Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Girl meets bike - girl falls in love with bike




We are a motoing family and Scooterpie Jr recently turned 16.  We have been patiently looking for a small bike and we happened upon this little green Monsta the other day.  It's a 1984 Honda CM250, it is the perfect starter bike.  My first bike Lucy was an '84 CM450e and I loved that bike.  This little guy has been over the road a bit, but it's in pretty good shape and was a decent price.  I think it's a good start for a newb.  (If she ever decides to part with it momma is going to cafe it)

This is the moment she met her little green beastie.  It was love at first sight!

 
I am still trying to figure out where the time went and she was just learning how to ride a tricycle.  

We thought about letting her ride my little scoot, but decided we wanted her to learn to shift and have a higher profile in traffic and also a little more engine pep to deal with daily traffic when she gets to that point.


So this brings us to studying for the learner's licence, taking a novice course and traffic course and graduated licensing.  It also comes with a list of rules and restrictions and practicing safe motorcycling habits. For her it is going to be ATGATT and there is no leeway on this particular rule.  


So the adventure begins again in a new phase, a bigger phase, one I am not completely ready for, but as with all little things they do stretch, grow and eventually start edging towards leaving the nest.  
Motorcycle Man and Scooterpie Jr checking out the new ride.  Someone is over the moon right now.

26 comments:

RichardM said...

Ooh! That's a nice looking bike! I can see why she likes it. How is it mechanically?

Dar said...

It isn't too bad for its age. It may need a new drum and definitely an oil change. It actually runs pretty good considering that the guy wasn't much of a wrencher. I rode it and its not bad and would be a good whip around town bike. I need to get to work on the spokes with her with a bit of autosol and teach her how to detail it and Kirk is going to show her basic maintenance. This isn't her forever bike so if she has it for a year or two we are fine with that.

Andrew Thomson said...

Excellent! She'll always remember that first bike.

All the best for the rider training - look forward to seeing the progress reports!

Robert Wilson said...

Oh Oh....sounds like she might start running with a bad crowd. You know how we bikers are!

BeemerGirl said...

Such progressive parents! Though I'm sure if my mom were still riding her Honda 90 when I was of age I might have turned out differently. :)

The family that rides together, stays together. How fun!!

Gary France said...

Lucky mini-princess! A very nice and appropriate starter bike. She will love it.

You have to get tougher on that ATGATT rule though, as it appears it is already being broken….. rider, no gloves and wearing jeans. Pillion, wearing jeans and trainers……

Shybiker said...

How cool! I wish my parents had been as supportive as you. And the bike is perfect to start on.

Dar said...

Gary she was just sitting on the bike and she had everything ready to go. They just went down the street with dad about 3 houses in length. She had her gear and she won't be on the bike without it.

Gary France said...

Just checking......

Dar said...

Thank you Gary! It's no gear = no bike. And there are restrictions about riding and heavy rules for now.

Trobairitz said...

So awesome she has her first bike. You must be a proud moto-mama.

She will be the coolest kid at school riding on that thing. Now you'll really have to chase the boys away with a stick.

Diane Higdon said...

So excited for your daughter and her new bike!!! Love the bike as well! Hope she enjoys the ride as much as you...Tell her congrats...
Diane

mq01 said...

awh... yay!!! congrats! the family that rides together, stays together :)

Patricia Carpenter said...

Congrats on your baby spreading her wings.....:-). I hope she enjoys it and appreciates the trust that you are showing that you have in her to be safe and follow the rules of the road...:-)

Dar said...

Yup I know us bikers.....

Dar said...

I am not sure how progressive I am, I am pretty strict. But I figured she is bound and determined to do it, so she might as well do it while I have some say in training, when & where she rides and about what she wears. I hope with early education and examples she will always practice safe motorcycling. I still have my reservations and am more than a little concerned.

Dar said...

Ally - what I am learning with kids is you can always be at odds with them OR be proactive and ensure they do it with full knowledge, good instruction and skills. She also knows there are huge restrictions and rules and she won't be out tootling on her own any time soon. She still doesn't have her learners yet, so I don't foresee anything happening until next spring at least.

Dar said...

Yup but there is a no pillion rule attached to this :)

Roger Fleming said...

My daughter Taylor is talking about getting her bike license as well....I am a bit nervous about that! Great we bike you got there though.

Pam said...

You are the best parents ever!! What a great way to start riding.

Coop a.k.a. Coopdway said...

I know Jr. is a very lucky girl...access to the bike and guidance from her mom and dad. Good for you all!

Safe riding and many miles of enjoyment my dear.

Troubadour said...

Too cool, I like the matching green bandana, she's already accessorizing and has the rocker look going on. You definitely need to cafe the bike though, at the very least change those bars.

VStar Lady said...

Congrats to moto princess jr and the entire moto family. I too started on a Honda 175. A little red number I called 'flame.'

Deb said...

Cute!

Safe rides for the whole fam damly!

Keith - Circle Blue said...

It is amazing how fast the time goes isn't it? Yesterday a tricycle and today . . .

Yes, proactive is best and scary.

Have fun watching her grow into this.
~k

Brenda said...

That is the cutest little bike, love it and I can see why she's over the moon!

She looks so cool sitting on it specially with the matching bandana. Good luck with it all, both of you have a long haul ahead ... I know you'll both have fun tho :-D