Hello, I have 3 sons now 11, 8 and 6 yrs old. I started them riding at 5 yrs old and from experience of riding every dirt Bike Possible, Honda is the Best. My Sons started on a CRF50, My 6 yr old is riding the 50 now, The 8 yr old is on a CRF70 and my 11 yr old is riding a TTR90. The 8 and 11 yr old are ready for a clutch now. My Bikes are all Mint condition and my Sons can basically put a Bike together now. You could let a Honda sit for a year and go out and it will kick right over. I can't say that about any other Bike I rode, but everyone has their preference. Go with the Honda CRF50. You can't go wrong !!!!!!!!