“ Brand: ELC / Age: 12 months / Type: Ride on toys „
We were struggling to think of something to buy our one year old son for Christmas, as he is our third child there is little we don't already have.
I am a member of the Early Learning Centre birthday club and was sent a voucher shortly before my sons birthday in November entitling me to a 20% discount instore or online. As I had the voucher I decided to take a look at the ELC website and see what they had to offer. That is where I found this ride-on motorbike.
The motorbike comes in a very large box and you have to assemble it yourself. My husband did this on Christmas Eve with no swearing or cursing but it did take him a little while to put together. Luckily this was the only thing that needed to be constructed this year. The only problem we had was fitting the rubber grips onto the handle bars. They were a very tight fit and as the handle bar is one bar that fits through the motorbike you are wrestling with the entire toy when you try to put the second rubber grip on. First we tried talcum powder but this did little to help. Then we tried vegetable oil and this seemed to do the trick. Those grips will never come off!!!!
I was surprised how small the bike is but bearing in mind the recommended age is 1-3 years I should have expected it to be small. It measures approximately 40cm high by 60cm long and 28cm wide. The front and back wheels are quite wide and hold the motorbike in an upright position. The wheels are hollow and in two pieces that fit either side of the main body of the bike. The whole thing is quite sturdy and made of very hard plastic. There are some stickers that you need to put on that make it look more authentic such as headlights and the dashboard.
The motorbike is currently priced at £25.00 (Jan 2008) which I feel is a little too expensive for what you get. I got 20% off this but I still felt that the motorbike was overpriced. Now that we have had the bike for a few weeks and I have seen my children playing on it I am less concerned about the amount that I paid for it as all three of my children aged four, three and one love the bike and play with it on a daily basis.
The first time my youngest son got onto the motorbike he just sat still on it and looked a bit bemused by the whole experience. When he did try to move it he toppled over and I have found that the motorbike can easily fall over and doesn't balance very well. My one year old is quite tall for his age and he can only reach the floor with his tiptoes so I imagine by the time the summer is here he will be better able to control the motorbike. He can get onto the bike by himself easily but struggles to get off again. My three and four year old have no trouble balancing or riding the bike and enjoy racing the bike around the kitchen! So far the motorbike has only been used indoors and I am a little concerned how well it will balance outside on paving or concrete.
My children all really enjoy this bike but I don't know if that is just because it is indoors at the moment. I will have to wait and see what they make of it once we take it outside. We live on a dairy farm and it's a bit too wet and 'mucky' to go out much at the moment!
Although my children love the bike I was a little disappointed. I felt the bike would be more suitable for a slightly older child of maybe two and over because it is too high and wobbly for a younger child to control. I felt it was very over priced and would have been much happier had the bike been about half the current retail price.
I would recommend the bike to anyone looking for a slightly different ride on toy. We mostly have little cars or quad bikes so to have a motorbike is quite a novelty (at the moment). The motorbike is made by Step 2 and is currently also available via www.amazon.co.uk priced at £22.48.
Features racer-like styling with wide wheels for easy balance & easy grip handles help your toddler steer.