My Dad and Me on the Motorcycle

by Summer Williams

Every year between the start spring and the end of fall my dad and I go for rides on his motorcycle.  We usually go for long rides to pretty places like Water’s Edge Family Campground, Quabog River, and back roads in the country.

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Dad helps me with my helmet. The flag on the back is a reflector. My jacket and pants have armor.  I wear gloves and tall black boots. Photo: Sheila E. Williams

Each time we ride we wear all of our protective gear: a full face helmet, a riding jacket and pants, riding boots, and gloves. Before we leave home we do a safety check. My dad checks the pressure in the tires and the oil level in the motor. I check the turn signals, the brake lights, the headlights and the horn. My dad installed an air horn, which is very loud.

The bike is a Honda ST1300. The motor is powerful but quiet. Not all motorcycles are loud. Dad drives the bike and I am his pillion. A pillion is the passenger on a motorcycle. I wanted to ride with my dad since I was about 2 years old but he made me wait until I could reach the footpegs. We practiced riding at Stony Hill School before we rode on the street. 

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C’mon, Dad – let’s ride! Photo: Scott A. Williams

I rode to a motorcycle rally last summer with my dad. My mom and my friend Meghan followed us in our truck. We stayed in a camper on a lake.

My dad is a writer. He has published articles about riding a motorcycle. Now I have, too!

 

This story © by Summer Williams. Story first published in Tiger Times, Fall 2007. All rights reserved.