was the game series or it was just me, but whichever the case, I now belong to the throng of people who have a need for speed. Well, it’s more like a need for fun and adventure. So when I first came upon a pit bike video on Youtube, it seemed I had found one more interesting thing to become an enthusiast of.

A pit bike is exactly what it looks like: a miniature motorcycle. The small frame does indeed come with a reduced amount of capabilities compared to normal motorcycles, but a 30-ish to 50-ish cc pit bike (or more generally, “minibike”) can pack up to 15 horsepower, enough to rocket the small bike and its rider from 30 to 70 kilometers per hour. It seems to be a perfect mini hobby for motorcycle enthusiasts. In a pit bike one can get a combination of assembly, tweaking, riding, and collecting hobbies. And of course, these bikes don’t look like motocross devils for no reason; they can race and do exhibitions too. Though a pit bike looks like a kid’s toy, the thrills it could bring a rider are often accompanied by danger, thus safety precautions similar to those employed when riding normal motorcycles need to be put in place. Ever since the drag racers of the 1950s brought their pit bikes home, kids have become fond of these bike that can fit them perfectly. Today, there are some kid racers who can do on a pit bike what a motocross racer can do with an actual motorcycle. It’s quite a feat for individuals in pre-pubescence, and it’s similarly quite a feat to see for anyone who witnesses it. Watching kids push their pit bikes hard on a racing circuit is pretty much like watching a miniature version of an actual professional race in progress. It’s queer though, because though the dangers of racing are even more acutely a threat since the racers are children, it somehow seems to fade in the background when they’re racing and doing what they do best. Now, I would rather not opine on giving a pit bike to a kid as a present for his birthday or for Christmas, but I’d rather see a fast albeit small machine being used by an adult. But getting the materials needed to assemble minibikes are easily within reach, even just a few keystrokes and mouse clicks away. The Internet is a source for virtually anything and everything one could possibly look for, and minibikes and their parts are no exception. In fact you don’t even have to buy the necessary parts, as probably most of them can be found in your own garage.

A mini hobby that sates the need for speed while fitting in the back of a pickup is a good deal. But as with anything else that can exceed human speeds and run the risk of taking lives in case of a crash, precautions need to be taken, and the best one is a mix of common sense and responsibility. If you’re not up to the task, just watch on the sidelines as minibikes speed past.