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Old 02-22-2011, 08:16 AM   #1
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Motorcycles and children?

So I'm curious... are there any laws regarding children riding on the back of motorcycles? Specifically sportbikes? Is there a minimum age or weight?

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Old 02-22-2011, 08:18 AM   #2
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:21 AM   #3
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5 years old is what I remember.
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:34 AM   #4
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Okay... so it's legal...

Now... would you give your kid a ride? If not, how old would he/she have to be before you allowed it? My dad never let me ride with him until I was 14. I have a 9 year old son who has had his own mini (stolen). He has been begging me for a ride. I'm not sure what to tell him. Wife is okay with it but I don't know if I am. I certainly would feel better if we had a cruiser but we are not cruiser-folk.

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TRANSPORTATION CODE

TITLE 7. VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC

SUBTITLE C. RULES OF THE ROAD

CHAPTER 545. OPERATION AND MOVEMENT OF VEHICLES

SUBCHAPTER A. GENERAL PROVISIONS

Sec. 545.416. RIDING ON MOTORCYCLE. (a) An operator of a motorcycle shall ride on the permanent and regular seat attached to the motorcycle.

(b) An operator may not carry another person on the [Previous Hit] motorcycle, and a person who is not operating the motorcycle may not ride on the motorcycle, unless the motorcycle is designed to carry more than one person.

(c) If the motorcycle is designed to carry more than one person, a passenger may ride only on the permanent and regular seat, if designed for two persons, or on another seat firmly attached to the motorcycle behind or to the side of the operator.

(d) Except as provided by Subsection (e), an operator may not carry another person on a motorcycle unless the other person is at least five years of age . An offense under this subsection is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than $100 or more than $200. It is a defense to prosecution under this subsection that the operator was operating the motorcycle in an emergency or for a law enforcement purpose.

(e) Subsection (d) does not prohibit an operator from carrying on a motorcycle a person younger than five years of age who is seated in a sidecar attached to the motorcycle.


The information above should not be construed as legal advice. It is merely my opinion.

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Me personally, no, not a 5 year old.
I don't even like giving my gf a ride into town.
Backroads I'm ok with taking her.

But kids, eh maybe 14 or 15.
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Me personally, no, not a 5 year old.
I don't even like giving my gf a ride into town.
Backroads I'm ok with taking her.

But kids, eh maybe 14 or 15.
Yeah I am not a fan of giving ANYONE rides, not even the wife. She needs to get her own! I kind of feel that the connection between a man and his motorcycle is immensely personal and private.

I am currently looking for a standard full face helmet for my boy. He has an off-road one but I wouldn't think that'd be enough for the pavement.

Just because I'm looking doesn't mean he's going to ride. Keep your thoughts coming. All advice is appreciated and heavily weighted upon...
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My son is 12 and I wouldn't go more than around the block with him on the back. Not worth the risk to me. There's a possibility of a horrific event that I can't deal with
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My buddy takes his 7 year old son to school on his Honda Super Hawk all the time and has taken him on some rides as well. I wouldn't personally but who am I to tell him not too. He's definetly the cool kid at school though.
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Been taking my daughter out on the bike since her feet could reach the pegs. I think she was about 5 the first time.

Glad I did too - the kid seems to love them as much as I do.
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Get him the full face helmet (along with his other gear), wait for a nice early Saturday morning and take him somewhere with open roads and very light traffic.
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My buddy takes his 7 year old son to school on his Honda Super Hawk all the time and has taken him on some rides as well. I wouldn't personally but who am I to tell him not too. He's definetly the cool kid at school though.
This is what I will be doing IF I allow him to ride. It's quite a trek though. His school is about 17 miles away from the house.
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Once they/you meet the requirements of the law (5 years old) then they/you are responsible for their actions and they/you can do whatever is right for them/you.

I'm in favor of personal responsibility. People should be able to do whatever they want... as long as they are accountable for their actions.
Burn a flag? get your kicked
Kill somebody? get executed
Steal? get prison
Take your kid for a ride? be a great parent
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Dam I'm having a baby girl in 4 months and was wanting to find a carseat for her that would strap down on the back. with an H- belt of course.
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Once they/you meet the requirements of the law (5 years old) then they/you are responsible for their actions and they/you can do whatever is right for them/you.

I'm in favor of personal responsibility. People should be able to do whatever they want... as long as they are accountable for their actions.
Burn a flag? get your kicked
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Take your kid for a ride? be a great parent
Save the hyperbole for another discussion. My intent with this thread is absolutely genuine and sincere.... So I take it you wouldn't give your kid a ride until he/she was 18?
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Once they/you meet the requirements of the law (5 years old) then they/you are responsible for their actions and they/you can do whatever is right for them/you.

I'm in favor of personal responsibility. People should be able to do whatever they want... as long as they are accountable for their actions.
Burn a flag? get your kicked
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Take your kid for a ride? be a great parent
^^this^^ my uncle used to take me out on rides when I was young and ever since then I knew I would forever be on 2 wheels.
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Dam I'm having a baby girl in 4 months and was wanting to find a carseat for her that would strap down on the back. with an H- belt of course.
Rearfacing of course, to be on the safe side
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There were some guidelines I read years ago that might help.

Any child should be able to reach the footpegs and be able to hold on well and not at an age where they might fall asleep on the back.

Ive seen little babies sitting on gas tanks going down the street at biker rallies.
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But I see a Ural in the future.
That is what I did. The boy loved if for a year or so then
not so much....

Mine was a old Dnepr. I HIGHLY recomend the late model Urals if your
pocket book will allow. The older Urals and Dneprs are WAY to maintanance
intensive and the quality is sub-par at best....

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