It's NOT Like Riding a Bicycle!

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Ward County Notary Services 607851

Whether it's a mini-bike, a scooter, or a motorcycle they are all much, much more dangerous then a bicycle.

If you are thinking about giving a pair of motorized wheels to a kid our buying yourself a motorcycle for Christmas you need to proceed with caution.

My parents allowed me to buy my first set of wheels when I was about 13 years old. I ordered it through the Montgomery Wards catalog, a very basic model with a 3-1/2 hp Tecumseh engine. Sounds pretty harmless. In reality I can thank that little mini-bike for a lifetime of back problems and more.

That little mini-bike, with a couple of easy to do modifications, reached speeds up to 40 mph. Of course as soon as a friend or neighbor gets something better then a boy (or a man) needs to top it. With-in two years I purchased a Yamaha 305 Big Bear Scrambler. That bike was very unique as it was a 2-cycle engine and I got it up to 110 mph with a friend on back... no danger there.

I had spills and thrills over the years but I decided to give it up when my daughter was born. I wanted to increase my chances of seeing my children grow up into adulthood and hopefully even be around when/if I had grandchildren.

All this being said my strongest warning is weather related. If you live in an area where they sand streets for ice and snow you should not let a novice rider out on the street. NO training prepares you for your front wheel instantly skidding out from under you. When you have power you have danger and from mini-bikes to big Hogs that front wheel is going to go a direction you do not expect if it's on gravel and you crack that throttle. 

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Comments (16)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Bob... any motorized thing on two wheels scares me to death. I lost one of my very best friends from childhood to a motorcycle accident. He wasn't even 30 years old and an only child.

Dec 08, 2023 02:14 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Bob "RealMan" Timm  I had ten speed bikes, but never anything motorized and no desire to get one...Endre

Dec 08, 2023 10:10 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I've never had a motorcycle or other motorized bike but I did drive a dirt bike years ago. I don't remember the details, but I did take a spill.

 

Dec 09, 2023 04:53 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I have never tried to read a bike, but your title certainly caught my attention, haha.

Dec 09, 2023 05:18 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Bob, I lost a close friend in a cycle accident 2  years ago and almost lost a cousin in a cycle accident also.  Not a fan

 

Dec 09, 2023 11:03 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Bob,

Good advice as any motorized wheels cycles can be dangerous! ! I've never been a lover of motorcycles too dangerous for my taste.

Dec 09, 2023 11:21 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I lost a friend too Nina Hollander, Broker back in High School. He was very reckless driving down residential streets at a very high speed. The first time I saw someone die also was on a residential street just a block from where I lived. I was either a teen or preteen. That one was not the motorcycle drivers fault and it was his wife on the back of the bike that died.

Dec 09, 2023 01:57 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Bob "RealMan" Timm just horrible.

Dec 09, 2023 02:51 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I was hooked on two wheels early on Endre Barath, Jr. It really gets the adrenaline going and if you are lucky you learn how to control that feeling before it kills you.

Dec 09, 2023 02:00 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Dirt bikes can be a lot of fun Kat Palmiotti but you need the right clothing so when (not if) you take a spill you will come out of it okay.

Dec 09, 2023 02:04 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Brian England , you made me laugh at myself for my crazy spelling error. It was not picked up by spell check because reading is a word... I guess I need grammar check.

Dec 09, 2023 02:07 PM
Brian England

Even funnier, I didn't even realize it was a mistake, haha.

Dec 09, 2023 02:16 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Will Hamm I think the majority of motorcycle deaths are NOT caused by the motorcycle rider but by careless people around them. 

Dec 09, 2023 02:09 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

They are dangerous and so are many of the people driving around them Dorie Dillard Austin TX especially with so many distracted drivers we have today.

Dec 09, 2023 02:10 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

That toon is so right, Bob.  I still remember my first attempt at riding a motorcycle.  It was a 700 CC Royal Enfield.  I wasn't able to turn it around at a dead end road.  And, I drove it straight through a fence, down a 6 foot cliff into a field.  No, major injuries, but I burned the valve guides, and needed to buy replacements for my then future husband.

Dec 09, 2023 04:52 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Back in the day a 700 or 750 was a huge bike Myrl Jeffcoat . You had a lot of guts to take the throttle of a bike that big.

Dec 09, 2023 06:31 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

The last time I was on a motorcycle, the owner, a thrill seeker, thought is was funny to get up to 110 miles per hour...he should have warned me prior to that! I'm good behind the wheel of a car. Bob! LOL

Dec 10, 2023 11:06 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

With friends like that who needs enemies, right, Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! The time my bike got over 100 I was actually letting my friend "try out" my bike. I didn't remember that until you told me your story. BTW even a car is scary at 110. Today I stick to the speed limit in all cases.

Dec 10, 2023 02:19 PM