When I was a kid – I mean around 12 or 13 – I bought a fat-tired minibike with a stout Briggs and Stratton engine. I rode it around the dirt oval I had carved way back behind our house but that soon lost its luster and I couldn’t really open it up in the tight confines of our suburban backyard. That led me to take it out on the street – after dark and when I thought it less likely that the local constabulary would be driving by – and to take it to the limit.
Of course by “limit” I mean about 30 miles per hour. That was still the fastest I had ever gone under my own control by that age. It was awesome. There are a lot of options for pre-license age kids to test their mettle at speed, and today I want to hear both your own stories of youthful indiscretion (keep it clean however) and what you think today represents the best opportunity for satisfying the need for speed when you’re not old enough to have a license. What is the greatest driving experience an unlicensed kid can have?
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