|Our bike family - my 50cc Yamaha Vino 'Vixen' & Motorcycle Man's ride 'Monster'|
I have hit the first year mark in my scooter/motorcycle journey, which began January 21st, 2011. It has certainly been a wonderful year full of ups and downs, highs and some very low 2 wheeled vehicle points. I marked my 1 year anniversary by going to the Vancouver motorcycle show with some new motorcycle friends. I also met my fellow motoblogger Bob and it was a great! Wow what a journey it has been so far in the space of 1 year I went from my Vino 50cc scooter to novice & traffic motorcycle course with my Honda 450cc and finally to my newest ride my VT500C. I have had 3 bikes in the span of 1 year! I am not sure how many other people can say the same. I used to be so content riding on the back of my hubbies bike that I had no desire to possess a motorcycle license, I had given it passing thoughts over the last 28 years, but that was about it. After catching the scooter bug and then motorcycling bug I don't know why I waited so long.
When I think back about the whole process it was pretty daunting. It's funny when you doubt yourself sometimes it takes the belief of others who love you to pull you through and make you think "Yup maybe I can do this." Some of the most vivid memories I have of this journey is when I finally figured out the friction zone and that it was my best friend and it wasn't a matter of speed or throttle. It really meant something when I heard my instructor yell "Well done!" after I finished manoeuvring around the dreaded cones. I have to tell you I hate those orange pylons from hell, I swear that the devil created them to torment newb motorcyclists. I remember taking my MSA test and being so nervous, I am not sure why, because I had done all of the exercises now they were just in a sequence. I was placed in the second position out of my ten classmates, I guess my instructor new I needed to get it over with. When I was finished I hugged the MSA instructor, who was a little shocked, I guess that doesn't happen everyday. The next biggest thing was taking the actual road test, which stared out to be a gong show because my license had fallen out of my coat pocket when I put the jacket on and it was sitting on the kitchen floor. Motorcycle Man came to the rescue and brought it out to me and then off I went. I had trouble with the Honda Rebel I was using for the test, it wouldn't warm up and then came the traffic standstill that happened and I was almost late for the test. During the road test one of the mirrors came loose and the examiner couldn't figure out why I was pulling over. I have to tell you I almost parked the bike and walked away. The next best memory of the past year was when Motorcycle Man went riding with me and said "Welcome to the club" I was so happy, we then continued on and rode some wicked twisties. I have to say that twisties are my favorite thing next to eating some of Motorcycle Daughter's fabulous baked treats.
I have been commuting for an entire year on the scooter or motorcycle and it has been great most of the time. I have driven in all kinds of weather from scorching heat to freezing cold to torrential rain. I have found the key to success in motocommuting is good gear. If you are can adapt your gear to the various weather scenarios you can successfully commute. I bought 10 bus tickets for those iffy days and downloaded a schedule, I have 8 tickets left, not bad considering I commuted for a year and through winter. I can see spring on the horizon and I am dreaming of motorcycles trips and am excited to participate in the International Female Ride day on Friday May 4th. I am getting together with a group of ladies and we are going riding! For more information on International Female Ride day go to www.motoress.com It doesn't matter what you ride, just get out there and ride!