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Old 07-30-2012, 08:29 AM   #1
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she said "yes"

No, I'm not getting married again, nor moving (again) across the country. My wife said "yes" to my little boy getting a dirtbike! Whoo hoo! This may seem like a silly thing to celebrate. After all, isn't it perfectly unnatural to raise a kid without a dirtbike? Well, not for the Mrs. Dirtbikes are completely foreign to her, but she is officially down with the plan and it only took 8 years.

The first step has been executed. We picked up a beautiful, not even broken-in, CRF80F yesterday. Now, where do I go to buy stuff for it, used kid gear, connect with folks who have these bikes, etc.? First thing I need is an old seat that I can shave to give the boy a couple more inches...

I'm psyched. Can't wait until my little girl is old enough to join the fun, now that the door is open.
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Old 07-30-2012, 08:42 AM   #2
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Congrats Awshouse, you are in for the best times!

We got my son his first bike when he was 6. He is now 22 and we still ride together regularly. Riding has been one of those things that kept him focused through school (he knew if grades slipped etc, the bikes would be locked up) and has kept us close too.

Best of luck, you are in for years of fun together!

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Old 07-30-2012, 08:57 AM   #3
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Thanks Tom. That was precisely my experience as a kid. At 6 he bought me a Honda Elsinore 50. What a great bike and an even better entry point for our shared interests. To this day Dad and I connect through motorcycles. Great times ahead -- and it will hopefully alleviate some of the guilt associated with my passion for motorcycling. Cheers, Andy


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Old 07-30-2012, 11:51 AM   #4
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Green grass & high tides Andy!

[ re: Gnarnia; That Chris guy can be hard to see in the distance, eh? What an effin ride! ]
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:13 PM   #5
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We got my son a 50cc quad before he was 3, so he could learn throttle and brake control without worrying about balance. He got his first MC at 4 and started racing MX and flat track then. Started riding sport bike the day he got his license at 16. Some of our best times are riding together, camping, racing dirt bikes and vacations on sport bikes. My wife rides too BTW. Now days he still rides, but with work and responsibilities he doesn’t have the time that he did when he was a kid. Don't let non-riders tell you he's too young, or it's dangerous, my son got hurt in ball and stich sports more than he ever did on bikes.
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:55 PM   #6
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excellent. take him up to Klone Peak next weekend?
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Old 07-30-2012, 01:46 PM   #7
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Good news. You have a lot more to look forward to now, riding with your kids.
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Old 07-30-2012, 01:53 PM   #8
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Now we know who wears the "PANTS" in the family
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Old 07-30-2012, 02:24 PM   #9
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She clearly wears the pants. That has never been in question. But I'm the one who allow her to wear them.

Boy is a timid soul, so far we've only read sections of the manual, so no Gnarnia for him any time soon. ;) Even that has been awesome. He's a very patient and curious little guy.

It was a milestone weekend for him. We also picked up a free non-running mini-bike, fixed it, and sold it on Craigslist. He was stoked about that. Not bad for a couple city boys.
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Old 07-30-2012, 07:11 PM   #10
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excellent. take him up to Klone Peak next weekend?
So upper Mad River area is open?

Sorry, congrats on getting wifey to say yes. What a way to spend time with the boy!
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Old 07-30-2012, 08:19 PM   #11
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So upper Mad River area is open?

Sorry, congrats on getting wifey to say yes. What a way to spend time with the boy!
the 11th it opens with all it's awesomeness
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Old 07-31-2012, 10:14 AM   #12
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the 11th it opens with all it's awesomeness
According the guy I just talked with et the Wenatchee Ranger Station, it was supposed to open last weekend. He'll email me when it opens.
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Old 07-31-2012, 11:38 AM   #13
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Mad River Opening

This Friday.

http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/974...ay-august-3rd/
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Old 07-31-2012, 12:24 PM   #14
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suck this is the wrong month to be having only two days off...
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