Motorcycles have been a big part of my life over the last few years. And my boys are now 17 and 15.
Number one son ("#1") got his 7L/8L on his sixteenth birthday but really hasn't been that keen to do much driving. Cycling / long-boarding / public transit / the occasional taxi seem to suffice.
[However, number two son ("#2") is 30 days away from his 16th, and is seriously chompin' at the bit!]
We just picked up a used CBR125R (that just so happens to be prepped for Greg Moore!) and got it plated on Friday.
#1 and I went for his first ride around the neighbourhood on Friday, and he is HOOKED! The expression on his face was priceless, and he said, "This is soooo much better than driving a car. I just feel... "freedom"!"
Definitely a peak moment for me as a Dad!
Now, he can't get enough. Today, we took some cones up to the top parking lot at Queen E. and did 3 hours of slow-speed manoeuvres: smooth curves, figure-8s, slaloms, body-positioning, etc. etc. plus a nice scenic ride on the way home. He still has a huge grin on his face. Heh, and keeps bugging me, "so, when can we go for another ride?". In fact, that little Honda jingle: "I wanna ride, I wanna ride, I wanna ride" has become a bit of a family joke.
While I'm seriously aware of the potential hazards we face as motorcyclists; I'm also very enthusiastic about the rewards that I'm introducing my kids to. They have good gear, and I'm diligently leading them through the ICBC guidelines (which, IMNSHO, are excellent).
I've brought them up to be serious and safe bicyclists (in central Vancouver), and have faith that this has established a solid foundation to progress to motorized 2-wheeled transport.
Anyways, I just wanted to share my experiences about introducing those who are most precious to me, to an activity that is part of who I am.
I'd love to hear from other Dads, who are in the process of teaching their kids to ride; or who have gone through the process.
I feel like it is the most important thing I've doing in my life so far.
Scared shitless, but so God-damned proud and happy.
Dan & Aidan (and soon, Lach)