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Family Ties

I know I have shared my story with you guys about how I was raised on and around motorcycles. As I grew into adulthood that passion was ignited and I blackmailed my husband into taking the rider safety course with me so I wouldn’t have to do it alone. He told me a week or two before the course started that the whole motorcycle “thing” was not a priority for him. I was disappointed because our kids are getting older and starting to leave the nest and I thought this would be a wonderful way for us to kill time together once the kids were gone.

Long story short, we took that safety course and fell in love. We now have two bikes, his and hers, and we ride whenever time allows. I am very pleased that a motorcycle accident last year has not kept my husband off two wheels. What I didn’t realize when we were going through this process is that we were not only developing our own love for motorcycles, but there was something else going on that we were unaware of at the time.

Our son, whom I had never seen ride, has been on dirt bikes and quads since he was 10 years old or so. He has worked the Motorcross track in Southwick since about the same age. He has had the opportunity to meet some of the big names in the Motorcross circuit and has spent a multitude of hours watching, helping and falling in love with the magic that is two wheels.

I was not aware of how deep his passion ran for bikes until he was 16 and got his motorcycle permit and license before his car license. As his passion started to grow he wanted the opportunity to ride our bikes. We wouldn’t let him until he went through the safety course, so for his birthday we paid for him to do just that. Because of the experience he had on dirt bikes he passed the course without a problem and to this day rides better than I do.

Sophomore year of high school he came home and told us that he wanted to go to Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in Orlando. Well I am proud to say that he just graduated as a Harley Davidson and Yamaha Tech on August 5, 2011.

The best part of all of this is the experience of riding with the ones that you love. I ride frequently with the love of my life at my side, but there is the ultimate feeling of togetherness and belonging when we all ride together. I do believe riding will be the Family Tie that holds us together over the next several years as our son continues his career and education, and I cannot think of a better way to spend our time together. Even our daughter, who does not like riding as a passenger has expressed interest in getting her license.

I know moms always want so many good things for their kids, and I do as well, but for this mom, there would be nothing cooler than a pack of bikes heading into the sunset and having them all be my family.

It runs in the family!