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post #1 of 20 Old 08-04-2018, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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Riding with significant others - You know who !

Ok well, I had to ask this question with regards to all the Vstrom riders out there who
ride not only with the wife or girlfriend but sons or daughters ?

My son who now is 27 this year, was taught by me to ride a modified lawn tractor at the age of 4.
From there I let him progress to mini bikes, go karts, Then pocket bikes, And finally I purchased
him a well used Honda Rebel 450. Not a bad bike but in fixing it we soon found out what a not so good choice
it was. Parts were incredibly hard to find. Fast forward to 2016 and he was ready to purchase a big bike.
A used low mileage Vstar Stryker 1300. Very nice bike and only 8 K miles. Since then he has put about 4 K on it.
But now he is working as a long haul truck driver and his bike stays here at home while he's out driving around the USA.
Whenever he comes home, About once every 3 or 4 months he always ask if we can go for a long bike ride.
He full well knows the feeling of riding with family. And we both enjoy each others company , We'll stop at a biker
bar and shoot some pool... or hit porkies for some bar bq, He will be coming home soon and it will be the first time he's
seen the new Vstrom 650 I just got.
I got tired of him smoking me with my 18 year old Vstar 650 so I upped the anti a bit with the new bike.
He might still smoke me but I'll be in his rear view mirror not clean out of sight.
Riding with someone like your own son or daughter means you have become a mentor and you must find it in you
to make the bond a lesson learned as well.

If you ride with your Son , Daughter or the Wife, Girlfriend, etc . Tell us about your adventures...
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post #2 of 20 Old 08-04-2018, 11:47 PM
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My daughter has accompanied me, riding her own bike, on several trips to Europe and New Zealand, as well as many trips here in NA. Some of the best days I have ever spent with her. I learned a lot about her on these trips and I think she found out a bit of what makes me tick as well. Wouldn't trade those times for anything.

She didn't start riding until she was in her early 20's but caught on real quick and has a natural ability. She had no issues riding the Alps and Pyrenees or in cities like Madrid or Rome. She is married now but I am hoping that she and her husband will come with me to ride in Mongolia next year. She needs a little more practice with the off road riding but we are working on a plan for that.
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My daughter has accompanied me, riding her own bike, on several trips to Europe and New Zealand, as well as many trips here in NA. Some of the best days I have ever spent with her. I learned a lot about her on these trips and I think she found out a bit of what makes me tick as well. Wouldn't trade those times for anything.

She didn't start riding until she was in her early 20's but caught on real quick and has a natural ability. She had no issues riding the Alps and Pyrenees or in cities like Madrid or Rome. She is married now but I am hoping that she and her husband will come with me to ride in Mongolia next year. She needs a little more practice with the off road riding but we are working on a plan for that.
Amazing field you have ridden in. Like you said those memories you can't replace. And to do this with one of your own
in tow right alongside is a big time lesson learned by her. No wonder she did so well in the tough stuff you were her guiding
light...

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My wife has ridden since she was around 12. She didnít ride much as an adult, but still has her MC endorsement. About 10 years ago I bought a 72 Triumph Bonneville to restore. Once I got that bike looking and running good, my wife called dibs and took over that bike. Her and I would ride on the weekends, me on a 1200 Sportster, and her on the Bonnie. I give her a lot of credit, we would do some 300 mile days, and as beautiful as that Bonneville was, it was a primitive, and rough ride. But my wife loved that bike and never complained.
I sold the Triumph a few years back, it just took too much work to keep it running. After every ride there was something loose, leaking or missing. I told her Iíd buy her a newer Triumph, but she doesnít want one. Looking back, it was that bike that she liked to ride. It drew a lot of attention everywhere we went, someone would stop and talk to us every ride we took.
Now I ride with my daughter and will be getting a newer bike soon.

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I started ridding at 9 years of age because my dad rode & loved bikes.

I met my bride when she was 15 years old and until we had children we did not have a car, all transport and holidays were on bikes.

The son was 5 when he got his first bike and was road ridding from the very first day he legally could.

All our big holidays are still planed around motorcycles but the son works far too hard and it is hard to get time together, cherish the time you have now.

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My wife has ridden since she was around 12. She didnít ride much as an adult, but still has her MC endorsement. About 10 years ago I bought a 72 Triumph Bonneville to restore. Once I got that bike looking and running good, my wife called dibs and took over that bike. Her and I would ride on the weekends, me on a 1200 Sportster, and her on the Bonnie. I give her a lot of credit, we would do some 300 mile days, and as beautiful as that Bonneville was, it was a primitive, and rough ride. But my wife loved that bike and never complained.
I sold the Triumph a few years back, it just took too much work to keep it running. After every ride there was something loose, leaking or missing. I told her Iíd buy her a newer Triumph, but she doesnít want one. Looking back, it was that bike that she liked to ride. It drew a lot of attention everywhere we went, someone would stop and talk to us every ride we took.
Now I ride with my daughter and will be getting a newer bike soon.
Here is the solution: Everything the Boneville was without the hassle of poor quality!!

https://www.triumph-motorcycles.ca/b...onneville-t120

Worth a shot to see if your wife would get back into riding.

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I had a Motorcycle when we married 61 yrs. ago. Over the years we covered most of the western USA before kids. Son and daughter both started riding dirt bikes at a young age both went on road trips with me, wife no longer rides age caught up. Both kids live in Wa. state I ride up every year solo wife Flys. Son still rides we have taken trips to Canada Alaska and over most of the PNW. My oldest Grandson rides the three us went on a special ride for us to Glacier Park in Montana last year. Next year will be my last for a long ride age is catching up 83 as they say it's been a hell of a ride....
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Awesome stuff when your kids can hop on with you. I can't wait for my grandson to get a lil bigger

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Since my grandson could walk he has been ridding with me at the farm, sitting on the tank, he calls a wheel stand going upside down ? some days it's can we go upside down pop & others it's don't go upside down today pop.


My gripe is it was my brides job to supervise the young fella now it's become my job doing lap after lap with him pointing in the direction he wants to take at each junction in the trail.


He has a few bikes of his own but still prefers pop to do the steering while he controls the throttle.

Some of the 19 rides in my shed
2014 V2, Snoopy
2009 Wee, Pumbaa the pig
WR450F, The Blue Postie Bike
YZ250N smoker with rego, Stinky.
Yamaha MT09 (FZ09), The Scud missile.
Club Lead not Club Med.
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I've only been riding a year and a half myself, so no grand adventures yet, but we bought the second bike in June and my Darling Bride got her license. Then dropped it on her fifth ride. Caught gravel spread over the pavement on a right turn. We both ride in full gear, and it was a fairly low speed crash, so not a mark on her body, but a partially separated right shoulder and some cosmetic damage to the ER-6N. I've described watching my wife crash the bike as the most frightening thing I've ever done in my life (and I rode a mountain bike off a cliff, twice). But watching the crash paled in comparison to watching her get back on the bike after the arm healed. Her confidence came back quickly, but I was terrified riding behind her for a month after she got back on. I was convinced that every insignificant obstacle was going to take her down again. She's riding like a pro though, my fears were completely unfounded. We're planning some short tours around Northern Ontario for next season, then, who knows?
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