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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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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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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.
 

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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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I envy you guys that have those good women, but the old joke is if it's got boobs or tires, sooner or later you're gonna have trouble with it. Fortunately, I did have supporting women in my life who liked motorcycles.... now widowed and happily single........
 

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When I met my wife of now 25 years I had already owned bikes. When we started to get serious she asked if I would still be riding when we got married.
I told her. "I've had bikes before you were here and I will have bikes after you are gone."
She said. "Ok then, as long as I have a decent car to drive. That Fazer you have been looking at is a pretty good deal. Lets go get it."
 

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In 2007, after getting home from a ride on my RT, Annie announced that she no longer wanted to ride with me. I started asking if I had done something to cause her decision and she cut me off and explained that she wanted her own bike. This happened in September in Fairbanks, AK. By the following July she had a new BMW F650GS and had ridden to the states and back. Since then she's had three other new Beemers, all GSs, ridden all over Alaska, the Yukon and the Montana region, in 35+ states, on and off pavement, and has over 125,000 miles on BMWs.

So, my solution to marital controversy is to give the woman exactly what she wants and try to keep up.
 

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My wife hates bikes. She hates me riding a bike. She hates me for even owning a bike.

She never, EVER rides with me.

It's one of the big reasons we have marital bliss.
People always ask me, since I like bikes so much, and my wife likes to ride, why I don't get one of those helmet to helmet intercoms. The reason I give for NOT getting one is marital bliss. Once we put our helmets on we are both in our own little worlds and we don't have to talk to each other all day. Just another reason to like bikes.
 

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Yes Dear.........
 

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Sounds like one of the big reasons you OWN A BIKE. >:)
Indeed! But to be fair, she's very understanding about it. She will often say something like, "it's going to be a nice day. Doesn't your bike have someplace to go?"

If she did ride, either with me or on her own, I can guarantee we would not have an intercom system.
 

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Russ, I. Have the exact same situation and don't mind at all. She say's she's scared on a bike and some small cars and as long as she doesn't "forbid" me from riding or try to do that all is good.

In fact she's the one that encouraged me to go get a new fjr last year because she was afraid of me riding my antiques all over the country,,, all I could say about it was "yes dear" 😜
 
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