So while I'm here in Korea, my wife has had to deal with the Texas DPS, specifically the DMV as she tries to get a Learner's Permit for our 16yo daughter. While she's at it she finds that in Texas, it's possible to get a provisional driver's license at 15yo, but only for motorcycles of 250cc or less. Whoa!!!
Wow!!! A 15 year old on a public road could get into a lot of trouble on a modern 250cc bike, be it a Ninja 250 or a dual sport. And I've got two boys who will be 15 before the end of the year!!! GULP!
The funny thing is that I trust my sons waaaayyy more than my parents trusted me at that age, but that's because they've demonstrated themselves to be more trustWORTHY than I was at 15 (we won't go into specifics, let's just say I had teachers that couldn't recognize my face because they'd never seen it).
In order for them to get their motorcycle licenses they would have to take an approved MSF Beginner's Course and pass the electronic test. To take the MSF Course they would need learner's permits but that whole endeavor is less than $150 so it's not a big deal.
I was thoroughly vexed about how to handle this safely, because I would feel like something of a hypocrite if I just said NO, you can't ride: I'm the guy that taught 'em how to ride in the first place. And they're on the Honor Roll so I can't really use the bad grades card...
Anyone got any teenagers out there?
These parenting questions (especially in absentia) make my head hurt.