Senior VR Member
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Outside of Boston
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A new member to the club
I have a 29 son who is the most important young man in my life. We are very close. It’s been fun to watch him mature and grow throughout the years, especially recently. He shares many of my same passions, including anything mechanical. He’s a natural born mechanic. I spent 2 years restoring and modifying an ‘89 Suzuki GS500E which I surprised him with for his 25th birthday. (Complete with all the gear and helmet). Unfortunately, the following weekend, 2 of his friends were killed on a motorcycle after leaving his place. This shocked him to the core and turned him off riding immediately.
We’ve talked about him getting his permit and he’s always said he was going to, but it was obvious that he was dragging his feet. I thought things had changed a year ago and bought an ‘07 C50T from a member here in anticipation of him getting his permit. NO DEAL. Meanwhile the GS500E sat in my garage collecting dust. I talked to his GF and BFF and we all agreed he really had no interest to ride on the road. ATVs, dirt bikes, snow machines were all ok, but asphalt seemingly terrified him. And that’s OK. I want him to do what he feels comfortable with and not what he feels Daddy wants.
This past week as I was home recovering from surgery, I get a text from him out of the blue. It was a single picture of his new motorcycle permit!!! Oh wow!! This is quickly followed by a conversation on how he can pick up the bike, what does it need and what will it take to register it. He has spent the last few day getting it running and addressing issues of it sitting for the last 5 years. The tank and fuel system has been flushed, carb rebuild kits and a new front brake caliper are on order and a new battery installed. It runs and rides, but is slow to wake up after a long nap. Regardless, Daddy is very excited and proud.
So we have a new member to the club. I can’t wait to heal completely so I can work with him on riding skills. Naturally, he’s signed up for the MSF course and I might retake it along with him for some moral support. Now there is a C50T waiting for him to grow into and maybe I can convince him to come to the Yankee Rally this year.
Dying of natural causes is for Wimps!