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Old 01-03-2012, 03:42 PM   #1
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Hey there!

Hi y'all.
I'm still in college, so I still need parental approval for most big ticket purchases right now. I'm trying to convince my dad to let me ride. I was wondering how any of y'all convinced your parents or what do you think would work?

My mom totaled her truck the week I came back for Christmas break, so they're sort of iffy about the whole thing, I was supposed to start a MSF class this month, but after that my parents wanted me to wait until spring break.

When they make me delay things like that, it's usually because they don't want me to do them. Any suggestions as to what to do?
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Get out from under your parents and then see if you still want a bike
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take msf, buy good gear, make ur own money and move out, buy bike.

buy gear before ur bike so u dont skimp on stuff protecting ur skin/face. buy a cheap used non-sport bike to learn on/drop/stay out of trouble. i wrecked last week after a year and a half of riding and glad i had gear. walked off with a broken thumb, but i have all my skin/face
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get a job and put some big boy pants on
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Old 01-03-2012, 03:59 PM   #6
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I guess I could always wait a couple years. Delayed satisfaction- I'm not really a fan, but it wouldn't kill me.
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Old 01-03-2012, 04:02 PM   #7
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get a job and put some big boy pants on
Haha. I have a job.. I just would appreciate my parent's trust & support with my decision. Their biggest concern is with safety. I was thinking I could get my dad to take the class with me.
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i've got news for ya buddy... no matter how old you get, they will always be your parents. if they don't like motorcycles now, they won't like them later. if you want a bike, can afford it, can maintain financial responsibility and can afford proper gear to have one, then make up your own mind and do what you want.
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Jesus guys...

The kid asked for advice on how to get his parents support of New bike, not criticism on his how to purchase. He already mentioned his in college and is working, he just not make enough for the purchase all by himself. Parents help their college kids all the time..relax.

Op, gOing the MST is def a good first step, take your dad if you can, might help him understand a bit more. Show them you are responsible by making a wise choice in bike and not getting a brand New one or a high cc bike. Get a small starter and an older one that you can (because you will drop it)... Buy your gear first and then the bike after. Maybe seeing all the gear might persuade them a bit more...

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I'm with the witch.. move out, stop living your parents life (what they want for you) start living your own.
always remember, with more freedom, comes more responsability
go to the MSF and bring your dad if you can
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Old 01-03-2012, 04:24 PM   #11
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Jesus guys...

The kid asked for advice on how to get his parents support of New bike, not criticism on his how to purchase. He already mentioned his in college and is working, he just not make enough for the purchase all by himself. Parents help their college kids all the time..relax.

Op, gOing the MST is def a good first step, take your dad if you can, might help him understand a bit more. Show them you are responsible by making a wise choice in bike and not getting a brand New one or a high cc bike. Get a small starter and an older one that you can (because you will drop it)... Buy your gear first and then the bike after. Maybe seeing all the gear might persuade them a bit more...

Welcome to motohouston and good luck!
NewRider, get rid of that avatar... it's making my eyes cry, I thought you was a real man! Please broda!
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Old 01-03-2012, 04:26 PM   #12
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What he said^^^
Also tell him your want to save money on fuel cost and want to make a smaller carbon footprint on the earth. That bullshit might work.
And live with your parents as long as you can, save money
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What he said^^^
Also tell him your want to save money on fuel cost and want to make a smaller carbon footprint on the earth. That bullshit might work.
And live with your parents as long as you can, save money
wrd, but rent free or reduced rent living will save u more money than riding for fuel savings each month.

i like thwe idea of getting parents to tajke a basic riders course with you (assuming yall know how to ride a bike)
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Old 01-03-2012, 04:58 PM   #15
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When you move out and get on your own you will have more responsibility. You cant support yourself when you are hurt and not working. When you are worried about being hurt and not working, you will be a safer rider.
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I am also in college and my parents do not really approve of me riding..but I saved my money and bought a bike if they approved of it or not. Do what YOU want to do. They will still love you just may not approve of your actions, just keep up your grades. Oh I tried the whole getting my dad to take the MSF course with me also, he wasn't interested. They will never see past the fact of safety cause you are their son, but you are in college do what you want.
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I'm a college student AND a parent and can hardly wait for my daughter to get her permit next month so I can sign her up for classes at Awesome Cycles. My son has been riding dirt bikes for the past four years now; she doesn't prefer the dirt bikes.

I have to agree with the previous posts, though - ALL of them.

Ultimately it's up to you if you want to buy a motorcycle or not. You do not need their approval (as you stated); though I understand wanting their support.

If they are supporting you right now and paying your tuition/housing/food, etc. then you're just going to have to do what they say until you're on your own. Don't grow up too fast.

I didn't even start riding until I was 33, so it's never too late. Good luck!
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lots of good advice above, I don't know how much riding experience you have but if you have none, buy a dirt bike and kick some dirt first, a slow bike for the street first too, i hope your not to crazy, or you won't live long unless your lucky like me, and your going to crash in due time so save alot of money to get by on, i had 10,000 in the bank when i went down hard and it wasn't enough still lost my house.

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There's nothing wrong with waiting. In spite of the fact that the bike itself isn't always expensive, the lifestyle is. Gear costs $$. Maintenance is more frequent than for a car, and usually more expensive - especially on a modern machine. As mentioned, accidents are virtually inevitable, and can put you out of commission.

Also it's easy to get overconfident too fast; I'd suggest most people start riding no sooner than mid-20's when you've got plenty of on-the-road experience but that's just my .02. Had I gotten a bike in my late teens/early 20's I wouldn't be alive right now.

Just know that there's more commitment to riding than what you'd anticipate. G'luck.
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