Members of a popular online forum are left conflicted after a mom expresses concern about her husband’s new motorcycle.
In a viral Reddit post posted on r/AmITheA**, Redditor u/reluctantmotormama (otherwise referred to as the original poster, or OP) said she had not been consulted prior to the purchase and detailed the list of strict ordinances it issued as an outcome.
entitled “[Am I the a**hole] To make ‘rules’ about [my] New motorcycle for husband? The post has received nearly 5,000 upvotes and 2,100 comments in the past day.
“My husband, unbeknownst to me, bought a motorcycle,” the OP began. “It’s a solid old Honda from its inception in near-good condition.”
Continuing to explain that she was “horrified” by the purchase, the original poster said the couple had recently welcomed their first child and attributed her horror to the possibility of an unfortunate accident.
The original poster also said that after she was reprimanded for asking her husband to return the bike, she resorted to enforcing the rules.
“We have a lovely 6-month-old baby at home, and he’s our first,” the OP wrote. At first I asked him to give it back, but he said owning a bike was his ‘lifelong dream’. [and] He kept saying how cool it would be on gas.
“So I said, OK, keep it, but don’t drive it more than 30 miles an hour [and] Don’t take it out of ours,” OP continued. I said he can take it to the lake where he and his friend go fishing, if… He pulls it there on a trailer.
“He says I’m being a controlling harpy and sucking all the fun out of his new game,” OB added. “[But] All I can see is it’s exploding on the asphalt.”
For some, motorcycles have a bad reputation.
Despite the excitement, freedom, and “bad boy” image associated with motorcycling, a large part of the United States is not inclined to believe that two wheels are better than four – perhaps for good reason.
Although data published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety revealed that motorcycle ownership in the United States doubled from 2002 to 2021, the safety concerns associated with motorcycles still prevailed.
Two years ago, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that for every car mile traveled in 2020, motorcyclists were 28 times more likely to die in car crashes than commuters in passenger cars.
The NHTSA also reported that motorcyclists were four times more likely to be injured in a car accident than their driving counterparts.
Given these stats, it’s no surprise that family members of motorcyclists are concerned about their safety, especially for bikers who have children at home.
However, people all over the world continue to buy, ride, and love motorcycles simply because they can.
During the comments section of the viral Reddit post, Redditors were sympathetic to the original poster’s concerns, but also acknowledged that her husband is an adult man capable of making decisions and riding a motorcycle.
“[Everyone sucks here]Redditor u/mdthomas wrote in the top comment of the post, which has garnered more than 10,000 upvotes. He should have discussed it with you. You are not his mother and he is not a child.”
Redditor u/LetThemEatHay, whose comment has received over 3,000 votes, echoed that sentiment.
“Yes, he should have discussed it with you,” they wrote. “But you clearly do not understand the purpose of motorized vehicles and are in absolute and unreasonable control.” “Not more than 30 mph? Not out of the neighborhood? Are you kidding me?”
They added, ‘Yes, it’s scary. But so are your reaction and your ‘rules’.’
“I’m not sure you’re a punk a** so much as it’s totally unrealistic,” Redditor u/mm172 echoed, receiving nearly 2,000 upvotes. “If he doesn’t feel the need to consult you about the purchase… what makes you think you can impose any terms he will actually agree to, not to mention those that undoubtedly defeat the purpose of his owning this thing?[?]”
In a separate comment, which received nearly 3,000 votes, Redditor u/KeyBadger513 provided an even stronger response, siding firmly with the original poster.
Some people will say [you’re the a**hole]”They wrote” I say [not the a**hole].
“My husband crashed, broke his collarbone, then went and bought another one [without] They told me, “He is now my late husband.”
NEWSWEEK I reached out to u/reluctantmotormama for comment.
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