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How to address marital controversy.

I was at a Patriot Guard funeral the other day, and the daughter of the WW2 vet being buried said that he had always wanted a motorcycle but his wife "wouldn't let him" have one.

Not wanting to dis the guy we were there to honor, no one mentioned that perhaps he was a bit henpecked.

But a few minutes later, after chewing on this, one of our crusty old military veteran riders mentioned that he had gotten married later in life and a couple of months after he got married his new wife informed him that he should get rid of his motorcycle.

"Your beginning to sound like my ex-wife" he told her.

"But I thought you said you hadn't been married", she says.

"I wasn't" he replied.

And that quickly ended that particular conversation.

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That's funny Phil.

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Like the old joke: "My wife told me, 'Either that dog goes or I go.' Sure gonna' miss that woman."
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Funny, but true.
I'm divorced and single at 55 yrs old.
It seems that girls are attracted to guys that ride motorcycles and play in rock 'n roll bands.
Inevitably, after dating a girl for awhile, the subject of either pastime encroaching on her "me time/we time"
eventually comes up.

I always have to tell 'em something like this.....

"I'm an honest guy. I won't cheat on you or lie to you, and I'll never raise a hand to you.
But, I WILL be riding and playing in rock 'n roll bands until I can no longer do either.
Besides the affections of a beautiful woman like yourself, those are the 2 things that bring me the most joy in life.
I am 100% certain that if I stopped doing either, I wouldn't be nearly as happy or as much fun to be around,
and you probably wouldn't have found me interesting or fun to date in the first place.
No one wants to be around a miserable old man.
Let's have fun. Time is short."

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Hooray for Dave

I met my wife at the motocross track in 1971, and we now live on land where I rode hare and hounds at the time. She tried to ride with me for a few years and didn't like riding on back. So she bought her own and decided that wasn't for her. But she's never begrudged me leaving for a few weeks every year and spending most of my weekends riding with buddies. I think she may be secretly glad I'm gone so much

Now that I'm old we've bought an RV, and though I'd rather be riding more, I feel I owe her some time together. We've got some long trips scheduled for next year in the RV, but she still encourages me to go touring with my buddies. So far, for next year, we'll be gone for 6 weeks to Nova Scotia and the north east states in the RV. And I'll do the Blue Ridge Parkway and the northwest states -- Oregon, Idaho, Washington, etc. -- on the FJR.

We've discovered something we're really good at. Retirement.

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For our first date I took my wife to the Goodwell, OK city dump to shoot rats. Surprisingly, there was a second date. Now she owns more motorcycles then I do.
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It's not that he's hen pecked SHE has a lot of good ideas
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My wife knows I wouldn't be ME if I wasn't riding.

She has her motorcycle license but prefers to be on my bike so she doesn't have to worry about riding her own. She's pretty unflappable as sporty as I want to go... so...

For me personally, I find it's difficult to live without motorcycles or women.

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Wifey and I have done lots of Patriot Guard rides and welcome home escorts with Patriot Guard. Once we were doing one in Illinois... and a lot of the others were saying they refuse to ride in MO (my state) because of helmet laws. In eerie coincidence, the honoree was killed while riding his sportbike, after he came home from Iraq, hit a bicyclist and died when he crashed in a minor tumble wearing no helmet. The bicyclist had a bicycle helmet on and walked away, while the soldier was killed with a head injury. My wife and I just looked each other wondering about the logic. Of course we were all there to honor the soldier, not debate helmet laws... but when we left, we strapped our chinstraps tight.

* * Just hanging around until I can ride with Petey, Mack and Rock again. Never forgotten. * *

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I got back into bikes after about a ten year hiatus with my wife's blessing although she did not like it. That was 15-20 years ago. I sold my bike for health reasons a few years back against my wife's objections. She still didn't like me riding but said I would miss it. She was right and I got my FJR. Last August she watched me drool all over my dream bike, a BMW R1200GS LC. She said "you don't have that long to ride, get the **** thing." Additionally, each time I had more than one bike and wanted to sell one, she said keep them both. Maybe that is why we've been married 35 years.
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Back when, before I married my wife of 36 years, I got reasonably serious with another woman. Dated her for 3 years and we started talking about marriage and kids and stuff. She knew I liked bikes as I had one. As she got closer to graduating from college and we started to make plans, I let her know that I was ready for a bigger bike and was trading in the one I had ( one of those 4 cylinder Honda 400's) for a Honda 750 ( this was 76). She thought that was a bad idea and she was hoping I would outgrow motorcycles. She was gone by the end of the week. Not long after I bought a CB750 and went over to see one of my buddies that had a Norton Commando and a younger sister that loved to ride. And here we are 36 years and lots of miles later, still riding.
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