Moms Ride Too

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By: Erin D.

Motorcycles have been in my world, for most of my life. Growing up, my dad had a Honda Magna 750 that we would go for weekend trips on, and I would be the “cool kid” at school when he would pick me up on his bike.Any chance we got to ride, we did it. Even if it was just around the block or to 7-11 for a slurpee. Some of my favorite moments were on the back of that bike, it was just me and my dad. It was a bond that would never be broken. Unfortunately, my dad passed away when I was only 13 years old and his bike went to my uncle. Even though the bike was gone, I knew that someday motorcycles would again be in my life, I just didn’t know how.

Fast forward a few years, I find myself working for Motorcycle Superstore. Little did I know, this was going to be my transition back into a life of motorcycles. At first, I thought this was just going to be a temporary job but almost 9 years later, I’m still here and loving the industry more than ever. In those 9 years, I met the love of my life who also works for Motorcycle Superstore. My husband has been riding dirt bikes most of his life, and so I was quickly swept into the world of Motocross. I instantly fell in love with this sport, watching races and learning the ins and outs of Moto.

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Most of our weekends are now spent at any of the MX tracks in the Dallas, Texas area. I’m the one who gets the kids ready to ride, and hang out back at the car while everyone rides around me. Every once and a while, I would wonder what it was like to swing a leg over a dirt bike but that’s all it was; a thought. I think I only mentioned it once to my husband that I was slightly interested in learning. Besides, I was “too old” to learn how to ride, right?

Mother’s Day, 2016. My kids excitedly wake me up and pull me outside. Stumbling out, in my pj’s, I see a new dirt bike sitting in the driveway. I guess the one time I mentioned wanting to ride, my husband heard! I was looking at my new TTR-125. I was excited and nervous all at the same time. With everything I knew about motocross and dirt bikes, I did NOT know how to ride. I was in for an adventure.

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After a few lessons from the hubby, I’m now cruisin’ around on my 125 when we go to the track. It took a few times for me to feel comfortable on the bike, and sometimes I still pop the clutch but I’m getting better every time. One of the best parts about being on a bike, is that I can now ride around with our daughter when she is on her 50. For the longest time, I was teaching her how to ride but was never able to ride with her. Now when we go to the track, she wants to go out and ride together. It reminds me of the bond that I had with my dad, now I get to pass that on to our daughter. I wasn’t “too old” to learn, and this is something I wouldn’t trade for the world.