New rider thoughts
Itís only been a short time since I took the riding course in March. Two months later, I am amazed when I compare how nervous I was then with how I feel now.
The first Saturday morning after I got my bike registered, I got up at sunrise so I could get out of town an onto the country roads before traffic got heavy. It was a big thrill to be out doing the stops and turns on real roads. I took a few turns too wide, and I stalled the bike a couple of times, but things got better. Every maneuver connected with something we had done in class. I kept thinking, I know what to do! I can handle this.
I got lost, but I knew I was south of a highway that would take me back home, so I just headed north until I found it. There would be no sneaking back home on side roads. The highway put me on the busiest road in town during morning traffic, which I was really nervous about. Itís one thing to take a wide turn on an empty road, but to have cars on all sides and at every intersection was overloading my brain. But, I made it home without anything bad happening.
The next day, I took the car out to visit friends. They asked where the bike was. I told them that I felt like I needed more practice before I wanted to take it into Kansas City, but it made me feel like I had let them and myself down. So I decided to force myself to take the bike every time I needed to leave the house, unless there was a reason I needed to take the car, like grocery shopping or rain.
I didnít intend to use the bike to commute to work, but every day it hasnít rained, Iíve taken the bike. And now this morning, I even rode it to work in a light rain, because I have the gear, and itís supposed to be clear at quittiní time.
And one more thing. I started on kind of a big bike, and I donít have any regrets. There hasnít been a single time Iíve felt like I should have gotten something smaller to learn on. A couple of my friends tried to talk me out of buying a 1500, the dealer expressed concern that I was getting too large of a first bike, and the guy that delivered the bike said a prayer over me and the bike when I told him I hadnít ridden before. Iím glad I didnít let them talk me out of the bike I chose.
Yeah. I guess I just felt like sharing.
2006 1500 Classic
21" Memphis Fats
Mutazu DMY Trunk
Mutazu LN Hardbags
Mustang Wide Vintage Solo Seat