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Old 06-08-2008, 12:31 AM   #1
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My son's first motorcyle ride was to....

Sonic.

My 6 year old has been interested in my motorcycle since I got it last year after some time away from bikes. He went from saying "I would like to ride when I'm older" to "I'm ready to ride when I get a helmet and gloves". I measure his head and order an XS full faced helmet and wait for a good opportunity. It was a nice day today and the 2nd child is due in a little over a week so I decided the time was right. We ran down to pick up some gloves and a jacket to complete the outfit.

He picks out some sunglasses too while we are there. I get him in his gear and he puts the glasses on. My wife and I say that he looks like Iceman from Top Gun. He's thinking Iceman the superhero and starts posing.





Geared up and ready to head out.




Time for the fun. Two blocks out of the neighborhood and he's yelling at me pretty intensely. I find the next drive and pull in. He looks worked up and about ready to cry. He's not too sure about this and informs me that he's walking back to the house. I tell him that I'll give him a ride back the house if he really wants to go back. His reply "Let's go to the next drive and then we can turn around".

The "next drive" turns out to be a couple miles away after some easy curves. We hopped off and look around the parking lot a bit. I ask him if he wants to go back or does he want to drive out to his friend Isaac's house (another 10miles from there). He decides that we should go there since we are having fun now.

We take the scenic way to Isaac's house to find out they aren't home.



Another decision to make, turn around or let's go on to the next town to Sonic. His answer is "I want a grilled cheese and the toy". We ride a bit farther into the next town without event but he's seeming much more relaxed on the back of the bike. He's looking around and is sitting up instead of leaning on me like when we started.

We take our gear off and see that we picked up 2 or 3 hitchhikers (tiny Praying Mantis).



Just hanging out waiting for some food. He was feeling so happy that he was doing a crazy dance after this picture. I got a video but don't have it uploaded yet.



I make a quick call home to inform my wife that we are going to be longer than the quick ride around the block we said we were doing. We talk and finally finish up the food. We suit back up and start heading out. We are circling around back of Sonic to head out and I hear him yelling again. I think "Here we go again 20 miles from home". I stop at the drive and ask him if he's ok. "Yeah, I said BLAST OFF!! Now let's go!!!"

We head back down some rough blacktop back roads and get back to our town. I start seeing this red and black glove in my right mirror. He's just having a good time back there playing in the wind. I wish I could have got a picture of that but I promised my wife no picture taking in motion (she doesn't like it when I do so I promised I wouldn't with our son). I got to the twisties near our house and I hit them a bit faster this time.

Here he is after the ride.



He tells me "You went too fast in those curves". I ask if it scared him. "No, you were just going too fast".

We've been hanging out tonight and dad is his favorite person right now. I'm really glad he enjoyed it and now I need to get some good pants and boots on him. I didn't want to go too overboard in case he hated it but I wanted to make sure that he had something.
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Old 06-08-2008, 12:40 AM   #2
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Awesome! Congratulations on your new riding partner.

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Old 06-08-2008, 01:31 AM   #3
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Poor little kid- introduced to motorcycles at such an early age.
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Old 06-08-2008, 04:34 AM   #4
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Life just doesn't get much better than that my man! I'd consider that as an early Father's Day present!

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Old 06-08-2008, 07:41 AM   #5
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Awesome pics!!! My son is 8 and my daughter is 6. My son is scared to get out of first gear while my daughter wants to go faster. When we stop she says, "you're gonna get a ticket doing that", then she says, "keep it up and I'm gonna call your momma" LOL Kids are the best.
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Old 06-08-2008, 09:31 AM   #6
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Old 06-08-2008, 09:52 AM   #7
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Thumb Great story.

Thanks for the inspirational story! I think that's what I'll have to do with my boy too. He's a bit on the shy side. Likes to stand back and watch for quite a while before he tries something new (not at all like his old man). I'll have to devote an afternoon to it and take it in short segments like you.
Nice display of patience man. Found myself getting all misty LOL .

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Old 06-08-2008, 11:33 AM   #8
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Beautiful story... congratulations to your son, and to you! Thanks for posting - it's fun imagining how we'd have felt, had we had the same opportunity your son just did.

Here's to the start of a lifelong riding relationship!
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Old 06-08-2008, 04:39 PM   #9
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Thanks for the positive comments. I showed the thread to my wife and she was tearing up. She enjoyed the stories but she really enjoyed it with the pictures and the comments.

My wife and I took the Jeep to the hospital when my son was born. She wasn't up for climbing up into the Jeep after a bunch of stitches . She rode with her sister on the 30 mile ride home so it was just the boy and I. We took a little detour down some coutry roads so he got to hit some gravel roads on his very first drive. Little did I know that my wife didn't have her keys to get in so they were a bit upset with me when we got there a few minutes later than them.

It's been small steps with my son. We just hang out when we can and go out for a walk, bike ride, etc. even if it's just for a little bit. I wouldn't trade this time together for anything. I see threads here like the "For Dads & Daughters" and I'm not too worried if the next child is a boy or girl. Can't wait to find out in a little over a week.
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Old 06-09-2008, 09:50 AM   #10
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His "happy dance" while we waited for food.


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Old 06-09-2008, 10:30 AM   #11
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That's the same dance I do when I'm happy.
My son also loves to ride,the first time is the most important.
It looks like you did it right.

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Old 06-09-2008, 08:38 PM   #12
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Awesome little ride report! Congrats and thanks for sharing it....
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Old 06-10-2008, 12:39 AM   #13
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coool...... for your little boy...






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Old 06-10-2008, 03:13 AM   #14
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Awesome!!



The little guy looks like he would like one of these.



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Old 06-10-2008, 07:08 AM   #15
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After many years not owning my own bike, I just got an 08 KLR and got it tagged yesterday. Last evening, my son (10 yrs old) told me it would be really cool if I was sitting on the bike at his bus stop, with his helmet ready to go. He said, "I could just put on my helmet, and we could go for a ride Dad!"

The forecast high temp today is 102 - 104. Man, it's gonna be hot when I meet him at the bus stop and we go for our first ride together!
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