Another thumper pilot is born

Last Sunday I was doing the obligatory yard work and called my brother to see if he wanted to bring my 4 year old nephew over so I could let him ride around on the rented Bobcat. He was looking at my YZ450 and my sons YZ426 so we fired them up and rode around the yard so he could watch. He was totally enthralled with the bikes...he especially like the sound. Well, he is getting his new TTR-50 this weekend complete with training wheels and gear and wants to come to Uncle's house and ride. You gotta love it...brings back so many good memories when a little guy gets his first bike. I can't wait to teach him how to ride and then watch him putt around on the same grass that I taught my son to ride on 12 years ago..little bit of history repeating!:thumbsup:

My 13 year old son rode my 450 Tue. night for the first time. He rode real slow maybe 2nd gear.

He was real proud of himself. I told him to remember this " You never went as fast as when you were slow".

I put in a Rekluse Wed. night and he is looking forward riding this weekend.

Started my 13 year old out on a kx80, It scared the crap out of him. now he is 17 on an rmx250 and he scares the crap out of me !!!

funny how that stuff changes.

My 13 year old is 200# and 5'9" :thumbsup:. He out grew his RM 80 a year and half ago.:)

I bought my son a quad a few months ago because he didn't want to ride a bike after his first attempts on my Yz450

So he rode that for a few months then one day as we are riding together and I am jumping a bit he says. Let me try that bike..

I had a few weeks of riding the quad after that because he prefers the bike..

Quad is gone now... sold it 2 weeks ago and I am going to buy me a new YZ450 so we can ride together on the real deal... :thumbsup:

Of all the really great and memorable moments I've had on a bike, Ascot park, Speedway, mile tracks, the number one plate, everything, nothing matches a day of riding with my son by ourselves. Nothing. :thumbsup:

nothing matches a day of riding with my son by ourselves. Nothing. :thumbsup:

You said it Gray. My son is becoming a pretty good woods rider and it so cool to watch.

A little while back we were on a tight trail that had a BIG log that you had to negotiate. I got over it and stopped to lean my bike against a tree to 'spot' him and help get his bike over it. Well, he didn't even slow down...just braaap! Kissed the front wheel perfectly off the top of the log, changed his weight and launched the 426 up in the air and over it easy as pie. Dang near brought a tear to my eye.

Of all the really great and memorable moments I've had on a bike, Ascot park, Speedway, mile tracks, the number one plate, everything, nothing matches a day of riding with my son by ourselves. Nothing. :thumbsup:

Agreed 200%. It is way cool. Lots of lessons learned both ways ! :)

As said by GR and the others, the time spent with a son and riding or wrenching motorcycles is priceless. Driving to Atlanta for the SX yearly, talking about life while doing maintenance and the time at the MX tracks for practice and races is my lifeline. I now have a son I am close to and graduated from a tough magnet Technical high school and has been Dean's List his first 2 semesters in college. Worth the time and effort.

Bill

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