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post #1 of 19 Old 03-21-2005, 8:13 PM Thread Starter
 
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Showin my son to ride

Ho man talk about being nervous. Bought my 14 year old son a brand new Yamaha BWS, for his excellence in school, I had promised if he had good grades that I would give him a scooter at 14 and a car at 16.

After telling him that the licence he got, I had to give him my approval for him to ride alone.

Tell me why a written test only for kids and full test for adults on motorcycle

This **** is dangerous, kids need to be taught how to ride even scooters, my saying is just ride like everybody is out there to kill you... but you have to be aware of the danger!!!!

Anyhow anybody can give me advise on this, I guess practice makes perfect, he can ride its the circulation he needs to focus on

cars in parkin lots that might come on the streets,

it's not because the light is green that nobody is going to ram on you.

Check your blind spot

Just ****ing ride like everybody is out there to kill you!!!!!

Don't lock the front brake

leave enough room to avoid **** that just appears from under the car in front of you

etc
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Re: Showin my son to ride

Ever think back about how worried the Parental Units were about you on your first bike and you thought they were nuts??
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Re: Showin my son to ride

It's nerve wracking to watch your kid ride, for sure. Is there an MSF-type class you can send him to? That helps a lot. Also, when you ride together, follow him as much as possible. It makes it a little easier.
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Re: Showin my son to ride

Made him wait until he was 14 that is child abuse!

My nephew is 6 and gets an upgrade this year since he folded the front rim on his PW50 from riding to hard Now it is in storage until the 2 year old nephew gets little bit bigger

Must obey the sheep dog
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Re: Showin my son to ride

There is no class available

I will Follow instead of leading, good advice

I tried to get him involved with bikes before, but he preferred kart racing and snowmobile

It's the cars around him that worries me.

And yes my parents must have worried a lot about me, my father did let me buy a ****ing jawa 49cc as my first bike

all my friends had nice scooters but not me

Thinking of it, I was always watching my father drive and being a cop he was a observant anticipative aggressive driver, so I did the same. The kid on the other hand he seems to have to much faith in other occupant of the road.
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Re: Showin my son to ride

There are some good training videos out there. For example: Twist of the wrist.

"another beautiful theory beaten to death by a gang of ruthless facts..."
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Re: Showin my son to ride

If you can get the curriculum from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, it has a lot of good information about riding in traffic, and even if you don't agree with all of it, it's at least a good place to start a comprehensive conversation that will raise your son's awareness of the potential risks and the fact that his safety is largely in his own hands.

...and to tell him exactly how important that is to you.
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Re: Showin my son to ride

Be sure braking drills are part of the "parkinglot" practice. Key thing to instill in him is to keep aware, look far ahead, and ride like your invisable. Ride with the attitude that "that car is going to pull out in front of me, where should I be, what should I do", etc. Also, show him a bunch of the gore pictures from motorcycle accidents on the internet to put some reality into the gravity of the situation of being a rider in a world of idiot cagers and huge SUV's.
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Re: Showin my son to ride

Thanks guys,
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Re: Showin my son to ride

Sounds familiar:
https://www.fireblades.org/forums/sho...=question+dads
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Re: Showin my son to ride

G-Force nailed it

Braking drills from the maximum speed that thing will do. Take it gradually. Teach him to modulate the throttle and brake, not hammer them like they're an on/off switch. Instead of paraphrasing everything in this book, here's a link:
For your son and yourself-

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...glance&s=books


This book by Nick Ienatsch is worth it's weight in gold! I recommend it highly (from a rider with 80,000 + street miles and 14 years - with a huge break in the middle.)


Oh, and I'm sure he'll think it's the coolest thing besides the scooter, because it deals with "Sport-Riding", but everything in here applies to anything with 2 wheels.

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Re: Showin my son to ride

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Ho man talk about being nervous. Bought my 14 year old son a brand new Yamaha BWS, for his excellence in school...
Wow. Here in the States (I assume you're not?) you need a driver's license and a motorcycle endorsement to ride even a BWS (I think that's the non-US version of the "Zuma") on public roads.

Good luck. I'd suggest as much time as possible in empty parking lots. Buy some cheap plastic cones. Teach him bike control, balance, braking, and constantly drill SIPDE into his head. Only with practice will he get good at it.
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(I think that's the non-US version of the "Zuma")

drill SIPDE
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Re: Showin my son to ride

SIPDE is a method of "defensive driving".

SEE is an MSF acronym:

Search

Evaluate

Execute


in short it just means having active eyes. I get no commission , but please buy him that book. I wish I had something like it when I started at 14 on a Honda Spree...
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SIPDE is a method of "defensive driving".
Scan
Interpret
Predict
Decide
Execute


or, as I told my own son, DTTMF

Don't
Trust
Those....
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