Babes Ride Too

What a wild month it has been so far! It’s been over two weeks since my last post, but don’t worry, I have been running around like crazy and accomplishing some things along the way.

Last weekend I went out of town to take motorcycle lessons!

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Yeah! This girl is certified to ride! And when I get my license renewed it will be ‘M’ Class. Oh yeah! I still have a little bit more practice to go. Our class practiced a lot of low-gear maneuvering. We never had the bikes up to 30 mph. Working at a Harley/Honda/Yamaha shop I will be able to take a used trade-in out for a spin to get a better feel for regular riding before making a purchase.

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If you have any preconceived notion about “bikers” or motorcycle riding, ladies, throw.them.out.the.window. This is a ladies sport too. And after working 3 years here I have a really good basic knowledge of parts and service. I am able to talk to the guys on a different level. Some are surprised I know what I know. I have met some of the most generous, down to earth, and non judgmental people. “All kinds of kinds” as you’ll  hear me say about our customers.

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If you have any interest in riding bikes, please get a hold of your local rider course instructors. This was the biggest confidence boost for me and the friend I went with. The first reason I decided to take a course was from experience in learning from a boyfriend/dad. It usually ends in an argument and often tears. These courses are designed to describe things in a way that a beginner will understand and build gradually. The second reason to take a course is that you often will not need to take the test at the DMV. They will see your certificate and know you have passed the rigorous test that these certified instructors have tested you on. I also liked that it basically prepared you for riding in a wardrobe sense as well. I now have the gloves, boots, and glasses so I’m ready to go whenever! (My own helmet is on its way!)

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Things you will need before beginning: Helmet, long sleeve shirt/jacket, pants, boots that cover the ankle (no high heel), full finger gloves, and eye protection. And an open mind!

I was extremely nervous the whole time. practicing the weaving and slow curves had me very uneasy. And I don’t think that weaving is a thing that you will run into very often, but practicing them allowed us to get a feel for leaning into a turn and pulling on the throttle. you have to have power to get through a turn. Our first reaction is to slow down, but even like on a bicycle, when you are leaning in a curve you must have power for the centrifugal force to happen and pull you through. Accelerate out of the turn right?!

Another thing to note is that these rigorous tests are BEGINNER tests. They have prepared you for them! These classes are not necessarily simple or easy, but they are not difficult either. You MUST apply yourself. If you do that, you will be fine for everything!

This was a New Years resolution item for me. I said ‘YES’ to something and accomplished a new skill! Life is SUCH an adventure! Now… to get back to work on a 10k!!!

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