It may surprise you to know that there is in fact no limits on age when it comes to carrying pillion passengers on a motorbike. However, there are a number of restrictions which mean that it will only be practical for children of around 10 years of age to ride as a passenger.
There are no specific rules relating to classic bikes.
Rule 85 of the Highway Code states:
"You MUST NOT carry more than one pillion passenger who MUST sit astride the machine on a proper seat. They should face forward with both feet on the footrests. You MUST NOT carry a pillion passenger unless your motorcycle is designed to do so. Provisional licence holders MUST NOT carry a pillion passenger."
Due to this rule, it would be illegal to carry very young passengers as they would not be able to reach the footrests. In fact the Road Safety (Pillion Passengers) Bill of 2005 specifies that: "The supports or rests... shall be constructed so as to enable them to be reached by the feet of a person aged 10 of average height for that age".
In short, if you wish to carry a child as a pillion passenger on your classic bike:
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