Three-year-old girl rides her own mini-motorcycle – with training wheels – as she zooms along a trail with her father
by Raven Saunt from https://www.dailymail.co.uk/
- The footage was recorded on a helmet-cam by Bob Trabuco in Phelan, California
- The 39-year-old drives down a sandy track with his daughter, Presley, up ahead
- Social media users were quick to say that she was too young to be on the track
A three-year-old girl was caught on camera riding her own mini-motorcycle as she zoomed along a trail with her father.
The footage was recorded on a helmet-cam by Bob Trabuco in Phelan, California.
In the video, the 39-year-old can be seen driving down the sandy track on a blue motorbike with expanses of open space up ahead.
His three-year-old daughter Presley, who is wearing a grey t-shirt and pink helmet, has come to a stop on the left-hand side of the screen.
She is straddling her own mini-motorbike with her stabilizers keeping her steady on the ground.
Bob looks toward his daughter and says: ‘This might be the most fun day ever riding motorcycles Presley, do you know that?’
The little girl, who is equipped with her own helmet-cam, turns around to look at him before saying that she is ‘too stuck’.
Bob gives her a helping hand and urges the bike forward with his foot before the pair begin to accelerate around the course.
The pair continue to navigate across the rocky terrain before hesitating outside a tunnel as Presley says: ‘Every time I go through a tunnel its too noisy.’
But her father continues to encourage her to complete the course and the video ends shortly after.
The footage was recorded last month during Presley’s first real outing on a motorcycle.
Marketing manager Bob uploaded the clip to his YouTube Channel, Suburban Delinquent, but was quickly met with criticism by users who said that Presley was too young to be out on a track.
One user, wzrubicon, wrote: ‘Actually, it is too young as a three-year-old’s coordination hasn’t even come close to developing.
‘I know others here are saying how cool and great this is, but it’s really f***** up.
‘This is like saying it’s okay for a three-year-old to climb out on a limb 50 feet up a tree.’
Another, Michael Mulcahey, added: ‘When the kid whines non stop then starts crying it’s definitely too soon and not cute.’
But he reassured the internet that Presley, who had mastered a push bike at the age of two, was perfectly safe.
The father-of-one said: ‘I was the proudest parent ever.
‘Never in my life did I think I would be in a situation like that – I choked up a few times while on that trail.
‘Presley is sharp, caring and a bit of a daredevil – she loves to put herself out there.
‘When we go anywhere she will seek out any other kid no matter what their age is and try to be best friends with them, it’s really fun to watch her navigate in social environments.
‘Since she was an infant she has been exposed to motorcycles in one way or another as I own a few.
‘She took an interest in learning to ride on her own after watching videos on YouTube, she watched another little girl learn and asked if she could also learn to ride.
‘My wife and I felt she was capable of taking direction – Presley is smart, she listens and understands consequences associated with risks.’
He added: ‘Presley absolutely didn’t want to go through the tunnel. I think she thought there might be monsters in there, I’m not sure.
‘I ended up having to ride her bike through it.
‘This is Presley’s second time on a motorcycle, her first experience was on Thanksgiving weekend.
‘I put her on the bike and explained the controls and dangers of operating a motorcycle.
‘She rode in a small circle while I chased after her on foot yelling instructions at her.
‘I was terrified so it only lasted a couple of minutes before the bike was put away.’
Other social media users, however, praised Presley’s fearlessness and Bob’s parenting skills.
One, ParanormalRider1, commented: ‘That’s some wholesome family content right there.
‘Parenting done right.’
Anotehr, 2wheelLove1, wrote: ‘Simultaneously the cutest and most badass thing I’ve ever seen. Lol.’
Bob said he was thrilled with the good feedback after posting the clip online and highlighted that next time Presley will be wearing her gloves.
He said: ‘I do appreciate the concern but I’m confident that we did everything right.
‘I had pretty much everything she needed to keep her safe, I did forget to bring her gloves though – I won’t let that happen again, the internet slayed me for it.
‘The helmet-to-helmet communications kept it safe, it meant I was able to very calmly give her direction and advice.
‘By not yelling stuff over the sounds of the bikes it helped keep emotions to a minimum.
‘Presley understood what she was doing and I knew what to look for, we spoke about everything extensively before the bike was ever started.
‘The day she’s able to pick the bike up on her own and hold it up with at least one foot planted is the day those wheels come off.
‘Besides a few internet trolls, the response to the video has been really positive – with thousands of people from all over the world praising her.
‘It’s really cool to hear strangers share their personal stories of their first time riding or riding with their kids.
‘I can’t believe how many people have been touched through this video, I think it brought back a lot of memories for some.
‘I also think the world is insane at the moment and we all need a “feel-good” video to remind us we are all just humans.’
Presley shows no signs of slowing down with Bob claiming she’s desperate to hit the track again.
He said: ‘I have plans to take Presley out in future as she’s been asking a lot lately.
‘We’ll go again real soon and I’ll make sure to film it and put the video up for everyone to see.
‘It’s really funny, anytime someone new comes over she makes them watch the video – she’s very proud of it and so are we.
‘We haven’t been back out since as I have been looking for a new place without any rocks.
‘The message I would like people to take from this video would be to experience life and do it with those who you love – for me, motorcycling allows me to do that.
‘I hope the video inspires some to get their kids away from the TV or games and try something new.’