We get the most incredible stories by asking simple questions on our Facebook page. We never cease to be amazed by the riders who comment.
And this past weekend, on Father's Day, we were not disappointed.
We simply asked: "Tell us about your dad". What we read next blew us away.
Everyday stories of ordinary dads. Working, raising families, and passing along a love of riding to the next generation.
Some dads served country and community. Others were simply a steadfast presence in their childrens' lives. Remembered and appreciated by grown children, more than they could ever know.
We couldn't let those remembrances go unnoticed.
So here's a tribute to the dads who are/were motorcycle riders who inspired the next generation of riders.
Dads Who Ride
Here are some of the comments that riders left, when asked about their dads:
What Gets Remembered Most?
After the Hallmark holiday, we go back to our routines. Riding to work, shopping, cooking, cleaning, building, repairing. And riding together.
Maybe that's the surprise, then. Not that fathers are mentors, or that you impart life lessons to your children based on how you live everyday ... but how a love of riding gets passed down. By sharing your passion, you ignite theirs.
As they say, anyone can be a dad -- it takes a lot more to be a father.
Riders, thanks for those memories of great dads we never knew, but wished we had. They inspired us more than you realize.
P.S. The author got a love of painting from her dad. RIP.