Parents, Youngsters & Off-Highway Motorcycles

Riding Off-Highway Motorcycles (OHMs) can be an enjoyable form of outdoor recreation when done properly. With preparation, practice, and parental supervision your youngster can safely develop and expand his or her riding skills. Remember off-highway motorcycles are not toys.

Parents, Youngsters and Off-Highway Motorcycles is designed to assist you in determining if your youngster is ready to ride off-highway motorcycles (OHMs). It also provides you and your youngster with important safety information and tips on learning to ride.

This booklet is divided into four parts:
Part 1: Determining Your Youngster’s Readiness to Ride an Off-highway Motorcycle
Part 2: Pre-operating Procedures
Part 3: Operating Procedures
Part 4: Readiness Checklist.

There is information about protective gear, mounting, control operation and starting the engine. Operating procedures include starting, shifting, stopping and turning.

Deciding if your youngster is ready to ride an off-highway motorcycle is an important decision. The COHV strongly urges you to carefully determine your youngster’s readiness to ride. There is a Readiness Checklist in Part 4 of this booklet. Do not permit youngsters to ride an off-highway motorcycle if you doubt that they will operate the motorcycle safely.