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Re: Did you get to ride with your Dad ?
« Reply #30 on: March 11, 2019, 11:36:17 AM »
My Dad never rode and was not even a car guy. 

He bought the least expensive vehicles that would meet the needs of the family. 

He never understood my fascination with two wheels and 2 seaters. 

I exposed my sons to dirt riding but they never got it in their blood.  They don't care about cars either. 
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Re: Did you get to ride with your Dad ?
« Reply #31 on: March 11, 2019, 02:11:58 PM »
 we rode together some in the old days.  I even bought a couple bikes from him.  one was a '71 Ambassador, my first Guzzi.  He's been gone since '01.  I'm grateful he taught me to ride when I was a pup
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Re: Did you get to ride with your Dad ?
« Reply #32 on: March 11, 2019, 02:31:48 PM »
My Dad was a GM man, not an MG man ......   DonG

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Re: Did you get to ride with your Dad ?
« Reply #33 on: March 11, 2019, 03:00:06 PM »
Nope, Dad was an Airplane & deep sea fisher type of guy.  think Hemingway

I did get my MC license on his Honda 125 suitcase cycle.  The one he and Mom used when they flew down to Cabo San Lucas back in the 70's.

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Re: Did you get to ride with your Dad ?
« Reply #34 on: March 11, 2019, 04:09:59 PM »
Would have liked to but my dad was already 51 when I was born and had little other life outside of farming and cattle feeding. My mother was was always distressed that I rode, flew and boated. She considered all those things to be extremely dangerous. She would tell me that I need to quit those things and take up bowling instead and I would just reply that I might drop the bowling ball on my foot and hurt myself. She would just mutter and turn away.
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Re: Did you get to ride with your Dad ?
« Reply #35 on: March 11, 2019, 04:59:11 PM »
My Dad was a GM man, not an MG man ......   DonG

My dad was a Triumph man, not an MG man...  Couldn't resist- he was into TR3's long before I was born.  No problem with Guzzis, but MG was a dirty word in our house.

Seriously, he liked to point out he got a bike license as a young man and kept his endorsement but never rode that I knew of during my lifetime.  Still, we did a lot of bike stuff after the cows were sold.  We chased, bought, sold and traded hundreds of bikes over the years.  After I moved back to SC, he spent a lot of time at the bike shop, our rally & events.

He always wanted a HD Sprint because his younger brother had a new one briefly around 1970.  The project electric start 73-74 sprints he collected while I wasn't living here didn't grow new parts for free or fix themselves, so never got fixed.  Soon after I got back, I got a turn key/push button, registered & running 74 350sx with 2k original mile in a good Ducati 250 trade and gave it to him so he could have the nice one he said he always wanted.  He pushed it into the shop and never even started it, much less rode it.  He also liked the idea of having a nice sandcast 750 Honda, so I gave him vin #1000042 (first day of production).  He liked that a lot but he never did anything with it, either.   He liked bikes but for whatever reason, riding or spending $$ on them wasn't his thing.

About 10 yrs later as he was dying, he said he was giving the Sprint to my brother on the condition I kept it running & take care of it for him for free.  When he said that, my brother and I gave each other a ?!? look and later agreed that arrangement made no sense.   so I got it and later traded it for my current Ducati 250.
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Re: Did you get to ride with your Dad ?
« Reply #36 on: March 11, 2019, 05:40:13 PM »






Thats a great story, Huzo. Thanks for sharing that. I am sorry about your Moms recent passing. It sounds like you two had a great friendship, and its cool you were recently able to share that story with her.My son has been riding with me since he was about 9 . He started  in the dirt, on a Honda 50 mini trail. He is currently 35 and we still ride together, both in the dirt, and street. We each own 5 motorcycles, and we are always tinkering with one of the bikes.
Its cool to share the same hobby with my Son. :thumb:
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Re: Did you get to ride with your Dad ?
« Reply #37 on: March 11, 2019, 06:29:39 PM »
Huzo,

I'm truly sorry about your mum's passing.  Both my parents went young when I was still in my 40's and it gets easier, but not better. ~HUGS~

My dad hated motorcycles, my mom wanted to tour Europe with me in the '80s on Beemers (probably to piss of my dad).  After my dad went (mom was already gone) the Hubs and I bought scooters, then motorcycles, then more scooters.  Wish I'd done it earlier, but it was worth the wait.

On Fridays, weather permitting, we pick up our two younger kids from school on the Vespas.  They love feeling special, being the only kids in school to go home in such a manner.  We've taught our eldest and my brother-in-law to ride on the Metropolitans, much to their joy.  Our kids may never become riders, but they might remember it and us fondly. 








 
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Re: Did you get to ride with your Dad ?
« Reply #38 on: March 11, 2019, 06:41:14 PM »
Yeah I got to ride dirtbikes with Dad in the late 70s and 80s and they were some of the best of times and the best of memories. Hungry Creek, Mooney Creek, Jillaby and Dubbo Valley were all great places to ride. The men had beer, the kids had soft drinks, sausages on the barby wrapped up in a slice of bread...heaven.

Dad was a road rider from about 1949 or so until I was born in 66. He was Norton though and through. Dad stopped road riding and we did the dirt stuff, then he stopped it all and in many ways my taking up road riding in 1995 estranged him from me, which was sad...he'd gone right off bikes. The good thing was, our last road trip together out to Bathurst and Mudgee in the Commodore I did the driving (Dad was blind by then) and we talked a lot about bikes, riding and the old days, lots of laughing and we "made the connection" again. I had to return to the UK and Dad died less than 6 months later.
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Re: Did you get to ride with your Dad ?
« Reply #39 on: March 11, 2019, 07:22:25 PM »
No.
He hated motorcycles. So much so that I could not even buy a moped.
Maybe that's why I have mopeds and bikes at age of 60???

However my daughter rode 5 years with me. Now she has a KTM Duke.
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Re: Did you get to ride with your Dad ?
« Reply #40 on: March 11, 2019, 07:29:51 PM »
I rode thousands of miles on the back of my dad's KZ900. We'd go camping or cheap hotels, and ride for days. He had lower bars on the bike, but installed an ugly sissy bar for me. That's a good dad! I miss him terribly.

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Re: Did you get to ride with your Dad ?
« Reply #41 on: March 12, 2019, 05:03:53 AM »
Dad was a car bloke and never had a bike but he didnt get too worried when a KX80 turned up at our place...he died when I was 15 so we never got to share any adult time. Mum is not a fan of bikes but she took us motocrossing when we were teenagers an I have had over 50 so I think she gets it now but I never talk road bikes or adventures with her.
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Re: Did you get to ride with your Dad ?
« Reply #42 on: March 12, 2019, 10:18:35 AM »


 




Dad had a 175cc CZ. Mom had a Benelli 65cc mini. They rode them a few times. Mom got thrown, that ended that.  :grin: I never got to ride with them,  but, I used to wait til the old man went to work and "borrow" the bikes.  Been riding since late '60s. Never learn.  :bike-037:
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Re: Did you get to ride with your Dad ?
« Reply #43 on: March 12, 2019, 10:25:21 AM »
I echo what Loop Tonti EV said, since he's my brother  :grin:

When I was 6 months old dad plopped me in mom's lap in the sidecar of his '35 H-D. We rode around the blacksmith shop. I cried the whole way (maybe I had an early aversion to the "Motor Company"). That was 1954. I haven't been without a bike since I bought a 1947 Whizzer Sportsman in 1966.

Dad took each son on a "Rite of Passage" trip from PA to Canada the summer after we turned 12. What an adventure! Loop Tonti EV and I have sons and we repeated that experience for them when they hit 12 years old. Dad went along. When my grandson turned 12 in 2013, I took him on a motorcycle trip and, as you might guess, dad rode with us. It had been 50 years since dad took my oldest brother on his trip. American Motorcyclist magazine featured our trip as a 50 year family tradition.

What a great heritage he has passed on to us and I love that he still throws a leg over one of his sidecar rigs and lets the wind and the throb of a V-twin paste a big smile on his face.
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Re: Did you get to ride with your Dad ?
« Reply #44 on: March 12, 2019, 11:16:36 AM »
One of my earliest memories is of dad toodling me around our 3 acre country property on his little Honda. Growing up, my sister and I toured all over the country with he and my mother, Dad on his 74 Eldorado Police (now mine,) and mom on her 80s MG 1000 5-speed with a sidecar. One of us would be on the back of dad's Eldorado, the other in the sidecar, and we'd switch, about halfway through each day. We hit many Guzzi rallies on our summer trips, and by the time I was 14, we had toured through almost all 48 interconnected states, minus a few in the upper New England area. Sadly, he doesn't ride, anymore, so I've never gotten the chance to ride beside him, but it was a great childhood, growing up in a MG family.
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Re: Did you get to ride with your Dad ?
« Reply #45 on: March 12, 2019, 01:30:40 PM »
Ive enjoyed reading all the posts even though my dad never rode. My two younger brothers rode and all 4 of my daughters have ridden with me. They all gave it up, except for me. And hopefully I'll never outgrow the thrill.

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« Reply #46 on: March 12, 2019, 01:43:42 PM »
Yes, for only about 5 or 6 years...some of my favorite memories...especial ly the rides to our lake cabin in the Cookson Hills and the trips over to Arkansas to War Eagle for some crafts festivals...wish we'd made a cross-country trip together!

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Re: Did you get to ride with your Dad ?
« Reply #47 on: March 12, 2019, 02:39:17 PM »
I think I was around 7 or 8 when I was offered the choice of a mini bike in lieu of a go kart.  It was a little Yamaha 60 Enduro.  For some reason, Yamaha built a 60cc bike that could be made street legal.. Wish I still had it!   Anywho...My dad soon got the 250 version.  We were lucky enough to have a youth motorcycle club in the area (TNT - Track & Trail), so lots of kids and their parents had a way to get out and trail ride, race, or go to professional races to watch the big boys.
My dad rode for a while, but ended up on the wrenching side of things when I started racing.  I was lucky enough to have two parents that were very supportive in my racing.  I have a cool pic somewhere of my parents standing beside me after finishing the Blackwater 100...  Mom handed me the Gatoraid (back when it was in large glass containers) while pops filled the fuel tank!

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Re: Did you get to ride with your Dad ?
« Reply #48 on: March 12, 2019, 07:51:50 PM »
Not only no, but hell no. The old man hated "them damn motorsickles." I've seen him run one into the ditch..  :shocked:
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Re: Did you get to ride with your Dad ?
« Reply #49 on: March 13, 2019, 05:57:16 AM »
Thanks for the thoughts you guys and GG.
I gave a bit of a talk at Mum’s funeral today and tore Dad a new arse from a position of safety, I doubt he can get a burning pitch fork up my blurter from where he is.
A few funny anecdotes and there was not a dry eye in the house.
In an attempt to highlight Mum and Dads relationship as it was, I recounted how Dad would go out to the shed on a nice morning in his singlet and Homer Simpson replica Y fronts, complete with Grosby slippers to retrieve his pipe and commence turning on the Myford (lathe) which I still have.
Mum would dutifully arrive at the shed door an hour later with an emergency pack of clothes for Dad and say..
“Here Kevin, put these on”
Dad would start the next cut and engage the auto feed and try to get his dacks on before the saddle crashed into the chuck..
(He was successful a couple of times)
And the time he was cutting a bit of 4” pipe with the angle grinder and set fire to his oily pants..
With fire pouring out his arse he yelled to Mum to throw a nearby bucket of water over his nether regions, it never occurred to him to put the machine down..
He was a bit of a tool, but I loved him and still do..

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Re: Did you get to ride with your Dad ?
« Reply #50 on: March 13, 2019, 05:51:37 PM »
Good story Pete. Your mother must have had lots of patience.
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Re: Did you get to ride with your Dad ?
« Reply #51 on: March 13, 2019, 06:05:08 PM »
My dad was a Motorcycle Policeman in the 50's , riding a 3 wheel Harley (Servicar?.)
Met him at the end of the driveway every day ,at 5 yrs old it was a long ride. The driveway was o only 500ft but it seemed like miles.

50 years later he passed on and the police chief asked if we had any requests , we asked if the 3 wheel could be used to escort for his funeral..
REQUEST FUFILLED.
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Re: Did you get to ride with your Dad ?
« Reply #52 on: March 13, 2019, 06:24:17 PM »
Yeah I got to ride dirtbikes with Dad in the late 70s and 80s and they were some of the best of times and the best of memories. Hungry Creek, Mooney Creek, Jillaby and Dubbo Valley were all great places to ride. The men had beer, the kids had soft drinks, sausages on the barby wrapped up in a slice of bread...heaven.

Dad was a road rider from about 1949 or so until I was born in 66. He was Norton though and through. Dad stopped road riding and we did the dirt stuff, then he stopped it all and in many ways my taking up road riding in 1995 estranged him from me, which was sad...he'd gone right off bikes. The good thing was, our last road trip together out to Bathurst and Mudgee in the Commodore I did the driving (Dad was blind by then) and we talked a lot about bikes, riding and the old days, lots of laughing and we "made the connection" again. I had to return to the UK and Dad died less than 6 months later.
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Re: Did you get to ride with your Dad ?
« Reply #53 on: March 13, 2019, 06:29:34 PM »
Good story Pete. Your mother must have had lots of patience.
Yeah thank you Mick.
Hard though it may be to believe, compared to Dad, I as the only Son was the quiet pensive voice of reason on a tempestuous sea of constant ill fated quests and perpetual stuff-ups..
He was the chatterbox of the two of us.
No....
REALLY..!
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Re: Did you get to ride with your Dad ?
« Reply #54 on: March 13, 2019, 07:06:53 PM »
Never rode with Dad, never had a clue where he was, but I have had some great times riding with my daughter. Indiana campouts, Illinois rally, and just riding around. She'd like to do a big trip someday like I did when I was young to Colorado. Hopefully before I'm too old.
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Re: Did you get to ride with your Dad ?
« Reply #55 on: March 14, 2019, 05:32:26 AM »
Thanks for the telling, Huzo.
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Re: Did you get to ride with your Dad ?
« Reply #56 on: March 14, 2019, 05:43:25 AM »
I am indeed not worthy... :bow:

Me either.
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Re: Did you get to ride with your Dad ?
« Reply #57 on: March 14, 2019, 09:42:04 AM »
I am indeed not worthy... :bow:


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« Reply #58 on: March 14, 2019, 04:06:55 PM »
My dad. My hero.

I remember as a real young kid riding pillion with him on his 1974 BMW everywhere. Then, when I got old enough I got my own bike, I continued to ride behind him, but on my own.  I can say I've ridden with him one way or another since I was probably 7 years old or so.  I'd venture to say I have 100K miles riding with him over the years. My Uncle, dad and I have covered most of the states together and lots of miles. I'll cherish those memories.

He's almost 78 now and doesn't ride anymore. He could if he wanted to, but he just don't want to anymore.
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Re: Did you get to ride with your Dad ?
« Reply #59 on: March 14, 2019, 07:38:59 PM »
I don't remember actually riding with my dad, but he always made sure we had toys to play with at the cottage. Here we are window shopping at Honda of Ottawa (ca.1974) after having missed their business hours to buy parts for our SL175.



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