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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 07-11-2013, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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I just read gcextreme's post about his coworkers crash. We all hope for his full recovery.
My 12 year old son likes to ride on the bike with me. He has been riding with me for two years. My wife doesn't like it at all when he rides. A few weeks ago, during a club ride in our area, a female passenger was thrown off when the driver swerved to miss an animal in the road and hit the curb. It was low speed and I don't know if the bike even went down. Unfortunately she hit her face on a guard rail and although she is recovering, it will take a very long time. Four years ago a lady fell off the bike in a similar incident a couple miles from our house and was killed buy following traffic.
My question is, am I a fool for having him on the bike or is it relatively safe if done carefully? I would like everyone's opinion.

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I have a 7 year old and an 11 year old. They both love riding with me. Safe? Heck no!! Riding a motorcycle is fraught with danger...

When my kids ride with me they wear full face helmets and I really only ride the around the neighborhood or on very low traffic back roads. They could still get horribly maimed, but I figure it's a risk I am comfortable with. Then again...I'm willing to jump out of an airplane so I might not be the best person to talk about acceptable risk.

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Safe? No! Would I do it? Probably not. I'll let my nephews ride with me (6&11) but I don't go out of my neighbourhood, and don't go over 20mph. Do I think it is wrong or look down on others for it? Not at all.


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Have him on the bike and ride safe and defensively. JMO

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Going up and down your street at low speed is one thing....going for a ride on public roads and traffic at posted speeds is another. I'd never give a minor a ride except for that slow ride down my street. And they would have to have a helmet ,gloves, etc and reach the footpegs.

To me, once they are old enough to make their own decisions, can leagally drive themselves, they can choose to go on an extended ride with me.

Ask yourself if your son got seriously hurt, or killed, whose fault it would be? Could you live with it? Could your wife live with you?

I wouldn't take the risk myself. Once my daughter was old enough to make her own choice as an adult, and after explaining the danger that exsists, I finally gave her a ride on my bike.

Just my view on this....but giving a ride to any minor, yours or someone else's, is sitting on the edge of "child endangerment".......

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Going up and down your street at low speed is one thing....going for a ride on public roads and traffic at posted speeds is another. I'd never give a minor a ride except for that slow ride down my street. And they would have to have a helmet ,gloves, etc and reach the footpegs.

To me, once they are old enough to make their own decisions, can leagally drive themselves, they can choose to go on an extended ride with me.

Ask yourself if your son got seriously hurt, or killed, whose fault it would be? Could you live with it? Could your wife live with you?

I wouldn't take the risk myself. Once my daughter was old enough to make her own choice as an adult, and after explaining the danger that exsists, I finally gave her a ride on my bike.

Just my view on this....but giving a ride to any minor, yours or someone else's, is sitting on the edge of "child endangerment".......
KM, Are you going to place every kid in bubble wrap and chain them inside? Aren't there risks in taking a kid in a car, on a snowmobile, on a boat, in a canoe,or on a plane? The OP's son wants to enjoy quality time with his dad. Kids more than ever need to get outside and more importantly spend time with their parents.

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Going up and down your street at low speed is one thing....going for a ride on public roads and traffic at posted speeds is another. I'd never give a minor a ride except for that slow ride down my street. And they would have to have a helmet ,gloves, etc and reach the footpegs.

To me, once they are old enough to make their own decisions, can leagally drive themselves, they can choose to go on an extended ride with me.

Ask yourself if your son got seriously hurt, or killed, whose fault it would be? Could you live with it? Could your wife live with you?

I wouldn't take the risk myself. Once my daughter was old enough to make her own choice as an adult, and after explaining the danger that exsists, I finally gave her a ride on my bike.

Just my view on this....but giving a ride to any minor, yours or someone else's, is sitting on the edge of "child endangerment".......
I really need to question your thoughts on how taking a kid on a bike can be classified as borderline child endangerment. I suppose taking them in a car is the same thing??

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KM, Are you going to place every kid in bubble wrap and chain them inside? Aren't there risks in taking a kid in a car, on a snowmobile, on a boat, in a canoe,or on a plane? The OP's son wants to enjoy quality time with his dad. Kids more than ever need to get outside and more importantly spend time with their parents.
I said that's "my view" on it. Everyone gets to make their own choice here....I thought the point of posting was asking his others here felt about it.
To quote his last line:
"I would like everyone's opinion"

I gave mine. I was answering his question, not asking for your view of it...

Want to spend time with your kid? Do something they like to do with them, not something YOU like to do.

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My first ride on a motorcycle, I was 6, on the back of my Dad's best friend's Honda. That was 42 years ago and I still remember it fondly. I've loved motorcycles every since. Back roads with a helmet on, I see no problem. Death will come to us all one day or another. If this is something your child likes and you are confortable with it....go for it.
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Yes its dangerous... so is almost everything. Have I done it? No.... Not yet... I probably will at some point. It'll be a very careful and controlled thing.

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