View Full Version : Do you ride your child on your bike?

Gas Man
02-11-2012, 11:11 PM
Reason I ask is because of this newest article...

The issue of motorcycle passenger safety, specifically where it concerns children and the regulations regarding helmet use and passenger age requirements, is always a hot topic. To reignate the debate, last weekend, a Tampa, Florida dad was charged with felony child neglect for riding with his 3-year old held front of him. In Florida, like in many other states (except 2), there is no restriction or legal regulation based on a minimum age to be authorized to ride as a motorcycle passenger.

As the opposite, Florida has very strict laws severely enforced regarding children traveling in cars. It includes a separate approved carrier for children 3 and under and child restraint until age 5. Florida law regarding a child passenger on a motorcycle only requires this passenger to be properly outfitted, wearing a helmet if under 21. And of course there is almost no way you can practically attach a child restraint device or special carrier seat on a motorcycle.

New York State, like Florida, has no restriction regarding age of a motorcycle passenger. Statistics from these 2 states show that motorcycle accidents involving young children are extremely rare and insignificant. Doing a little bit of research, I found out that the Florida laws applying to children traveling in cars are described as applicable to all motor vehicles. So, regarding children safety, Florida doesn’t consider motorcycles as motor vehicles… Sometimes amusing what our legislators are able to write. So, what do you think?. Should legislation be enacted or only just common sense should apply regarding young children as motorcycle passengers? (Zefa credit picture)

At what age or size do you start to ride them on the bike, and for how long of a ride??

02-12-2012, 08:08 AM
Only had one of my kids on my bike. When the other two were little I was being "responsible" and not riding at all. He was 10 years old, but probably size of 8 yo. We never went far, but he really thought it was cool when I picked him up from school or took him to soccer. Now he's too big to want to ride bitch, lol.

Anyone need a small full face helmet? Really only used 10 times for 100 miles.

02-12-2012, 09:11 AM
I never have. I couldn't bring myself to putting the kids on the back of the bike. To worried about something going wrong and ultimitally being responsible for hurting any of the them. Wouldn't be able to live with myself. Opinions vary right........now they are all in their 20's so they can make their own decisions of the pros and risks of riding.

Gas Man
02-12-2012, 09:40 AM
I use to ride my sisters little brother around. First time when he was like 5. We put him between us and roe around the block. Then as he got older and bigger we took it farther.

02-12-2012, 07:12 PM
Age 6 ish, about the time they're able to comprehend that letting go while the bike is moving will likely result in getting hurt. But even then only slow laps around the block or on a dirt bike. No real road travel until 8-ish when they're not so figgity and can hang on worth a lick. My niece is still way too figity for laps around the block, I might start her out with the moped this summer if she can reach the ground and keep it upright.

02-12-2012, 08:30 PM
Took my daughter for about a 45minute ride each way to Plymouth and back a little over 10 years ago. She was about 8 at the time. Waited till she could get her feet on the foot boards before doing so. Got caught in a thunderstorm on the way home, lots of lightning. Took mostly back roads but had to take the highway from N. Territorial to the Pinckney exit. Still freaks me out today thinking about running her down the highway in all that mess. She was a trooper though.

Gas Man
02-12-2012, 08:34 PM
I think in Michigan, reaching the pegs is the only real rule for riding kids. Well that and helmet. We asked a cop once...

02-13-2012, 11:37 AM
I'm allowed to take them around the block. Actually got permission to ride them to school, 2 miles away.

Wifey makes it painfully clear that *I* can be replaced, but the kids cannot.

Gas Man
02-13-2012, 02:07 PM
Nice I know your place in the family higherarchy. :rofl:

02-13-2012, 02:31 PM
Nice I know your place in the family higherarchy. :rofl:

Sperm donor.

02-15-2012, 02:28 PM
when my daughter was younger i took her around the area but not far

DK Custom
02-18-2012, 04:34 AM
I think my daughter was around 8 or so when I started riding her on quads, dirt bikes and street bikes. She is 28 now and an avid quad rider herself. She will passenger on a street bike, but does not care for it that much.

02-19-2012, 02:54 AM
As Gas said, and I was the one that asked, the Cycle police that escorted one of our rides (Andy Ross I think) stated that as long as1) they can reach the pegs or boards with stable shoes, and 2) able to wear a DOT helmet they are legal.
With that being said I have been taking my kids on rides since the were able to sit upright and hold on to my arms while in the front of me. However, we were only goin about 10-15 MPH Max and only around the block or down the main drag of our neighborhood. 2 summers ago I took Isabel out on the HD; as she fit in the wifes 3/4 and was able to reach the passenger highway pegs, and we went buzzin round town runnin some errands and went and saw the wife at work for lunch. She has been taking little jaunts with me since.

Gas Man
02-19-2012, 10:32 PM
The man said it... I am on the same ground as Cave on this.