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First wheels...first freedom...coming of age :)

My son is fast approaching his 16th birthday and as is tradition in my family he will have his first road legal motorbike ready for the day as I did. Today, we (his mam and me) bought his bike from a lad in darkest Devon countryside farmland, and I rode it back, being the only one legally able to.
This is my lad sat on his first bike, which he can't ride on the roads for a couple of months yet Smile

Aw, I absolutely love it!!! Nippy little thing, really responsive in its (ickle 50cc) powerband, stable ride banking around the country lanes, perfect...and I'm really jealous!!
Got it booked into the one man band bike garage round the corner to get a new 12 month MOT plus full service/safety check/fix (if only for my benefit of knowing the man with more mechanical expertise than I have has looked me in the eye and said "it's a safe bike for your son to ride) although as I said, it rode lovely when I 'screwed it' through 20 miles of bendy country lanes back home, with everything feeling mechanically smooth and where available to the eye appearing of sound condition - brakes/disks/suspension/engine/clutch/gearbox. I'm looking forward to the cosmetic work though, stuff like fitting new plastics once he decides colour/style, and spraying exhaust/frame/bits back to shiny new.

I can't wait to see him legal when his birthday comes, but before that we're going to meet every day after work/school at some nearby available private land so he can learn how to use a manual gearbox properly, and also have some fun with it Wink
His compulsory basic training (CBT) test is booked already, just a day riding around obstacles etc to prove you can control the bike, so it all looks good to go as per tradition...and I'm unbelievably shockingly proper excited at my lads 'coming of age' Smile Smile Smile

Even more good news, his Grandmother (from his mam's side) asked what she could get him for this symbolic day and she's forking out a few hundred quid on a jacket with spine and body armour...thank you Grandma!

6 blog comments below

I like the smile on his face. laugh
standready on Sat Nov 16, 2013 8:59 pm
Haha thought a common 'blur' effect would be boring and not representative of the face I saw! Laughing
watersoul on Sat Nov 16, 2013 9:25 pm
i do not understand wht i have to do in this site Embarassed Embarassed
naveenkumar on Sun Nov 17, 2013 5:30 pm
@naveenkumar, Try reading through the Frihost Announcements & Rules pages if you are stuck with anything and then just get involved in any discussions which interest you on the forums.
It is important to stay 'on topic' in any discussions though, asking for support/help in a personal blog post of some guy who is just happy about getting his son a motorbike would not be considered on topic.
Welcome to Frihost though Wink
watersoul on Sun Nov 17, 2013 5:39 pm
The bike definitely has a special character, and must have a rich history, particularly considering where you had to get it from. I'd have fallen in love with it too. Looks like a vintage bike. Very Happy
deanhills on Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:29 am
Haha, she's been ragged around a few Devon fields and country lanes in her time for sure, but only 8 years old so still a baby.
Currently being full mechanical-serviced at the moment but when back with 12 month test certificate, and I fit the new plastics etc, she'll be like brand new but for a third of the price, should even have some cash left for a 'look at me' personalised registration/licence plate with his initials as well!

Decided I'm going to get a bike myself now for when my lad becomes road legal. The beaches and moorland around me is just crying out for some fun to be had on it, and I can't think of anything more fun right now than riding with my son Smile

You want to see vintage? Have a wait because mine will probably be some old air-cooled, twin rear shocks trail bike from the 80's with much broken plastics, if any. Legal and safe of course, but definitely some old workhorse I can have some laughs with.
watersoul on Tue Nov 19, 2013 12:14 pm

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