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Chip off the Old Block
#789284 11/05/19 9:58 pm
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My 4 and 1/2 year old grandson was visiting this weekend. He is pretty independent, but still needs some help with some things. At one point he said to my wife, "Didi, I have to poop." She gets him set up on the toilet and starts to leave and he says "Didi, I need one of Grampy's motorcycle magazines to read while I am pooping." I was so proud.

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Start 'em early!!!

I very much enjoy the few times I've been riding and have had a car pass slowly and there's a small child in the back looking at me.

I'll slowly give them the thumbs up and when I see their eyes brighten I hope that I've planted a seed.

We do a "Riders for Readers" thing here in Central Virginia where we ride to schools and talk up reading to the kids and pass out books.

At one point in the program we let them sit on the bikes and it's fun to tell them that they could have one some day.

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edunham #789310 11/06/19 1:39 am
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One of the good habits I hope I'm picking up from friends I ride with is from a guy right here on my road that occasionally calls and asks if I'd like to go for ride.

He's a good rider, on the edge of too fast for me but I speed up a little and he slows down a little and we stay together, always ATGATT in a bright yellow 'Stich ....

and he waves to almost everyone. Folks walking, folks sitting on their front porch, other bikes, cars that are waiting for us to go by to make a turn. Might sound like overkill, but he gets a lot of smiles and waves back. A good antidote to the skull masks, get-back whips, and "what do you want damn you" looks that non-riding people get from a lot of uniformed outlaw Vtwin cruisers and baggers.

I've gotten into the habit of always giving a nod and a wave to someone waiting to pull out or across in front of me as I go by, as a "Thanks For Noticing Me!"

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I rode my bike to pick up my 9-year-old at his nearby elementary school yesterday, parked in the row with moms in their SUVs, and 75% of the kids that passed by said "I like your motorcycle", "cool motorcycle", or "green is my favorite color". Alex was slowly walking toward the area where I usually park, then when he spotted the bike he blasted into a full run!


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We have a Daughter and two grand daughters who live relatively nearby. One grandkid is a princess, she is 11 and the younger one is 9 and plays hockey. When they unload in the driveway the younger one usually asks if she can see the motorcycles. Then climbs aboard one of them and goes Vroom!Vroom!
The older one likes to go inside and help grandma make cookies.


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edunham #789469 11/08/19 12:01 am
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Originally Posted by edunham
My 4 and 1/2 year old grandson was visiting this weekend. He is pretty independent, but still needs some help with some things. At one point he said to my wife, "Didi, I have to poop." She gets him set up on the toilet and starts to leave and he says "Didi, I need one of Grampy's motorcycle magazines to read while I am pooping." I was so proud.

Ed from NJ


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edunham #789508 11/08/19 4:42 pm
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Thats a great story to tell him in about 20 years.... I just told my 11 year old grand daughter a story ... I have my great grandmother's chest where she kept her quilts and there is still one in it. I was showing my brother and we both said that it still smells like grandma.... Kaya (about 5 years old at the time ) asked if grandma was still in there..... At 11 she thought that was the funniest thing... We did too at the time...


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An interesting gender side note. When I tell this story to guys, they all focus on the young lad getting interested in motorcycles, When I tell it to females, the reaction is more on the"typical male -needs a library in the bathroom!" On the whole, women seem to be speedshitters more than men.

Ed from NJ

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edunham #789546 11/09/19 12:25 am
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I rent space in an old mill building in Vermont (states), one of our tenants brought his grandson (age 6/7) as a helper today who asked me "what are you doing", my reply was that I was fixing an old motorcycle and the kid said "motorcycles are cool!" That made my day!

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My better 1/2 was doing some relief teaching at an upper crust girls school.
We lived 2 doors away from a pub ( bar to some ) at that time .
As it would happen, it rained heavy Sunday night so Monday morning her car was gone.
I was working the night shift ( 11pm -7am ) & rode home to find her in a right state, so I changed out of my grubby coveralls while she repacked her bags , I tossed her on the back of the B40 & we did a 35 mile run that would do a GP racer proud .
I managed to get her right across town just before the first period bell sounded.( 8:30 am ).
The kids sat in silence that morning cause "Mam's husband is a bikie!"
She thought she was good to go but the head called her in, wanting an explanation as "Young ladies of breeding & distinction do not arrive at school on the back of a motorcycle like a common tart"
She explained what had happened and that without transport she could not continue.
The head then produced a book of 50 cabcharge vouchers ( an old taxi credit scheme ) for her to use till she could organise a new car.

Decades latter we were doing a static display and the said same B40 was on the stand.
A small group of 20+ year old young ladies asked about the bike & if I knew Miss Baggs.
When I explained that I was Miss Baggs husband & yes this was the same bike she came to school on the back on the women were estatic.
That one event , on one day in a primay school girl's life was enough to convince them that they too could ride a motor bike and in fact they did.


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In answer to Don Leaming:

One of my motorcycle friends has three daughters, the two oldest (12 and 7) are riding a small motorcycle in his back yard. The older one (a real beauty) is a rather good rider, but her younger sister
is ABSOLUTELY FEARLESS on a cycle. She's a real tomboy, comes by it naturally enough, as her mother played woman's hockey.

That younger girl once jumped a hill and upon landing the bike went one way and she went the other. Did she cry? HELL NO!
She ran over to the bike, yanked it back up, kick-started it and took off again!

The youngest girl, now about 5 years old, is already pestering Dad for HER turn to ride!

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Originally Posted by edunham
An interesting gender side note. When I tell this story to guys, they all focus on the young lad getting interested in motorcycles, When I tell it to females, the reaction is more on the"typical male -needs a library in the bathroom!" On the whole, women seem to be speedshitters more than men.

Ed from NJ



When my wife questioned me about the magazine collection in the can I told her it's the only place besides my garage I can get enough peace and quite to read. She failed to see the humor in that.. confused


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