Springtime Creates Unique Camp Opportunities

Motorcycle Camper

How Spring enriches the Camp experience…

Children who attend our SPRING BREAK CAMP will have much the same experience as in the summer – a schedule designed around learning to ride dirt bikes, a Monday through Friday, 8am – 5pm week and lots of fun on our ranch. However, coming this time of year also has some built-in BONUSES to consider.

  • Cooler Weather – temperatures average in the 60’s by morning and 70’s by afternoon, making it perfect for being outside, less chance to get tired due to heat and overall very pleasant.
  • Smaller Group Size – Spring Break Enrollment is typically not as large as in the summer. Spring Break Camp groups are large enough to be fun but small enough to have a more intimate learning environment – a great time to try us out.
  • More Personal Relationships with Staff – Get to know Mr. Turner and the Coaches better with the lower coach-camper ratio.
  • Seasonal Activities – Enjoy campfires, hot chocolate, s’mores!
  • More Ride Time! – Cooler temps can sometimes mean no swimming, which in our world means…more ride time.
  • Spring Break Week is the only week with the flexibility to signup by the day or the whole week – another way to “get your feet wet” with being away from home at camp, trying out motorcycle riding. If you’ve been here before, it’s a way to get your “fix” of ride time when your schedule doesn’t allow for the whole week. And it’s easier on a budget just coming off of all that holiday spending.
Honda Dirt Bikes Iron Horse Country Ranch

What Campers Need to Wear & Bring

  • Long sleeve T-Shirt or Jersey
  • Long Pants – heavy duty such as jeans or corduroys
  • Tennis Shoes that tie (NO SLIP-ONS), cowboy boots or ankle boots
  • Socks that come up at least to the calf, if not knee
  • Swim-suit & Towel for warmer days when swimming is possible
  • Change of clothes for bus ride home
  • Lunch Included for Spring Break – bring sack lunch if desired
  • $3.00 a day for Smokey Mo’s breakfast taco stop on the way to Ranch – This is completely optional! We have a traditional stop at Smokey Mo’s in Liberty Hill before reaching Camp.
  • WATER BOTTLE!! Refillable. Can’t emphasize enough! Full Size.
  • Sunscreen
  • Coat, Jacket, Sweatshirt or Hoodie for cooler days
  • Bag or Backpack for all the above

WE PROVIDE THE REST! – the motorcycles & safety gear and training; unlimited snacks, water and gatorade, all-you-can-eat lunch, and recreational games – plus a great bus ride to and from Camp, using our Cedar Park High School location as the one pickup/drop off for the week. Your child will have his or her own personally assigned locker upon arrival where all belongings can be stored. After that cush bus ride and taco stop, our campers are already beginning to feel like rock stars. But man, once they see ALL THOSE RED HONDA DIRT BIKES just lined up and waiting for them, they can hardly take it anymore! Just another Spring Break day in Paradise.

Spring Break 2019

Welcome to our SPRING BREAK Motorcycle Camp Page!

 

Spring Break Motorcycle Camp 2019 runs from Monday March 18th through Friday, March 22nd, 2019.  

Register your child for the whole week, or part of it.  Make it work for you! Spring Break Camp is the only time we offer this choice.  Your child will have a great time here whether it’s for the entire week or a day or two.

Details

Everything’s Included: dirt bikes, gear, training, transportation, snacks & drinks and lunch to boot!

Our Spring Break Camp runs just like one of our Summer Camp Weeks – Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 5pm, with the same daily schedule of instruction, ride time, breaks, lunch and other activities. We teach beginners on up. No matter the level, everyone has fun!

Bus Transportation: Daily Pick-Up & Drop-Off from Cedar Park High School on our plush, air-conditioned bus, complete with TV’s

$690 for the Week until Feb 28th  (Rate $740)
$175 by the Day – previous Campers can sign-up for any day over Spring Break week. New Campers will need to sign-up for a 2 day minimum over Monday & Tuesday.

Registration: Click the first Link if not already registered in a 2019 Summer Camp Week.  (Lunch is included, so when you get to the part of the form asking about Lunch, select the “Will bring your own” option to avoid an additional charge.   Also, if new and signing up for the 2 day minimum vs. week, complete the entire form, submit and call 512-917-5733 to complete and pay the correct amount.

Already registered for a Summer Camp 2019 session? – click the second Link for Payment Only.

https://ironhorsecountry.com/summer-camp-reservation-calendar-motocross-dirtbikes/

https://ironhorsecountry.com/payments/



 

How to buy a Motorcycle -Dirt Bike for a Child

Honda CRF 50

What’s the best dirt bike for my child?

We get this question a lot.  At Christmas time its the number one gift a young child dreams about.

It all starts with ,where can you ride?  This  usually ends the whole conversation. There are places , you  have to drive an hour plus to get to them . The whole riding experience should be a family adventure. It will be one of the most rewarding things you do with your child and it can be done safely.

What Dirt Bike you buy is based on the size of land to ride and what your abilities are on the bike for trail  or  racing. Experience counts , you must buy the motorcycle that’s fits rider today not one to grow into.. that’s dangerous. You will find the dirt bikes are like cash . you can buy and sell easily . Finding one I think is harder then selling them.

We are partial to Hondas, its the best , most durable motorcycle , always running! They are tanks. Everyone is always happy if their bike is running . Doesn’t matter if its the fastest model, if it is broke all the time.

Get Trained to Ride a Motorcycle First!

First Everyone should know how to ride a bicycle then you start with the motorcycle that fits you .  At Iron Horse we start at 8 years old with our motocross camps for kids and many a parent has called us with a 5 year old. We know they are probably great , but you have to watch them a lot. It is far to early for your average 5 year old to be in control of a motorized vehicle without supervision. Once hurt your child will be gun shy the rest of his years and may never ride again. You will feel really bad. At 8 their brains start developing to make better decisions then just memorizing what you tell them to do on the track or trail.

In the beginning of young riders journey into learning to ride the bicycle is king to learn safely. We use them at camp to get kids started with balance drills and progress to  motorcycle calisthenics drills that help kids learn the position of foot pegs , throttle control with hands , and the most important squeezing legs to tank.

Gone are the days of trial and error learning to ride.  … Just hop on and that makes it go..good luck.  Signup for one of our camps to get a head start for your child.

Honda CRF50 70 80 100 125 150

The Sizes of Motorcycle Dirt Bikes

The dirt bikes are classed by motor size and starts with the best little motorcycle ever made Honda CRF50  . Above photo shows from small Honda 50 to 70, 80 100 and 150 in back

Honda CRF 50( Ages   8 and first time riders)
Price $1599  used from $800-$1200

The Beginner rider should be able to touch feet to ground (flat footed) when starting out riding. After a year or so riding the fit is not based on feet touching ground but do they have 6inches between crouch and seat while standing on pegs… Some Pros can’t touch their toes to ground on their bikes. This keeps them from being bucked off bike.

Honda CRF 50

Next
Honda CRF70 or newer model CRF110
Price $2,499  Used 110  $1500 – $2000  Used 70 $900-$1200

Ages 9 and up to Adult to learn on .. Its the largest  bike made without clutch but you still have to shift. (50 and 70 clutchless. IT’s a blast bike…. only a weight limit of about 160lbs . Families keep these forever.

 

Next

Honda CRF 80  ,100 and 125

Priced new 125 $3399.00 used $1900-$2500
Priced used only 80 $1200-$1800
Priced used only 100 $1400 – $2000

They are for riders that have ridden the smaller bikes and are ready for the clutch . Age 12 is the normal age for children to gain wrist strength to pull the clutch in and are tall enough to touch the ground. If they have a lot  of experience some 10 year olds can start on CRF 80 . The 80 is smaller by a 2in then the 100 The 125 is 2 in taller then 100.

Honda CRF 125

Next comes

Honda CRF 150 F

Price new $3799.00   Used from $1800-$3000
Its the Lexus of bikes , I call it for dads with kids to ride or young riders that are big kids . It has kick stand like all the CRF ” ” F series bikes and is quiet to not scare young riders by you following them .  This is key, you can’t help someone if you cant let go of your motorcycle .  Below a pro rider showing this bike does it all.

 

Now for the Honda race bikes, the R after the ###

Way different then an F type motorcycle. The CRF 150 R , CRF 250R and CRF 450 R
( Ages 12 and up recommended after 2 years of experience) These bikes have completely different engines and shocks then F type motorcycles and are for serious riding.  Loud, Fast-quick ,no kick stand  and lots of adrenine rush!

Honda CRF250R

If you have access to a race track or lots of land then get one, if not you are just going to the hospital. You need experience to ride one safely , at least a couple of years or your just going to get hurt. These bikes are quick…quick… and does not matter the model size.

Honda CRF150 R

“The Kids Dream Bike “. It comes in small wheel and big wheel versions , we suggest when your good enough to ride one the big wheel version is better . More balance over jumps. This is a fast bike ,the lucky ones that get one, that I see can’t control it , they got it to soon. However taken to a track regularly they will master it and have a blast!

Honda CRF 250R

Its the bike for all good riders .  It can do it all. Only move  to the 450 if you are a racer with experience.. 450R is crazy quick you can’t control it. We have found average riders can go faster on 250 because it has more forgiveness in the throttle . We have so many stories of first timers hurting themselves first day , ripping the throttle on jump landing on 450R  …its why I think you can find so many for sale vs 250R.

Honda CRF 450R

Its the race bike for the veteran rider. If your reading this page to learn what to buy don’t touch this bike.  Or you can just call 911 now and have them waiting for you.

Where do you buy dirt bikes- motocross motorcycles?

Used …craigslist and be prepared to go to near by cities.
Also the Powersports dealers in all cities sell used and new.
Used is not a problem , asking for title just ensures it legit.
Don’t be picky on the plastics of scratches the average rider falls over 3 times a ride… The Hondas are tough, if maintenance was performed on bike it will be fine. Check out the person’s garage is it neat, bike will be too. Is it out in storage shed rusting….Leave,  its bad. You are getting big discount from new one. Most new bikes get scratched up with just a couple of rides. You can buy graphic stickers and fenders for any bike to make it look like new and have fun!

Buying Honda CRF 50’s -100’s are easy . If they run and look ok to you they probably are fine.

The bigger CRF 125F  and 150F if they look new and run ok more wear then have someone help you with more experience

The CRF R bikes you will have to have a more experience person look at because of the type motor in them ..higher RPM and racing them do have hidden engine problems.  They are suppose to have engine tune ups every 50hrs.  Almost everyone does not do that cost …$500 so its usually to late when breaks and then its repaired and runs but not the same as new . It then requires more constant valve jobs and back fires or breaks more often.   Most motorcycles are good but there are some used up motors  so be aware. If it backfires when off the throttle it could be a sign. They are all hard to start when cold so its hard to tell.

 

You Will not Find many CRF 70 , 80 or 100’s motorcycles

A little tid bit on the motorcycle history… in 2009 .. I think the end of an era of riding hit the U.S. with a china plastics were recalled on toxic scare. Toys were banned by congress with plastic  from  China…this included all the Honda motorcycles. All factories stopped making the bikes and then they later remade the plastics and used what was left of the bikes produced in 2008 over the next few years….. Motocross  slowed since.. 2010. Congress amended law to exclude motorcycles but the effects last. The Honda 70, 80 an 100 were done in 2009-2010…We still use them in camp today. We  drive the country finding as many as we can to teach kids how to ride on . They are the best bikes to learn on.

How It used to be, getting a dirt bike.

It was in Honda’s wisdom that you were suppose to start on a Honda CRF 50 for a year or so riding around in a neighborhood field by your house. And if a little late to the game ,a Honda 70. Then it’s clutch time …wheelies and jumps, enter the Honda 80 or 100. Learning the clutch . (These bikes are gone now and replaced by larger 125). Now dad would take you to a race track to give it ago. You would catch the fever to race and after a few years more riding by the time you got to racing, you got a race bike. Today that doesn’t seem to happen as much.. I think its just land access, but I see a lot of kids go from a year of the trail bikes straight to race bikes and then they have bad crash and quit forever.

Take it slow and let the good times roll….

Don’t forget the Gear for safety, Always ride with a helmet!

Motocross gear helmet

So, that’s my 2 cents worth.. Riding a motorcycle is the funnest thing I think a kid will ever do. It was for me . Even just getting one and storing in the garage is great for kids.. you will never see a happier child, showing off or polishing their motorcycle,  dreaming of what they can do on it.   If you have any questions , just ask!

Good Luck and Happy Riding!

Mr. Turner

Director – Iron Horse Country Ranch
The Kids Motorcycle Summer Camp U.S.A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What makes the best summer camp for kids?

The best summer camps offer:

  1. An exciting, dream activity.
Learning to ride – Horseshoe Track, Iron Horse Country Ranch Summer Camp

2. Lots of friends.

Riding together, hanging out and having fun, at Iron Horse Country Ranch, the Motorcycle Summer Camp

3. Great staff who teach you and take care of you.

The Director of Iron Horse Country Ranch, The Motorcycle Summer Camp hires and trains coaches who love kids, the outdoors and teaching to ride.
Iron Horse Country Ranch also has a Junior Counselor and Coach Program that develops young campers into mentors and teachers.

4. FOOD!

The Meal Option Plan for Day Camp at Iron Horse Country Ranch includes all-you-can-eat hamburgers & hot dogs with all the fixins’, fresh baked pizzas, made to order sandwiches, fresh fruit, and desserts. Overnight Camp provides delicious meals and Campfire S’Mores for the entire week. Snacks, Ice Pops, Watermelon and special treats are part of what’s available to all Campers everyday. And, parents can always arrange to have birthdays celebrated too!

5. A beautiful setting with great facilities.

Riders and Coach on Iron Horse Country Ranch
Iron Horse Country Ranch, The Motorcycle Summer Camp is set on 100 acres of Texas Hill Country just north of Austin. We have 4 separate dirt bike tracks and over 8 miles of trails for our Campers to ride on, from beginner to advanced. Our facilities include an air-conditioned Recreation Center, Swimming Pool, Cafe, Fishing Pond, and air-conditioned sleeping quarters for Overnight Camp weeks. We have rolling hills, woods, animals and big sky!

6. Ease of Transportation.

Iron Horse Country Ranch, The Motorcycle Summer Camp provides daily bus pick-up and drop-off for Day Camp and Monday/Friday transportation for Overnight Camp weeks. Every week has multiple site locations – you choose the most convenient! Your child will be super comfortable on our air-conditioned bus, watching movies and meeting new friends with the help of our friendly staff.

Get in the Camp -Rates go up Dec 24th 2018 – 1st weeks going!

We are gearing up for Christmas here.

December 1st we start our annual Gift with summer camp registration.

It comes with the Golden Ticket -and box of Limited edition Iron Horse camp gear for riding and accessories for being in our camp.

They are “prized goodies “by our campers

Register today
to get in the camp all Kids Dream about!

Our Camp Sessions  do fill up. We have this annual sell to start our camp season off with a bang . All our past campers know this is the time to sign up. Everyone may enjoy a lower fee and get the week you  need before sessions are full. Our Christmas present box is a great idea , developed over the years from us to help you with that child “I want’a ride ” to hold’em off till summer yet give your child something great now for Christmas.  Merry Christmas!

(Dec 16th last day guarantee to make it by Christmas -Photo may not represent this years gift box but is for example only)

Summer 2019 Open Registration Week – Black Friday Event ends Tonight Nov 25th

Our Registration Opening -Black Friday Week ends tonight 11/25 for summer 2019 get in first ,to the week you want. The excitement starts again for the our Golden Ticket . Let’s  go see Black Friday  Special Signup for camp Christmas Special coming too . Our Special Box of Presents for your child for riding camp  with our Christmas Letter from Mr. Turner

Golden Ticket & Gift Box , Christmas Letter -Get Camp

Golden Ticket and Present Gift  Box
with Christmas Letter -Get Camp By  Dec 16th for gift delivery by Christmas.
We can now email certificate for camp and gift box will arrive after 24th.

This is our annual camp signup start of registration as of Nov 16, 2018

Get in the camp week you want and at low fee as rates go up  on Dec 24th .

You will get a coveted gift box , with all camp signups , our past campers die for this and the golden ticket, a chance to win more riding time.  All help hold them over  until summer reaches them for our kids moto camp. Its the greatest Christmas gift  parents or grandparents can give their child . You will never see a child light up more with getting to come to a real motocross camp. Your child’s imagination goes wild with the thoughts of what’s to come and can’t wait for summer. You just gave the gift ! Riding dirt bikes, its a dream come true for most kids.

You may go here to look at details

Christmas Special Camp Signup

Thank you for your interest in our motorcycle camp for children , you will never find a more exciting camp for your children !

Mr. Turner

Director
Iron Horse Country Ranch
The Motorcycle Summer Camp

The Motorcycle Summer Camp for Kids

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