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post #1 of 16 Old 04-27-2010, 02:51 AM Thread Starter
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My last ride

Just sold my V-Strom 1000 2005 this morning 6100.00. It had only 12 500kilometers on it,it was like new. But now that I have childrens,it time I take a break for a few years. So long people see ya in about 7 to 8 years.I will always come a see the forum.
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post #2 of 16 Old 04-27-2010, 03:42 AM
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I dont get why you dont just ride every so often. Its not that dangerous to take a 30 mile sunday stroll to charge the battery. Sucks man... See you out there in a few years....
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post #3 of 16 Old 04-27-2010, 06:23 AM
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I dont get why you dont just ride every so often. Its not that dangerous to take a 30 mile sunday stroll to charge the battery. Sucks man... See you out there in a few years....
$6,100.00 will buy a lot of diapers, baby formula, pediatrician bills and assorted baby gear. It'll buy a used minivan, replace Mom's maternity leave income and pay for day care when she returns to work.

I quit riding on the street for about 25 years, just after my youngest graduated college and just before the economy tanked.

Congratulations on your burgeoning family,

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Congrats on the new family. I hope you don't miss the strom too much.

@Nroman: In Quebec you can take up to a year of parental leave (either parent) paid by the gov't (employment income), and there is no such thing as doctor bills with Medicare, you just have to try and find a doc.
It would still suck to replace a motorcycle with a minivan. I have heard there is some great riding up in the saguenay.

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@Nroman: In Quebec you can take up to a year of parental leave (either parent) paid by the gov't (employment income), and there is no such thing as doctor bills with Medicare, you just have to try and find a doc.
In that case Saguenay Trooper should have just gotten one of those bicycle toddler trailers to pull behind the 'Strom to take the kid doctor-hunting.

If only I had actually worked for my grade in French class instead of just seducing the teacher for it, I might consider emigrating with a woman of child-bearing age.

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What a drag it is getting older

Actually you will have more free time when they are babies then
school age. The baby doesn't know your not there.

When you start getting cranky etc.
Buy 2 million term life insurance and another sane bike like the Strom
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Buy 2 million term life insurance and another sane bike like the Strom
With a policy like that my wife might buy me a turbocharged Hyabusa and have the pool boy install a nitrous kit.

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post #8 of 16 Old 04-27-2010, 08:30 PM
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Saguenay, I understand. I received my motorcycle endorsement in 1985. I did not ride a motorcycle until I purchased my very first one, in 2004. Do the math. I waited 19 years until my kids were grown, to pursue my dream.

While you are taking a break, please know that I am going to do my best to keep a watch over your "neighborhood".

Every year, for the last three years, without fail, I make a visit to this beautiful place.







If you take the time to watch this video, about halfway through it, you will recognize the surroundings.


I wish you the best of luck and take the time to enjoy every minute!!!!

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I'm happy I never got married, or had kids. 45 and I don't have to "grow up".
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post #10 of 16 Old 04-28-2010, 12:08 AM
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I took a 25 year sabbatical from riding, which coincidentally started the month I got married. Used the money from the bike to help put a down payment on a home. I have been married 28 years and raised two fine boys (young men now) While I missed riding occasionally I never regretted using those 25 years for my family. My wife bought me a Sportster for my 50th birthday, A DL-1000 a year later.

I found I am enjoying riding much more now than when I was younger, and much dumber. My boys ride with me when they can. Your family is much more important than any machine.

A motorcycle will always be there when you are ready to return.

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