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Offline Terminus

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Special Ride
« on: June 13, 2017, 11:48:30 am »
This weekend, I was finally able to do something I have wanted to do most of my adult life.  I was finally able to go for a ride with my Dad.  He had motorcycles when he was younger, but focused on working for the family most of his adult life and did not ride.  He has always wanted a harley, but my Dad is one of those guys that will never spend a dime on himself.  Finally a few years ago my mother threatened him that if he didn't buy one, that she would buy one for him.  Needless to say shortly thereafter he had a harley.  It was very cool to see my dad riding and having a blast as he never did anything for himself.  That is one of the big reasons I got back into the game and got a motorcycle last year.  I was thinking about it for years, but I really wanted to be able to ride with him before he can't anymore.  He is in his 70's now so who knows how much longer he will be able to ride?  This weekend, I rode up to northern michigan on Friday to be able to ride with him.  On Saturday we did a long ride and probably put on 300 miles going all over northern lower michigan.  We also rode the tunnel of trees which is very cool.  Anyway, I wanted to share this as it really meant alot to me to be able to share that with my dad.  We were both big into motorcycles, but we never got to share it before.  I know it meant a lot to him as well.  We are already talking about the next ride....  By the way the S10 handled flawlessly the entire trip. I probably put on around 1200 miles in three days and it ran like a top.  I even got some sand and two tracks in while I was up north.  Very good weekend!!   ::001::
« Last Edit: June 13, 2017, 01:34:35 pm by Terminus »
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Re: Special Ride
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2017, 12:49:01 pm »
That is very touching.  My dad's buddy was killed riding, so he never rode. But, he knew that by buying my brother and me motorcycles, we'd learn to fix them, and that led to a total of 5 engineering degrees between us.  Pretty smart, my old man was.

I put my daughters on dirt bikes at ages 5 and 7. Best decision i ever made.  My (now 20 year old) daughter did a 3,500 mile ride with us at 16. My buddy asked, "no offense, but can she keep up?"  "Don't worry."

when we hit the twisties, she rode with us, but my buddy lagged far behind.  She was riding on a 1982 GS 650 Craigslist find which cost $200.  The continental classic attack tires cost more than the bike!

After the 3,500 mile ride was over, my buddy told my daughter, "I don't know many 16 year-old girls, but you're the first i've known who never complained, and that was on a 10 day motorcycle ride!"  We're planning a 10-day colorado ride this year, and she's gong to do it on my KTM 690 Duke.  (I'll be lugging the luggage  on the super-10). 

There's a line between parent and child, but motorcycles blur that line, and in a good way.  Our best times involve motorcycles.

I am glad you were able to ride with your dad, and I hope that you ride together for a good, long time into the future.

(p.s. ages 0-12 spent in Oswego.  That's where i caught the motorcycle bug.)

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Re: Special Ride
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2017, 02:40:09 pm »
That is very touching.  My dad's buddy was killed riding, so he never rode. But, he knew that by buying my brother and me motorcycles, we'd learn to fix them, and that led to a total of 5 engineering degrees between us.  Pretty smart, my old man was.

I put my daughters on dirt bikes at ages 5 and 7. Best decision i ever made.  My (now 20 year old) daughter did a 3,500 mile ride with us at 16. My buddy asked, "no offense, but can she keep up?"  "Don't worry."

when we hit the twisties, she rode with us, but my buddy lagged far behind.  She was riding on a 1982 GS 650 Craigslist find which cost $200.  The continental classic attack tires cost more than the bike!

After the 3,500 mile ride was over, my buddy told my daughter, "I don't know many 16 year-old girls, but you're the first i've known who never complained, and that was on a 10 day motorcycle ride!"  We're planning a 10-day colorado ride this year, and she's gong to do it on my KTM 690 Duke.  (I'll be lugging the luggage  on the super-10). 

There's a line between parent and child, but motorcycles blur that line, and in a good way.  Our best times involve motorcycles.

I am glad you were able to ride with your dad, and I hope that you ride together for a good, long time into the future.

(p.s. ages 0-12 spent in Oswego.  That's where i caught the motorcycle bug.)

Very cool that you got your daughters into motorcycles!  Great story on the long trip together.  I bet you will never forget it.  Have fun on the next ride later this year together!

I basically live a few miles from the border of oswego.  Very close to your old stomping grounds.
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Re: Special Ride
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2017, 02:47:18 pm »
That's really nice to read. So glad he could ride, you never know when the lack of time, ability (age), finances or desire to hang up the helmet will kick in, but eventually it will.
As for my daughters, they jump up on my bike nearly every time they are in the garage, even last week it was; "See daddy, my feet touch the pegs", but as much as my urge to take the older one with me, the paranoid part of me says I will never let her ride with me........ Shame.
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Re: Special Ride
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2017, 02:53:08 pm »
Such a wonderful story, and memories I am sure. My dad is also now in his 70's, and recently bought himself a BMW Sport Tourer. I have yet to have a ride with him because he lives in another country and I wish I could go riding with him. Enjoy your time riding with your dad!!
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Re: Special Ride
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2017, 02:56:59 pm »
Such a wonderful story, and memories I am sure. My dad is also now in his 70's, and recently bought himself a BMW Sport Tourer. I have yet to have a ride with him because he lives in another country and I wish I could go riding with him. Enjoy your time riding with your dad!!

You should look into flying in and renting one so you can go on a ride with him.  Depending on the area there are a few rental options.  I would seize the opportunity if it is possible.  Good luck.
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Re: Special Ride
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2017, 02:59:40 pm »
That's really nice to read. So glad he could ride, you never know when the lack of time, ability (age), finances or desire to hang up the helmet will kick in, but eventually it will.
As for my daughters, they jump up on my bike nearly every time they are in the garage, even last week it was; "See daddy, my feet touch the pegs", but as much as my urge to take the older one with me, the paranoid part of me says I will never let her ride with me........ Shame.

Start them off on mini bikes or small bikes.  They can't go fast enough to really get hurt.  You should definitely encourage that!  You might end up later in life being able to share time with them on a ride! 
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Re: Special Ride
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2017, 05:23:36 pm »
My story is the same , but reversed.  I'm the one that's had a bike since I was 16, and my boys are the ones getting into bikes.  They both started on the KLR, and progressed to their personal preferences.  One rides the R6 & and the other has basically adopted the FJR from me.  Personally, father & son/daughter rides are the best; it doesn't matter if you're the parent or the child.  ::001::
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Re: Special Ride
« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2017, 05:31:56 pm »
Amen.  I had only a helmet as a safety precaution in the early 1970's when i started.  My kids? Helmet, neck brace, chest  protector, elbow pads, gloves, jersey, padded dirt bike pants, shin/knee projection, real motocross boots.  The worst they've been hurt was having the wind knocked out of them when they caught a handlebar in the chest.  No broken bones, sprains, teeth, etc.  A few bruises. 

There  were two instances where i thought they were injured.  The first was when my younger daughter  was going for it over some whoops (maybe age 10) and hit a bit one with the suspension almost compressed.  We call it "boingy boingy" 'cause the springs unloaded, and bounced her completely off the bike over a log parallel to the trail.  Expecting the worst, my older daughter and I ride up to her, and she's on the ground laughing her head off.  She just kept saying, "boingy boingy" and laughing.  If we need a laugh, we just say, "boingy boingy."

The older one caught a stick in the spokes, which stopped the front wheel and sent her over the bars.  When I rode up to her, i honestly thought she had broken her neck.  Fortunately, she's REALLY flexible, and said, "i wanted stretch out my back a bit, so while i'm down here, i thought  i'd do that." 

One other time, a riding buddy crashed pretty hard, and was sort of out of it. He asked what happened.  My older  daughter  said, "watch," and ran as fast as she could, then threw herself on the ground.  She said, "you crashed just like that."  Memories. 

If it's not too risky for you, it's probably not too risky for them.  They'll find their limits. 

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Re: Special Ride
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2017, 09:43:27 am »

One other time, a riding buddy crashed pretty hard, and was sort of out of it. He asked what happened.  My older  daughter  said, "watch," and ran as fast as she could, then threw herself on the ground.  She said, "you crashed just like that."  Memories. 

If it's not too risky for you, it's probably not too risky for them.  They'll find their limits.
::025::  Dude you kids are hilarious.  Too funny.
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Re: Special Ride
« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2017, 11:19:50 am »
Best and warmest thread I've read in a very long time.
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Re: Special Ride
« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2017, 02:09:48 pm »
Ever notice how kids make time speed up?  Yesterday they were 2, today they're 22?  And of course we won't mention how old that makes us....  :(
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Re: Special Ride
« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2017, 03:07:39 pm »
Great story's here.
My dad liked riding bikes and all 3 of his brothers rode and I have ridden with all of them many times.
When I was little my dad bought a CT 90 [mid 60s] to ride to work, but on the nice summer days he would drive his car and leave that CT home for my brother and I.
My dad never traveled on a bike but in 1987 he wanted to ride with me to the Motocross Des Nation in New York.
He rode on back with me and we camped the whole way. About a 1,000 miles into the trip he said that he would like to try driving [1983 Venture].
I knew it wouldn't be a good idea but I stopped and got on behind him. I told him my feet won't touch the ground from the back seat.
He let the clutch out and pulled onto the road and we wobbled from one side of the road to the other for about 300 feet before he got it stopped  and said " I don't think I want to drive anymore"
Two years ago I called Dad up just before noon and ask him if he wanted to meet me at the Canteen for a hamburger, he said sure but when I got to the Canteen he wasn't there, [he was never late to anything]  so I rode out to his house and he had passed away sitting in his chair getting dressed to meet me for lunch.


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Re: Special Ride
« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2017, 05:11:40 pm »
Wow, that was a great story.  That sounds like a great trip you had with your dad.  It is a sad ending, but if you think about it the last thing he was thinking about was going to meet his son for lunch.  Probably died a very happy man, so maybe not so sad?

the damn onions are getting me again..... :'(
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Re: Special Ride
« Reply #14 on: June 21, 2017, 09:41:35 am »
My goal this summer is to go on a ride with both Steve (emsreno) and Terminus! 

I got back on a bike, just about a year ago, after my son got one.  We do ride each others when visiting. Now my son-in-law is riding too.  My son is by St Louis but we are always too busy to get the bikes together.  My wife doesn't like motorcycles so we always take the car to visit.
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