Re: Kawasaki, Please Consider Moms and Motorcycles
by Sava - Posted Wed June 13, 2007 @ 2:58 PM
Ummm....my husband has a Harley, and even if he could have, there is no WAY he would be putting a child on the back until that child is old enough to grasp the concept of riding. A squirmy or fidgety kid (or any rider, for that matter) can throw off the balance of the bike and make it more likely to tip over. My daughter first rode with my husband when she was almost 7, and mature enough to understand how to hold on and grip properly going into turns, over large bumps, etc.
Even still, she doesn't get to go on super-long rides. No matter how safe a rider YOU are, there is always some other idiot on the road not paying attention when changing lanes on the highway, backing out of a driveway, etc. And ANY motorcycle accident usually involves alot of injury, even to an adult, imagine what it would do to say, a toddler, even WITH protective helmet and gear!
For the record: my husband was just involved in a motorcycle accident a few weeks ago, road defect caused it, and even with full leather protective gear, helmet, riding boots and gloves, he almost lost his right leg and has had4 surgeries so far to re-align bones and skin grafts to replace what came off when he hit the road. This is a grown man now lying in the hospital - what would that have done to a child? Riding with too young of a child on a bike is NOT feasible, that's why the bikes aren't designed that way.