Should kids be passengers on motorcycles? Am I an irresponsible mom by introducing my children to this sport? Should I allow my children — who I love more than anything in this world — to ride on the back of my bike (assuming full gear)?
This is a picture of me and my 9 year old boy, this past Sunday. It was his first ride on my motorcycle, and my first time taking a passenger. This year will be my 3rd season riding, with 14k miles on my bike. I’ve carried heavy packs and gear on my bike and on my rental bikes. I continue my education as a motorcyclist taking safety courses every year. I practice various techniques in empty parking lots early on Sunday mornings, so I feel more confident in my technical riding abilities. I always wear full gear, stripping down to a t-shirt only when the heat of the gear / overheating poses a greater risk to my well-being than being fully covered.
Still, the truth is that motorcycling is risky. It carries an inherent risk, that, despite my own training, miles and time in the saddle, can mitigated only by not riding. I have little control over other drivers and riders, but can do things to protect myself on the road (getting out of blind spots, always having an exit strategy, etc.)
What are your thoughts? Should I let my kid right on my motorcycle? I grew up on the back of my dad’s motorcycle, and the backs of many friends’ cycles. My dad always made me wear a helmet, but when I rode w/ friends I never did. I do now. Always. And so will my kids if they ride. What are your thoughts? How can we introduce our children to this incredible sport and way of life, but also do right by them by not exposing the to unnecessary risk?
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please share.