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I have a 9-year-old who rides with me and my husband everywhere. He rides on my bike. I was on a Harley Softail and a few things happened on the road due to others in cars and my 9-year-old got scared and didn't want to ride much anymore. I was saddened by this, and my husband and I thought maybe if I went to a trike it might help my 9-year-old would ride again with us.

As much as I hated to give up two wheels I did it and it was the best thing I ever could have done. My 9-year-old is back to riding and is loving it again! I only have one problem with the trike and that is that other bikers think of anyone who rides a trike as not a biker. I'm not saying all are like this, but I have run across some who do. I traded in my Harley for the Harley trike for my son and one day I'll go back to a bike but for now those bikers that have issues with those of us who ride trikes please give us a break and why not ask why we are on trikes. Some have medical issues and can't ride on two wheels anymore but don't want to give riding up. Then there are those of us who do it for other reasons but it doesn't mean we're not bikers.

Susan Tukel
Satellite Beach, FL
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Get a backrest. My daughter rides two up with me and prefers the bike with the backrest. She doesn't have to hold on as much as without. She even carries a little camera and gets some neat pics.

Wear a backpack so your daughter has a pocket to put things in, sucha as a camera, water, etc. She can carry water bottles that are easy to drink from with a full face helmet.

Jenn
Nashville, TN
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Assuming the rider is experienced and skilled, to begin with, and assuming the child is old enough to understand what's going on and has full gear (including a properly fitted helmet and armor and abrasion resistant materials on the legs and upper body), then by all means.

However, putting babies on a motorcycle is asinine and much too risky. I cringe when I see that. Don't people have any sense? The damage that can happen to a really small child from the bike just falling over can include death quite easily, and there's no baby motorcycle gear.

Croft
Finland
Monday, February 13, 2017
Absolutely, ride with them! What a great way to share time. My personal thoughts on the subject—as long as you are comfortable and confident with them on the bike with you. ATTGAT (all the gear all the time) even passengers. My husband and I are both MSF RiderCoaches and when our daughter expressed an interest in riding, we gave her a taste of it in a safe parking lot on a small bike we owned. We also insisted that she take the MSF Basic RiderCourse. She was all for that idea, but wanted us as her coaches. We said no. She had to be taught by someone else (just how we felt). She took the course, got her license, and we rode many times with her sandwiched in between us on neighborhood rides. She hasn't ridden since then, kind of lost interest I guess, but we are so proud that she saw what she wanted and went for it!

Lisa Thompson
Virginia Beach, VA
Sunday, February 5, 2017
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