Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Hunter Valley NSW
I thought I should update this thread, since it raised some important issues regarding safety, and in particular with a child who has several issues.
When the big day came and the new bike came home, I let him look at it. That wasn't enough, he could see a comfy seat and wanted to sit on it. Good, I thought, first hurdle over. Knowing that he hates engines (he runs if I start my chain saw, lawn edger, weed whacker or lawn mower) I stood where I could catch him and started the bike ...
He LOVED it. Another hurdle over.
So I obtained a helmet (into which I added the speakers and mike for the bike's intercom) and put it on his head (just 51cm around, he's a tiny little bloke) and took him around the immediate block, talking to him most of the time. He was in heaven. He didn't move, squirm or fidget.
Just before we got back home I asked him if he wanted some more - he said "Yes please!!!" so we did a larger block, and accelerated up to the maximum 50km/h allowed. He's still in heaven, wanted more, so I did a circuit of our little country town and called it quits, removing his helmet revealed an enormous smile!
Since then I've taken him on several 30 min to 1 hour rides, and have just done a trip up to near Gunnedah from here - that's about 250km each way. He loved it, didn't want it to be over - he waved at people as we rode past and had a ball, with absolutely no sign of jumping off or anything.
Fears over - and someone else loves a 'wing.
Light travels faster than sound. That's why some people look smart until you hear them speak.