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I have a granddaughter that wants to ride with me so badly. There is no age restriction for pillions in our state.
I know she would have to be able to hold on and I would gear her up. But I am hesitant to take her out on the road yet.
I have spun around the driveway with her and she has been on the back of 4 wheelers and loves motorsports.
So what is the youngest YOU would let a passenger ride on the back?
 

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When they are large enough for their feet to reach the footrests..............age is just a number, and we all mature differently. I know "adults" I wouldn't take!..........

...............having said that, I have taken my grandson (2) around our apartment complex at low speed, with him sitting on the hump of my 400 between my legs and holding onto the edge of the two smaller front containers (with the covers open).........he enjoys that, but didn't want to know about the 650!
 

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For me, they have to be big enough to sit behind me and put their feet on the passenger pegs/floorboards.

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Fatjock said:
...............having said that, I have taken my grandson (2) around our apartment complex at low speed, with him sitting on the hump of my 400 between my legs and holding onto the edge of the two smaller front containers (with the covers open
That is what I have done with her too. 8)
But she is now big enough to sit behind me and hold on at age 5. :)
She is and always will be short so it will be quite a while for her to ever reach the floorboards. :?
Maybe I will put some blocks to extend them up for her. :wink:
by Scotty1981 » Tue May 28, 2013 7:54 07
I believe Givi makes a child seat for younger riders. Not sure if it's available in the US though.
I will look into that. Thanks! :thumbup:
Arm rests at least would make me more comfortable.
 

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Feet on pegs and not fall asleep.
 

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Feet on the pegs and wearing a properly sized DOT legal helmet.

The helmet issue alone would seem to limit riders to ages 10+.
Unless your bike has a proper pillion backrest, I'd say 14.

I'd rather start a young teenager out on their own small dirt bike, offroad.
 

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You'd be surprised how small the youth DOT helmet are these days.
She actually has one that was properly fit by a pro and it is a large.
Age 5 almost 6 and a big head on a small body.
With the helmet on she looks like a bobble head.
 

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Ralph M said:
Feet on pegs and not fall asleep.
I have read how a husband and wife would take their kids riding, each on their own Burgman. They were riding one day and the mother pulled alongside the father at about 35 mph...and found their child on the pillion fast asleep.
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I agree with the above generally, although I could not sanction putting a little one on the hump, which smacks of a Far East approach to family transportation.

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Feet need to be on the footboards (adapt the footboards if necessary).

ATGATT.

You can buy a waist belt for the rider that has integral handles for the young pillion to hold onto (this is useful feedback for the rider)
 

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+1 to NormanB

From the Georgia DOT/DMV

Passenger Age Restriction
None
Passenger Footrest
Required if carrying a passenger
I would interpret that to mean that the passenger footrest must "reach" the passenger's foot :wink:

I have been through this discussion with 3 of my 5 children...and my conclusion has always been the same...not until you can get your feet flat on the pegs or boards...took most till 9-10 or so...and then only for SHORT little rides...read up to get an ice cream cone and back...maybe 5 miles

My oldest son, now 25 years old can out ride the old man in a heartbeat...has 9 years on the street and 3 on dirt...yet I really do not like riding with him or any member of my family...I spend too much time "worrying" about them and get distracted from my ride :?...I can ride all day with friends etc., just not with family

JMHO

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I just curl mine up in the trunk. :thumbup:
 

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Wow that could actually be a viable possibility.
I might need to check with Kiwi Dave and see if he can get one here to the states.
 

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Kids are so trusting they take to riding pillion like ducks to water but
I have only been on a pillion twice in 50 years then only for 2 or 3 hundred
yards and hated every single yard.
 

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Five years old? Not a chance !! Until they can reach the OE footpegs or beyond I believe that taking a child on the pillion is asking for a disaster. Bicycles are made for little children because the kids develop balance and coordination riding a bike. Bicycles cause road rash but rarely death.

I'd rather have you on your bike paying complete attention to the road instead of having part of your attention on the little one on the adult seat behind you. It's just my opinion but lots of injuries and deaths can be prevented by not doing dumbass things to begin with.
 

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Scootereno said:
You'd be surprised how small the youth DOT helmet are these days.
She actually has one that was properly fit by a pro and it is a large.
Age 5 almost 6 and a big head on a small body.
With the helmet on she looks like a bobble head.
She'll act like a bobble head too if, say, a bee flies into her face, stings her and she freaks and falls out. Remember, no seat belts?
 
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