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Would you encourage your kids to become motorcyclists?

The roads are a dangerous place for a biker these days, with more traffic than ever. So, would you ever let your kids ride a bike? Would you worry about their safety too much? Or do you jsut let them head off into the wilderness on two wheels?  

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Titosfuneral

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Titosfuneral says:

My parents took the attitude that while I was living at home, or being in any way supported by them (ie. Uni) they had the right to ban me from motorcycling. When I left Uni, they offered me the difference in price between the bike I was buying and an equivalent car - which I took. Thinking back about how crazy I was in a car until I was in my late 20's, it was probably a good idea I didn't start motorcycling until that point. So, no.. I wouldn't encourage my kids to ride a bike, certainly not until they were a bit older. At that point it's their choice.

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ImperialManiac

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Of course I would, if they wanted to, otherwise I'd be a massive hypocrite, when you turn 18 you are able to take responsibility for yourself. Ofc, I don't actually have any kids and I don't plan on it for a long time, I might change my mind, but I doubt it.

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MarcusMarsh

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MarcusMarsh says:

My kids riding bikes?

Yes, of course I would.  But that's easy for me to say because I don't have any :lol:

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monkeybadger

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monkeybadger says:

Already got one

My four year old has just got his first trials bike. I sold my road bike last year after 23 years on two wheels but I still had the bug so we're taking up trials together. I don't want him to have a road bike if the roads stay the way they are, but if he's going to have one then I'm going to give him a damn good headstart.

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paulscr

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paulscr says:

Encourage, no. Prepare, yes

The wise me, the me who has witnessed first hand how lethal some of our fellow road users can be would say "no way". The adventurer in me would say "definitely" - The younger the better. I started late(r) (32) and can see the benefit of starting young and building up confidence (started doing this through the various track/off-road days and the advanced motorcycling schools). I have a 7 month old - Some days I am excited about taking him out on the bike and exploring the open road. Other days I am petrified. Unfortunately I don't see how any improvements to our road system can stop those occasions where other road riders seem to lose their minds.

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Shamus77

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Shamus77 says:

I was brought up with motorcycles from being born. Both my dad and older brother had bikes and I've always been around them......I now have three sons of my own who all share an interest in bikes......Last year my eldest son wanted a bike so I actually sold him a crackin' little Yammy SR125 that I had as my winter runaround. He passed his 33bhp test in January and is now ready to upgrade. so the little SR is being passed on to son number two........Hopefully if the little Yam makes it, it will then be passed on to son number three.............Yes I worry, but I feel better in the knowledge that they can ride out with me and travel with the strictest scrutineer they will ever meet.......I myself have been riding 44 years (38 of them on the road) and have had my share of eating tarmac, so hopefully my hard earned knowledge will be passed on to my lads and help to keep them safe.

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SatNavSteve

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SatNavSteve says:

I'd encourage ANYONE to ride a bike and the earlier, the better, but with lots of training and lots of escorted rides to ensure they are safe. I started at 18 and it didn't do me any harm then, but training then wasn't what it is now, and roads are a lot more dangerous with far more traffic.

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may c

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may c says:

sadly no

if my kids were say 16 theres no way i would like them to ride on our roads now the standard of driving is shocking now texting mobile phone use ect. the sheer dont give a toss attitude of many drivers you see eating reading ect. the mobile phone law is way way overdue to be say 500 quid fine and six points .double it if doing it with kids in the car.my 2 sons still ride as i do but i dont ride so much now .although at 66 i did the hastings run on monday bank holiday.

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Jackspratt

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Jackspratt says:

I'd make sure that they were properly trained

I got my lad on a trials bike at when he was about 10, and helped him to learn how to ride it over the next couple of years. He got fairly proficient, but gave up when he got too big for it, but he is keen to get a road bike. When he can afford one, he can have one; but he will train properly.

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Harry44

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Harry44 says:

Job done. me son rides a Suzuki Bandit my wife rides A customised GSX 250 and my daughter has a Triumph Street Triple.

I'm working on me grandaughter now but she's only two

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