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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.
 

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That's awesome! You guys can have some great ride time together. Since he's already got a C50 waiting on him to grow into he can go ahead and join us here.
 

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The family that rides together, stays together. My wife and both of my kids ride too. In fact, my kids grew up on the backs of our bikes, so you could say they've been riding their whole lives.
 

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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.


Hope it heals fast, it’s riding season. Where and what is yankee rally. I also live in Boston


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Hope it heals fast, it’s riding season. Where and what is yankee rally. I also live in Boston


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Aaron, check in "schedule a ride"
Basically, it's a bunch of degenerates having fun :biglaugh:
 

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Hope it heals fast, it’s riding season. Where and what is yankee rally. I also live in Boston


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X2 on the gathering of degenerates, but we're a fun and happy group of them!

In short, the Yankee Rally is a 4 day weekend at the beginning of July, held in Lake George, NY, where a group of VR members gather to ride, socialize, ride, eat, ride, play games and ride some more. Beautiful area with awesome routes. The group typically takes over an entire hotel and then some. Plenty of activities for non-riding partners. It's a great time for new and old alike.
 

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great to hear Kurt...btw...how you feeling?
Hey Dennis! Thanks for asking. Every day is a little better, just not fast enough for my liking. Still in some pain, but manageable. Biggest issue is that I have no stamina. Took a shower the other day and had to take a nap after, I was so beat. Been doing some work from home and bought a laptop desk from Amazon.com. It came in pieces and it took me 2 hours to put it together with the breaks i needed. Normally would have taken me 15 minutes. I've postponed my return to the office for another week, but can do 90% of my job online, from home. (Feels good to be doing something)!

Looking forward to next weekend, but totally bummed that I won't be riding out. Oh well, I should just be happy that I'm on this side of the dirt right now.
 
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