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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-26-2003, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
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My 8 yr old son has been wanting to ride with me on the bike. Usually we just go to the local McD's not even 5 mins away. All local roads, speed limits 20 mph. But now he wants to go to the other rides. Does anybody have any experience with the buddy belt? and is there any MC jacket for lil kids? He's already got a MX helmet for when I bought him his XR50. What do you guys usually do when the lil ones want a ride?

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-26-2003, 11:46 AM
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It's awesome when the "next generation" shares our enthusiasm for riding, but allow me to play "devil's advocate" for a minute. Do his feet reach the footpegs? Can he hold on safely? Does he comprehend what to do in case something unforseen happens? If so, make sure he's properly "geared up" and go for it!

On the other hand, I don't know if having a little person attached to a big person is a good idea. What happens if you crash?

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It's awesome when the "next generation" shares our enthusiasm for riding, but allow me to play "devil's advocate" for a minute. Do his feet reach the footpegs? Can he hold on safely? Does he comprehend what to do in case something unforseen happens? If so, make sure he's properly "geared up" and go for it!

On the other hand, I don't know if having a little person attached to a big person is a good idea. What happens if you crash?
His feet reaches the footpegs, he can hold on OK but I think I'd get the Buddy Belt so he could get a better grip. I'm now trying to look for a MC jacket for better protection. I wonder if they make jackets that small.

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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-26-2003, 12:35 PM
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Ask RDRASH about the small jacket.

O sorry too easy.

Isn't the buddy belt something you wear with handles to grab onto?

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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-26-2003, 02:23 PM
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Ask RDRASH about the small jacket.

O sorry too easy.

Isn't the buddy belt something you wear with handles to grab onto?
Yes. Was actually thinking of one for my 10 year old. Went out last nite for the 1st time and he REALLY liked it. Time to invest in some youth gear.

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I give my kid rides all the time. He is 10

I have to admit I am nervous every time he climbs on, and Im sure people think Im stupid for letting him on . Its my choice and we enjoy the ride together. He always has a helmet jeans and a jacket on atleast, no exceptions.

My opinion on the buddy belt is this....
I personally like to feel his hands on my side or thru my belt loops and when I tell him to hang on tighter he wraps his arms as far as they will go..... Hes a really good passenger but hasnt figured out how to stay still during braking.

With the buddy belt you actually cant tell if someone is holding on or not.

This is gonna hurt!
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-26-2003, 03:51 PM
 
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I have mixed opinions about taking a child for a ride. I would much rather supprt going t othe trials and riding dirt bikes together, but to subject them to the dangers of the road is questionable. I think the down side is the BIG IF. You would never ever ever forgive yourself, nor would your family or the general public if you were in a crash with a child under the age of 15. The prosecutor might even try and press charges for endangerment or neglegence due to public outcry. IN the papers motorcycles involved in crashes are ALWAYS protrayed as riding too fast and irresponsibly with no regard for the high performance aspect of the machine compared to a minivan or SUV.


SOme thing to think about. At least getting them riding gear sholod keep you covered and provide thme with good protection. Some of the small women's specific gear might fit a youngster.
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I hear ya Mike and I agree.

On a side note though..... We get tons of compliments and encouragement also

This is gonna hurt!
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-26-2003, 10:09 PM
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IS there a LEGAL minimum age that you cant bring a child on a bike ? Did I say that right ? How old does a child have to be before you can Legally bring them on your bike ?

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I have no knowledge of any law about this


Oh Dave??????????????????????

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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-26-2003, 10:25 PM
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The only thing I've ever heard is a passenger must be able to reach the footpegs and lift themself off the seat. I don't believe there is a legal age limit. Like many laws they don't distinguish too much between cars and bikes.

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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-26-2003, 10:36 PM
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The reason I ask is my 6 year old nephew wants so bad to go for a ride, but I am,
1. scared to bring him on, god forbid if I get in any kind of a crash, big or small, it boggles my mind to think what if I hurt him, or I would have to kill the MOFO that did hurt him.
2. he is small, although he can hit the pegs
3. I maybe thought there was a law thing about his age.

So i guess I answered my own question, I wont be bringing him on it until I feel comfortable in doing so...

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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-27-2003, 11:30 AM
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when i was little (like 4ish maybe?), my cousin used to take me for rides on his bike. i used to ride up front though, in front of him, behind the tank.
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