Hi. What are your views on carrying children as pillions? My seven-year-old's feet reach the pillion footpegs so it's legal. I have over 20 years' experience as a motorcyclist. Is seven too young? What age is acceptable? Thanks.
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7 yrs old??
1. get ALL the protective gear you can.
2. An intercom would be great, because it'll give them confidence to hear your voice,...also, the little buggers are that light, you wouldn't notice if they fell off....at least you'll here their screams.()
3. love handles..front, back or side...depends on them.
4. small, around the block journies first..then build up the distance and time.
when I've got my little man-child on the back..I always ride differently, AND I've noticed other road users improve around us to.
BUT..FULL PROTECTION IS A MUST....plenty to be found at bike shows...baby-biker web site and ebay (just got sidi size 5 for £49 for the lad)
but if the can reach the pegs>>> why not. ENJOY.
I have nothing against it
at all, but as NHB said everything must be done to safeguard the little chap or chapess.
Me? no way Jose, I would of rode like a pleb cos of the precious cargo on the back.
You know your children as well so have they got enough concentration so the y don't wander off somewhere in their head?
Mine had the concentration spans of gnats, another reason why I didn't
number 2 was funny
wee yin's on the back
Have to agree with the full Armour or dont let them on at all
Take my wee niece on the back of mine sometimes but she is now 14 started on my bike when she was 12 not so much age is the problem but how the kid is I think
Just remember your experience on a bike isnt the problem its both other drivers and the pillion that can be the problem start off with short trips wee 20 mins trip a few times before going for the full day stuff
I've ridden with an 8 year old pillion without any problems (scooter with top box so it was quite safe as they couldn't be launched off the back - I simply wouldn't accelerate fiercly enough for that to happen with any pillion though). I ride conciously aware of the pillion and surroundings and only do it with a pillion that will be sensible. You simply pay attention to whats happening and it's safe.
a 7 year old???
In that case,cruise along at 40mph,drop a couple of cogs,open the throttle wide and let rip.
Seriously though,it depends on the youngster and how you ride.
Kids & Bikes
Once the kids in protective kit and content generally you will have no problem with them my daughter would love being pillion gave her some street cred. However adults are a different matter. I collected daughter from Brownies and the leader reported me to the cops for Child abuse! She loudly proclaimed my taking daughter on the back of the bike was akin to child abuse I just smiled and pointed out the Guide association head office would be interested in her views and I was going to write and ask if this was guide policy - stupid woman soon shut up.
Just make sure the child is aware of the do's and dont's on a bike and you & bike are pukka otherwise you might find yourself being followed home by the local partol car.
Daughter rides her own scooter to 6th form now.
'WHO CARES WE NEVER WIN...........'
Just Do It
I don't remember how old mine were the first time I took them out.
As long as the child is sensible, it won't be a problem. (Fidgets should be avoided though. My son was one and he was a nightmare.)
My daughter loved it - especially if I took her to school! "Is that your dad?" "No, it's my mum."
If it ain't fun, don't do it
only u can judge
my son got his first pillion on his 10th birthday , along with full gear , he loved it , started with a 2 mile run then up to 14 or so to the coast , my wife hates bikes but knows how careful i would be with my boy on the back , my daughter said she hated bikes but needed a lift one day and i only had the bike she now loves going on as at 17 it doesnt do the street cred any harm , but at the end of the day its start slow and smal journeys and build on it .
GOT SOME XSMALL GEAR GOING CHEAP
just took my smallest one out
(SHE DOESN'T GO OUT MUCH ON THE BIKE)
her two pc gear is now too small..only used 3 times.
I'll be putting it on ebay this w/end...or anyone what to know more.??
Thanks for the advice everyone. Disapproval from other parents is probably as much of a worry as anything else. BaldE35 - I'm not sure I would have been as rational as you with the Brownie leader.
I didn't let my kids on the pillion seat until they were in their early teens, the reason being I wanted to ensure that they understood the potential risks that were involved so that they could make an informed decision if they wanted to ride. There is also an element of maturity at this age when the dangers are understood.
Its also worth mentioning that bikes are erganomically designed for adults, and young children simply won't fit properly.
I agree 100% with you that children should be able to make an informed dicision, you can't force them...BUT, I can not agree that you beleave, "bikes are erganomically designed for adults, and young children simply won't fit properly. "
Yeah, bikes are erganomically designed for adults to RIDE , but they are not erganomically designed for pillions. Have you ever been on the back of a sports bike? There is NO way that position has been EG'd. ..in fact, the smaller the package, the better.
In this modern world, everyone will look at everything, and find some sort of danger, me for example: I'm scared of horse's, and won't let my children ride a horse..they can if they want when they are older. But not now.
Yes that maybe true of sports bikes where the pillion seat is an after thought anyway and the designs happen to accomadate a small child or a crunched up adult but more conventional bikes or something like my old Tiger 955 well thats a bit different and issues do arise where children can just about get their feet on the foot rests. Many of these bikes have quite wide saddles and this is where the problem often arises. This is a minor point anyway and yes you are right many bikes are fine for smaller children but it is an issue that should be considered when making that decision to take your youngster out.