Why my Husband will Never own a Motorcycle:

January 23, 2012

Before my husband and I met, he was kind of… a ‘bad boy’.  You wouldn’t guess it looking at him today – and in fact, most people are shocked at me when I tell them that when him and I met – he had long(er) blonde hair…

This was us when we were first dating – about two months after we started dating in fact…

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When we met – his driving record was… awful.

There’s no other way to put it.

He owned a motorcycle before we met – but couldn’t afford to keep the insurance on it.. because of all of his ‘naughtiness’ in it.

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It took us the first five years of our marriage dealing with getting his driving record clean and our insurance down below $400/month.

Yet –

He tells me every spring and pretty much any really nice weathered day that he misses having a motorcycle… Also usually in the summer he talks about how much cheaper it would be to fill his gas tank if he had a motorcycle.

I always shake my head and remind him of this terrible driving record.  I mean – the man has a hard enough time keeping the speed limit in our car – let alone in a motorcycle!

I imagine therefore, that it would NOT be cheaper to have a motorcycle.

He made the mistake of telling me about his motorcycle and how he drove it on long trips through several states often times going crazy speeds and even having had a high-speed chases with his friends and the cops which involved road spikes – and having to spend a few days in jail.image

To that my husband responds that he’s not going to be that crazy any more – and I truly do trust him – but I’d hate to have to get a phone call that he was in an accident and have to hire a motorcycle accident attorney just to get through all the information.

He says that he’d like to drive round and round the cloverleaves in the sun – just to feel the breeze.

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I know that he thinks that he’s ‘better’ than all the other drivers on the road – and I do believe that he’s a great driver in comparison to others – but it’s only because he’s a very defensive driver.  He avoids accidents and responds appropriately to the situations – which I am always thankful for.

But he can’t possibly avoid everything.

And that is why he will never again own a motorcycle – at least while I’m alive.

Meanwhile, he begs every year for me to allow him to ‘rent’ one for a few days…. I’m still thinking about it – but probably not.

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Comments

  1. If I may, that does seem awful harsh to deny your husband an innocent passion out of your fear. Is there perhaps a way that would make you not so anxious about him renting a motorcycle, such as a buddy going with him?

  2. Donna George says:

    Mary, I must respectfully disagree with you. He is already a fast driver, and although he may have learned a bit about danger as he has gotten older, motorcycles are still dangerous. Think about why doctors and nurses call them donor-cycles. Not everyone is as safe as he may be. Other drivers in CARS may not be as careful. I would not take the risk. My hubby, too, used to drive a cycle, and sometimes misses it, but my feeling is “too bad”. Him being here is SO much more important

  3. OK. I don’t mean to sound so harsh – I don’t think I’d have a HUGE problem with him renting one – I’m just not going to go out and do all the work to do that for him… and therefore he won’t ever rent one…
    I’ve considered it as like a gift to him for birthdays or an anniversary type thing, but at the same time – he does tend to get a little… agressive… and it would scare the hell out of me the whole time he’s out.
    Ultimately he can do whatever he wants – but if *I* have anything to say about it, I say no.

  4. I think they are so dangerous! I had a good friend that was hit by a car that ran a stop sign and didn’t “see him”. You just have no protection and no matter how great of a driver you are, you still can’t control others.

  5. Luke would love a motorcycle and he’s not a bad driver but my worry comes in when I think of the other vehicles on the road! Motorcycles can be very hard to see and it just scares me!

  6. Gladys Parker says:

    I have to agree with you on this one. Motorcycles are so very dangerous for the rider. My son wants one so badly (he’s 23) and I pray every day that he puts it off until the urge passes. Your husband may be a great driver but where is the protection? I’d rather men were here to be great husbands, father’s, drivers of other more safe transportation. Just my opinion.
    Gladys P

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