No matter how young or old you are, riding a motorcycle presents calculated risks. Some people simply aren’t cut out for riding a motorbike, and it’s important to understand what you’re getting into before you send your teenager out for a spin.
A motorcycle is too much for some grown men to handle, so it’s important to know how to size up your teenager. Before you give your kid the green light to ride, consider these factors. Make a careful conclusion for the safety of all those involved.
Consider your teenager’s maturity
It could be considered the most important factor in deciding whether or not your teenager is fit for riding a motorcycle; maturity. Parents know their children best (in most cases).
You know if your child’s maturity level has progressed enough to handle the responsibilities of riding a motorcycle. The way you teenager handles the next few steps may show you a bit more insight as to where they are in their journey towards full maturity.
Who will foot the bill for costs
There’s more to riding a motorcycle than maturity. It costs a lot of money to pay for gear, gas, insurance, upkeep, and everything else involved in maintaining a motorcycle. Before ever considering the purchase of a motorcycle, you and your teen need to hash out who will pay for everything.
Legal licensure is necessary
In most states, any motorbike over 100 ccs worth of power requires a special endorsement on the rider’s driving license. You’ll want to thoroughly inspect the laws in your state before ever beginning your journey to riding.
Your teen has to be old enough to be licensed. If your kid is only 13, they cannot legally ride a motorcycle on the road. There are bikes your 13-year-old can legally operate, but not a traditional motorcycle.
Go over the statistics with your teen
It’s important that your teenager understand the danger that surrounds them every moment they are riding their motorcycle. You don’t want to scare them into clumsy driving habits, but they need to understand the responsibility they are taking upon themselves.
Teenagers riding motorcycles on the road are nearly six times more likely to have a collision than older riders. More than half of teens opt for a sports bike, and sports bikes account for the majority of collision claims. If you wreck on a motorcycle you have a 99 percent chance of being injured.
Require a rider’s safety course
No matter how “ready” you think your teen is for riding a motorcycle, there’s no better peace of mind than extra safety training. Require that your teen take a rider’s safety course before they are allowed to hit the road.
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