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post #1 of 16 Old Jan 29th, 2007, 8:43 am Thread Starter
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My Saturday adventure....

Was planning to take my son on a ride Saturday a.m.; leave about noon, hit a hobby shop, a motorcycle shop, and take the boy to a b-day party. A buddy called me up about 10 am wanted to know if we wanted to ride with him and another guy to Greensboro for a car show. "Sure, sounds fun." Departure pushed up to 11:15. Grrr, shower, check air, ATM for cash, fuel, all in about an hour. But we made it to buddy's house. He and his riding pal both have BMWs: my buddy has an LT, a K-GT, 2 k-RTs (or RS?), a 70something Suzuki GT, and a slew of other nice toys (Viper, BMW 850, etc). His buddy has a Warrior, R6 yammie, and a K-RS. So we get there and there are TWO other BMWs (both RSes) ready to go. WOW!!! ONE BMW at a time is a treat around here, much less THREE in one spot, I think to myself. I told them I'd follow them unless the boy needed to stop.

About 30 miles down the road, the boy let me know he needed to stop. Other guys went on. My son said his helmet was hurting. told him to jiggle it, see if that helped. No. So we stop off at at the m.c shop we were going to visit anyway. His ears and forehead were a painful red. Ooops. So we go in and beat around and buy a helmet. As we're leaving, in the lot, beside my bike is an older purple/white shadow, similar to one I used to own. I thought I'd complimnent him on it when he got off his cel phone. He was saying he'd ask for directions to a hospital. Figured he was travelling and going to visit someone.

When he got off phone, I asked if he needed directions. He said he thought he was having a heart attack. I asked if he needed me to call 911. Eventually he said that yes do. I did that while he called his wife again, who was bringing his nitro and other meds. So I called and got the ambulance on the way. We talked a little while we waited. He had come over to buy another bike. THe shadow is his wifes. The ambulance took him away eventually and we waited with his bike for his wife, but had to leave before she got there. The lady who sold us the helmet had come out for a smoke during it all and said she'd handle the bike and such, if we couldn't wait. She was very helpful during this too. Kudos to her.

My son, age 6, acted like a perfect little gentleman the whole time. I am very proud of him. He never lost his patience with the situation, nor did he run wild or anything. He hung close by me, staying in the grass when other vehicles were moving. I am proud of the way he handled it all.

I feel like everything that day happened just so maybe someone would be there when the guy needed help. I hope he's okay - I have no idea. Stuff like that makes me wonder about fate and karma and such.

that was my Saturday "adventure".
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Good job. You may have just saved someone's life. As for your son's behavior . I was always told that if you teach them how to behave at home, then you don't have to worry about them out in public.

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I feel like everything that day happened just so maybe someone would be there when the guy needed help. I hope he's okay - I have no idea. Stuff like that makes me wonder about fate and karma and such.

that was my Saturday "adventure".
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Now that is a refreshing post. Be it Karma or fate, it's good you were there to lend a hand to a fellow rider. I'm sure you were a hero in your sons eyes as well, for taking the time to help.

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Was planning to take my son on a ride Saturday a.m.; leave about noon, hit a hobby shop, a motorcycle shop, and take the boy to a b-day party. A buddy called me up about 10 am wanted to know if we wanted to ride with him and another guy to Greensboro for a car show. "Sure, sounds fun." Departure pushed up to 11:15. Grrr, shower, check air, ATM for cash, fuel, all in about an hour. But we made it to buddy's house. He and his riding pal both have BMWs: my buddy has an LT, a K-GT, 2 k-RTs (or RS?), a 70something Suzuki GT, and a slew of other nice toys (Viper, BMW 850, etc). His buddy has a Warrior, R6 yammie, and a K-RS. So we get there and there are TWO other BMWs (both RSes) ready to go. WOW!!! ONE BMW at a time is a treat around here, much less THREE in one spot, I think to myself. I told them I'd follow them unless the boy needed to stop.

About 30 miles down the road, the boy let me know he needed to stop. Other guys went on. My son said his helmet was hurting. told him to jiggle it, see if that helped. No. So we stop off at at the m.c shop we were going to visit anyway. His ears and forehead were a painful red. Ooops. So we go in and beat around and buy a helmet. As we're leaving, in the lot, beside my bike is an older purple/white shadow, similar to one I used to own. I thought I'd complimnent him on it when he got off his cel phone. He was saying he'd ask for directions to a hospital. Figured he was travelling and going to visit someone.

When he got off phone, I asked if he needed directions. He said he thought he was having a heart attack. I asked if he needed me to call 911. Eventually he said that yes do. I did that while he called his wife again, who was bringing his nitro and other meds. So I called and got the ambulance on the way. We talked a little while we waited. He had come over to buy another bike. THe shadow is his wifes. The ambulance took him away eventually and we waited with his bike for his wife, but had to leave before she got there. The lady who sold us the helmet had come out for a smoke during it all and said she'd handle the bike and such, if we couldn't wait. She was very helpful during this too. Kudos to her.

My son, age 6, acted like a perfect little gentleman the whole time. I am very proud of him. He never lost his patience with the situation, nor did he run wild or anything. He hung close by me, staying in the grass when other vehicles were moving. I am proud of the way he handled it all.

I feel like everything that day happened just so maybe someone would be there when the guy needed help. I hope he's okay - I have no idea. Stuff like that makes me wonder about fate and karma and such.

that was my Saturday "adventure".
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Hey, if the passenger ain't having a good time, no matter who it is, then what's the point? I have to admit, I did roll my eyes, but figured I better check him out.

They grow quick and he now has the first helmet that didn't get handed down from his sister. We had a good time, all things considered.

I know we all sometimes get caught up in stuff, and can lose sight of what's really happening. I woulda probably been too awestruck to help the flaming Gold winger in another thread and done about the same thing. But this gave me the chance to [hopefully] help someone. I know I sure appreciated the help when I crashed and was lying on the centerline of the highway. I sure was happy to have a guy there beside me as I waited and my wife handled the cops and stuff. Sometimes it's just nice to have someone there and I figured he needed someone more than we needed to go ride.

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Now that is a refreshing post. Be it Karma or fate, it's good you were there to lend a hand to a fellow rider. I'm sure you were a hero in your sons eyes as well, for taking the time to help.


I just hope that he grows up to be a good person and is able to help others when he can. I haven't thought about being a hero. Just want to help when I can.

And I see that is your first post. Welcome to the forum.

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Wow, that is an adventure. Good for you for helping a fellow rider out.

BTW, can your son reach the foot pegs? I have twin 5 y/o daughters. I'm wondering how old they'll need to be before they can ride with me. Seems like it'll be a long time before they're able to reach the pegs, unless I extend them (the pegs, not the girls.)

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Hey Joel,

I can't believe your twins are 5. Does this mean my LT is getting old
My son Hunter has been riding the back of the LT since he was eight. I got the adjusters back then and ran them all the way up. He is now 14 and we are one notch away from standard setting. We have one or two one week trips each year and we fine tune the setting of the pegs on those trips. They seem to make a tremendous difference in his long distance comfort level. He also is MUCH more comfortable with the seat in the back position. HTH

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I can't believe your twins are 5. Does this mean my LT is getting old
Hi Jeff. Yep, our LTs are indeed getting old. My 2000 will be 8 years old this summer. Yours must be 9 already!

Thanks for the info on the adjustable foot boards. I didn't think they'd adjust high enough for a 6 y/o kid, which is why I asked the question. Eight sounds about right. That must be a real kick riding with your kid.

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Good job. You may have just saved someone's life. As for your son's behavior . I was always told that if you teach them how to behave at home, then you don't have to worry about them out in public.
Keith,

Not to hijack ANOTHER post, but I was noticing your slow-mo auto pistol action aviator. Appears to be a large barrel and large casings. Would that be a Glock .45?

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Wow, that is an adventure. Good for you for helping a fellow rider out.

BTW, can your son reach the foot pegs? I have twin 5 y/o daughters. I'm wondering how old they'll need to be before they can ride with me. Seems like it'll be a long time before they're able to reach the pegs, unless I extend them (the pegs, not the girls.)

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At the risk of getting everyone on my case, no he can't quite reach the pegs. I try to be extra cautious with him and stay out of the twisties with him on back. Mostly easy rides. This was our longest ride so far with no issues. He knows and is quite good at holding on to my jacket, usually the belt part, where I can feel his hands there. He stays very stationary back there.

My daughter started riding on my shadow when she was four and did quite well, also. She's 11 and tall enough already to reach the pegs. I think gymnastics has stretched her, but she does have several 6'+ aunts and uncles and she is probably going to be tall.

It is a lot of fun to ride with the kids. My daughter and I have been on a few rides where we would ride for an hour or so just to get an ice cream. When you start them out, make sure their gear is appropriate and comfortable. Ride short rides ad get them acclimated to riding and stretch the rides out a little at a time. Make sure you can feel their grip, so if it starts relaxing, you can make sure they are awake. At this point, they have headphones to wear that are wired into com system. I talk to them and have them squeeze me for yes or to let me know if they need to stop. I hope to either make full headsets for their helmets or buy some soon. By spring anyway.

Biggest issue if we are riding somewhere is who gets to ride the motorcycle. Usually, if family is also going somewhere, one rides to the destination and other rides back.

And using a medieval stretch rack does wonders......

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I don't think Keith will know either, but he might. But I can promise you, that those aren't his hands.

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Not to hijack ANOTHER post, but I was noticing your slow-mo auto pistol action aviator. Appears to be a large barrel and large casings. Would that be a Glock .45?
Looks like a .45 Glock to me. I stole that from a Goldwing site. I'm thinking that it may be offensive to some so I may change it soon. Plus, I'm a Sig Sauer P226 9mm type of guy

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At the risk of getting everyone on my case, no he can't quite reach the pegs. I try to be extra cautious with him and stay out of the twisties with him on back. Mostly easy rides. This was our longest ride so far with no issues. He knows and is quite good at holding on to my jacket, usually the belt part, where I can feel his hands there. He stays very stationary back there. ...
Thanks for the explanation. I applaud your honesty. I wonder if there's a way to extend the footpegs to give the child even a little more security.

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Just thinking quickly, seems like a machine shop could fab up some adapters to fit hte clevis on one end and the peg on the other.

Other than that I don;t know about any other kits that may be available.

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Looks like a .45 Glock to me. I stole that from a Goldwing site. I'm thinking that it may be offensive to some so I may change it soon. Plus, I'm a Sig Sauer P226 9mm type of guy....
Keith, I guarantee it is offensive to some--which is exactly why you should keep it! Sig, huh? Wonder how their .45 is? I carry an HK .45.

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