This normally applies to guys who dream of having their own naked/super bike and have trouble convincing the family that you will be riding responsibly. This is how I managed to get my whole family to agree.
1. Spouse. The first you need in your army is your spouse. Get them to agree with the idea. Most woman find big bikes sexy but not practical. I first time I told my wife I wanted a bike, she insisted me not to because of the danger that it presents. I told her that, when I get older, I wouldn’t be as responsive as I am now. Anytime of owning one should be now or in few years to come not in my later years.
Getting wife interested is pretty tough. What I did was, before I go to bed, I’d play motorcycle videos on YouTube. Only the one that involves sound of engine and top speed, no crash or racing. I got her to play a game, identify whether it’s a single cylinder, double or quadruple through its sound. I literally played this for more than a month.
I also promised her that we’d go riding during the weekends. It would be our little adventure before we start being a responsible parents. Preferably some where not that far and road isn’t boring. I also promised to get full safety gear for myself and her, that includes jacket, gloves, full face helmet and riding boots.
2. Blessing from Parents. I had a very hard time convincing my mom on the bike. She tried avoid talking about it. I told her up front, I want to ride to work. Tolls and fuel are costly (paying additional RM500 monthly for a bike isn’t ?). But the important thing is, I want to go to office and back home with lesser stress. Like my wife, I promised her I would get all the safety attire that needs to be in place. She still disagrees.
I don’t know about you, but every time I go against my mom’s word, something disastrous will happen. I don’t want that, I don’t want to go against her words hence I used the army that I recruited earlier, my wife. I got my wife to call from Australia to convince my mom. I guess after series of doctrine injected into her mind, she finally submits to the idea of a bike.
Eventually my mom was convinced, though I had already paid the bike in full a week earlier.
3. Promise yourself. This is very important. You have to promise yourself that you will not ride like some punk ass who doesn’t believe in tomorrow. Ride within your reasonable limit. This means to say, you have to learn to curb your need for speed. I don’t deny, it’s fun beating the hell out of the bike but you have to know, your family loves you.
Also get yourself a quality protective gear, don’t buy cheap China made or fake brands. They are generally expensive but if you fell, not a single scratch will land on you (I know, I fell once).
Last word, ride safely. See ya around.