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Old 05-13-2013, 08:58 PM   #16
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Some car seats can be attached to the right luggage rack...
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:05 PM   #17
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Hmm, and I am totally Illegal. California Law States
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A child may ride as a passenger on a motorcycle when he/she is no longer required to be in a child restraint (car seat) and their feet can reach the passenger foot pegs. Failure to obey this could result in citations being issued for violations of 27360 of the California Vehicle Code (Child Passenger Restraint law) and 27800 of the Vehicle Code (Motorcycles - Passengers: Equipment and Usage). Additionally, depending on the circumstances, an officer could cite or arrest the adult for child endangerment.

Just for clarification, the child seat law currently states children shall be secured in a proper child restraint until the age of 6 or 60 pounds.

As of January 1st, that law will be modified to require child restraints be used up to the age of 8 or until a child reaches 4'9" in height.
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:16 PM   #18
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Hmm, and I am totally Illegal. California Law States
Louisiana passed a law a few years ago, making it illegal to take a child under five (if I remember correctly) as a passenger on a motorcycle. Lots of people were very emotional and dramatic about the whole thing even though there had not been a single recorded death of any passenger under five on a street motorcycle in Louisiana. Typical silliness, making it illegal to do something hardly anybody ever does anyway and which would probably be illegal under other laws (child endangerment, reckless operation, or something like that) if they did.
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:36 PM   #19
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I wondered about it. Wont be happening again. Gonna have to buy a Ural I guess.
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:54 PM   #20
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I HAVE a 5 year old that is ready (i say) for 3 block on the back of my scooter. Mother WILL HAVE NONE OF IT. I getting divorce to not give a aaaa, that won't fix it, why? my Harley says "no daddy, until I am in elementary school, in second grade..." Why? I have no idea, but she is my princess and it is what it is, so 2 more years until that, so I have time to shop for a proper helmet and maybe she will be tall enough for the KLR ....

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Old 05-13-2013, 10:52 PM   #21
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I do agree that reaching pegs is a must. That said there are place where it really does not matters
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Old 05-14-2013, 04:45 AM   #22
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Florida has no age or size limit , they're just supposed to be able to reach the pegs and anyone under 18 is required to wear a helmet , which I prefer to wear one anyway.
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Old 05-14-2013, 05:18 AM   #23
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make sure you get a good fitting helmet and full gear is a must so being able to reach the rear pegs. fitting a topbox my be a good idea so if they get tired and let go they wont fall off.
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Old 05-14-2013, 05:39 AM   #24
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A friend of mine had a backrest made for his Hayabusa for his son. It's probably been about 5 years and he's about 10 now. He says he still falls asleep sometimes , but the backrest kind of curves around the sides so he can't fall off.
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Old 05-14-2013, 05:51 AM   #25
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I had m ixed feeling about taking my daughter on the bike....The risk of something happening always pushed me to not take her. However this year I decided it was time. She's 11, plenty tall to reach the pegs. Got her jacket boots full face helmet and gloves....I been taking her to school (its only a 1/4 mile) and have had a few longer rides...she likes but we are taking it easy....I know mom is a wreck every time we go somewhere.

As stated

Proper gear
Feet on the pegs
and know what the potential risks are and of course local laws...

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Old 05-14-2013, 06:36 AM   #26
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Hey everyone, thanks for you input. I felt good about the whole experience until we rode into the parking garage at the theatre and walked across the common and into the building holding our helmets. I was getting evil glares from over-protective parents (with their poor kids looking on with envy who have never been exposed to anything) to the point that I started to wonder if I just did something THAT horrible and irresponsible? The truth is, although she is still only four (and a monster, standing at 48" tall), she is very intelligent and understands how to be a proper passenger, and she seems to be aware of the dangers involved. That, I believe, is more than can be said for many adults on bikes.

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Old 05-14-2013, 06:44 AM   #27
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Hey everyone, thanks for you input. I felt good about the whole experience until we rode into the parking garage at the theatre and walked across the common and into the building holding our helmets. I was getting evil glares from over-protective parents (with their poor kids looking on with envy who have never been exposed to anything) to the point that I started to wonder if I just did something THAT horrible and irresponsible? The truth is, although she is still only four (and a monster, standing at 48" tall), she is very intelligent and understands how to be a proper passenger, and she seems to be aware of the dangers involved. That, I believe, is more than can be said for many adults on bikes.

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Old 05-14-2013, 09:24 AM   #28
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Always bear in mind that the Child Protective Services or whatever it's called in your county doesn't care about traffic laws. If someone attracts their attention with a small child on a motorcycle, there's a possibility that they might consider it to be child endangerment and take action against the parents.

My kids are grown, and I'm not going to express an opinion either way, make up your own minds, but lawyers are expensive.
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:42 AM   #29
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Always bear in mind that the Child Protective Services or whatever it's called in your county doesn't care about traffic laws. If someone attracts their attention with a small child on a motorcycle, there's a possibility that they might consider it to be child endangerment and take action against the parents.
Point taken and well noted. Let's hope they have their hands too full with the area's meth head parents, domestic abuse and child trafficking to bother with something as mundane as this.
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Old 05-14-2013, 12:52 PM   #30
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Obviously it's an individual decision. I started riding both of my girls to school when they were in kindergarten. Helmets, jackets, MX pants (not ideal, but better than nada), boots, the whole get-up. I actually fabricated a higher set of footpegs on my Nighthawk so they could have their feet solidly planted. They love it, and still do.
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