Is it safe to ride a motorbike with a child onboard? If so, from what age is it safe?
It is never safe to take a child on a ride on or in anything. Nor to let them ride bicycles, skateboards, roller skates, ice-skates, skis... Better not to even let them outdoors. And make sure that indoors everything is locked up away from them. Make sure they wear helmets, kneepads, elbowpads, wristpads, shoulderpads, and padded clothes at all times. Even in bed in case they fall out.
You have to do the risk/reward analysis for yourself.
Motorcycling is much more dangerous than driving a car. Is the reward worth it? I think most people would say no.
You are responsible for your child's life. If the child was seriously hurt you would never forgive yourself.
probably 13, they are more understanding of the fact that they have told hold on
loveee bikes almost everyone rides in my family,and races,i wish to have one soon too,its in my blood,its nothing to do with gender bikes are for a free spirited people and who likes speed.
My children were 3 and 5 years old for their first rides. My bike had a backrest and they held on tight. I have been riding for 34 years now and I have 4 professional training programs under my belt including my instructors. Statistically a motorcycle has a 5 times greater chance of avoiding an accident than a car. 1)they stop better
2) they accelerate greater
3)they maneuver better
not to step on any of the toes of those learned answers above but the nay sayers are full of Ka Ka
my girls had the time of there lives on their first ride and their safety was never compromised.
I had a friend who knew this guy who's best friends cousin was killed in a mini van so I made my wife sell hers and get a motor-cycle. (sound familiar)
You must consider the kind of motorcycle riding you are into. That's because my father could take me for rides on his 250 Yamaha trail bike while I was still young enough to sit in front of him. It's just that road bikes can be a lot rougher. They bounce up off pavement over large bumps. Kids needs to be old enough to hang on when this happens or they might just fall off at some high speed.
Personally, I love motorcycles, and I'm all for them... but they are dangerous, and I think you need to understand the risks involved before you get on a bike. When you are a child, you are not ready to understand the risks or make that decision. I would never let me child get on a motorcycle, but that's just me.
When I was traveling around Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent, it was not unusual to see a family of four - yes FOUR - riding at speed, all crammed onboard a Vespa-size motorbike. And I'm talking about mom, dad and two small children.
Is it safe? Probably not. In America you would most likely lose your children to Child Protective Services. Heck, in America a kid can't ride a bicycle without a helmet!
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