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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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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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:+1: :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. :dontknow:
 

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i've taken all my kids for rides on my bikes through the years as they have grown up....mostly around the neighborhood but occasionally through town....now that my son is 16 and taller then me he no longer is allowed on the back of the bike as i quoted him the golden rule that you are not allowed to have more balls then tires on a bike....:mrgreen:
 

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:+1: :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.

My son is 9 right now and he loves for me to take him to school on the bike...same here he thinks he is the shit!....but i take him on small rides here and there usually to grandparents house or to close by friends....im not gonna take him on any freeways till he ask....for being so young he knows the danger he has seen me roadrashed up and down!....so until then just short little puts around town!:+1:
 

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Well Bloo, I guess I worded that wrong. I was meaning that an older person would most likely understand what they needed to do when told about riding as a passenger. I know some older people that are complete idiots. Anyway, these rides will be slow rides only around the neighborhood. Maybe, just maybe, an occasional ride to the store or blockbuster. I agree that 4 and probably even 6 are too young. My 9 has a great head on her shoulders. I don't know, I'm still up in the air.
 

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I have 3 boys 8,9, and 11 and love to ride with me when its nice out. Like myself, they cant ride without boots, gloves, thick jacket and jeans helmet (I know some states its still not law, scary). They have been on short bouts on the freeway and just love it. I also have 2 chatterboxes so we can communicate while riding its awesome. This season Im getting the buddy belt becuase holding on that strap is not very assuring nor can they reach all the way around my waist. Check out the buddy belt at www.buddybelt.com looks way better than that contraption that came in the 2nd posting.
 

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I have 3 children, 6,6,(girls) and 13 (boy), the boy I will take around our quiet no exit block, and occasionally to the store or to school (2 miles away) the girls I have let sit on it with me, but I believe are far to young to go out on the road, too dangerous! People are stupid and if something happend to one of them I would not be able to live with the fact that I could have prevented it. It's like a crapshoot with your kids lives. . not me . . sorry.

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I had the same problem and here's how I look at it...I have kids that are now 15, 13, and 9 and I have had a motorcycle since long before any of them were even born.

I have no problem making a mistake on the road and surviving the consequence, had road rash before and will probably have it again but I cannot with good concience put my kids at the same risk. It's not ME that I'm worried about, it's the inherent risk we all take when the driver of that car or truck may not see you and takes you out. I dont like passengers at all just for that reason,hence the solo seat on my 10 with passenger footpegs removed. I simply dont want the emotional responsiblity for whatever happens...because a downed bike will NOT be good on a child. I have and will continue to give the kids small rides around the neighborhood on my Harley but thats the extent of it.

Now here is the other side of it...Motorcycling is without a doubt some of the BEST fun out there so....I bought all of my kids bikes several years ago, they get to go out and enjoy the MX track at their OWN pace and any mistake is on them (yeah I sleep better knowing that). I have and will NEVER push them to do anything they arent ready for and that approach has ensured that the kids remain having FUN and that they dont feel pressure to live up to MY expectations. I will say that they have been riding for about 4 years now and they are better than me in the dirt (thats not saying much though). The skills these kids get from riding are astounding. They have to deal with a track with 50-100 guys flying around it at different speeds, I know that can only HELP when they find their way to the street as they get older.

So I guess my advice to you would be, weigh everything and decide what is right for you and the kids. I'm not so sure a seatbelt is the right thing either, yeah..if you stay upright (99.9% chance), no harm no foul, but if you go down, the kid is done IMO.

Good Luck and ENJOY!
 

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well i was raised in a family of professinal drivers and cops, so i kinda have have an advantage as far as reading situations and and almost precognative ability to see what going to happen on the road. yeah it sounds corney but i haven't ever had an accident or a ticket and i pretty much never try to push the limit on anything so i have enough confidence in myself to put my sons life in my hands. But I wouldn't put him on anything with anyone but my brother.
 
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