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post #1 of 6 Old Oct 30th, 2016, 6:53 pm Thread Starter
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Riding Motorcycles When You Have Young Kids At Home....

Hi All-

My new video focuses on the controversial issue of riding motorcycles when you still have young kids at home. Some give up riding altogether. Some curtail it. And some keep on going.... How did you handle it?


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post #2 of 6 Old Oct 31st, 2016, 8:31 am
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Re: Riding Motorcycles When You Have Young Kids At Home....

I gave riding altogether even before the kids! Once I had family commitments, I gave that up. I think that responsibilities to family, even if that is just your SO, comes first! Might be different if your SO also likes to ride, but even that would change once we had kids in the pictures!!

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Re: Riding Motorcycles When You Have Young Kids At Home....

I gave up riding after the first kid and sold the bike to buy our first house. Once the kids were in high school, I was helping a friend buy his first bike. While at the dealership, I noticed a used Honda Shadow with a great price. After some negotiation, the great price become a steal and I bought it to see if the SO and I still enjoyed riding. We did...I sold the Honda the next spring (made money on it...ha!), bought a K1100 LT and was officially into riding again. That was 21 years ago.

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Re: Riding Motorcycles When You Have Young Kids At Home....

Moshe,

That was a very thoughtful piece. I didn't start riding until I was 40; my youngest was around 17 by that time. Had I started riding earlier, I don't know how we would have handled it. I do know when my first kid arrived, I started wearing seat belts consistently, so maybe that indicates I would have given up riding at least for the short term.

The scene with your little ones greeting you in the garage is priceless.

Having had a pretty bad accident early in my riding career, I do know that things can change suddenly and the effects can be profound.

I wish you and your lovely family all the best.


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Re: Riding Motorcycles When You Have Young Kids At Home....

Hi Moshe,

Brilliant piece of work.

When my wife became pregnant, we only had the bike for transport. She quit riding, though for her that was not a major drawback - she doesn't have the bike in the blood! I kept riding, any other choice was expensive. Just before my son (first born) was born the bike quit and it was money for child, money for repairs, but not both. Being unreasonable, the boss said she was not prepared to wait - 9 months was too long! So I quit, the longer I waited the less reason I had for getting the bike going again (more money than before - original repairs & the getting it going!)

It was only when the train company increased the fares by 35% (9 years after stopping) that there was a good reason to switch. I found that my skills were no longer as sharp as before, and they have never returned to the original state. Of course I am that much older so that has an impact.

I now ride virtually every day, and ride as & when I can. I am mindful that this is a dangerous love, but it will not stop me. My daughter (2nd child) also loves the bike, but will only ride on multi day rides.

Enjoy the family, they grow up too quickly.

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Re: Riding Motorcycles When You Have Young Kids At Home....

Excellent and though provoking segment, Moshe. I started riding when I was 11 (Honda Trail 70) and rode dirt bikes up until I graduated college and moved away for my first job. Was without a bike for about 18 years, so my kids were old enough to ride pillion when I started riding again. I was riding almost every day for years and a few long trips until my wife started having trouble with fibromyalgia. Now I ride less, but need mental health rides to keep me going. My guess is if I had been riding all along, I would have slowed down while the kids were being born and were tiny.

Thanks for the video. Something for every rider to think about during the childbearing and early parenting years.

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