Two Reasons Why My GS Stays Parked Most of the Time...

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by TexBiker, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. TexBiker

    TexBiker Been here awhile

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    At least they are good reasons...

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    They both love to climb around on it. I'm really looking forward to the day when they are big enough to ride with me.
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  2. scooteraug02

    scooteraug02 Dog Rancher

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    This ought to solve that problem


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  3. TexBiker

    TexBiker Been here awhile

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    If I tried the "Car Seat Strapped to Luggage Rack" method above, the headline in the local paper would read:

    "Wife Kills Idiot Husband in Driveway. No Charges Filed."

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  4. Desert Skies

    Desert Skies One brick shy...

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    That reason kept me off motorcycles for 20 years.

    Fishing camping was a good diversion during that time, everybody got to play too. :thumb
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  5. Slippy Chips

    Slippy Chips Been here awhile

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    I'm with you Tex, and a 3rd reason on the way.
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  6. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    Nothing wrong with that plan, TexBiker.:deal

    It goes by way too fast. Enjoy them while you can. The bike will be there.
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  7. Eddy Alvarez

    Eddy Alvarez Always dreaming of the next big ride!

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    I understand as I am in the same boat. I solved my "problem" by adding a DRZ400 and a KTM 50 to the garage. Now I get to ride almost every Sunday afternoon for a few hours at the track with my boy! I still managed to ride 12,000 miles on my GS last year by going on a few three day weekends, riding to work when it was nice and by going on a one week ride last summer.

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    ***For you ATGATT nuts, this is a staged picture, not a pre-ride pic! He rides in full gear just like his dad!


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  8. TexBiker

    TexBiker Been here awhile

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    Well, I'm a stay-at-home dad, so my free-time is usually late at night. And I didn't ride at night much even before the kids came along. My issue isn't the risk as much as the lack of time to ride.

    When the boy gets a bit older, I'll find a little 50 for him to play with and maybe get a big dirt bike for me.
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  9. NoVa Rider

    NoVa Rider Long timer

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    You can always be on the lookout for used aersotich (or other) smallest size clothing. This is a 34S or 36S, and has worked wonders for the kids as they have grown:

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  10. farmerger

    farmerger Snowed in Adventurer

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    That's a brilliant idea, thank you sir.:thumb Of to the FM I go.
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  11. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    I was lucky,my dad rode,my mom rode some,my sister raced horses at full speed,mom was an aerobatic rated pilot as was dad.
    Nobody got hurt much,everybody had a good time.

    Shame to stop doing what you love for a non guaranteed safety.
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  12. scooteraug02

    scooteraug02 Dog Rancher

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    I didn't get back into biking until the boy was 14. Got him a TTR125 and me a YZ250 and a Vstrom 1000.

    I rode motocross when I was a kid but I didn't like the idea of the boy doing do or die supercross. Once you commit to a big hairy jump it is either right or it is wrong and they crash.

    We did long bicycle rides when he was little. That was a lot of fun.

    I started with one of these. Then he rode his bike as soon as he got off the training wheels which was the day after Joey across the street got his off, pressure of competition.

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  13. NoVa Rider

    NoVa Rider Long timer

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    I found that I could fold up the lower legs (the snap closure was handy):

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    Even made the catalogue a few times!

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    But, she's older now, and they don't need to be folded up anymore. :cry
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  14. Disco Dean

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    Been riding for many years with the boy.... strapped in the back with the sleeping bags and tent. At 15 he still wants to plan a trip on the back, with me... First ride at 4 years old... well first ride was on a scooter in Bermuda at 3 years old if that counts as two wheels!

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  15. TexBiker

    TexBiker Been here awhile

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    This is what I plan to do just as soon as he can put both feet on the pegs. We ride around the farm on the Sherpa since it's a lot narrower than the GS and he can easily stand on those pegs.
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  16. Disco Dean

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    Trials Rider.... Bultaco or new Kawi Sherpa???

    My rule was as long as he had both feet on the pegs and full gear. I didn't go far enough for him to fall asleep, which wasn't far at 4! And, when we went camping he had the tent and bed rolls behind him and the two sleeping bags beside him so couldn't fall out when he slept.

    Whenever he wasn't he was singing! Took me a long time to figure out what the sound was... :-) kept me smiling even now!
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  17. Iron Rey

    Iron Rey Wingnut Extraordinaire

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    Yep, my kids been riding since they could reach the pegs, I found gear for them easy enough and on long multi day trips they fell asleep, my son would lean back against the sleeping bags and tent, his own Barcalounger, my daughter would just lean up against me...They were the best trips I have ever taken.

    I put my boy through the MSF course last year and now he has his own R100R, my daughter will go thru scooter class this spring and I will get her a Yamaha T-Max...Fun days ahead!
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  18. twintwin

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    ONE GOOD RAISON to try something else :clap
    With a rig you can accomodate all the family, and have a lot of fun at the same time. All my 4 kids are now teens, but I still own the rig, in the process to built an other one, and I'm also riding my two GS on 2 wheels.

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  19. PukaWai

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    Is she actually smiling about something other than some little electronic gadget??? That's absolutely awesome!
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  20. Desert Skies

    Desert Skies One brick shy...

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    Well, I couldn't afford to put wheels under the whole family, especially with a gymnast daughter, that coupled with competition cheer and dance recitals eat a big chunk out any motorcycle budget. Girls are spensive...:eek1

    The boy didn't consume half as much of our paychecks.

    We still had just as much fun camping and fishing... Now they are off doing their own thing, I fish very little and am out riding the wheels off the motorcycles I have any chance I get.
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