Hubby--Mid Life Challenge????

@Liasonfan (1702)
Canada
May 29, 2008 10:25am CST
Ok, some of you may know this already, but wanted to explore the subject a little further. I am a 51 yr old grandma of almost 5 and hubby is a 50 yr old grandpa of same, who recently became interested in mortorcycles. Big time. It is like a middle-age thing. Not a crisis exactly, I think he just feeling the need for change...and maybe a taste of freedom from a very demeanding business life. I understand that if I want to see much of him in the coming summers and still enjoy life together, I am going to have to jump on board, literally! He bought a Honda silverwing, very comfortable for 2 and just finished getting his liscence. The other day he took me to buy a protective helmet and some gloves. I am kind of getting excited about this now. It seems more real now that he is including me. He has also joined a 'club'. I have been reading up on clubs. A good way to get know others who are interested in the same thing, I guess. Who knew there were so many? 245 registered across North America and counting, according to Motocycle Clubs Index: http://www.motorcycleclubsindex.com/Anyone else ride, as a passenger with your spouse/partmer/etc OR have your own bike and drive yourself? Want to share experiences with a 'newbie' who hasn't been on the back of a bike since her rowdy teen years, lol! The picture I posted is very similiar to the bike we got, but not exact.
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@spalladino (17927)
• United States
29 May 08
My husband has been riding Harleys for 30 years, off and on. He didn't have a bike when we met but bought an FXR a few years ago and, like you, it was either join him or miss out on spending time together. He's 60 and I'm 53 and we're also grandparents. Once I got over my initial nervousness about feeling so exposed and vulnerable I found that I really enjoyed riding! Since my husband is a Viet Nam vet he was going to join their club but the nearest chapter was too far away so he doesn't belong to any organized clubs but, yes, there are many out there. Right now he's building a Chopper from the frame up and I'm not sure I'm going to like riding on the back of this one. The FXR has shocks but the Chopper is a rigid frame, which means my butt will feel every bump!
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@Liasonfan (1702)
• Canada
29 May 08
Thanks so much, jillbeth, hair will be tied back for sure, lol! Thanks also spalladino, initial nervousness, yep that's it--I think I will be fine too, actually looking forward to it. Good luck with the chopper!
@jillbeth (2711)
• United States
29 May 08
It's been a long time since I've been on the back of a motorcycle, but I can share this very important tip with you: Keep your long hair tied up! If not, it will take forever to untangle it! I only made that mistake ONCE! Have fun!
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