Did your parents ever let you do something as a kid, and you later realized how dangerous it was? Well, depending on your outlook, the adult in this video is either the coolest guy ever or the most reckless. While on a motorcycle ride, he taps the young boy in front of him on the helmet and hands over complete control.

Unfortunately, we have no context for this video. The YouTube description just says, "6-Year-Old Boy Riding Father's Harley On An Open Road!" So it's difficult to say where this is happening or when. Regardless, it's almost certainly against the law to let a child ride a motorcycle on public roads.

To their credit, both of them handle things quite well. On the adult's side, they don't appear to pass any traffic during the video, and he waits for a long, straight piece of road for the kid to take over. The little boy is pretty cool too. He nonchalantly grabs the handlebars after two prompts from the man and gives the throttle a good twist. He doesn't seem afraid by any of this.

Is this a cool chance for the kid or an adult putting them both at risk? Scroll down to check out the video and have your say in the poll below.




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      cgm9999
      • 8 Months Ago
      Kind of conflicted here. I have |nothing| against children being introduced to motorsports at a young age. I started riding dirt bikes at age 5 and am very grateful that my parents and instructors instilled within me a great respect for the motorcycle at a young age. If they haven't, I'm not sure I'd be alive today. There's definitely ways to get children into motorsports safely and foster a thirst for learning in a very rewarding hobby for years to come. That said, there's a right way to do it and a wrong way (and lots of gray area in between). For one, put some goddamn protection on that kid, Dad. Jesus. Laying down a bike as a full grown adult is bad enough. On a kid wearing shorts and a t-shirt, however? That sounds a whole lot like textbook negligence if you ask me. Full body protection on a kid can be the difference between a learning experience and full-body skin grafts (or even death, god forbid). We got enough dumbass squids on the road as it is. Let's promote more responsible rider behavior so we can all enjoy our bikes without regulatory agencies butting in and doing it for us. If you can't afford the proper sized gear (to include a well-fitting helmet as well) for your kid, wait until you can. Simple. Is it really worth your child's well-being? I sure as hell wouldn't risk my child's health and safety just to roll down the road on my bike with out giving him the absolute best chance to survive an accident. As a parent or guardian, it's your duty and obligation to make sure you eliminate all |unnecessary| (note the emphasis before you fly off the handle, fellow freedom loving bikers) risks posed to your child. There's a world of difference between running a risk assessment and deciding that the benefits outweigh the risks and just being reckless and negligent. You can never eliminate all risks, of course, but you can do your part as a responsible parent (it's a shame that that's not a redundant term in modern America, but it is what it is) and increase their chances of survival by simply giving them the best PPE you can afford. Once you do, ride away and cherish one of the best experiences still available to us with your own kin.
        cgm9999
        • 8 Months Ago
        @cgm9999
        Addendum - Sorry I wasn't more clear, but I also don't advocate letting a small child sit on a tank, steer, and control throttle on a bike that's far to big for him. It's clear the child can't even see over the bars, let alone control such a large and heavy bike. There's so much wrong going on in this video. Again, instill within your child a desire to learn about and participate in motorsports, fine. But do it the right way. This isn't the right way.
      jedss454
      • 8 Months Ago
      I don't believe I have a right to tell someone else how to raise their children or run live their lives, but I will say that it's pretty disturbing that he is allowing this kid to steer by himself. He obviously can't operate the clutch and or foot brake from that position and he clearly takes his eyes off the road several times in the video. Furthermore, the father clearly does not understand the safety risks properly because he is allowing his son to ride a motorcycle in shorts, tennis shoes, and a t-shirt. I am all for excitement, adrenaline, and thrills, but the fact that he lets this kid steer and ride without the proper safety gear says that he clearly doesn't have an understanding of the appropriate level of risk involved. He can have fun and experience the thrill of riding a motorcycle while exercising more (and appropriate) caution - hopefully the father gets the message before his son gets hurt...
        graphikzking
        • 8 Months Ago
        @jedss454
        exactly.. we can have fun without putting 6 year olds in extreme danger! He could hit a rock, wind, dirt, oil, bird, and ANY ONE of them would most likely seriously hurt him. If in a car the father can just pull the ebrake and the kid most likely wouldn't have a single scratch on him. My ex-gf at 16 years old was learning how to drive and she floored the gas in the parking lot, hit 3 cars and didn't have a single scratch on me, her or her grandfather. Now if a motorcycle were to do that, it's basically impossible to not have a scratch on you.
      Netniks
      • 8 Months Ago
      I cringe watching it with those tender elbows and knees so exposed, but it doesn’t seem like child endangerment to me. It’s our job as parents to prepare our children for a life without us, and the sad reality is that some kids are weighed down with adulthood way too early. It can be sad without being criminal. Dad’s still in the picture for this little guy, and is making the judgement call even when the child is steering.
      Michael Scoffield
      • 8 Months Ago
      Are people were complaining a lot more when the dad with the Pagani took the kid on a ride on a closed course. This is 100 times more dangerous yet people aren't complaining as much because it's cooler. It's one thing to fall of a bike as an adult, but small kids, they are more likely to fall because they don't have good balance, good coordination. The kid's body is tiny and his bones are far from being fully formed and at their maximum strength. So a fall at his age would either kill him or skin him alive and break every bone in him body. Not something I would risk with my child.
        Michael Scoffield
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Michael Scoffield
        *And (The first word is "and". We need an edit button).
        r_dezi
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Michael Scoffield
        Funny isn't it that we always have this double standard mentally here? It's cool when this sort of thing happens in America, but God forbit when a father drives a Pagani with his kid on his lap in a parking lot in some European country.
      joe shmoe
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'm not giving any parenting advice. It's your life, and it's not my business.
      BKdroid
      • 8 Months Ago
      How is Abel Teller supposed to take over the club if he doesn't learn to ride?
      Edwin Hoffman
      • 8 Months Ago
      I can remember my dad letting me steer our car when I was 4 going on 5, made me feel really special, but this kid felt that way too. Cool young man.
      Avinash Machado
      • 8 Months Ago
      No.
      Rob Lewis
      • 8 Months Ago
      I grew up riding dirt bikes alone and fail to see how dissimilar this is to it.
      Rob8
      • 8 Months Ago
      Moron who should be castrated so he can't have any other children.
      Steve K
      • 8 Months Ago
      Awesome! All you whiners are why America has become a nation full of men who pee sitting down.
        Azazel
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Steve K
        Amen!
        tehryguy
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Steve K
        How exactly does how you relieve yourself affect your manliness? Urinals are for standing, toilets are for sitting. Unless you've got the weakest piss stream on the planet, standing at a toilet just splashes your piss all over the place, making the bathroom foul (because you weren't going to clean up after yourself, were you) and unpleasant for the next person who uses it. It's not unmanly. It's civil. FWIW, my DD is a motorcycle. How did you get to work today?
      Al King
      • 8 Months Ago
      This is what AMERICA is all about!! We gotta stop letting those left wing nut jobs take away or freedom!
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