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I am the proud father of an awesome 5 year old son. He enjoys riding on my 08 Vee, but he can't yet reach the rear pegs. He has a back rest from the topcase and can hang on to the side rails, but I'd feel much better if his feet were firmly planted on something solid.

So, I made some peg bracket extensions.

I had the idea that alternator brackets would be easy to modify and strong enough to not bend. My extended family owns an auto parts supply store, so I talked to my uncle and he put some brackets in the mail to me.

This is what arrived:


Three pairs of different size and shape brackets showed up a few days later.

I tried a few tests with my boy and some zip ties.


I picked the large coma-shaped brackets and drilled an additional hole to bolt it to the frame holes.



I added some grade 8 hardware and $9 fold-up pegs and it's time for testing the final product.



Works well. And looks good.



Simple project, but I thought I'd share the process and some pics.
 

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Nicely done. Like the bracket application simplicity of taking something else and making it work. Adjustable to.....
 

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Good info for short legged passengers. That being said, I wouldn't take a child as a passenger until old enough to reach the stock pegs. It would be a risk I am not willing to take, even if I could find a helmet that would fit. Kids that young are too unpredictable. I would worry a maneuver that may be required to avoid an inattentive driver could launch the kid.
 

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Please check the vehicle code in you location. In AZ the passenger must be able to use the foot pegs without modification. Be aware of the law in your area and be prepared to deal with the consequences not only from law enforcement but of concerns outlined above.
 

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Good info for short legged passengers. That being said, I wouldn't take a child as a passenger until old enough to reach the stock pegs. It would be a risk I am not willing to take, even if I could find a helmet that would fit. Kids that young are too unpredictable. I would worry a maneuver that may be required to avoid an inattentive driver could launch the kid.

I would have to agree. When my oldest son was nearly 3, he begged me to take him for rides on my 1981 Honda XL 185S so I bought the smallest helmet I could find(still too big) and put him in front of me and had him wrap his arms around my forearms. Problem was, he would fall asleep after a short distance and start to fall to the side. I'd have to slap the side of his helemt to startle him awake....last about 5 minutes and repeat. While we never had a bad close-call, it was enough to jolt me and not subject him to the risks. I swallowed the bitter pill and got rid of the bike to protect him. No motorcycles for many years. Now, he's 33 and on his third GSXR.
 

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I can appreciate the home project but wonder if drilling a second hole to secure the slot on the bracket behind the bracket instead of a zip tie...?

I know my wife gets relaxed enough sometimes to drift off.

PowerMadd Rider Hold Tight - Street Motorcycle - Motorcycle Superstore

^^^^^might give you more of a feel of how he's doing.

I'm in the "wouldn't take 'em that little" camp but you've made efforts to make it safer.
 

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Back in the early days of fairings that had little to no air entering under the screen, CO levels would rise in a pocket behind the screen. One of the Chitech guys in the Chicago region BMWMOA, Oak Okleson, drilled a bunch of holes in the bottom of the screen on his fairing until it no longer developed a low pressure air bubble behind it. After that, his wife stopped falling asleep behind him.
 

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Good tip - but I have the CalSci sport and large with plenty of backpressure relief.

I think it has more to do with the sun, minor buzz of the bike and just a time for her to relax. I got helmet to helmet comms now so she has to listen to my annoying voice periodically. :biggrinjester:
 

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I picked one of these and am patiently for my 6 year old granddaughter's legs to grow long enough for her feet to reach the pegs so we can go riding together.
Here in Nova Scotia the law states that a child's feet have to reach the pegs before they can ride. The belt is very well designed so even if the passenger fall asleep it prevents them from falling off and gives them something to hold on to.In the meantime we use it on the snowmobile. Works great.
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I picked one of these and am patiently for my 6 year old granddaughter's legs to grow long enough for her feet to reach the pegs so we can go riding together.
Here in Nova Scotia the law states that a child's feet have to reach the pegs before they can ride. The belt is very well designed so even if the passenger fall asleep it prevents them from falling off and gives them something to hold on to.In the meantime we use it on the snowmobile. Works great.
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You may want to investigate that a little further. There is nothing in the Motor Vehicle Act which states a child's feet must reach the footpegs. The only thing that the Driver's Handbook states is that the Motorcycle must be EQUIPPED with passenger footpegs.

I rode all last summer with my 5 year old wearing a Backrider Belt. As a Paramedic, I know many of the local RCMP officers and ride with a couple of them. No one has ever mentioned that the Little Stain was an issue.

He's looking forward to his next season...
 
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