Start ’em young

Today was another major milestone in my life as a biker: my daughter Lin‘s first ride!

I was using some neighborhood errands as an excuse to get on my bike, and Lin, now 4½, said she wanted to come along, so I threw the two-up seat on the bike, bundled her up, and we headed off.

I was afraid she would complain of being too cold, or that she would be too frightened by the speed and the wind and the engine noise, but I should have known better. She’s a thoroughbred after all, born of a biker Mom and a biker Dad, and she loved it. Her first time on a bike, and she understood.

“You can go faster if you want, Daddy.”
“Wow, turning is fun!”
“I don’t want to go home yet. Can we ride over to Owen’s house?”
“OK, what about Go & Kazu’s house?”
“When it gets warmer, can we go somewhere far away?”
“Go! Go! Go!”
“Let’s ride just a little more, Daddy!”
“OK, we can go home for lunch, but then we need to ride some more.”

I’ve created a monster. And I couldn’t be prouder. That’s my girl!

Congratulations, Lin. Your adventures have just begun.

15 thoughts on “Start ’em young”

  1. All I can say dude is “faaaaan-fuckin’-tastic”!
    Congrats, man! You are the proud patriarch of a biker family!

    >Lin, I bet that was fun! When you get older, you will want your own bike!

    凛、たのしかったでしょう!おおきくなったら じぶん の ばいく が ほしくなるよ!

  2. She looks so cute hanging on to you at the back! At least she enjoyed it. My 13 yo daughter takes the majority of the pictures I post on my blog and absolutely loves being on the back – at least we spend a fair bit of time together doing what we both love.

    I hope this happens for you as well.

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  4. Dude – Absolutely FANTASTIC!!! I have a 6 year old boy and I can’t think of anything better than him wanting to ride, and ride some more (he has never been out yet). I can’t IMAGINE how AWESOME you feel…

  5. Beaker, I’m hoping that when my younger daughter gets old enough, we can put one daughter on my bike and one on my wife’s and go touring as a family. That dream just came one step closer to reality. It’s great to be able to share the things you love with your children.

    Tea and Steve, Thanks!

  6. Just prior to my accident, my wife was looking at getting a white 883c so we could all go out as a family, with my boy behind me. But the accident seems to have changed her mind. She has (at least temporarily) abandoned the idea of ever riding a bike again, she has forbidden my 6 year old son from riding with me (which he loves to do), and yells at me when I mention riding again soon.

    I envy you. I’m hoping things will get back to normal sooner or later…. probably much later, knowing her.

  7. Jeff, I’m sorry to hear that.

    Of course, I think your wife’s wrong, but I can understand the emotions behind it, after seeing her husband hospitalized. That’s gotta be scary.

    I’m sure she’ll come around eventually, and your son’s best riding years are in the future anyway.

    Good luck!

  8. Jeff, just tell her you’re taking up base jumping instead. Then you “reluctantly” let her talk you out of base jumping and agree to only stick to the same old motorcycle riding you’ve always done. Easy.

  9. Hello i found your website on the internet. I am in the military serving in Misawa Japan. I am thinking about coming to Hokkaido Japan this year in August 07. Can you provide me any information on websites or groups on how to hook up and Hokkaido to ride and just have fun. I think your website is awesome by the way. I hope to hear from you soon.

  10. ・Thanks, GB.

    ・Greg, thanks for visiting the site.

    I wish I could help, but I don’t know of any really good online resources about Hokkaido. Our connections up there are pretty much all analog.

    If you have any specific questions, we’d be happy to help you out. Feel free to mail me.

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