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You better believe it, I am Chuffed !!
« on: July 22, 2011, 12:45:56 am »
To most of us, riding a bike happens without thought, instinctively, usually without drama.
Possibly, like me, you have been riding since age 14, when I started on a RD350 aircooled bike once my dad found out my brother and I wanted to start riding.
Many of us are natuarally inclined mechanically, or just know how to drive a car, make an executive decission etc.

Some of you will also know I am quite intollerant of the bulk of todays youth, due to a percieved lack of drive and values on their side..... that said, I also believe strongly that there is good energy to be harnessed in even the worst offender types of kids with ASBO's.

When I married Nicola, I got a son and daughter in the deal.
Hannah is 19 and at University doing radiography.
Tom, on the other hand will be 16 in October, and not having a son of my own, I am always keen to drag him into the sunshine, away from the X-Box/PS3/Internet and to teach him some "Manly stuff" (That said, he was in the top 5% for his age group in the UK for IT last year, so not stupid)

Today I got him out of the house for about 30 minutes, away from Black Ops, Doom, Super Mario Brothers or whatever crap it is he is playing with all his mates via the WWW.

He has in the last few weeks started to verbalise an interest in some form of transport for when he turns 16...... it just so happens that I still have the 50cc Sachs Madass in the garage, which his mother does not particularly like, as I did not consult her 7 months ago when I bought it.



Before we went outside, I used Google images to get pics of a DT125, YBR125 and some scooters for him, and unprompted he went for the look of the DT, so it seems he prefers the Dualsport look, and after pointing out there was less plastics to destroy and replace, he seemed pretty pleased with his preference.

After some instruction, and hoping that his spindly X-Box controller fingers could manage to hold onto the handlebars and control the clutch and throttle, I took out the Scorpa and started it for him (Not sure he has the "strength/knack" to kickstart it yet)

After a first attempt at pulling away, he managed to stall it without moving...... oopppps !

Re-Run through the sequence and start the bike again.....

Next up he managed to dump the clutch in 2nd, rev the nuts off it, and Spectacularly Launch the bike, with himself attached in a deathly grip on the handlebars up the drive about 15 foot and destroy part of the hedge, 2 plastic pots and rip out and break off one of the garden spotlights..... (I am still chuckling now while writing this)

Thankfully the Scorpa is a tough machine and built to be thrown about a bit, so with engine still running, I retrieved both a shaken Tom and the bike from the garden bed, picking flower petals from his hair and chunks of the hedge from the brake lever and front number board of the bike.

He was still appologising when I got him back onto it and sent him off on his first 3 foot ride, before he was overcome by his success.

After this things just got better and better and half an hour later he was doing the full length of the grass, stopping and starting successfully.

I was so chuffed that when he wanted to call it a day, I ran inside and forced Nicola to come look at her "baby" get on with it.

Tomorrow it will be a re-run of todays 2nd gear pull away, then doing a U-Turn in the garden, hopefully followed by oval loops of the garden. If I can keep him engaged in that for long enough it will be great to teach him to change gear on the move too.

I have to mention this publically, I am really proud of what Tom got right today, as he is also left handed, and I remember how my brother struggled at age 12 just to get the co-ordination right. I hope this Motorbike riding lark can become a fun and safe thing for him to share with Nicola and I.

All in all, I am very Chuffed !!






I kept him stoping and starting up and down the garden.

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Re: You better believe it, I am Chuffed !!
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2011, 05:07:48 am »
 :thumleft: :thumleft:

Congrats to the youngster.
 

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« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2011, 06:16:26 am »
Nice story. Recently took my "adopted" 13 year old girl to learn to ride. The smiles on the kids faces are really rewarding. Well done mate and long may he ride!
 

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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2011, 07:54:20 am »
Shot Grizz. All three my kids inherited the 'oil in the blood' gene and its great to ride with them. Hope it works well for you and the boy.

And its nice to share these experiences. It gives one hope. Thanks.
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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2011, 07:58:52 am »
Awesome!! :thumleft:
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« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2011, 08:05:06 am »
That's brilliant! I think you're following the right approach with the training.  Stofdonkie recently helped me to take up riding again (after about 18 years off a bike), and from this experience, I can confirm that what really helped me and improved my confidence is taking little baby steps (i.e. focus on one aspect of riding at a time like clutch control etc), and repetition, repetition repetition...

Enjoy the bonding with the youngster!
 

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Re: You better believe it, I am Chuffed !!
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2011, 08:14:07 am »
Cool. Why did you wait for so long to get him off the X-Box?
 

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Re: You better believe it, I am Chuffed !!
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2011, 08:31:07 am »
Great story - thanks for sharing.

Learning to ride in a confines of a garden is a lot more difficult than on a deserted farm road - kudus to him!
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« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2011, 12:52:58 pm »
Thanks guys.

Yesterday was lesson 2 , keep in mind, for him 30 minutes is a push at the moment, the bike is not a gaming chair or regular sit on bike, so he has to work a bit harder.

After the first launch today, the bike ripped a chunk of the lawn out, which had him appologising again and me chuckling quietly inside, it was off to a great session.

Tom managed to do quite a few loops of the back yard, still slow and wobly, in one gear, but there is not much space to really play about, so next up it will be the two of us sneaking down onto the farmers lower pasture near the trees, and using the strip of land between the wheat field and the river. That way he will be able to get more speed and also learn to change gears.

In other news, our friend Jon "Lebowski" has offered his spare Beta 250cc to Tom to use, and to take it to the Quarry for him to play on. This is great, because the bike is quite "soft" and I won't have to run off after Tom when we are in open spaces.  It will be great having two bike to use between us.

Tom, yesterday on his way doing a wide approach to get the loop done..... he was so shocked and clearly pleased wih himself when he completed it, which pleased me no end.

I am really pleased and feel good that he is gettin on with it now.

Also note the chash hat he is now wearing, he will be using his mums Tuareg boots when we go down to the pasture next.

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« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2011, 01:07:45 pm »
Awesome ! And what bonus for him to learn on a trials bike. Those skills will stand him well in future.
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« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2011, 01:21:10 pm »
Excellent Grizz !

Good on the lightie ! Go boy go !  :ricky:
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« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2011, 01:47:26 pm »
Nice one Grizz! Good on you for the patience, sometimes it does the kids a world of good to feel worthy, and to do something out of the ordinary[in his circle of friends perhaps].
 

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« Reply #12 on: July 23, 2011, 07:58:45 pm »
Nice one Grizz! Good on you for the patience, sometimes it does the kids a world of good to feel worthy, and to do something out of the ordinary[in his circle of friends perhaps].

Interestingly , you are touching a very valid point there Dan.
His dad is absolutely great with him and his sister, who lives with him as she is at university, they want for nothing in the world, see hime every weekend (great for Nicola and I )
But the dad often bullies him, making him feel worthless, also the sister is a pretty blonde child, who always was everyones favourite, so  Tom needs to work so much harder for everything..... which is why he appologises every time he crashes the bike etc. His confidence levels are very low, but bit by bit I think I am getting him up there.
Like I said, the father is as good a father as any kids could ever want, just that he expects Tom to be perfect, and if he fails, then he tends to berate him.

In the mean time, I hope he will learn to like riding, even if it is just for his independance and self confidence and image.
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