Ft. Lewis/Tacoma area loaner?

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by fastdadio, Aug 3, 2014.

  1. fastdadio

    fastdadio Still gettin faster

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2009
    Oddometer:
    2,387
    Location:
    Pinckney Mi.
    Anyone out there have a clapped out dual sport they would be willing to loan/rent/lease to a broke soldier at Ft. Lewis? Allow me to explain...My son was recently stationed at Ft. Lewis. I was stationed there back in 83-86 so I know the area and loved it. I had a KZ1100 at the time and rode it all over the state. He just got through with a two year stint in Germany and while home on leave, before heading out to Wa. he goes out and buys a brand new pick up. Now he's out there and between his truck payments and paying back his student loan....he says he's broke. Dumbass never asked his old man for any financial advice or mentioned a word about going out and buying a new truck. Most likely he didn't want to hear me try to talk him out of it. He's always wanted a new truck, and frankly, he deserves it. He's been a great kid and never been in any trouble. Worked hard through high school to buy his own cars. He tried college at first and then decided to join the Army to become an MP. Now he gets to learn the reality of personal debt to income ratios. He's an experienced rider. I started him out at 8 yrs. old on a Suzuki DS 80, and as he out grew them >TTR125 >CRF230 >KDX200. and so, has spent over half his life pounding Mi single track trails. I just hate to see him spend his time out there and miss the opportunity to experience the beauty that Wa. has to offer. So, if anyone is willing to take pitty on this broke-dick soldier and take him out on one of your local rides, I'm sure it would put a smile on his face and would also be a good chance to meet a truly fine young man. PM me for details and phone # and I can ship his gear out if an opportunity arises. Thanks.
    :freaky
    #1
  2. riceaterslc

    riceaterslc Urinal Cake Engineer

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2011
    Oddometer:
    153
    Location:
    WA
    FYI, Military Requirements:
    Does he have a motorcycle endorsement on his driver's license?
    Has he taken the MSF Basic Course? (if not, cannot ride)
    If yes, has he taken the Sport Bike or Experienced Rider's Course within the last 12 months (if not, cannot ride)
    Does his Chain of Command know he is going to ride? (if not, cannot ride)
    Does he have a motorcycling counseling packet in his CoC? (if not, cannot ride)
    I'm sure I'm missing a few other things.

    The Army pretty much takes the enjoyment out of riding these days. Any of these are taken as serious offenses (especially JBLM/7ID) and Soldiers face UCMJ if caught riding without the proper documentation/training.
    #2
  3. fastdadio

    fastdadio Still gettin faster

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2009
    Oddometer:
    2,387
    Location:
    Pinckney Mi.
    He does have his cycle endorsement in Mi. The rest I highly doubt. He's only been there 2 months now. Wtf? that's a lot of hoops to jump through. I guess things have changed since my Army daze. I had to have an endorsement on my license and wear a helmet and safety vest on post. That's it. I guess if he wants to ride there, it's going to require commitment on his part. He doesn't know I posted this here. I just thought I'd post up and see what happens. Too bad, Some of the best riding of my life occurred there and I hate to see him miss it. Thanks for the reply.
    :freaky
    #3
  4. what broke now

    what broke now Petroleum Brother

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2011
    Oddometer:
    1,507
    Location:
    seattle

    IIRC, UCMJ prohibits eating pussy as well. I wonder how much that slows anyone down? Maybe that's changed, though.
    #4
  5. riceaterslc

    riceaterslc Urinal Cake Engineer

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2011
    Oddometer:
    153
    Location:
    WA
    it wasn't meant as a discouragement, just an FYI. the MSF courses are free on post, and they supply the bikes.
    i'm sure there are plenty of servicemenbers out there riding around without the proper training. just hope your son doesn't get caught!

    fact! any sort of oral or in the pooper is prohibited (last time i checked). i wonder how the same gener military couples handle this?
    #5
  6. muddyJ

    muddyJ Shortcut ahead!

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2006
    Oddometer:
    182

    Don't ask, Don't tell...
    #6
  7. Maddaddy

    Maddaddy Greg

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,774
    Location:
    NA
    I'm a Senior NCO on Ft Lewis with 20yrs in service . I'm also a MSF rider coach.

    Here's my 2 cents

    Yes, he needs the MSF BRC course. Not necessarily the Sport bike course.
    Yes, he needs his Commander's approval and a documented counseling with all the proper paper work.

    My question is, Why should I reward this kid by lending on of my bikes (4 in the barn right now) for living outside of his means by purchasing a truck he realistically cannot afford?

    When I was a private, I lived pay check to pay check and was constantly broke before the next pay day because I spent frivolously. If I really wanted something, I had to not spend money on stupid stuff in order to pay for the good stuff.

    So if he REALLY wants to ride, then he should get a vehicle he can afford. I can only imagine that his insurance is as much as his truck payment too.

    I lend my bikes out all the time. But I lend them to people to have earned it in my eyes. Right now, from what you've written, not on the rewards list.
    #7
  8. fastdadio

    fastdadio Still gettin faster

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2009
    Oddometer:
    2,387
    Location:
    Pinckney Mi.
    Can't argue with this logic at all and really feel the same way about this situation. But, you said it your self, you were a dumb private once that spent all his money frivolously. We all did. And young men always will. This is life the way it's always been. As far as the truck goes, well, he earned it. He didn't borrow the down payment or ask me for a co-sign. Manageable debt to income ratio is something even some adults never figure out. He will, I think he already has. I respect the fact that you set the standards for your 'rewards list', and as an NCO in the US Army, I expect those standards to be high. As a career enlisted man in the Army, it would be easy to become hardened, but try not to loose the connection to your youth and what it was like to be 20 again. The kid is on my rewards list simply for resisting the peer pressure he was surrounded by growing up in the burbs of Detroit to engage in drug and alcohol abuse, drug dealing, petty criminal behavior and 'thug life' in general to pursue a path in life that got him to where he is right now. An SP-4 Military Police in the Army. You should see how some of his buddies have turned out. If this situation were reversed, and your son was stationed nearby, I wouldn't hesitate to loan him one of my beaters and take him out on our rides simply because he's a young soldier serving our country and he is one of 'us'. Hell, I'd even invite him over for dinner, fix his truck, and help him with all the other little hardships along the way. But that's just how I am, that's how I raised my son. Thanks for taking the time to read and reply Maddaddy, and thanks just for being there for us.
    :freaky
    #8
  9. Maddaddy

    Maddaddy Greg

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,774
    Location:
    NA
    Once he has completed the BRC, have him contact me here.
    #9
  10. fastdadio

    fastdadio Still gettin faster

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2009
    Oddometer:
    2,387
    Location:
    Pinckney Mi.
    Will do. Thanks.
    #10
  11. Pokey66C23

    Pokey66C23 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    May 20, 2008
    Oddometer:
    478
    Location:
    wetside
    I'm in Puyallup, ex-AF T-tailed bug sucker driver. I have three sons 17,20,21. We've taken in Ft Lewis guys as a family away from home for them from time to time. Some times a home cooked meal and family banter is a great escape from the day to day mil spec life. We do a lot of hiking, kayaking and such. We're all shoters, belong to local range. I barely keep my riders running but may have a spare in the fleet soon. I'll pm my contact info. Pokey
    #11
  12. fastdadio

    fastdadio Still gettin faster

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2009
    Oddometer:
    2,387
    Location:
    Pinckney Mi.
    We are also avid outdoors people including the shooting sports. While stationed there, myself and a group of guys from my unit hooked up with some local river rats who took us rafting down the Klickitat river, some where east of Mt. Adams. It was the wildest raft trip I've ever done. Your pm has been read and sounds like you have a great family. We'll be in touch. Thanks, Dave.
    #12
  13. robdogg

    robdogg turnip truck driver

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2004
    Oddometer:
    1,832
    Location:
    wren-tonne, WA
    :huh
    #13
  14. Vincenthdfan

    Vincenthdfan Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2009
    Oddometer:
    553
    Location:
    Olympia, Washington
    Air Force C-141 Pilot would be my guess... :evil

    I'm a retired Air Force MSgt (Aircraft Maintainer) by the way, lol.
    #14