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View Poll Results: Riding and becoming a parent...what did you do...
Quit and content... 1 1.96%
Quit and got back into it later... 6 11.76%
Quit and am itching to get back on... 4 7.84%
Kept riding... 40 78.43%
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:00 AM   #1
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For riders with kids...ever think about hanging up the helmet?

Quick intro, I am 33 and am a couple months into becoming a father. I am at the crossroads of considering pausing or quitting riding.

Was just wondering what are some of the numbers out there for people who quit for good, or thought they were going to quit and got sucked back in...heh.

I don't ride a whole lot now, and I just think i will be too busy. I also worry about the risk factor. Sure i thought about storing the bike until i can firmly decide on it. But i can get some decent money for my 2003 600RR now, and can put it to use.

I know I am probably going to get a bias towards continuing riding here; but just wanted to hear about other viewpoints.

Sooo...what is your story with riding and becoming a parent?
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:02 AM   #2
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Im selfish I guess. I enjoy riding. I have to kids. Girl 7 and boy 18 months.
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:04 AM   #3
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my dad bought his bike the year i was born, he still has it and never quit riding. I don't think i will either
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:04 AM   #4
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I enjoy riding and have two kids. If you think you should hang it up then hang it up. You can always jump back in later.
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:18 AM   #6
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Im a daily rider and my wife is due in feb. I plan to sell my bike. I plan to get a cruiser as a weekend rider as soon as i can... but for now something safer and something i can pick up the baby in if need be.
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:18 AM   #7
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I ride because I want to. The kid shouldn't be a deciding factor. It may influence how you ride, but it shouldn't impact if you do it at all. Riding a motorcycle is a pretty selfish hobby. It is for you and pretty much you alone. Sure you may have someone on the back from time to time, but at the end of the day you ride because YOU want to. If you have become disenchanted with the whole riding thing, then step away from it for a while. You may come back, you may not.
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I ride because I want to. The kid shouldn't be a deciding factor. It may influence how you ride, but it shouldn't impact if you do it at all. Riding a motorcycle is a pretty selfish hobby. It is for you and pretty much you alone. Sure you may have someone on the back from time to time, but at the end of the day you ride because YOU want to. If you have become disenchanted with the whole riding thing, then step away from it for a while. You may come back, you may not.
nicely put...
I am a single mom of four beautiful, amazing children and I have never thought about giving up on riding. Even after loosing two very dear friends. I havent even chnged my riding style. I probably never will.
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:40 AM   #9
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I like the point about riding style. I will say that has changed for me.
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:45 AM   #11
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I am worth more dead than alive.
insurance wise I am...5 people would have a very good chunk of money. But I know my kids would suffer most because of where they would have to live. The fifth person would probably just buy a few bikes and move on
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Old 08-18-2009, 12:05 PM   #13
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It may influence how you ride, but it shouldn't impact if you do it at all.


Yes it will change the way you drive a bike, a car, a boat, etc, lol. Your thought process completely changes after seeing that baby for the first time (atleast it did for me). You will catch yourself driving 25 in a 35, lol.... looking 5 ways at every stop.

I hung it up because my X wife, again I say X wife, told me it would be best if my kids actually had a father. Make a long story short, my kids are older now, my x wife is no longer my wife and im back riding again. The passion will never leave.

I would add a few things as well here. After the squid stage, some of us become the safest drivers on the road. Its not that we arent capable of riding but rather whats around us. Ive been hit twice, sandwiched between two cars, had flying metal hit me, etc..... So just be safe.

Enjoy what you do, congrats on the baby!
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Old 08-18-2009, 12:16 PM   #14
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I ride because I want to. The kid shouldn't be a deciding factor. It may influence how you ride, but it shouldn't impact if you do it at all. Riding a motorcycle is a pretty selfish hobby. It is for you and pretty much you alone. Sure you may have someone on the back from time to time, but at the end of the day you ride because YOU want to. If you have become disenchanted with the whole riding thing, then step away from it for a while. You may come back, you may not.
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Old 08-18-2009, 12:20 PM   #15
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Yep, if biking is in your blood, then you won't stop riding.
Biggest mistake I made, was letting my wife ride with me.
Now she won't get off the bike.
Believe me, the bike comes in as a nice stress relief.
For me, I just went from sport bikes to a nice cruiser. [ V STAR ]
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I took about a 10 year break in my riding. Not because of fear of something bad happening, but for the lack of time. My family came first as far as my free time. After the kids got a little older I jumped back in, but I can tell you, I definately changed my riding habits quite a bit. Now it's full gear always, and I ride at 75% as a general rule. My family would be very well provided for if the worst happened, so that is why I continue to ride. This is a very personal decision and I'm not trying to influence anybody, just my .02 With my oldest off to college and my youngest in jr high, they both know what daddy likes to do with SOME of his free time, and both accept it. The Mrs. on the other hand, wishes I would crash every day!! JK
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I took about a 10 year break in my riding. Not because of fear of something bad happening, but for the lack of time. My family came first as far as my free time. After the kids got a little older I jumped back in, but I can tell you, I definately changed my riding habits quite a bit. Now it's full gear always, and I ride at 75% as a general rule. My family would be very well provided for if the worst happened, so that is why I continue to ride. This is a very personal decision and I'm not trying to influence anybody, just my .02 With my oldest off to college and my youngest in jr high, they both know what daddy likes to do with SOME of his free time, and both accept it. The Mrs. on the other hand, wishes I would crash every day!! JK


I got off when I got married (long time ago), had some kids (6yo and 3yo girls) - finally after years of putting it off I got another bike. Wife is angry about it but I don't care - I got to do something to unload some of this stress from work and life.

Nothing else has the same effect that riding does. It just turns off the worry portion of my brain for a few hours at a time. Better than TV, working out, or drinking.

I carry a good amount of medical and life ins just in case but I also ride very calmly and full gear most of the time (I may not wear knee protection if its a short run to a M&G or something).
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Old 08-18-2009, 12:43 PM   #18
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i have 3 kids. I'll never quit riding. However, I do ride to enjoy myself and not to set land speed records. otherwise, I am very aware of my responsibilities and motorcycle safetly
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I have an almost 3 year old little girl and I still ride. I bought my 06 r6 when I was 7-8 months prego...didn't ride bc I couldn't touch the handlebars, but was on it shortly after I had my daughter. I definitely ride more on the side of caution now but I still have a lot of fun. My husband had a really bad accident the week she was born and decided to give it up (for a short bit). After I refused to sell my bike, he decided to get a cruiser since he figured he wouldn't ride it as hard as a super sport. We have decided that if we ride, we won't ride together on the same bike in case something happens. That way, hopefully only one of us is hurt...or worse, and our daughter wouldn't go without. But, ultimately it is your decision. If you do decide to sell your bike, you can always buy another one later
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