I just saw this blog in an email from Bike Bandit this morning:
I thought it was perfect timing considering my Wife is pregnant with our first child and is Due April 4th.
My father has never liked that I ride street bikes now, he never had a problem with us riding dirt bikes and quads as teenagers, and since my wife first got pregnant he keeps pressuring me to sell my motorcycles.
Fortunately for me, my wife trusts me, she loves riding cupcake, and has told me how she cannot wait for the pregnancy to be over so we can go on rides again just the two of us. So I have no pressure from her to sell either bike.
I like to think I am a safe rider, have been riding the FZ1 for almost 5 years now, and the only off I have had is at 10mph doing something I could have avoided. I have had a number of close calls over the years, ALL of which I could have avoided by just going slower. As the baby gets closer to arriving in this world, it is top of mind for me to be safe, and I have noticed I am in less of a rush and more careful than before. I see no reason to stop commuting to and from work everyday in my bike.
If I did sell the bike and take a car to work, this is what would happen:
I would have to leave earlier each day and would get home later. (I save about 20 min per morning and as much as an hour each afternoon by taking the bike instead of the car)
I would spend more money on Gasoline each week.
I would have much higher levels of stress dealing with the Terrible SoCal traffic each day.
I see taking the motorcycle as a benefit to my overall heath and lifestyle, giving me more time at home with my family.
Neither the FZ nor the V-Star are going up for sale.
What have been your experiences? I am specifically looking for comments from those here who are parents, but anyone is free to comment of course.