|The doggis accompanies us to our parking lot forays and this is her grandstand seat.|
Today was the day for going around cones and becoming better acquainted with the throttle, clutch and gliding. After breakfast we went to Parking lot Nirvana and I practiced figure 8's and slaloming around the cones. I did it! I only put my foot down a couple of times. At first I was muscling the steering with my arms and I was getting tired pretty quick. Then I had an 'ah ha' moment and started working the clutch and gave it a bit of gas I was actually gliding through the turns. It just sort of gels and makes sense what Motorcycle Man is telling me. I went for a rip around the parking lot and Motorcycle Man moved the cones closer together and I didn't even know it. He did that several times and I was manoeuvring around the cones with ease. As with anything involving turns, it is all about look where you want to go. Motorcycle man said I got an A+ for today! I was balancing Lucy and we had motorcycle zen going on. Yeah baby!
|A little nerve wracking the first couple of times around, but in the end piece of cake|
In my pictures you will notice I am sans jacket, I gave in because it was really hot and I was sweltering. That was the first time I have gone without it when riding. (I think it was stressed induced) I have been riding my scooter for 9 months I find I have the balance and lean technique fairly naturally. I start my Novice motorcycle course next Saturday for the next 3 weekends and I am so excited. I will not be taking Lucy to the course, I decided that I would use one of their bikes, I believe they are Honda CBRs 250 & 125's. It will be a different ride compared to Lucy the cruiser. I think you sit more forward on the CBRs. After my cone practice I was given the reward of a ride down Dallas Road along the waterfront. It was a beauty day!
|Round and Round she goes!|
|Motorcycle Man added more cones, but didn't take any pictures.|
It is pretty exhilarating to learn something new and it completely amazes me that I am actually riding a 450 cc bike. Nine months ago I never would have thought I would be doing this, because at the time my little 50 cc vino seemed pretty powerful and almost more than I could handle. I have come a long way since January this year, but I still have a lot to learn and skills to master. It almost feels as natural as breathing.