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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%
Voters: 51. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-21-2009, 01:21 AM   #41
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I have two kids 8 and 13 I quit riding 11 years ago not really because of the kids just sold my bike. I missed riding and got another one this year. To each his own...... make sure they are taken care of if anything happens to you of course that goes with out saying even if you don't ride.
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Old 08-21-2009, 08:21 AM   #42
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I took a few years off once for financial/logistical reasons. (Lived in NYC, didn't have a car either!) Now I have two young kids and the bike is our family's second vehicle. I use it for meetings, errands, etc., that I have to do without wanting to drag the rest of the family along (or strand them at home).

Doing my most of own maintenance and buying inexpensive motorcycles, I find that owning and using a motorcycle is not all that different, financially, from owning a car. (Again, this is because it IS the second vehicle -- and if I need to ride it in the rain, cold, or summer heat, I do.)

In truth, I think that riding makes me a much more alert driver in general. The adrenaline and focus (even after 15+ years) of riding carries over at least residually into the car.

All that said, I fully agree with the sentiments above re: quitting if you want to. It's not a big deal to hang it up for a while. Used bikes are cheap: you can pick up another whenever you're ready to start up again. Just keep that "M" endorsement on your license.
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Old 08-21-2009, 10:28 AM   #43
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I'm a single father - I don't ride if my daughter is counting on me (day care, etc) but I'd never give up riding.
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Old 08-21-2009, 10:28 AM   #44
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I didn't give up riding because of kids but I did stop roadracing. Which was hard after finishing 1st, 1st, and 3rd as an expert in the classes I was racing back then. In any event, even though I will maintain the street is more dangerous than the track, I still don't ride that much. And I crashed a lot more at the track pushing it to be up front - kind of the nature of the beast. About the only real preventive measure about my riding is that my wife no longer comes with me. Not that she did much anyway, but I ride solo in the event that if it does go south at least she'll be around for the kids (along with $$).
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