You know the look. The one your parent or partner gets as you gear up for a ride, the one that says, “why couldn’t you have taken up golf?” Sometimes, being a motorcyclist means being misunderstood by the people who know you best. But what if it didn’t? What if the people closest to you shared your passion? In this episode, we meet Peter and Jonathan Boulton, two motorcycle podcasters who were born into a motorcycling family. Their story might make you a little envious. And the reason why turns out to be something every motorcyclist needs, even if our riding family is simply each other.
You can get to know MotoGPete and Swiggy better by subscribing to Noco Moto. If you have room in your listening life for one more motorcycle podcast, you won’t regret it. Here’s a link to their iTunes page.
The forum discussion that I mentioned at the top of this episode can be found here. It actually meandered through a few themes from the original poster’s cri de couer, not just the one that caught my attention – riding as a family. It’s an interesting window into how riders deal with the conflict between responsible parenthood and their personal passion.
A lot has been written about how to engage your loved ones in motorcycling, though not so much about whether it’s a good idea. If you’re tempted, these two articles seem like good starting points for thinking about it. This one, from Cycle World, touches on Pete and Swiggy’s idea of making riding a gift. And this one is more of a how-to, from Motorcyclist.
And if you just want to get misty and feel good about the idea of sharing this with your kids, you can always count on Moto Geo’s Jamie Robinson to remind us that, in the end, this is supposed to be fun. Check out this charming video from Moto Geo.
Hamilton, Ontario, seems to be a pretty creative town, having now provided two of my TML playlist recommendations. This time, the band is Whitehorse, and a special thanks to them for allowing me to excerpt “Downtown” for this episode. You can get to know them better at their web site, which is here. And you can by the track (or the whole album, which is much more sensible), here.