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Old 06-27-2015, 11:14 PM
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I don't understand some parents thinking

Hey, been great weather lately.

The other day saw a man on a Harley. Now he could have been on any brand but to set the scene I have to mention the make for a reason.

The guy was wearing jeans ,t-shirt and a funny little helmet.

Sitting behind him was a boy of about nine or ten years old, I assume was his son.

The son was wearing sneakers, short pants, t-shirt and a funny little helmet like dad.

Now my way of thinking is the dad was informed as to what could happen in an accident. Mostly painful road rash or worse.

But a boy of around ten can't possibly understand what would happen in a accident. He has the belief that "dad" will make the right decisions that will keep him safe.

Far from advocating nanny state, but projecting myself into dad's place, I couldn't live with myself if my little boy had to endure that pain.


Don't get me wrong, I'm not judging dad for his attire, for many years I rode my Harley wearing jeans and t-shirts and no helmet. But I rode alone.

Just seems wrong to put someone that places their trust in you to keep them safe in this situation.
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Old 06-27-2015, 11:21 PM
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Re: I don't understand some parents thinking

I agree 100%!

Kids should have all protective equipment on while riding.
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Old 06-27-2015, 11:58 PM
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You need a license to ride a bike.
You need a license to catch a fish.
You need a license for all sorts of things....But any jackass can have a child.
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Re: I don't understand some parents thinking

Sadly, there is one malady for which there is no cure------You can't fix STUPID!!
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Re: I don't understand some parents thinking

Same kind of argument has put all our kids in car seats until puberty.
Everything comes with risk.
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Re: I don't understand some parents thinking

Back when I was only riding HD I always wore a leather jacket and helmet(a real one but open face). I did wear gloves and riding boots.

I also took Stevie with me - she had on a real open face helmet - jacket and gloves. Was it the best gear possible - no. Was I aware of the danger - yes.

I don't remember exactly when I started to wear better safer gear but it was maybe just before I bought my first BMW. At that time I was taking Stevie with me a lot and I knew we both needed better gear - we were doing lots of miles and it finally clicked in my head.

And I started taking her when she was 4 - so yes I had to make the decisions for her. No excuses here - it was what I wore at the time and luckily we never had to test any of it.

Looking back and of course I have a much different mindset now - ATGATT should have been the way for Stevie for sure and of course me.

These days I wear ATGATT on anything I ride even if it is a scooter.
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Re: I don't understand some parents thinking

My now 10 year old daughter loves to go for motorcycle rides. She began with very short trips at lowere speeds at age 6. In the beginning she wore a full face helmet, jeans and a casual jacket and sneakers tied securely.

Over time as she continued to show interest in riding, I have gotten her a textile motorcycle jacket and motorcycle gloves, both from Cycle Gear.

A big challenge with kids riding gear is that they outgrow things pretty quickly. If not riding frequently, they may only use the gear 3-5 times before it no longer fits properly.
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My now 10 year old daughter loves to go for motorcycle rides. She began with very short trips at lowere speeds at age 6. In the beginning she wore a full face helmet, jeans and a casual jacket and sneakers tied securely.

Over time as she continued to show interest in riding, I have gotten her a textile motorcycle jacket and motorcycle gloves, both from Cycle Gear.

A big challenge with kids riding gear is that they outgrow things pretty quickly. If not riding frequently, they may only use the gear 3-5 times before it no longer fits properly.

Consignment shops are your friend for looking for kids gear. Sometimes you get lucky and find that nice riding jacket that was only worn three times before it was outgrown.
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Re: I don't understand some parents thinking

The kid isn't his... prolly shacked up with this wench in the last couple of years and this intolarable brat was part of the package deal...
Heck... he rides a harlette... what dya expect...

Just some scenario playin' in my head...
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The kid isn't his... prolly shacked up with this wench in the last couple of years and this intolarable brat was part of the package deal...
Heck... he rides a harlette... what dya expect...

Just some scenario playin' in my head...

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Re: I don't understand some parents thinking

Eliminate School Zones.

If little Johnny is dumb enough to play in traffic, maybe we just ought to let him.

Time to thin the herd.
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Re: I don't understand some parents thinking

Interesting, here there is a minimum age for children to be pillioned, they must be at least 8 y.o. and be tall enough for their feet to reach the pillion footpegs, as to gear we do see all types but the most common one is mum or dad on a scooter with next to nothing on and a kid on the back again with next to nothing and have even seen in one case a kid on the back wearing a bicycle helmet!
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Re: I don't understand some parents thinking

I'm guilty of riding my g/f's kids around the neighborhood with no gear.
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. . . as to gear we do see all types but the most common one is mum or dad on a scooter with next to nothing on and a kid on the back again with next to nothing and have even seen in one case a kid on the back wearing a bicycle helmet!

At least it is nowhere near as bad as in China. There I saw a family of 5 on a single scooter with no gear whatsoever. And it was not an isolated instance.

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