The Joy of Being a Motorcycle Momma

Chloe has never asked for a dirt bike of her own so getting one for her birthday was a big surprise.

While at work last week, I got a video clip of Chloe masterfully doing circles and figure 8’s around the backyard. Watching my monkey out there motoring through the yard absolutely lit my heart up.

In no time at all, she went from tentative wobbling to graceful motion.

I can honestly say that I never really knew the limitless depth of happiness until I became a parent. The ability to be truly happy for someone else went to a whole other level. Watching your child triumph is a gift.

Okay, Let’s Ride!

On Sunday, Chloe got to try her new wheels outside of the confines of our yard. Our family went to a trail riding event hosted by the Long Island Recreational Trails Conservancy.

She began her day riding around a course that ran through a plowed cornfield. It is designed to let beginners exercise their new skills while parents can clearly see them move through the course. The ground is soft, there isn’t anything hard to run in to. It’s a great low pressure environment to learn in.
Chloe Riding the beginner course

Just watching her riding along, it seemed to me that a kid possesses some innate knowledge of how to do things. I guess “life” hasn’t clogged up their thinking with a bunch of what if’s and noise. They just seem to operate on instinct.

Chloe riding in the woods

Once she got comfortable moving through the course, we took her into the woods. She seemed completely relaxed navigating her way along the trail and snaking through the trees. When I consider this was her first day of riding a motorcycle on something other than the wide open grass of our backyard, I was completely impressed. She did great!

Kenny and Chloe riding in the woods

There was no complaining, no I can’t or I don’t know how – Chloe jumped in with both feet and went for it.
Oopsie - Chloe picks up her bike

Sure, she fell along the way but she became adept at picking herself back up and getting herself back on the trail. I could stand to take a few pointers from her.

I had a great day!When we came home, we sat outside talking about the day. I asked her what her favorite part was. Her answer was, “I didn’t have one.”

I must admit I was a little taken off guard by that until she followed it up with, “I loved all of it. Well,… not so much the falling.”

After being out on the bikes all day, Chloe asked if she could ride some more in the backyard.

I love her spirit, resilience and her ability to accept the idea that anything is possible. That last bit is something so many grown-ups seem to un-learn.

I’m one seriously proud Momma.


Rachael is the whimsical writer behind the 20+ year old Girlie Motorcycle Blog. As a freelance blogger, she is on a mission to inspire laughter, self-examination, curiosity, and human connection. Girlie Motorcycle Blog can be found on several Best Motorcycle Blog lists.

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24 Responses

  1. Pimmie says:

    Time to be proud of yourself as well…. She looks a natural, riding bikes is a genetic thing…

  2. Anthony says:

    Awesome post today Fuzzy…you have every right to be the proudest mum on the planet! Well done Chloe and may your life be filled with incredible moments like this.

  3. Shybiker says:

    You’re teaching her valuable lessons that will far transcend riding. It’s so heartening to see good parenting.

  4. ToadMama says:

    Oh, jeez. That brought tears to my eyes. I’m a Momma. I can relate. She looks likes such a bad-ass in that first picture. I wonder where she gets that? I just want to give her a great big hug. And you a high five! What a great gift you’ve given her. (I’m a little sad the video is private.)

    • Fuzzygalore says:

      Isn’t it awesome to watch your babies grow and progress and become the people they want to be? Hopefully we’ll have a chance to meet one of these days and I’ll take you up on that hi-five 🙂

      I’m such a dummy! you should be able to see the vid now.

  5. soth says:

    Please please please…

    Buy 3 of these –

  6. Kari says:

    I couldn’t get the vid to play, but I loved the pictures. Chloe is so Awesome! I bet your proud. What a little go-getter! 🙂

    • Fuzzygalore says:

      Thanks, Kari 🙂
      I really, really, really, really, really, really ::takes a breath:: really, really, really, really am!

      I unlocked the video (i’m a dope)

  7. GLantern says:

    That is awesome Fuzz not being a parent I can’t relate too much but I do take pride in seeing other people learn and progress. From a parents perspective that must be a whole other level of happiness to see your kid doing so well, especially on her first real day!!

    I’m glad to see she picks the bike right back up too!! It looks like there are a lot of fun miles ahead for you as a family. If she likes it this much now just imagine as she grows up the rides you can all do together as a family. I know I have treasured every ride I have done with my father and brother, doing something like that with your own family is really great.

    • Fuzzygalore says:

      Sounds like you relate from the other side. I can only hope that someday, like you, she can look back at these moments in her childhood and say – “that was awesome.” What more could a parent ask for?

      Were trying to instill self-reliance in her with the bike as well. She must do her best to right herself when she wipes out. Everyone needs help from time to time, but she’s gotta try on her own first. She’s also going to learn to do any maintenance on it. She likes being out in the garage with Kenny when he’s mucking around out there anyway. That wasn’t a tough sell.

      I think this whole thing is more exciting for me than it is her! 😆

  8. Grandma says:

    I am so thrilled that you are experiencing all of the feelings I enjoyed with you. Now I am elated again as a grandmother. Each generation seems to get better. I am so proud of you and my granddaughter <3

  9. Trobairitz says:

    Hooray! It looks like you had a fabulous time. I am happy that she is taken with riding just like her mom.

    Looking forward to seeing how she progresses. Looks like she is well on her way.

  10. wendyvee says:

    Wow, wow, wow … how flippin’ cool is that?!! It put a huge smile on my face;I can’t imagine how great it must have felt for you guys 🙂

    Wishing Chloe miles and miles of smiles on 2 wheels!

  11. George F says:

    Awesome, now the three of you can ride and we get to read the RR’s 😉
    Congratulations to you on having such a wonderful daughter, she will soon be riding better than you, you know how kids are, they learn fast and have no fear.
    Can’t wait to see her on a trail leading the mom and saying “come on mom, keep up” ha ha 🙂

  12. Jay Boyle says:

    Have a go at some harescramble racing
    They have this for all kinds of kids at all different levels it really is a blast.

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