Sunday, August 23, 2009

Riding Two Up with Miles

On a whim, this morning I tried putting my spare helmet on Miles, my recently turned 10 year old son. It fit him pretty good, I was surprised to find, and so the idea of a short ride with my son developed speed.

Pretty soon he had my spare summer mesh riding jacket on, a bit long but the armor was in the right spots. Jeans with scooter kneepads and summer gloves completed his ATGATT ensemble.

I got my own gear on and off we went. Miles started off riding by holding onto my waist. We went along a few miles like this and all was going well.

I made a stop and asked if he wanted to try using the grab bars....he did and off we went again, with him apparently leaning back onto the topcase. We took the long way home and I called ahead to my wife as we got near the house. She was outside, ready with the camera as I entered the cul-de-sac and circled around a few times.

So, Miles' first ride was a success even though the temperatures were a bit warm. Both of us were slight sweaty from the heat but big smiles were all around.


cpa3485 said...

What a wonderful way to spend the day. It is hard to tell who was more excited about the ride, your son or you!
That has to be a memory that will last a really long time for you and him both. Way to go!

Laura said...

No need for a car for that boy when he turns 16! He's a natural and will certainly be riding along side you on his own bike. Good thing you have two bikes! How fun that you two can share this hobby together.

Sojourner rides said...

First rides are never forgotten. You've planted a memory that time can never erase. He is the next generation of rider.

My husband gave my cousin a ride more than 30 years ago. That cousin is now an avid 'cyclists with several bikes in his garage. He credits that first ride for hooking him on motorcycles.

irondad said...

Some things are just too good not to be shared, aren't they?

By the way, nice head turn!

Charlie6 said...

cpa3485, thanks for your comments...definitely a bonding moment in my mind, we'll see how it worked out in his head.

Laura - oh no, first he must master a car THEN maybe a motorcycle after training and lots of road experience.

Sojourner, thanks for reading this stuff, I hope they get to know the job of riding, fully trained and geared up of course.

Irondad, thanks for the "nice head turn" comment, I do try and look where I want to go on tight turns...sometimes when I am facing a cliff or dropoff though......

KEN PHENIX said...
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KEN PHENIX said...

Excellent! Memories in the making. Come to think of it, that's quite a fitting name for the son of a long distance touring rider. My kids are all too big to be seen riding on the back with old dad. My 20yr old daughter wants a 250 Ninja sooo bad. Her mother is still not too keen on the idea so we wait.