(Cue harps and angels singing)
Riding season technically began for me April 1st. Here in Victoria we have very mild winters and I could have ridden all winter, but I usually get wimpy come November, mostly due to rain, grey skies and reduced visibility to other drivers. It seems particularly in winter months most motorcyclists become even more invisible to car drivers. But then there is the hint of spring with blossoms and sunny skies and motorcyclists are out en masse tearing up the pavement, fighting for our place on the roads of the concrete jungle. I can almost hear a Tarzan yell in the distance, well not really, more like the sound of a car horn or the deep throaty vibrato of a motorcycle engine as it winds out down the city street.
Off to the local insurance company for renewal and a big ouch to the wallet. For 6 months of insurance with a safe drivers discount it's still $700 give or take - with me doing all the giving and ICBC doing the taking. At this point it's cost me about a $150 for each ride, but then the rides have been priceless because of the moto happiness quotient every adventure brings.
These students who a mere 4 hours into the course were tentative, nervous as hell or the very few who had more bravado than skill learned quickly that motorcycling is a demanding task master, but one that can gloriously induce a state of euphoria or can just as easily create a humbling moment no matter the skill level. As a teacher I want to instill the joy to be found on the back of the bike, but also the responsibility that comes along with it and it is a very fine edge indeed.
passion of their riding future.
I am just as euphoric and giddy as they are! My one student said to me, "I made it into 3rd gear! I was leaning and doing 39 kilometres an hour! Oh my god!" All I could think was if you think 39km/hr was great just wait! There is more much more to discover, it will be thrilling, joy inducing and maybe even a little terrifying at times, but if I have done my job right through mentoring and foundation building, they will be just fine and well equipped to deal with whatever comes their way out on the road.
So is hauling 10 bikes out of a trailer, working in wet cold weather or extremely hot weather and pounding back and forth on hard pavement worth it and fun? YOU BET, I WOULDN'T HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY!
Onwards to day 3 and 4, and 10 new motorcyclist on the road!