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Old 11-21-2008, 10:28 AM   #1
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Children on the backs of motorcycles

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the question was brought up to me What about kids riding on a motorcycle with adults what are the laws regarding. well as i always said if i don't know i will try to find out. hears what Cindy at the state sent to me.
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15. What are the laws regarding motorcycle passengers?
The Texas Transportation Code (TRC) does not have a minimum age, height or weight limit for passengers. The only requirements for passengers are to ride on a permanent seat either behind or beside (sidecar) the driver and to wear a helmet if under 21 years old. If over 21, a passenger can ride without a helmet if the driver meets the helmet exemption requirements.

http://tlo2.tlc.state.tx.us/statutes/tn.toc.htm
§545.416 (chapter 545, section 416; passengers)
§661.003 (chapter 661, section 003; helmet law and exemption)

For more information on the helmet law and exemptions, visit http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/msb/helmet.htm

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Old 11-21-2008, 10:32 AM   #2
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We have a few members of the board who ride 2up with their children. Usually a helmet, armor, and a handle belt is involved.
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Old 11-21-2008, 10:33 AM   #3
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I've seen a few guys around Clear Lake riding w/their lil girls/boys (maybe <8 yrs old) wearing just a helmet on the back of their "hog". I PERSONALLY love my lil girl too much to put her in such a dangerous position.

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I've seen a few guys around Clear Lake riding w/their lil girls/boys (maybe <8 yrs old) wearing just a helmet on the back of their "hog". I PERSONALLY love my lil girl too much to put her in such a dangerous position.

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+1 ... that's why I want to get a side car for my bike
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Old 11-21-2008, 10:45 AM   #6
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My daughter has been riding with me since she was 3. She used to ride in front of me and fall asleep. She's now 17 and falls asleep on the back. :o
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Old 11-21-2008, 10:59 AM   #7
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i grew up riding on the back with my dad, i loved when he'd take me to school on the bike. i rode with him on his dirt bikes as early as 3, street at about 5 or 6 i think
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I'm not saying it's not fun...but seriously think about the amount of risk involved.
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I'm not saying it's not fun...but seriously think about the amount of risk involved.
risk is everywhere... i don't hide from it and I'm not going to shelter my kids from it, that's how they learn. I rode my little pw 50 on the street about 1/2 a mile to my friends house almost everyday after school... starting at about 6 years old. if you don't expose the kids to it and teach them about it, how will they ever know
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im about to start riding with my oldest boy.
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I didn't say to shelter the kids from any sort of risk, but why put them in harms way for fun....you're telling me that you shouldn't try to protect kids at all or else they won't learn?


Brett: "sure son, you can play on Nasa Rd 1, just watch out for cars"
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BTW learning on a lil 50 on suburban streets is far different than trying to hang on for dear life while a seasoned rider is in control (assuming only a seasoned rider would be confident enough to attempt something like this)
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I'm not saying it's not fun...but seriously think about the amount of risk involved.
You can protect them by providing the proper gear and training. Or, you can shelter them and let them miss out on all the fun.

All my kids have ridden or still do ride with me. The youngest at 6 has had a CRF50 since he was 3. It had training wheels and just idled along in 1st gear in the beginning. Now the training wheels are off and he knows how to shift gears.

I take him to school on my bike almost every day that the weather permits.
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I didn't say to shelter the kids from any sort of risk, but why put them in harms way for fun....you're telling me that you shouldn't try to protect kids at all or else they won't learn?


Brett: "sure son, you can play on Nasa Rd 1, just watch out for cars"
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BTW learning on a lil 50 on suburban streets is far different than trying to hang on for dear life while a seasoned rider is in control (assuming only a seasoned rider would be confident enough to attempt something like this)
i didn't have to hang on for dear life. i had a backrest that helped to hold me on. I enjoyed doing things with my dad and bonding when i was little, the bike was one more way to do so. of course there are risks, but they are minimized based on where you ride.
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yes gear does provide more protection, but before they are able to properly hold on it's too much of a risk, and the example that I provided the kids were too young and barely seemed to be holding on and only had a helmet

I'm not saying that it's wrong, but I wouldn't do it b/c it's a risk that I wouldn't be willing to take w/my lil girl.
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i didn't have to hang on for dear life. i had a backrest that helped to hold me on. I enjoyed doing things with my dad and bonding when i was little, the bike was one more way to do so. of course there are risks, but they are minimized based on where you ride.
if there is a backrest and they wear gear that is different b/c there is less risk since they don't have to hold on or fall off anymore. But still a much larger bargain w/life while riding around in traffic on two wheels....
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I'm not saying it's not fun...but seriously think about the amount of risk involved.
+1 - It's fun and a great bonding thing, but the upside/downside are a bit out of whack. I'm ok with the risk, my boys are too young to understand it, and I could never explain to my better third if something went wrong.

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GQ, i agree with you. we take risks everyday, why take a larger risk? around the neighborhood is ok with me, but on main roads..no.
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