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post #1 of 28 Old 05-05-2010, 02:16 AM Thread Starter
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Kid's street protective gear

I did a half-assed search ("kid protective", I think) and didn't like any of the hits.

My 13-year-old likes riding with me, but I hesitate taking him on anything more significant than around the block because of his protective gear. He's got a great First Gear jacket with all the armor and pretty good gloves, but regular hiking boots and motocross pants. The pants would probably go away in a good slide, but I figure not as fast as Levi's.

Since I've not yet done a diligent search on what's out there, my solution has been to keep telling him, "Next time". That makes me feel terrible just writing it.

Any wisdom on how to dress a growing kid for good street protection without going broke?
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We should have a smilie of a cricket chirping.

Let me reword:

Does anyone take their kids on rides? If so, what do they wear for leg and foot protection?
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Does anyone take their kids on rides? If so, what do they wear for leg and foot protection?
Not yet, but I am planning to. I hope to get more information on protective gear for kids from this thread.

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OK, how about:

"Does anyone have a fundamental problem with taking kids on street rides?"

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I am planning to eventually take them. But they are too small (2 and 5).
I have seen some kids protective gear at a store here but did not look that much into it.

In some European countries there is legislation for minimum age on motorcycles (as passengers) - 12 years is one example I know of.

Are there any US states, Canadian provinces regulating the minimum age for motorcycle passengers?

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My grandson is not quite old enough yet, but I have thought about this a little. How about using hockey protective gear if he is already in that or other sports that require gear? In any case there is a lot of really inexpensive gear at Walmart etc. (skateboard, mx bike and the like) and a lot of this gear is available 2nd hand as kids grow out of it fast. Get a good helmet to complete the deal. (check out the kids dirt bike tracks for used helmets if you need very low cost)
I remember the first time my uncle took me out on his Harley. I thought we were doing a 100mph, turns out it was 25 so take it easy, the little guy will be easily impressed

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"Does anyone have a fundamental problem with taking kids on street rides?"
My fundamental problem is that I am conflicted. I want to take the kid on the street but I just can't bring myself to do it.

He already has most of the necessary gear to ride his JR50. The problem is that there is so much room in the pillion area of the Strom, even my wife commented on how she doesn't feel as secure as she did on the Harley.

In Arizona, there are no regulations concerning the age of or quantity of MC passengers. Just that they have to have a helmet under the age of 21.

Note in the photo below, these two squids have sandwiched their child between them. Whether or not she's safe in a crash, she'll be dead from asphyxiation before too long.


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Note in the photo below, these two squids have sandwiched their child between them. Whether or not she's safe in a crash, she'll be dead from asphyxiation before too long.

And I thought that happens only in some forgotten corners of the world...

As someone smarter than me said:
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
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If the child is young you may want to give this a look. http://www.vstrom.info/Smf/index.php?topic=2240.0 from VSRI post and a linc to the product.

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I remember the first time my uncle took me out on his Harley. I thought we were doing a 100mph, turns out it was 25 so take it easy, the little guy will be easily impressed
No worries with that. He's a better rider than me in the dirt, and when he rides with me, he leans with me in the turns. He's a natural.

Maybe I'll stop worrying about it so much. It's not like he has never slid before, and he is a hell of a lot more resilient than me. We got a new street helmet from Cycle Gear that was on the clearance rack because someone brought it back - $40. Normally $120. Didn't have any evidence of damage. I don't think heads grow that fast. We also got him a First Gear jacket that was on a clearance rack with full CE armor, and it is just slightly sloppy on him. Dirt gloves, motocross pants, and hiking boots finishes off the outfit.

He's skinny as a rail. His waist size is usually the one that shows up in the "available list" when pants go on clearance, so I'm hoping to snag a closeout in his waist size and maybe take them to the cleaners down the street to adjust them a little.

Maybe we should have a special section in the Marketplace for kids hand-me-downs.
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