Little did I know
back in August of 1992, that I was about to marry a man
that would introduce me into one of the best hobbies
Iíve ever had.
Jimís family is
without a doubt no stranger to those two-wheel
machines. He has been riding almost his entire life
since he was a little younger than our daughter Jordan.
course, it was on the dirt first and then he made the
move to the street.
Like all new
marriages we had to struggle to get those big items
purchased, a house, new car, furniture and of course
those talks about having kids. At first it was
difficult to see the expressions on his face when we
would talk about getting a bike. It would almost seem
to be possible and then all of a sudden something would
come up and take away that glimmer of hope in him. I
would always remember him saying, ďIíve always had a
bike in the garage.Ē Well his garage sat empty for
quite awhile, almost 5 years.
Our first bike
together was of course the Honda CBR1100 Blackbird.
Talk about riding it like your hair was on fire. It was
my first experience riding on the back and boy did I
take to it like a fish to water. Jim always said I
drove that bike from the back seat!! It was also
Jordanís first bike. She started riding with her dad
when she was 4 years old and the legend begins. Of
course it didnít start out that way. Being left behind
on the weekends while he was out with the boys sometimes
for 8-10 hours, I can remember saying to him, ďWhat
could you be doing all that time?Ē DuhhhÖ..
Thatís when the
light went off for me. I knew that if we didnít find
something to do together we werenít gonna make it. Of
course, like all couples we tried a lot of different
things together. First it was golf, then pedal bikes,
snowboarding, skiing and if anyone
me they know that I canít even walk without tripping.
None of these were working. Then one summer he came
home with a poster of a bike. He just talked and talked
about it like it was better than anything he had ever
seen, it was the VTX1800. He hung it on the wall and
said that was the next one to go into the garage.
Later on that year
Jim had been invited to the parking lot of the Country
Buffet to meet some folks that had VTXís. Well after
that he was hooked. He ordered the bike and it arrived
in February of 2002. We took many trips together during
the next few years. I did enjoy being his backseater,
but we always had to leave Jordan behind or get a sitter
for the day. I remember thinking as we made our way to
Tennessee on the bike for dinner, ďWhat would I do if
something happened to him?Ē I donít know anything about
this motorcycle, how would we get home??
So, you can imagine
the look on Jimís face when I told him I was interested
in taking the MSF Class. After he had a big old chuckle
he told me if I passed the class he would sell
the CBR and buy me a bike.
I think he was more
nervous at that point because the only bike in our
garage to practice on was the VTX. Iím sure the
neighbors thought we were crazy watching Jim on the back
and me trying to drive that beast up and down the
Well needless to
say I did pass and of course my first bike was the
VTX1300. I spent the last few months of the riding
season of Ď04 trying to get some skills and then the
following year I really went all out!!
Looking back now
Jim and I have to laugh. Not only do we have 2 VTXís
sitting in our garage, but a Wing and 2 dirt bikes. It
is quite a change from 14 years ago when we could only
think about getting one bike.
Now itís even
better as Jordan has joined in the fun playing in the
dirt with her dad on the weekends. So I guess this
legend will continue on with a family that enjoys being
out on two-wheels, yes a true motorcycle family.
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