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This day is very joyful for me but also a cause for remembering. My father has since passed a few years ago. He was my library, my counselor and my conscious. I can remember all the stuff we did together. Purchasing my first little bike...an MR50 and spending countless hours together riding..enjoying...just being together. So as now I am a father and my children are soon to be fathers themselves......I can't help but to be happy for my children and saddened by not being around my own father. But thank God for good memories.

What are some of the best times you spend with your father. I also understand that some have never really had a father in their life. But to me a father is not just biological. To me that's the 10% part. The 90% part is actually "being" a father. That often times is fulfilled by an uncle....a mentor.....etc. To me that is the most important part.
 

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My father passed away a month ago, the best times together were on bikes high up on a mountain far away from civilization , we would spend days riding trails to nowhere. When we weren't riding together we were driving trucks together (we have a trucking co. that was started by his dad in '53). He will be missed. Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there, be safe, God bless.
 

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Dad got me into this nonsense.......
 

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I think the kids might be trying to tell me something.....
Beautiful photos of Pops.

Kids took me to a Brazilian steak house.....something I TOTALLY can't afford....and then to an old air show. Up close this time....also something I normally don't do. There was a sign for trial lessons for $99 and my wife said "I'll buy it for you so maybe you can overcome your fear". But no.

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Happy Father's day to all fathers.

Father's day is always a little harder for me. I enjoy my children but miss my father very much....still to this day.

One of the things I wish I had of my father was his old scrambler. Everytime I see the old blue and white color scheme it always spawns fond memories of us together. Like a flash from the past...and elderly gentleman was at the every Wednesday night cruise here locally but was in need of help unloading his old scrambler. Me and my son helped him unload it and it took me right back to my youth. Even the gentleman reminded me somewhat of my father. It was gorgeously done. The theme that evening was "bike night". There was the usual armada of HDs but some real nice other bikes as well. Perhaps it was the color scheme or my fond attachment to it but every time I looked over at the paraded of parked bikes.....my eyes went straight to that old scrambler.

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Pops ........on Father's Day one year....gave me a German Shepard. Not quite as cool as a tiger though.
 

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Great thread!

I sort of did my own thing while growing up, but my father set the impression that it was normal to work on your own vehicles or projects. We did build a go-kart together when I was about 10 - pretty sure that started because of the nostalgia he had from the chainsaw-engined cart he built when he was a kid. I get my "work solo" mindset from him and his father, without a doubt. My sister and I got him a new TV to replace his old CRT (tube) after years of him saying, "but it works fine!" We then took him for our annual bicycle ride along the beach, stopping at a few places to eat and/or drink. The older I get, the more and more I appreciate the conversations we have. I had him take his old motorcycle for a spon, one I took on as a project, and he came back with a smirk on his face and said, "I'm just glad it's not a pile of parts in my loft." That's as good as it gets, and a big win in my book.

Happy Father's Day to all the father's here. Spill all your knowledge to your kids constantly, eventually they'll use it.
 

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I spent the weekend with my father in-law, who I really look up to, in many ways more than my own dad. We spent the weekend cruising around in my old jeep with the top and doors off, and even more time on the river with his new boat, and at his cabin in rural Kentucky. We had a great time! When I got home, I had a nice talk on the phone with my dad, and we talked about stuff we did together when I was a kid, and stuff we plan on doing in the future. I need to call my Grandad now...
I'll have my first son here in a couple of months, and today I got my first father's day card from my wife, and a text from my sister. It's just now starting to set in how much of my identity is going to come from being a father from now on, and how everything I've ever done and learned up to this point only has meaning because I can pass it on to him. I'm a very lucky guy, and all I've ever wanted was to be the guy who had something to teach to his kids. I really hope I can convince the little guy that motorcycles and cars and being outdoors and actually doing something is cooler than playing video games and eating Doritos. This hobby (wrenching) has been a way of life for me for as long as I can remember, and has kept food in my belly my entire life.
I'll raise my kid to be a viking, because sometimes it takes a child to raze a village :cool:
 

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Started my fathers day last Wednesday. Daughter in Peterborough, Son in Kitchener, and daughter in London. Visited one a day and put 1330 KM on the bike to do it. Youngest is in Nova Scotia so no visit. Got one text and one phone call on fathers day from the ones the furthest away. Oh well. But the missus got me a bitching paddock stand a card full on lies about what a great dad I am and a pack of wine gums. All in all a great trip.
 

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My sister and I got him a new TV to replace his old CRT (tube) after years of him saying, "but it works fine!" it.
I love all these stories.

That was totally my father. He had an old tv from the eighties I grew up watching......Sylvania. "The picture is perfect.....no need to waste money" he would say. Watching that tube would give you headaches and make you dizzy because it was so wavy.
 

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I took my kid to see finding Dory. It was important to spend Father's day with my family. Said all day how I wanted to work on the jeep and the bike and take a ride, and really didn't even look at a wrench.

Called my dad and he's coming out for mid-ohio/goodguys this year. Should be a fun early july.
 

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To all the father's today........Happy Father's Day.

It's always a mixed blessing day for me. I always miss my father dearly but I also enjoy the time spent with my family. Yesterday we had a BBQ with family and today me and my wife will later enjoy a ride up the coast....just us.

Looking thru some old photos yesterday I found a couple of my first motorcycle. My father purchased this new at Lebard & Underwood in LA Habra CA for I think $280. I've always had a fond place in my heart for that machine. Every now and then I scroll thru ebay for one.......just because.

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My dad is halfway around the world and has been for last 15+ years. He's getting older and his body is breaking down slowly.
Really makes me think about life and what different people feel is important to them.
No hate. Just acceptance.

Happy father's day to everyone.
 

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Happy father's day 2019!!

Happy father's day to all the father's and grandfather's and all the kind and honorable gentlemen who take up that role in the form of a big brother, uncle, step fathers, in laws, etc. It has been the most rewarding and important thing I have ever done.

Planning on doing what most father's want to do on father's day and that's a lot of nothing. I may go check out this rig tho.....and give myself a present. Just need a small rig to take me and the wife to the ocean with the waverunner. The last 2.3 in line 4 ford I had went 300K.


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