90-Year-Old Trades Birthday Crown for a Helmet

By: Denise Wong Email
By: Denise Wong Email

RENO, NV - For Bina Younce, birthdays are no big deal.

"Not really," says Bina, "You just get older."

As of Wednesday, she's had 90 of them. But there's something she had never experienced before...

"One of the things she said a number of years ago was she'd like to ride in a sidecar on a motorcycle," says Richard Younce, Bina's son.

Richard says it was on his mother's bucket list. So, on Wednesday morning, he had a Harley-Davidson with a sidecar waiting in the garage.

"Yeah, we didn't tell her what was going to happen until she got to the door. We just told her her chauffer was here today to take her to the continuum, the senior center that she goes to. And there's the surprise," says Richard.

When the birthday girl saw it...

"I felt like fainting," admits Bina.

Her driver, Michael Treloar, was a man she'd never met before.
Bina's family had contacted Chester's Harley-Davidson in Reno. Someone at the dealership knew that Treloar had a sidecar and they gave him the Younce family's number. Treloar says that when he heard he could help fulfill someone's lifelong dream, he was thrilled.

"I mean, how many people would want to ride in a sidecar when they're 90-years-old," says Treloar.

Bina Younce is a mother of 5 with 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She's known for cracking jokes and having an adventuresome spirit. So this goal didn't surprise her family. Richard says his mother went dog-sledding in Alaska for her 85th birthday.

So on Wednesday, it was time to tackle another goal: as the 90-year-old rode in a sidecar along Michael Treloar for 15 miles. He drove her from her home in South Reno to the Continuum, a community center that she often visits. When she arrived at the center, she was greeted by friends as she took off her helmet and got help out of the sidecar.

"It was great!" she said of the ride.

"It was fun!" agreed Treloar. "And when we stopped at a light or something like that and I would give her a thumbs up and she would give me a thumbs up so I know she was having a ball."


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