Well, I knew it would happen sooner or later, and TODAY WAS THE DAY. My son Liam has enjoyed riding with me on the VFR for some time now (a couple years) and today he seemed to put 2 and 2 together. We have both enjoyed many a father//son ride together and though most of them have been under 100 km's at a time, today we did a bit farther at 150 km's. It was a later in the day ride, and we left home around 4 PM and returned just a short while ago. Since we don't have person to person communicators in the helmets we rely on hand signals and gestures to communicate basic things. Today during the ride after a fairly twisty stretch of road, my son Liam gave the 3 quick squeezes around the waist which indicates th the wants me to stop because he saw something he wants to tell me about. I pulled off to the side and he was just itching to get off the bike and giddy with excitement about something. He asked if we stop for a minute and take off our helmets so we talk about the stretch of road we had just ridden down. WHATEVER, I thought and removed his helmet. After removing my helmet, he reached up and wanted me to give him a hug and I knelt down and he gave me the biggest squeeze. He said to me, "Did ya notice daddy, did ya feel me on the back of the bike?? When you lean while we go round corners I leaned in with you and stuck my knee out a bit like the racers do. It felt so cool, it was soooo much fun." My response to him, "I most certainly did Liam, you were doing a great job." He was soooo proud of himself and had a HUGE grin from ear to ear. As we got our helmets back on Liam asked if we could turn around and go back the way we came so he could try the leaning thing again. I knew new there were times when he was sitting up straighter on the back of the bike and times when he would hold tight and lean with me (like he had a choice when he was younger and had trouble getting his arms around my waist) but today was different. Since he is getting older and a bit bigger he has taken a bit more to sitting upright behind me and just holding on to my jacket with his hands when going straight and would hold on tighter when going through corners. But TODAY, he was initiating the lean and really moving with me when I leaned in to the corner. Don't get me wrong, I'm not talking knee dragging corners with the 7 year old hangin his butt off the seat and holding on for dear life. Nope, this was just a twisty section of road with a 70 km/h limit and a few good 40 and 50 km/h corners. I knew he was back there, and today just felt, WELL, different and smoother. All the corners felt smooth and I could just feel Liam on the back moving with the bike. It was sooooooo cool and we had a GREAT time. We stopped at a restaurant in Kelowna named Milestones (similar food choices to The Keg) for some dinner and it was all he could do to contain his excitement. Every new person who came up to the table was greeted with the "My daddy and I just came back from a really fun ride on the motorcycle and I was leaning in to the corners. It was soooo much fun!!" When we got home, he was just as giggly. He ran up the stairs and told my wife how much fun he had and that he wanted to learn to ride a bike so that he could go riding with me. Maybe watching the Moto GP races and watching Mark Marquez has been more enticing to him than at first I thought. Now all we have to do is remember to start bringing the camera and take some photos. The little guy has been a little less receptive in the last while to having his picture taken so no photos. Soon I hope we will be able to get a few more ride photos.