My Sons First Dual Sport Ride

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by sperz1, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. sperz1

    sperz1 UnStudly Adventurer

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    I'm not sure if I've become eternally lazy or the overwhelming workload is starting to take it's toll. I've been meaning to write this ride report for the last few days but just haven't been able too.


    Everyone, I'd like to introduce you to my 9 year old son James.

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    Like any father that has been into motorcycle their entire lives I've always daydreamed about the day when I'd be able to share my experiences with my first son. He's been riding his own jr50 for the last 6 months or so but was just a hair off from touching the pegs on the DR. It was a requirement from me that he be able to touch before we go on rides. A few weeks ago he asked to sit on the DR, and viola, feet down. We instantly started researching jacket, helmet, boot options (Which turns out is a pain in the ass), and found some appropriate riding gear.

    The day started off around 9am with Uncle Mug (mugwest) bringing the old GS to the sperz casa and meeting James and I. After a quick rundown on the days activities we set off to our destination. An awesome resource us NW Florida folks call Blackwater Forest.

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    The ride out was uneventful. James is such a good passenger. Rarely wiggles around and just takes in the scenery. We started out our offroad ride on a little track of land called Hutton. Hutton is a gem for it's nice easy trails and changing terrain. James had a blast!

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    After about an hour of cruising around we took our first break. To say that this little boy was stoked would be the understatement of the year. He was smiling ear to ear. After grabbing a quick snack and BS'ing for a bit he jumped on the back of Uncle Mug's GS and we were off to do some more exploring.

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    We cruised along Hutton and just kinda enjoyed the day. Ran along some old dirt roads that followed the train tracks and had all sorts of fun. It was slightly raining but that wasn't going to stop the day. On occasion we would stop and ask him if he was ok. His response "yep!". After a quick stop and a story about a log he hopped back on my bike.

    The trail led it's way through some old dirt roads in Holt, FL and we worked away across with the intention of hitting up the Yellow River Management Area. The clay roads were wet and slippery and one of the trails was rooted up and under a bit of water. That didn't faze James on bit! :deal

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    One thing I couldn't help but notice is that as we were leaving the clay roads the bike seemed to be walking all over the place. It almost felt like the rear tire was flat. I just chalked it up to James wiggling around a bit and trucked on. It wasn't bad, just different.

    Well....

    Turns out...

    That's exactly what the issue was!

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    James hopped off the bike and Mug and I got to work on replacing the tube. I had a spare 21" tube in my pack and Mug had the compressor. Good to go. Had quite a few good Samaritans stop by and ask us if we were ok, which was cool. Even had one local fella roll up on his tractor and ask if we needed anything. We replied "Thanks, but were good". He kinda laughed and replied "You fellas got everything here don't ya!!" And in reality, we did. Being prepared on this tripped saved it from being a drag, to adding a little bit of unexpected fun.

    James was handed the camera to photo document. Oh, and yes dorothy, a 21" tube does work in an 18" rim when ya need it too.

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    I can't help but notice I'm smiling in almost all of these pics.

    ADV Salute for a job well done. ( Yea I'm a bad parent )

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    We set off after this field repair for the Yellow River Management Area. James rode with Uncle Mug for this leg. While the tube did work, I didn't fully trust it and thought it would be safer.

    The rain had stopped by then and we made our way through some old dirt roads. The floodplain on the river was well over the trail so we had a lot of fun pushing our way through the water.

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    Our last stop of the day was a primitive camping site. It was close to 3pm and we'd done about 70 miles. A few pics and we'd be back on the road headed home.

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    Guys, this really is what this type of riding is all about for me. Sharing experiences with the ones you really care about and having a blast doing it. This was the first ride for James, but it sure wont be the last!

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  2. HappyCRNA

    HappyCRNA AllTalkNoAction

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  3. ineptizoid

    ineptizoid I'm scared hold me

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    Right on:thumb
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  4. scootac

    scootac Just a Traveler

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    GREAT story!!!:clap:clap:clap
    Didja show Mom the photo of you being a 'bad parent'?:D
    I'll bet he made a lot of kids at school jealous.
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  5. ElusivePedro

    ElusivePedro Layin' Low

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    That's.
    So.
    COOOL!!!
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  6. sperz1

    sperz1 UnStudly Adventurer

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    That would be a big negative.

    Thanks for the responses folks!
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  7. scootac

    scootac Just a Traveler

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  8. MrPulldown

    MrPulldown Long timer

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    My son is 3.5 years old. He flips the passenger pegs down and climbs up regularly to check to see if he can reach them yet. He slides forward on the seat and touches one foot to a peg with the other in the air and says "look dad I can reach, can we go ride."

    Great story!
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  9. sperz1

    sperz1 UnStudly Adventurer

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    Man I went through the same thing on a monthly basis :lol3
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  10. Mugwest

    Mugwest .

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    I've had a ton of Great Days in my years on bikes. This one was right up there at the top.

    I'm proud to have shared in it :thumb
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  11. FAW3

    FAW3 Old wanderer

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    Great trip and post!

    My son was about 10 or 11 when I scored a nice Honda Trail 70 for him. After a few months of riding round the house we hauled the Trail 70 and my KLR up to a easy riding area in the Shenandoah area of Virginia. Did some nice easy trails, made camp, ove-nighted, and went home with memories for a lifetime.

    You go dad!
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  12. thedomesticdiva23

    thedomesticdiva23 lovingridinglife!

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    My 3 year old daughter is the same way :clap ADV babies in the works!
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  13. Scubalong

    Scubalong Been here awhile

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    Father and son bonding + bike = Pricessless :raabia
    Always nice to see the little one on bike
    I wish my kids still young:cry They only like girls and hang out with friends now.
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  14. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    Awesome man, thanks for sharing :clap
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  15. merge_88

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    Awesome!!!!! This was the best I read all week ..... I'm a bit biased since I have a little boy itching for rides as well . He too must touch the pegs before I will take him . Thanks for being a great parent!
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  16. sperz1

    sperz1 UnStudly Adventurer

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    Thanks for the great replies!

    I really do try my best for the kiddo. No one is perfect, myself included. I'm hoping to leave a good imprint on the kid so he knows how to act like a man when he reaches that step in his life.
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  17. AST236

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    Sweet. I started riding my kids around in the yard when they were small. Bought my son an XR100 years ago. He's 26 now, in the Air Force, and rides a Sportster. I'm trying to guide him back to the dualsport side. My daughter, now 16, wants a 'dirt bike'. Of course, she also wants a horse, so.....

    Good on you for spending time with your son, doing something wholesome and letting him see his dad have some fun! Not enough of that going around....
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  18. BigKnobby

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    Combines the best of dual-sporting and family.

    Thanks for sharing.
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  19. Dan950ser

    Dan950ser Two Wheeled Addict

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    That is awesome man my daughter is only 9 months but I cannot wait till I can put her on a strider and then a 50. Also the way she acts now which is like the happiest little stunt baby ever she is going to love being on her bike or the back of my 950.
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  20. doc4216

    doc4216 Chronic High Fiver

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    What a great first day trip for you son!! I bet he was excited! I never stopped grinning when I was riding with my dad, uncle, or pap (even though I was the youngest and a girl)! Wish you the best on many more rides to come with your son!
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