Sacramento Dual Sport Dads

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Cpt. Ron, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. Cpt. Ron

    Cpt. Ron Advrider #128

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    While I'd like to do more rides with my buddies out in the boonies, I also have the duty to teach my ways to the next generation. I'm finding more and more dads in the area who ride but who also have kids who like to ride, too. And here's the inspiration for this thread.

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    For example, on MLK day, three of us Dad's in the know took our kids out to Prairie City for a day of riding in some lovely wintertime sunshine. Unbeknownst to me, another Advrider (Scott, you know who you are...) was out there with his kids, too. so that begged the question, why couldn't we have known ahead of time? And though taking our kids out may seem to be a chore when all they want to do is ride the kiddy track, it can be a bit more tolerable if you're there with other Dads in the same situation (like me!) And here's the best part. I've found that kids ride more (and better) when around other kids they know. Sure, it's peer pressure. But sometimes it's a good thing. And if you're thinking your kid may do better or need a bigger/different bike, you're likely to get a free test ride if you have a group of kid-bikes to choose from. And nothing like a little face time to set yourself up for some hand-me-down gear, too. And maybe bring your bike(s), too. With enough parents around, some Dads can take off and have a little fun, too.

    I intend to use this thread to announce any days where I take my boys out to go riding and wouldn't mind some company. No rules, no fees and no B.S. Just hang out and watch the kids ride, and maybe get a chance to take a spin yourself, too. Please use it for any times you intend to ride, too.

    Nothing better to get kids away from the boob-tube and other electronic devices. And yes, it can be a workout:

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    Let's get the next Advrider generation started right...




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  2. Cpt. Ron

    Cpt. Ron Advrider #128

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    So, for the first go around I propose Prairie City on Super Bowl Sunday. It shouldn't be crowded, and I already have one Dad and son in on it. I'll have my dark maroon van and white enclosed v-nosed trailer (no markings) parked in between the kid tracks at Prairie City. The other Dad should have a flatbed trailer and a Volvo Wagon. I'll be there until about 2:00 or so (yes, I do have a Super Bowl party with the neighbors). If you have questions about this coming ride post here or PM me.

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  3. NorCalslowpoke

    NorCalslowpoke Long timer

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    Cap

    Jut saw this thread!

    We were out there yesterday from 11-4:30, most of the time in the back open area and on the little trails near the shade structures. Took them to the kids track mid afternoon. I could not drag the boys off the bike. They were fighting over it. I guess I have to buy a 2nd one now...anyone have a clean xr/crf100 in the 8-900 range?

    They are still really green with the shifting/clutch but getting the hang of it...and they want to go next weekend.

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    Oh and thanks to cap ron and mikerrd400 for the gear. It is all perfect.

    Now to get my bike running, have not ridden in the dirt in a year...

    I'm going to shoot for Sunday 10-11ish.


    Cheers
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  4. NorCalslowpoke

    NorCalslowpoke Long timer

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    I'm out for Sunday, forgot about other plans. But will be there saturday mid morning to mid afternoon. Silver Honda Ridgeline.

    Cheers
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    Cpt. Ron Advrider #128

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    We're still on for Sunday. I've got two dads other Dads lined up with their young-ens, and one other who's trying really hard to make it work for him and his boys. The weather should be perfect, and I'd imagine the park won't be crowded. I'll be arriving by 10:00 and leaving by 2:30, but at least one Dad will likely stay through the game.

    So come on out and say 'Hi!'.
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    Cpt. Ron Advrider #128

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    In light of current events in my ACL recovery, I'm taking my boys to Prairie City this Sunday. No set time, but most likely mid-morning. Don't know how long we'll stay. In keeping with the theme of how this started, I do have a small jersey and chest protector ready for a new rider. If I'm lucky, I'll have my XRR ready for a test ride to check jetting. In light of current events, I don't think I'll be riding it (http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=20901623&postcount=38). Any takers?

    So let's get out and at least enjoy this soon-to-be drought we're heading towards....
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  7. Off Limits

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    my boy is only 2.6. i cant wait till he gets the training wheels off the bicycle. hopefully i can get him on a bike next winter. also need to get a travel trailer for the wife and baby, once thats in place, its game on.
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    Great idea Cpt. Ron :clap

    too bad your too far away


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    Cpt. Ron Advrider #128

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    Welcome to the Club! Before you know it, he'll be passing you.

    Our family rule was no motorcycle riding until riding a bicycle with no training wheels. The biggest issue with the transition from peddles to throttles is the chassis weight. Throttle stops and remote kill switches makes it quite easy, actually. Getting them to pick it up and start it on their own is a whole new game.
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    Cpt. Ron Advrider #128

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    Thank you! It is a fun thing, isn't it? And can you believe my 14-yo actually got off my XR650R and said, "Wow, that's fun"? Am I in trouble? (sure he can't start it yet, but that's just a freshman year of football or rugby away......)
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    Our rule when I was 5. Helmet mandatory. Also, if you can't start it you can't ride it. Had a yzinger 80 when I was 5. Got a yz60 when I was 6.5. We rode desert most big holiday weekends and us kids always had the kiddy track laid out. The kill switch was on the handlebar, not in dads hand. Lol also I remember I wasn't allowed outta first gear on the pw! Wow good memories
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    Cpt. Ron Advrider #128

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    Cpt. Ron Advrider #128

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    Prairie City is hosting the Sacramento Pits, a trials organization this coming weekend. I've participated before in the beginners class and had a blast. It's a great family environment without the competitive headaches that can occur with other "racing" events. Your 14&under kid can also enter the event on any bike at all. Maybe I'll throw BryceBug out there on my BRP. Or if you just wish to watch, the sections are spread around the park making for a great excuse to take your young'n out and away from the kiddie track. Watching what some of these can ride over is just plain amazing.

    http://www.sactopits.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/PCflyer13C.pdf

    I'm going to try to make it depending on sports schedules.
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  14. NorCalslowpoke

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    Couple of nice folks on here (cap Ron & Mikerd400) were nice enough to give me some kids gear.

    I want to send the vibe along.

    I have some nice dirt bike boots size 4 kids, and a smaller chest protector that I will not need.

    Any one in Sac area need them? I'm near downtown.

    Cheers
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    I'll be out at on PC this Sunday 3/24. No bikes this time. Taking out the quads this time.
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    Cpt. Ron Advrider #128

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    We're going tomorrow. Both of my boys decided they're going to ride in the Junior class of the PITS event! :clap Damn I wish I still had my trials bike so we could all do the sections together. Alas, without selling that, we wouldn't have the TTR125...what a vicious circle...

    Still, it will all be fun. So, look for the dark purple van with the v-nose, dual-axle trailer. We'll be parked in the "kiddy" area.
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  17. NorCalslowpoke

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    Probably going too, just trail riding.

    Silver Honda Ridgeline, with a husky and 2 little hondas in the back.

    Cheers
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    Cpt. Ron Advrider #128

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    Heading out again tomorrow. My brother and nephew are coming from out of town to test run his VCGP race bike. Meeting in the kiddie parking lot.

    So come on out!
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    total_n00b Bits. Bytes. Bikes.

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    Awesome thread ;)

    We're in Fairfield, and ride at PC as often as we can (which is never often enough). My daughter is 14 and rides and DRZ 125L, and my son is 10 and rides a KLX140L, and I'm on a KLX 250s. We've been riding for about 3 years.

    My son recovering from the 5th or 6th fall of the day:

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    Daugther, who is much more thoughtful and better at staying upright:

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    Hopefully we'll meet someone on this thread out there soon!
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    Cpt. Ron Advrider #128

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    My younger son and I are looking to ride next weekend. He's a bit burned out on Prairie City, so we're talking about Mammoth Bar outside of Auburn. He's never been. It's not big, but it offers a lot more challenges than the dredge tailings of Prairie City.

    It's open on which day so far. He'll be on a TTR125 (small wheel) and I'll be on a 400EXC and/or my XR650R.
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