I have mentioned before that my (much) younger brother Lance lives with us. Said brother recently traded our youngest brother Chad a video game console for a little piece of machinery called a pocket bike.

Dude is 6’2″; putting his feet on the little pegs is darn near impossible. He found an alternate riding position, crazy smart lad that he is.

Oh, to be nineteen.

Those of you who are new around here may not know that back when I was a single lass, I owned a motorcycle.

Matthew and I paid for our own wedding, so I sold it, but BOY DO I MISS RIDING.

(Hello, chubby thighs of my youth.)

(Please also excuse the hair. I had cut my hair super short and was growing it out.  My lame attempt at the “Friends” hairstyle was far better than looking like a demented poodle.)

I was excited to try the pocket bike. I said a little prayer for safety.

Before you give me heck for not wearing a helmet, please know that 1. My full-faced helmet would hinder my safety on this week bike, and 2. Despite how it looks in the following photos, my kids RUN faster than I was going.

On the first go-around I got a little too close to the trailer.

My riding skills are rusty.

I soon got the hang of it and was even able to get my feet on those little pegs.

Wheeeeee!!!!

I will have you know that having my knees up by my ears have made my hip bones a little sore. I’m far too old for a pocket bike.

I had fun though, and blew Honey a kiss.

Every spring when I hear/see all of the street bikes come out, my heart leaps and I long to hop on a bike and go for a ride. The ten minutes I spent on that pocket bike has totally made my itch to ride, um, itchier.

Who wants to join my biker gang posse?

*A year ago today: The Perpetual Learning Curve.

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  1. April November 15, 2008 7:14 am edit

    I used to ride before kids and really enjoyed it. I had a 1981 Honda 400 and my husband had a matching Honda CB650. We loved riding. Then I got pregnant with Clarisse and couldn’t ride. Then I got pregnant with Duncan AND couldn’t ride. Then it was becoming increasingly harder to get a babysitter to ride and my bike no longer started. We opted to get ride of both our bikes and use the money towards an older Goldwing that my husband could use. That has been our life for a while. Then this last summer my uncle decided that he wanted me to have his 1995 Kawasaki Vulcan 800. He sold it to me for a song and a prayer and I tried riding again….it had been so long. What I found out was that not all bikes are created equal. I just didn’t feel comfortable on it. The center of gravity on it was too high for my shortness and the pegs were just a little too far away for my comfort…well I could go on. SOOOO, I sold it already and I am in the process of buying a 1998 Honda Shadow that fits me like a glove. I couldn’t beleive the difference between that one and the Vulcan. Now, I can’t wait to ride again next summer. I have people that have offered to babysit our little brood and I think it shall be lots of fun!!!

  2. Mrs. Wilson November 15, 2008 7:39 am edit

    Haha! Apparently Matthew is turning into quite the photographer. (By force? ;) ) That looks like SO much fun.

    My twenty-year-old brother has toys as well. I haven’t had the opportunity to ride them though. It sounds like a lot of fun to have a (much) younger sibling live with you!

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  3. witchypoo November 15, 2008 8:48 am edit

    I love that you are such a wild woman!

    witchypoo’s last blog post..How to stay busy while chained to the phone lines

  4. monstergirlee November 15, 2008 9:17 am edit

    I have and ride a ducati monster – hence the name. Love it – come down for a ride sometime.
    I seriously would love to try one of those pocket bikes – looks like a blast!

    monstergirlee’s last blog post..Red Stripes in the Summer or perhaps America’s Next Top 2 yr old Model?

  5. sizzle November 15, 2008 9:28 am edit

    I’ve always wanted to ride a motorcycle. I’m so impressed you used to have one!

    sizzle’s last blog post..What Went Right

  6. reddirtroad November 15, 2008 9:52 am edit

    I’d join your posse.

    reddirtroad’s last blog post..The Countdown

  7. Sue @ My Party of 6 November 15, 2008 10:00 am edit

    My knees hurt just looking at that!

    Sue @ My Party of 6′s last blog post..Onward through the fog

  8. Kami November 15, 2008 10:03 am edit

    Um, so it’s called a pocket bike ’cause it will fit in your pocket? Wow that’s tiny!

    Glad you had fun but sorry, I am too chicken to ride a motorcycle. For some reason I like horses better, as safe and predictable as they are…ha!

    Kami’s last blog post..Mini he

  9. Sharon November 15, 2008 11:23 am edit

    Looks like great fun! I’ve ridden on a friend’s motorcycle once, and that was so thrilling. I’d never buy one, but it was so much fun to ride!

    Sharon’s last blog post..Canucks pictures

  10. Redneck Mommy November 15, 2008 11:23 am edit

    I don’t think I’d be able to move my hips after spending any time at all on that pocket bike. LOL.

    I can ride a dirt bike like a pro but I’ve never gotten my license for a street bike.

    It’s on my to-do list before I turn forty. Because I so want to pretend I’m Easy Rider and kick back on the open road. LOL.

    Redneck Mommy’s last blog post..It’s True. You Can’t Put A Price On Stupidity

  11. Sarah November 15, 2008 11:37 am edit

    That looks like fun! How fast do those little bikes go?

    Sarah’s last blog post..Favorite/Not So Favorite Friday

  12. angella November 15, 2008 11:50 am edit

    I’m not sure exactly…there is no speedometer (Odometer?) on it :)

  13. Chad M November 15, 2008 12:47 pm edit

    When I had it I was almost keeping up to traffic on a little sideroad where the speed limit was 50 km/h so I think it can probably go 50 km/h downhill. The manufacturer says >55 km/h
    It gets pretty scary when you’re going that fast though.

  14. orlund November 15, 2008 12:49 pm edit

    I would but my wife won’t let me get a bike. Not even a moped or power wheel chair or…. I’m jealous it looks like fun. Kids across the street have one. I just hope I never back into them!

    orlund’s last blog post..Friday’s Photo: Just Cous(in)

  15. Tanneal November 15, 2008 1:04 pm edit

    Um…that was hilarious. I love the pic you have that shows up on fb…it does make it look like your moving really fast!

  16. camels & chocolate November 15, 2008 4:17 pm edit

    I’m still a bit confused as to what a pocket bike actually it…it just looks like a child’s big wheel! Speaking of big wheels, there’s an annual big wheel race in San Fran down one of the steepest hills–Scott and I went and photographed it this year. It was hundreds and hundreds of (likely drunken) adults in hilarious costumes riding kiddie bikes. Truly awesome.

    Also, Scott has two motorcycles, and sadly I’ve never been on one.

    camels & chocolate’s last blog post..If You Can’t Say Something Nice

  17. OMSH November 15, 2008 4:53 pm edit

    Is this the wrong time to let you know that Jeff and I upgraded his Harley? We are the proud owners of a Smokey Pearl Fat Bob. IT IS BEAUTIFUL and FAST and GLORIOUS and I don’t get sore riding it. heh heh

    OMSH’s last blog post..A day at Aunt Betty’s sewing Wheelchair Quilt Tops

  18. angella6 November 15, 2008 4:54 pm edit

    I love you and all, but that’s just MEAN.

    :P

  19. Kristabella November 15, 2008 4:56 pm edit

    I love the photos! I’m so glad we got proof of you riding the pocket bike!

    Kristabella’s last blog post..I Should Be Sleeping

  20. Heather-Domestic Extraordinaire November 15, 2008 7:18 pm edit

    Hubby has a bike and we take rides on it, but for me to ride one on my own….I would have to have a death wish as I am not the most graceful gal in the world. You do look like you were having fun though.

    P.S. I love the color of your jacket!

    Heather-Domestic Extraordinaire’s last blog post..You’re Fired

  21. Kimber November 15, 2008 9:06 pm edit

    That’s just crazy. Never seen anything like it. Looks fun though.

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  22. ELizabeth November 15, 2008 10:01 pm edit

    Very cute.

    ELizabeth’s last blog post..Get Outdoors

  23. Michele November 15, 2008 11:58 pm edit

    What a great post! You guys look like you’re having so much fun!!! Have the kids tried it yet!?!?! ;)

  24. Kristin November 16, 2008 1:06 am edit

    Ha ha right on! My fav part about those little things is the sound they make. It’s so funny. :)

  25. Teej November 16, 2008 6:10 am edit

    I would love to try one of these even though the guys have full size motorcycles. The pocket rocket looks more my speed.

  26. She Likes Purple November 16, 2008 8:18 am edit

    My husband will, and I will too when I learn and get my license and those sort of important things. Mike has a Ducati, and I’ve missed riding it with him since getting knocked up.

    She Likes Purple’s last blog post..27 Weeks

  27. Rhi November 16, 2008 10:49 am edit

    I had the Friends hairstyle too! It is NOT for curly haired girls! (or at least it wasn’t for this curly haired girl!)

    Rhi’s last blog post..Not a stitch to wear, NO REALLY

  28. Becky November 16, 2008 1:57 pm edit

    My husband and I had a pair of crotch rockets we sold when we decided to have kids. On nice warm days, when all the bikers come out, I want to climb on one so bad I can taste it.

  29. angella November 16, 2008 2:10 pm edit

    See? You know what I am talking about!

  30. Assertagirl November 16, 2008 5:46 pm edit

    I love the title you chose for this post…hope it doesn’t bring the pervs outta the woodwork!

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  31. Mel November 16, 2008 8:48 pm edit

    I’m in!! I’ll join. I didn’t ride for long but I miss it. I had to sell my bike because I can’t ride any more :( Maybe…hopefully I will ride again.

    Mel’s last blog post..More from before we left.

  32. Elaine November 17, 2008 12:43 pm edit

    Y’all are too much fun! I love that pic of your tall brother on that little thing! HA HA HA!

    Elaine’s last blog post..Random Bloggy Stuff

  33. The Over-Thinker November 17, 2008 8:00 pm edit

    Any chance that little number comes with a side-car? Yeah, I’ll ride along in that. With a martini.

    The Over-Thinker’s last blog post..Sometimes…All I need is the air that I breath and to driii-ink.

  34. angella November 17, 2008 8:04 pm edit

    That visual made my day.

  35. Roshan November 20, 2008 8:23 pm edit

    You looked so cool on the big bike. And you had such a different look. I can’t believe it’s the same woman!

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