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I am not so sure on going that big. I too have an 11 year old, about 70 pounds maybe, and I think the 90 is as heavy a machine as she can ride well.
Not in terms of speed but simply ability to hold those handlebars against the terrain.
Sheer size or top speed isn't what I think would be a problem- it's that 70lbs isn't alot to put behind the bars for leverage.
On a larger scale, it's the same for adults and that's why there is a power steering boom now, because a 200lbs guy still has a difficult time turning bars against terrain with a 800lbs machine.
Scaled up, it's the same weight ratio (rider to machine) that drove the whole PS trend in ATVs for big machines.
Nothing to do with rider skill or maturity, simply that kids as small as ours are WAY out of their league trying to muscle a machine that big.
My experience has been on trails in the woods that may call for having to hold the bars against angled terrain, or over roots and rocks. In these situations, kids tend to be at the mercy of the forces involved on the steering.
Another point is that body placement and motion is a big part of riding on uneven terrain, and 65lbs is even less of factor for a larger machine than that 90cc one.
I think I'd sum it up as- a kid is in control of a youth machine, but is just along for the ride on an adult machine. They may be able to make it go, but if it goes badly...can they cope?
I would be happy to remove the 15mph limiter off of our AC90. If it could do 25mph on open trails and a bit more grunt on bottom, it'd be all the machine my kid needs until she is physically larger herself.
That's just my .02 but we have the same age/size kids and ATV's.
--to play devil's advocate to my own post though-- all ATV's should have reverse, but our 90 doesn't....and I considered a bigger machine for my daughter just to have reverse. She isn't pulling a 250lbs machine out of the bush by herself.