After seeing this picture, I feel guilty.
I admit to have driven unlicenced on Indian roads, luckily I was never caught.
But anyway, my Dad gave me a Honda City ZX for my 16th and it was never registered until 2 days before we sold it and moved to Australia.
Just look at how the Father or whoever that is riding the bike, makes the kid to perch on the bike. Its a sure invitation for disaster. I know people might say that the rider can't see how the kid is sitting, But let me tell you, A good and responsible rider can definitely feel the slightest movement of the pillion while he's on the bike as the C.G gets shifted when the pillion moves a bit or is sitting like the kid in the picture.
In the second picture you can see a guy with the helmet hanging on his elbow.
I agree with you Jalex , a good bike rider can feel even the slightest of movement of the pillion.
Here also you can see many bikers like that Helmets locked , placed on top of the tank , placed on the mirrors. What's the use of such a thing , they can leave it at home instead! Cops should catch hold of these guys first , this is a serious threat to other road users. Yesterday i saw a biker who had his helmet on top of the tank , his helmet fell down by mistake and the car coming behind had to brake real hard to avoid hitting the helmet!
Even I used to do that, But that was after the Control point into the service park at Rallys, And never on public roads. Spectators used to copy us and do it while riding on open roads and guess it caught up as a cool thing to do.