3.09.2009

Learning to Ride...

This is what I'm learning to ride. A 1986 Yamaha Virago 700. This past September I told hubby that he could get another motorcycle if he would teach me to ride. What can I say I have control issues and have never been overly comfortable being on the back.

We spent a month of so working on it some and then it got cold. He put gas in it this weekend and got it running. The plan is that I will keep practicing on this bike and then I am going to go take a Motorcycle Safety Foundation riding course sometime this year. Hubby thinks I will be able to just study the book and practice on the bike we have and then take the tests at DMV without any problems.

I see lots of women riders all the time and recently found out about a women's riding group here local. We will have to see how it works out. I still have a good deal of fear about this new adventure. Hubby tells me that is good because that will make me a more alert rider, but I feel like it is also getting in the way of me feeling 100% comfortable too. See I have never really done anything that could be considered dangerous in my life. At 41 and with 2 kids it is hard to just let go.

4 comments:

  1. Best of luck, growing up on a farm, I did my fair share of m/bike riding, but on the open road it is a whole different story!

    :) Marcia

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  2. Last summer I bought a moped scooter. Not nearly the bike you are learning on but it was a stretch for me too. I really loved it. My heart was broken when my husband took it and stored it for the winter. I can hardly wait to get it out again this spring. And by the way, I am a safe sally too and I am 56.

    a SBS4 friend
    Linda

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  3. Hopefully the weather will warm up for you so you can get right back on it. Once you get going you'll want to spend most of your time riding. I hope to get out this weekend, it should be in the 70's here in Colorado Springs. ;)

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  4. I grew up riding motorcycles and then went through one of the motorcycle safety riding courses with my husband so he could learn how to ride. I have to agree with your husband, once you know how to ride, the course is not very helpful. They won't even let you get out of first gear. In fact, I got in trouble for shifting. Can you believe that? Study the book and practice what you know will be on the test and you'll do fine.

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