Parents: did you all continue to ride immediately after your child was born?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Grad, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. theshnizzle

    theshnizzle Long timer

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    I rode when I was pregnant with twins....on a RG 500. I had a wee get off,so parked the bike.......for 16 years. To busy,and no funds. Five children are very expensive. My husband at the time still rode his FJ 1100. Sold for diapers I think.....we never really discussed it,we both rode when we met,it's the fabric of who we were.

    One of the greatest moments ever was replacing a husband with a motorcycle........:evil

    The kids always enjoyed it when I would drop them off at school on the back of a ' busa.........:clap
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  2. InsideThePerimeter

    InsideThePerimeter North GA bound

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    I had never ridden a motorcycle before in my life as my parents hated motorcycles and forbid me and my brother from ever getting on one. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Guns, no problem, I had my own when I was 10 and learned to shoot a model 1911 45 caliber handgun at 9, but motorcycles were too dangerous. <o:p></o:p>
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    A running club friend of mine died in a Parasailing accident last August.<o:p></o:p>
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    I took the MSF class Labor Day week, got my MC endorsement the next week and bought a bike the next. <o:p></o:p>
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    The kids are 16 and 13 so my situation is a little different. <o:p></o:p>
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    My wife takes the MSF class MLK Day week.<o:p></o:p>
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  3. Pantah

    Pantah Red Sox Nation

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    Ha Ha Ha. My best bud since 7th grade traded his first wife for a sailboat 20 years ago. It worked out. In fact he's somewhere around Costa Rica right now! :rofl
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  4. ikonoklass

    ikonoklass Kountersteering Krew

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    Didn't stop for two seconds. However, I made sure the kid was provided for financially in the event I went out one day and didn't come back.
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  5. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    Nothing says "I love you" like a million dollar life insurance policy...

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  6. nskitts

    nskitts Long timer

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    I will always ride. The biggest argument right now around my 4 month old son concerns sidecars. I have buckled for now but will fight again another day!! I can see me and the boy on a Ural setup or a Crossbones sidecar rig like Bueller used to have. What healthier fun for a father and son??
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  7. Poway

    Poway SHED (Shit Head)

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    Don't let some other dude raise/molest your children or fuck your wife!!
    My wife's Prius is far cheaper to run than any motorcycle. Risk anlysis-what do you gain vs what are you risking?

    I took a 20 year break. I enjoy motorcycling now as much as ever. My adult children have the basis to succeed in life and I have a clear soul (as much as I can get it :wink:).

    Your children need you, more than you need a bike. Take a 20 yr break then get back into it.
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  8. nskitts

    nskitts Long timer

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    Wow. :huh
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  9. Craneguy

    Craneguy British Hooligan

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    I took mine home in the top-box. I left the lid cracked or it would have been cruel.

    Those elastic luggage straps inside hold them nice and snug, but I remember having trouble fitting the compressor and toolkit back in.

    The wife wasn't pleased. She had to wait hours for a bus.
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  10. Eddy Alvarez

    Eddy Alvarez Long timer

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    Spoken with the tact and eloquence of a drunk sailor...:huh
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  11. caryder

    caryder Been here awhile

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    Now that's a good sense of humor.


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  12. UnsureFooting

    UnsureFooting Title of User Here

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  13. aeneas

    aeneas Adventurer

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    I only started riding after my child was born.
    My wife started to use our only car, and with a motorcycle/scooter I'm faster to and back from work.

    First had a scooter to get to work (Aprilia Habana custom). Upgraded quickly for a Yamaha YBR125.
    The day I picked it up at the store, our baby daughter was in hospital.
    Had never driven a motorcycle with gears before.. but I can tell you, when you have to get from the motorcycle store to the hospital (20 miles away) where your baby is, you learn very quickly how to drive and shift gears.
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  14. AlanCT

    AlanCT The Byronic Man

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    Parenthood is a huge responsibility and it is natural to become concerned about all manner of what-if scenarios. You still are an individual and you still need to live your life, though.

    If you are a safe and conservative rider, there is no need to stop. You will likely find that your riding time will become somewhat reduced.

    I did not quit riding when my daughter was born, but I did find myself making a few changes to mitigate risk even further:

    -fewer annual miles overall (new demands on my time)
    - avoiding night riding
    - less commuting
    - new, top-shelf riding gear was purched :clap
    - bought a sidecar rig (somewhat safer, can take the kid eventually) :clap:clap
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  15. yeroc40

    yeroc40 Been here awhile

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    I didn't quit, but just went into a different direction. Stopped riding street for awhile.
    Sold the liter sportbike and bought a dual sport. Did that for couple weekends a year.
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  16. urbanXJ

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    The thing to remember, is that having a kid qualifies as a Life Changing Event, and most life insurance places will let you up your coverage as high as you want with no medical red tape.
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  17. Grad

    Grad Wannabe

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    Thanks everyone,
    I am going to keep riding because it makes me so damn happy and I can't imagine going years and years without doing it. I have an application in for a $$$$ life insurance policy, so if something happens to me then YFFs better stay away from my rich wife!

    :deal
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  18. Jayrod1318

    Jayrod1318 Poster

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    I rode more, a great escape from the insanity. even if to the store and back.
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  19. EZ300

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    The only thing I stopped was the skydiving. Without out that I became even more obsessed with motorcycles.
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  20. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    My risk tolerance for many activities changed when I had a family. I didn't stop doing anything for that reason, however. I merely managed the risk appropriately
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