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    How old should a child be to ride as a passenger on/off road?

    I have looked into this some regarding age, and it seems like many states do not have a minimum age requirement. What are some of the requirements you all have set in place before you allow your children to be a passenger? Im not interested in long trips, just maybe some short excursions to go fishing or check trail cameras. A mix of street and trail. Curious to see what people have to say, Thank you.
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    i started my son at 6 years old... off road. old enough to able to hang on, look around and enjoy it, and still remember to hang on. i'm not sure at what age i'd feel comfortable on slab.
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    I don't remember the ages that my sons were, but when they were small they sat in front of me up by the tank and held onto the crossbar of the handlebars. You have to be careful where their legs and feet are if your bike has a high pipe. When they got bigger and were able to reach the passenger pegs and hold on to me, they sat behind me.

    If you don't comfortable about their safety, then they are probably not ready yet.
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    My daughter has been riding her atv on her own since she turned 5, and she loves riding on the back of my tw in the yard. She just turned 6 and I started thinking it would be cool to buzz across town to take her fishing in the places I grew up spending most of my summers. She can reach the passenger foot pegs, and I feel like she is ready. We are talking probably 10 miles of 35mph road (each way), and the rest is trails. Im more worried about what people around town might perceive as dangerous I guess. Don't want to get into trouble. Thanks for the replys so far.
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    I believe the only law in Oregon is that only one passenger is allowed and they must have feet on the pegs. Most people don't worry about seeing a child on the back of a bike if they have a helmet on. 6 years old seams appropriate.
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    How old should a child be to ride as a passenger on/off road?

    I take my daughter for rides sometimes back and forth to school. She's 8 and loves it. It's only a 1.5 miles and I usually only cruise through housing tracks. I would never let her ride with anyone but me though, and I'd never go out on the main streets. I also used to take my son on the back of my bikes when he was around 5, but he used to fall asleep behind me, even on a couple minute rides. So watch for that.


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    Riding off road with someone on back seems slightly less than safe to me, regardless of age. Not sure I'd ever do that.

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    I think there are only a few states that have age limits for passengers on a motorcycle. You will have to look up your state. As stated before the normal restriction is only that they wear a helmet, some require them to reach the foot pegs. I think both of these would be common sense for any child any way, specially on any normal road. I have driven my son around the block in the neighborhood starting when he was about 5 (my wife was not comfortable with this by the way). As far as the glares that you might get from other people, that is absolutely going to happen.
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    Hypothetically, you could strap a car seat to the back rack and possibly avoid the whole feet on the footpeg deal!



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