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Learning to Ride

So let’s step back in time to the decision to learn to ride…

Like I said in my first post, I always knew I wanted to learn to ride a motorcycle.  Patrick and I had talked about it off and on for a few years, but never really did anything about it.  We had an anniversary coming up and I suggested that a Learn to Ride class might be a fun way to celebrate.  I mean, going out to dinner is great and all, but we can do that any night of the week!

Day 1 - Learning to ride

So we scheduled our course for Labor day weekend 2009.  Friday night we went in for the classroom portion and passed the written test with flying colors.  Saturday morning we showed up with the required attire and, needless to say, I was both excited and more than a little bit nervous.  But our instructors eased us into it and soon enough we were riding and learning and having fun!  Well, at least some of us were.  There was a girl in our course that continually dropped the bike every time she would come to a stop.  After a while, they did pull her aside and asked her to re-schedule and return again to take day one over again. (It’s a good reminder to go at your own pace!)

Day one went off without a hitch and both Patrick and I were excited and pumped for day two.  Little did we know what day two had in store for us…

My Moto Lesson: What have you always meant to do, wanted to do?  What are you waiting for?  As my friend Ann Evanston said yesterday: “Cut the crap that’s holding you back and make something happen today!”






Postscript:
Learning to ride can seem a bit out of reach if you don’t know anyone who rides and you don’t have access to a bike, especially if you’ve never ridden before.  Patrick had ridden a little when he was in college and I had ridden a scooter in high school, but that didn’t really give either one of us very much confidence.  So with the gift of google, we looked into it further and found out they have classes that you can take where they even provide the bikes.  Recently I learned that there is some controversy about the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, but I thought they provided a great service: I could learn the basic skills I needed to ride, gain some much needed confidence and borrow someones equipment.

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GOPRO for my MOTO!

My new GO PRO camera arrived today.  So excited!  I feel like a kid at Christmas.

At Christmas I got a Flip camera just because I needed some sort of video camera.  Then in March when I was heading on my first SOLO roadtrip, I got the crazy idea to document some of the trip.  (I’d been on plenty of solo day trips, but Charleston to Atlanta just seemed like a bigger deal!)  When I was in Atlanta I bought a gorillapod and wrapped it around my handle bars to get some footage.  It was fun but I wasn’t really sure it was very safe because it was a bit of a distraction.  My husband and I have made a couple of moto videos with the flip, and then we discovered the GO PRO!  We’re headed to the mountains this weekend for memorial day, so I’m sure I’ll have something fun to show you next week. Did I mention that I’m SO excited!

For now I’ll just show you some footage from my first video venture (flip style) and my first SOLO MOTO road trip – a weekend in Atlanta! (I just like saying that… solo moto.)

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2011 in road trip, video

 

yes, girls ride motorcycles too!

i’ve always wanted to learn how to ride a motorcycle!  i think i talked about it for years.  and one day i finally decided it was time.  i signed up for a weekend course run by the motorcycle safety foundation (which i highly recommend), and i was on my way to becoming a rider. (there’s a longer story about my weekend, but i’ll save that for another post.)

clearly i had not followed this idea through to it’s logical conclusion.  i hadn’t really thought about what would happen after that weekend.  why had it escaped me that once i finished the course, i would want to practice these new found riding skills?  but that requires owning a motorcycle, of course!

patrick & little d riding princess

so my husband set off to purchase a used bike that we wouldn’t be afraid to ride (or drop).  and we ended up with a fantastic 1983 BMW r65.

patrick and i shared “princess” for a while until we felt like our skills were stronger.  and eventually we wanted something with more power and faster acceleration.  and i wanted something new and shiny.

thruxton test drive

i had been drooling over the new triumph thruxtons.  they have done a great job bringing the old school cafe racer style into a beautiful contemporary new bike.  so we went to a great demo event at our local dealer, ace motorsports, in concord, ca.  triumph brought many of the bikes in their fleet and i got a chance to ride quite a few different models that day.  WOWthat was fun.  if you’ve never been to a demo day… i highly recommend it.  it’s a blast!  but at the end of the day we were still just a one bike family.

fast forward 6 months… we relocated to charleston, sc; i turned the big 4-O; and one day we decide to go take a look at our local triumph dealer, american biker.  we meet, we greet, we chat, we drool.  i happen to drop into the conversation that my dream bike is the special edition thruxton. (the one that’s nearly impossible to get). and then just when we had almost escaped the dealership, i heard the words that made my heart skip a beat… i think i might be able to get my hands on one. WHAT?!?!

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2011 in uncatagorized