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View Poll Results: Do kids change your riding frequency?
No. I still ride daily or as much as possible. 40 54.05%
Yes, I ended up caging it more, and ride on occasion. 12 16.22%
I shelved riding for quite a while 6 8.11%
Kids are the best... tie 'em to your bike and take 'em for a ride 16 21.62%
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Old 12-21-2008, 12:17 PM   #1
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Did anyone here stop commuting daily on their motorcycle when they became fathers? I'm curious, since I know having a family ends up changing perspectives a lot, but I personally don't see wanting to stop riding/commuting for a while. I already ride pretty responsibly and don't push limits, since I want to come home at the end of the day, but I'm curious.... anyone here have a paradigm shift and slow down their consistency of riding when they expanded their family?
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Old 12-21-2008, 02:28 PM   #2
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when we had young kids at home I would take them to school on the back of the bike.
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Old 12-21-2008, 02:41 PM   #3
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Im sure glad I have no kids
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Old 12-21-2008, 02:49 PM   #4
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You don't stop living your life because you have a family. You find things to do together, which hopefully includes riding or whatever it is that you enjoy. If not, you make some personal time for yourself to keep doing the things that keep you sane and happy.
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Old 12-21-2008, 03:55 PM   #5
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Nothings changed in the last 10+ years of kids and bikes. Still ride my bike when I want. I pick the kids up sometimes from school on the bike. (The school is a block away).
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Old 12-21-2008, 04:16 PM   #6
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I have three girls and ride whenever I can. I always wear my gear because stuff happens, but I'm not going to quit living due to having kids. I want to show them to enjoy life, be as safe as possible while doing it, but don't be afraid to take some calculated risks.
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Old 12-21-2008, 04:42 PM   #7
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Did anyone here stop commuting daily on their motorcycle when they became fathers? I'm curious, since I know having a family ends up changing perspectives a lot, but I personally don't see wanting to stop riding/commuting for a while. I already ride pretty responsibly and don't push limits, since I want to come home at the end of the day, but I'm curious.... anyone here have a paradigm shift and slow down their consistency of riding when they expanded their family?
My wife and I are expecting our first baby in July. I do notice my riding habits have changed , but my wife and I feel that we will always ride. She's addicted to her bike as much as I am to mine. She hates the fact that she can't ride because she is pregnant, but of course its for the best.

Everyone on both sides of the family ride, and I feel that it is something that makes our family a little different than most. Especially when everyone has their bikes over at one another's houses.
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Old 12-21-2008, 06:54 PM   #8
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nothings changed for me. i spend qlty. time with mine.
dinner everyday at 7pm for the last 12 years. miss it and i am fkd.
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Having a kid had nothing to do with my riding. Having a wife nagging me all the time actually encourages riding more often

But with that said, I do try to minimize the risks of riding. Like I wont ride if it is going to be monsooning out, I wouldn't ride if there was ice, or if I know I will be traveling to a part of time where the roads/drivers are particularly bad. For the most part I keep my riding to weekend excursions and a normal commute that I am familiar and comfortable with. But with that said, I don't have a ton of experience only a few thousand miles so that probably has a lil bit to do with it as well.
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Old 12-21-2008, 07:50 PM   #10
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I couldn't wait to get on the bike after havin Abby! I don't ride in the rain or when it's 2 windy!...never drink & ride! With 4 kids, I need ride time!
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Old 12-21-2008, 07:55 PM   #11
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Old 12-21-2008, 08:05 PM   #12
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Nah, nothings changed.

If its my turn, it is. I wont live my life wondering what if or afriad of what might happen/be.
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Old 12-22-2008, 12:46 AM   #14
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Y'all are the only few that is left. Most people would stop riding once they have a girlfriend or wife, after that it's the kids.

Don't expect much of a poll since most people here are young, single and yet to be a parent.
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Old 12-22-2008, 07:49 AM   #16
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used to ride to work everyday, now schedules clash and i drop off and p/u kid at daycare, until she's old enough and ready to get on the bike, those days i have to cage it. which is alot lately.

as for riding habits, it rode what i consider safely before and still do after having a kid.

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My wife and I are expecting our first baby in July.
congrats, ya know i had a lady try and take the class in the middle of summer, while 4-5 mos prego, and we had to call the state to see if OK, and the state OKed it, i was teaching the class that weekend and we recently had our baby and i personnally would not allow her in my class. she looked elsewhere.
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Old 12-22-2008, 07:53 AM   #17
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when my kids were born I didn't change my riding habits nor did I when I got married. I have 2 adult(said with some doubt) kids and 3 grand children and I haven't stopped riding, my son is on here(the forum) and has a ninja 2fiddy(just got it running after a motor change) my wife used to have a gz 250 till I blew up the motor and we have had bikes or 4 wheelers for most of my kids lives, my daughter loves to ride but doesn't have a bike or anything currently. so we have been a family involved in riding since I can remember, but we all have some desire to ride and take it seriously and try to ride safely no matter what, no drink and ride no stoopid stuff(son excepted I think since this is his first street bike).
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I'm a single father of a wayyyyy too beautiful girl.....ya I thought about this lots as sometime I wayyyy push it to the limits.....have had a few major wrecks the last 2 yrs but.... she knows how much I luv to ride....been doing it since about 8 yrs old..and she luvs me and what I do...being a dumb .....whats hard for me is her mom took her life and that lays alot on my lap.....but I do have to live my life...am I wrong ???? I have set up for her a good life if something should happen to me. Am I a bad dad ???

You are a horrible father. Which is more important, watching her grows up and be there for her or go out and enjoy yourself?

I, too, have the same problem. Fun, it's an addiction that's hard to kick.
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Old 12-22-2008, 03:40 PM   #19
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congrats, ya know i had a lady try and take the class in the middle of summer, while 4-5 mos prego, and we had to call the state to see if OK, and the state OKed it, i was teaching the class that weekend and we recently had our baby and i personnally would not allow her in my class. she looked elsewhere.
thats nuts, and kinda disturbing. Steph asked the doctor as soon as we got our first ultrasound. And the doctor and I agreed that it was just risking a little too much.

She already misses riding, and will be back after the baby is born. I just ride her 250 around every few days to keep it fresh.
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