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Anyone else take kids for rides?

On their bike...and not in a darked out van.

Yesterday, I took my oldest daughter (8yr old) for her first passenger ride since she can finally reach the pegs. I bought her a full face helmet she decorated with stickers, she was able to get a KungFu on an A* backpack I have that also has a waist buckle and we took a ride to Dairy Queen for ice cream... priceless.

She got tons of thumbs up from passengers and pilots on other bikes since their was tons of bikes out cruising.

I got shitloads of dirty looks from cagers in minivans...

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The grin lasted on her face until bedtime. Anyone else put their kids on the back of their sportbikes recklessly endangering their lives?

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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-25-2009, 12:28 PM
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Great idea, if i had one i will do the same. Great daddy

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I used to take my oldest son around, then it got too uncool to ride bitch. I've taken my oldest daughter around, but I now need to get her a pair of riding pants that fit. My younger two haven't experienced it yet.

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Never in the back, but I have been riding my daughter in front of me since she has been 4. I'm taller on my 600 so it's not bad, but this year I think she will be going in back, if I get some rear pegs and seat.... She likes riding her own bike more anyways.

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I took both of them on the bike at once around the driveway one day on the Harley I babysat

I doubt I'll be taking them out for rides on the 600. I would feel much better if they had a back rest... My parents took me out all the time as a kid.
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My 14 yr old stepdaughter rides with her Dad on his Harley and complains about how uncomfortable it is. It's an 883. She has been bugging me to ride on my 'bird. So this year I might give her a spin. My 8 yr old is a little too skittish yet. Maybe in a couple years she'll get the nerve. My two boys (4 & 3) love to ride on my inlaws and friends 4 wheelers as passengers. I think they have the bike addiction already 'cause they don't want to get off of them. When they get older I'll introduce them to two wheels. Who cares what the cagers think, I've seen plenty of kids riding 2 up. Cheers.

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Ive been takeing my son on the bike since he was in kindergarden. He was the envy of all the other kids. They thought it was so cool to get dropped off and picked up on a bike on the nice days. He could always reach the pegs since then. I never left the neighborhood tho. I lived four blocks from the school so it was all residential streets. Now that he's nine he rides around with me with his gear on. I still avoid the main roads with speed limits over 45. I feel saferthat way. I'm not worried about my rideing ability, I'm worried about all the assholes in cars. I think he likes it bettert than is fiddy, but he sill likes to ride that.
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I dont have kids but im nervous enough with a passenger informed enough on the risks to make a sound decision, kids... no way too fidgety,distracted and if mine id be too protective

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I rode my nieces around the neighborhood ( slow no traffic ) in front of me for fun.


If I was actually going somewhere they would need to be older, geared up and
use a buddy belt or something.

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My mom took me for a ride on the back of my uncles Suzuki 550, when I was 8.

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I took both of them on the bike at once around the driveway one day on the Harley I babysat

I doubt I'll be taking them out for rides on the 600. I would feel much better if they had a back rest... My parents took me out all the time as a kid.
I bet you could take em on my Goldwing and they would love it. Let me know if you want to try

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I started on the back of bikes at age 5 and riding on my own at age 7 - Not a damn thing wrong with it if precaution is taken for the wee one

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she was able to get a KungFu on an A* backpack I have that also has a waist buckle
That's a great idea for when my boys get older. I've got a Teknic backpack with waist strap.

I've taken my oldest (4yrs old last year) around the block with him in front and his feet on my frame sliders. And I got the same "all day smile" from him.

He asks everytime I go out riding if he can come with. I can't wait for the day I don't have to say "soon".

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as others have said, as long as appropriate precautions are taken I think its great. I remember riding with my uncle when I was young and thats what really set the bug with me. Those rides are some of the most memorable, I wouldn't trade em for the world

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At 12, my son was the first kid to do triple digits at his school.

Crazy yes.... but I did have full gear for him as well. Not that, that made it ok..........
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All of this sounds good and seems to be done properly. I'm looking forward to it one day myself. I have done quite a bit of research on it already. However, I have to say that putting the kids in front of you is not a good idea because in an accident, you would crush them. This is advised against by all the guidelines and articles I have been able find.

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That's a great idea for when my boys get older. I've got a Teknic backpack with waist strap.

I've taken my oldest (4yrs old last year) around the block with him in front and his feet on my frame sliders. And I got the same "all day smile" from him.

He asks everytime I go out riding if he can come with. I can't wait for the day I don't have to say "soon".
It's kind of an odd backpack with an additional flap with 3 large buckles that flips over the top... I still had the additional upper chest strap to secure it from sliding off.

She was able to wrap her arms under the 3 vertical buckles and lock her hands together besides using the belt buckle.

I know that snowmobile riders have an actual dedicated harness I saw once in a catalog... I might have to look into it.

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6 year old riding as passenger

Mama doesn't like it at all but when the weather is nice, we sneak out to his bus stop. Once in a while we make a special trip to the gas station for some candy (around the corner-approx 1 mi. away, speed limit is 35mph). We'll use his bicycle helmet and glasses, sometimes a buddy belt. I wish I could do more (safety-wise) and realize it's not safe but I'm very cautious. I get dirty looks and sometimes thumbs-up from people. To hear him scream with joy or "whoooo" while accelerating is priceless!
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I bet you could take em on my Goldwing and they would love it. Let me know if you want to try
Dude my kid used to sleep on my goldwing, we would start out in the back and then I used to have to put him in the front because he would start sliding off the back,lol, Then he would spraul out on the tank and sleep like a baby, I could never understand it , he was 5 then and now he's 18 and will be getting his own bike soon, but he still says he used to sleep great on the bike because he felt safe LOL,,,,,, go figure, now I have 2 more that I have to break in, all boys, (help me) lol......
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