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Chesirewonders said in October 28th, 2008 at 12:00 am

I understand and fully endorse allowing and carefully teaching kids to ride dirt when they are young. What I don’t get is taking “tots” out on a street bike even for small distances. That really seems like an unnecessary risk for your child considering the extra hazards on the road even for adults. Knowing the number of people who “go down” just around the corner from their house, you really have got to wonder – “What if they had their kid with them?” The circumstances of the wreck don’t change, but the accident victim does. It the “thrill” we want our kids to have really worth it?

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astral bandit said in May 20th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

A RANT:

two parents in my family acknowledged that their preteen kid was accident prone [he has a vision issue, and has had minor collisions] and THEN they proceeded to get him an adult, professional dirt bike. he also has at least one quad and is about to get another, a pro racing model no less. the kid has average skills for his age.

these jackasses break EVERY safety rule [no helmet, supervision, or GPS] and when i voice concerns they tell me [the uncle] that “he’s careful”. i tell THEM that there is no such thing as “careful” racing offroad at 70 mph, and that WHEN their kid wrecks he’ll be dead before they even knew he had an accident. since apparently they have more important concerns than preserving their son’s life, what’s the use of me equipping the machines with a GPS system [assuming i even could]?? they don’t care enough to watch the monitor.

want to hear about their safety alert system? they’ll know their son had a terrible accident when he DOESN’T COME BACK from his latest ride….then they have to FIND him…..since he’ll be dying in the bushes anywhere in a ten square mile area, and since they didn’t want a locator, hours of precious time will be squandered in a futile effort to locate him. then it will get dark, and they will have to call a rescue/recovery team. WHO CAN POSSIBLY FIND FAULT WITH SUCH AN INTELLIGENT, PROACTIVE SAFETY PLAN?

this kid is a speed demon and risk taker, so he’s not going to wreck at 5 miles per hour, is he. his bike can go over 90.

*SIGH*

all this is in new york state. though i am fairly sure this rises to the level of child endangerment, as we all know it is very hard to get the authorities to give a shit about this stuff until a kid is dead, if even then. also, i am not going to “rat” on these people, it’s just a matter of principle…so i guess the only thing i can do is try to reach the kid personally [he’s 13 now] and, of course, occassionally rant like this on message boards.

something tells me that this summer is game over for him.

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navyrider77 said in September 1st, 2009 at 2:34 pm

I found this blog while resarching state laws regarding kids and motorcycles. From everything I’ve been able to find they have to abide by the same laws as an adult when it comes to safety gear. Being in the Navy, I have to abide by supplemental laws that exceed the typical state laws regarding safety equipment. I have only ridden 3 times without my gear on and only one of those 3 was after I joined. (not one of my brighter moments but it happens). I took the MSF Basic Rider Course and I’m glad I did. It has instilled confidence in me that I would not have received otherwise. SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT!!! Which brings me to astral bandits post. Whether you believe in ratting on your family or not, it comes down to the point of whether or not you love your nephew. His safety should be first and foremost in your mind regardless of principles if the situation is as dire as you make it sound. Address the situation as a caring uncle and get the parents involved. If they truly cannot see the detriment of their behavior then take it upon yourself to get the proper safety gear and training for your family member.
Granted this is only my opinion and you can take it or leave it, but if I were in a similar situation, I would do everything I could to ensure my nephew’s safety.
As for myself, I’m trying to find a helmet that will fit my daughter’s head. She’s 5 and petite to boot so finding her a full face street helmet rather than a dirt bike helmet is proving to be a challenge. The rest of the gear isn’t a problem to find just the brain bucket. I would also like to know if anyone has heard of a tested and certified restraint system that will attach her to me while riding so I know that she will not fall off or lose her grip, but in the case of an accident will break away so she does not get crushed by me and/or the bike.
Anyway, that’s my 2 cents worth.

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malola27 said in February 19th, 2010 at 11:34 pm

I am having an issue with my ex husband and him taking my eight year old on his motorcycle with him. I recently found out from my son that his father too him on his bike even though i asked him not too. What is so frustrating is that kids in cars with doors around them have to wear seat belts and be either eight or eighty pounds to be in front seat but they can be on a motor cycle with NOTHING PROTECTING THEM. I AM DISGUSTED AND PERSUING THIS NON STOP UNTIL A LAW IS PASSED. MEN WHO TAKE CHILDREN UNDER TEN ON A MOTOR CYCLE ARE ENDANGERING THERE CHILDREN AND COMPLETLY IRRISPONSIBLE AS FAR AS IM CONCERNED. I AM ENRAGED AND NOT GONNA STOP UNTIL COMMON SENSE COMES INTO PLAY OR A LAW IS PASSED.

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