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post #1 of 19 Old 01-25-2007, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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Riding with the kids

I have a very serious question for the people with kids out there. When it gets nice again, I'd like to take the kids for a ride. Nothing long, just letting them ride a little with me. I'm comfortable with a rider, but I have no experience with a young rider. With an older rider, they "know" how to ride with you. My kids have no idea how to ride with me and even though I know I'm supposed to teach them, it's just the starting out point that has me scared. I'm asking for advice of any kind, tips, past experiences that would help, anything. Has anyone ever used any kind of harness between yourself and a small rider? I'm also worried about the feet. They're supposed to stay on the pegs, but we all know how kids are with the word "supposed". Even though a pipe would burn a leg, it would still block the leg from a wheel. I've got the undertail exhaust. Maybe I'm just being too worried, but hey, their my kids. They're 4,6, and 9. Thanks for anything.
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I used to ride with my son on the back when he was about 6 , I used the seatbelt from his car seat round his torso and a climbers lock to connect him to my belt, after a few runs he learned how to hang on.
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That's exactly the kind of thing I was talking about! I didn't know if they even made anything like that. Much appreciated! And that's the kind of advice/experience I need to hear. Felt kinda stupid for asking this question in the first place, but it really helps knowing what other guys did.

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My wife would flip....even though he rides a 50 around the yard/ good luck!
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Two sides to the coin here. 1) you are placing your children in greater risk by letting them ride with you. Not just the basic falling off or getting burned etc. but also the same risks that you take yourself. We all know the dangers of cagers on phones and all that. and 2) the good times and great memories that you can share with your children. I still remember my first ride on the back of my uncles Honda Shadow. It was awsome! You will be sharing a passion for something you love with them and they will remember that forever.

IMHO, if you go over some basic do's and don'ts, start out very slowly (for both their saftey and not to scare them off bikes altogether) and see where it goes from there. I've given my son his first ride when he was 5 and my daughter was putting around my very little town with me when she was 2. She sat on the tank and we never went over idle, 6-7 mph, but now everytime I fire the 10 up they start yelling that they want a ride.

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I've got 3 girls and I don't have it in me to take them out on a motorcycle.

I've taken my oldest daughter up and down the driveway a few times, but I cannot imagine being on the open road with my kids. If my father had taken me for motorcycle rides I would have thought he was the coolest dad on earth, but I cannot find it in myself to accept the risk. I don't think I could forgive myself if anything ever happened.

Having said this, I will be purchasing a Honda 50cc for the girls this Christmans (that I can stomach).

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Here's my take, if you must you have to go over the rules but it has to be a kid that will adhere to the rules....before I go into the rules you are wrong about adults knowing what to do, they can be even worse than a child when riding.

Yes, have them keep the feet on the pegs, if they take them off they can burn themselfs bad on the pipes and ruin balance.

second make them learn that allthough it's scary when your leaning the bike it's important to lean with you together, and not mess with the balance of the bike..let them know it's worse to try to stay upright in a corner like most Adult newbs try to do.

That's just a few but the main thing is make sure you establish rules before the ride.

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:iamwithst I didn't let my son ride until he was 9. We only went around the block until he learned the "rules of riding" Now he's 10 and he's a pro. We don't take any highway's or even busy two lanes. We stick to back roads at a very conservative speed. Most of the time I just take him to school cause it makes him feel like the MAN when he hops off and gives me some knuckles and struts off in front of his friends.

4 and 6 seems a tad young to me, but you know your kids, if you think they can sit still and just enjoy the ride than ultimately it's up to you and your comfort level.

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No kids yet so my thinking might change when I do but I don't think so. I wouldn't have my children on a streetbike with me. There are just too many things that can happen on the street and even if you are careful and pay attention to your surroundings, you never know. I worry about anything happening to my wife when she rides with me so I can only imagine how I would feel if the person hanging on to me was my child. I just feel like the rider is putting his/her life in your hands and I would feel like a shit sandwich if they were injured or worse because they were on the back of my bike.

I'm not trying to tell anybody what to do with their children. Just my .02.
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