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Musgravetown man fulfills dream by getting motorcycle licence at 74 years old

<p>Kevin Keats always dreamed of having a motorcycle.</p>
<p>Kevin Keats always dreamed of having a motorcycle.</p>

“Talking to people I grew up with, I say I’ve gone back to my teenage days,” says Kevin Keats.

The 74-year-old Musgravetown man is a good example that it’s never too late to accomplish something you’ve always wanted to do.

Last month he got his motorcycle licence, fulfilling a dream he’s had for all of his life.

Keats told The Packet his brother had a bike and he always admired it.

A few years ago, Keats came across a great deal on a good motorcycle just down the street from his house.

“I left and dodged over the road and looked at it and I said, ‘Jeez, I’ve got to have it.’”

He was 72 when he bought the bike.

At first — testing it out in his driveway — he wasn’t sure if he would get the hang of it. Eventually he completed a motorcycle driving course in Clarenville and was well on his way.

He began riding with his learner’s permit, accompanied by a friend.

This year, he decided to go get his licence in Clarenville.

“I jumped aboard and went up early in the morning; couple of hours after that, I came home with my drivers’ licence,” said Keats.

And he hasn’t stopped since.

“Myself and my buddy, we has a ball,” he smiles.

What also makes his accomplishment even more impressive is that he suffers from rheumatoid arthritis.

He says his condition was once so bad he could barely function.

“About 13 years ago I had the arthritis so bad they had to lift me off the chesterfield,” said Keats.

“I thought my life was over, but I fought back.”

He has since been prescribed injections, which improve his mobility and ease the pain.

 “I found the right drug for that, got back on my feet and said I would never look back. And I didn’t. Whatever I wanted to do, I’ve done since that.”

He also had prostate cancer, going through 49 treatments.

“I don’t give up easy, I tell you,” says Keats.

Keats is very content with his motorcycle and is told by his old friends that he deserves something like this after working hard for so long.

“I went away young and went to work because my father died when I was 12,” he said. “We had a big family … and I tried to help them out and put them through school and everything.”

He says it “blew a lot of people’s minds” when they found out about his motorcycle.

And for him it’s become routine to just hop on the bike and head down the peninsula, visiting friends and enjoying life.

“I love it!”

jonathan.parsons@thepacket.ca

Twitter: @jejparsons

The 74-year-old Musgravetown man is a good example that it’s never too late to accomplish something you’ve always wanted to do.

Last month he got his motorcycle licence, fulfilling a dream he’s had for all of his life.

Keats told The Packet his brother had a bike and he always admired it.

A few years ago, Keats came across a great deal on a good motorcycle just down the street from his house.

“I left and dodged over the road and looked at it and I said, ‘Jeez, I’ve got to have it.’”

He was 72 when he bought the bike.

At first — testing it out in his driveway — he wasn’t sure if he would get the hang of it. Eventually he completed a motorcycle driving course in Clarenville and was well on his way.

He began riding with his learner’s permit, accompanied by a friend.

This year, he decided to go get his licence in Clarenville.

“I jumped aboard and went up early in the morning; couple of hours after that, I came home with my drivers’ licence,” said Keats.

And he hasn’t stopped since.

“Myself and my buddy, we has a ball,” he smiles.

What also makes his accomplishment even more impressive is that he suffers from rheumatoid arthritis.

He says his condition was once so bad he could barely function.

“About 13 years ago I had the arthritis so bad they had to lift me off the chesterfield,” said Keats.

“I thought my life was over, but I fought back.”

He has since been prescribed injections, which improve his mobility and ease the pain.

 “I found the right drug for that, got back on my feet and said I would never look back. And I didn’t. Whatever I wanted to do, I’ve done since that.”

He also had prostate cancer, going through 49 treatments.

“I don’t give up easy, I tell you,” says Keats.

Keats is very content with his motorcycle and is told by his old friends that he deserves something like this after working hard for so long.

“I went away young and went to work because my father died when I was 12,” he said. “We had a big family … and I tried to help them out and put them through school and everything.”

He says it “blew a lot of people’s minds” when they found out about his motorcycle.

And for him it’s become routine to just hop on the bike and head down the peninsula, visiting friends and enjoying life.

“I love it!”

jonathan.parsons@thepacket.ca

Twitter: @jejparsons

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