Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Hunter Valley NSW
Seat Belts For Pillion Passengers
I've tried searching for it and while there's plenty of mention of "seat belt" they all seem to refer to cars, so now I have to ask ...
I have a 7 year old boy who I'd like to take on my (soon to own) GL1500SE. It has arm rests, but he's intellectually delayed (I'm not joking here, he had brain damage at birth) and I'm concerned about taking him out and not being able to contain him in the seat. He is not physically violent (he won't punch or kick me) but he might want to get up and go for a walk.
Obviously I have the choice to NOT take him. That's a given. I also have the choice of NOT buying the bike, but you KNOW that's going to happen. While it is possible to resist the urge to take him for a ride, it's something that he might very much enjoy and I have this overwhelming desire to do - and do it safely.
So the question is - what are people's thoughts on seat belts? Should they be used at all? What happens if I have an accident and he's tethered to the bike? What happens if I don't have him tethered and he chucks a spaz? (Do you guys understand Strayan colloquialisms?)
Yes, it's safest to NOT have him on the bike. It's also safest to NOT have a motorbike at all. I'm after some ground inbetween, some ideas that someone may have thought of ... is it acceptable to tether him to me?
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