Re: My new riding buddy
Believe me, I agonized over that too. I'm building him rear pegs, but with regard to strapping him in, I reasoned that he was best protected by preventing him from sliding off with the seat belt that I controlled, and not foot pegs that he would have been required to control. Nice part, though, is that I can see him in my mirrors at all times.
And I thought long and hard about the consequences of dropping the bike and/or him. I also left the decision to his parents.
If you look in the background of that photo, you'll see a paint horse. That's his too. And he rides in his own little saddle. That too scares me, as I've probably less control over that horse than my bike. But in the end, the memories and pure joy of the time spent together like this seem to have paid off.
Again, I really do understand anyone's opinion that it might not be the smartest thing to do, but it's been awesome so far. I would never cause him undo risk.