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Pass Down The Passion

Have you noticed at every bike rally, swap meet, bike show the crowd is getting older and older. The median age for your average motorcycle owner is 47, up from 32 in 1990, and up from 40 in 2009.  It is becoming rare to see anyone under 30 out on two wheels. Why are the younger generations not into motorcycles?

When I was a kid all of my friends had motorcycles and the kids that didn’t have one were begging their parents for one. I started riding at the age of 3 On a Honda MR50. I was extremely fortunate that my Dad owned a Honda motorcycle dealership. I have literally grown up in an industry that I have a passion for and I have always been on a bike. 

Most kids today haven’t shown the same desire to get out and get on two wheels. With technology becoming more advanced by the day almost, it is becoming more popular for kids to want the newest iPhone or gaming console rather than a motorcycle. When it comes to engines and wheels, you don’t see the younger generation showing the same interest in getting in the garage and building with their hands. The same kids I spent my youth with still own a motorcycle or two today. Let’s face it, once you get bit by the bug of the wind in your face, twisting the throttle, and the freeing feeling of spending your day on a bike, there is no cure, it’s with you for life. Unless we expose our children to this crazy, beautiful, lifestyle they will never know about the joy of it.

Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, and Uncles lets help the next generation get out and ride. The lessons you learn on two wheels you will never have the opportunity to learn in the four walls of a classroom. Take them into the garage, help them build a motorcycle they can be proud of, teach them how to ride, and share the love of two wheels with them.

Keep on riding, Kenneth

J&P Cycles Sturgis

By |2018-12-11T15:31:25+00:00December 11th, 2018|Categories: J&P Team Members, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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  1. Ron Sindric December 12, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    Most older Bikers LIVE / LOVE their Bikes. I for one was forced to choose between a fiance and my Bike; she disapproved of riding. I still Ride; can’t even remember the name of that Woman though. … …

    To younger people today, there is little difference between a SmartPhone and their WHIZ-BANG-GO-FASTER-TWO-WHEELERS.

    Warning though; don’t try to get between them and their SmartPhonie !

  2. Joe December 12, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Ken, Unfortunate but true. You mentioned in your own post one of the biggest reasons that the younger generations aren’t into riding is because they are too involved with Social Media and keeping up with their “friends” owning the newest tech. We didn’t have those distractions when we were growing up and, if we chose to talk to / meet with our friends, it could only be by making a ( gasp ! ) landline phone call or, ( OMG ! ) in person ! I am 58 and have been riding or building a motorcycle since 1969, I didn’t have the family backing that you had ( my parents were pretty conservative ) but, I had an older stepbrother who I saw from time to time that introduced me to, among other things, motorcycles.
    Not that this is an all-inclusive statement but, there are some of the younger generation that own a motorcycle and some may even ride more often than every weekend that it’s not raining / too cold / too cloudy / too hot but, you already know that that is more the “exception” than the “rule”. These RUBs buy a new motorcycle because they can and they think it will impress their “friends” on Social Media. After a few months and, before needing to take it back to the dealership for it’s first oil change, the bike is for sale.
    Let’s face it, while the life we live on two’s is something we couldn’t imagine living without, it involves a considerable amount of hard work too. We enjoy it because we appreciate the gratification of building something with our own two hands, rather than buying it new. We know that our motorcycles are well-maintained because we did it ourselves and, we ride because it’s a part of who we are.
    I agree with you in that it is up to the “old timers” to pass this on to the next generation but, the problem is, technology is becoming more attractive to the next generation and more prevalent in all facets of life as a whole and, unfortunately, the next generation doesn’t want it.

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