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I just took my 8 year old son camping on my bike - he doesn't like to ride far (more than a hour) so we stayed close to home. Next month I'll take my 4-almost-5 year old camping also. I found that using bungee cords to hold the sleeping bags right in the joint between the seat and side bags makes a nice cradle for the kids.

I was just wondering if anyone had any tips or suggestions for riding with small kids. I often have friends over whose kids all want a ride. Sometimes I'd really like to strap them in!
 

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My grandson rides with me when we go to the park, or on short trips around town. Some states have different laws about kids riding. Some states require them to be able to reach the passenger running boards, or to be of a certain age. The state of Missouri only requires that they wear a helmet. I have arm rests on the back seat of the 1800 and I can easily strap them together (where they will not swing open) and he can't fall out. I suppose some would say it is an un-necessary risk taking small kids on a motorcycle ride, and they may be right, but he loves it so much it's hard to leave him standing in the door when I leave. He has been riding with me for over a year, at least once a week, and he will be 5 years old in October. He has always been a very good passenger. Not so with his older brothers who are 12 and 14 years old.
 

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My 11 year old loved her first ride but complained about but pain. Shes only about 110lbs so she doesnt compress the seat cushion enough for it to mold. Although its an old bike I doubt the pass seat has been broken in.

To my excitement She finnaly asked me to go out again. I will be purchasing a gel seat cushion from office depot. The ones made for office chairs. I bet this will help.
Remember the pass seat was made for a 180 lbs person so a young child will not compress nor be the right height for the seat.
The lumbar support may hit thier sholders and that cant be any fun.. Try rasing and sofetening the seat a bit by the use of ad ons.
 

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I have an 8 and a 6 yo, I give them rides around the acreage once in a while, but my personal opinion is no road stuff until they can reach the footrests.

I am also against tieing them in, again just my personal opinion. They are both really keen to ride, but they will have to wait.
 

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Mine are 7 and 9. The 7 yo makes short trips with me, just a joy ride. The 9 yo is on for the haul. We have made several 300+ mile trips. But the bikes have and the locking passanger arm rest and drivers back rest so I don't worry about him falling off. I do make him wear full face helmet, long sleeves, blue jeans boots and he wears his leather vest. We make alot of stops for stretching and water, and he has been known to take a nap on the back. Thats a big call for a stop!



Many safe rides to you guys
 

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I had my own pegs on my Dads GS 1000. I sat in front then him then my mom on the pillion, and a dog in a open cooler on the luggage rack. Rode all over until I was about seven or eight. Then the bike got sold. Jay
 
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