Learning to Ride

24 May

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!”

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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