Dedicated to the women who RIDE THEIR OWN motorcycles
LEARNING TO RIDE MY OWN RIDE
by Ambitious Angela
How I learned to ride my own ride!
I started riding last year. Last February my husband bought me a
Honda VLX 600 and I took the beginner Rider Ed in April 2002. I was a
real virgin as I never drove a stick nor ever rode a motorcycle.
I tried riding the motorcycle before the course but my husband wanted me
to do tight circles and I was scared so I opted to wait. Most of the
people in the beginner class had riding experience and I was the only
true beginner. By Saturday night I had a gut feeling that I was not
going to pass. I got so angry that I got on my motorcycle and started
doing what we did in class; find the area when the clutch catches. I did
this over and over again until I was tired. Back at class on Sunday I
was so nervous, I felt that I needed drugs to calm me down and there
were no drugs. The instructor just yelled at me constantly, telling me I
was doing it wrong.
I was the only one in my class of 12 that failed. I was so humiliated
and angry. I started to take slow rides with my husband. Even though he
asked me to go the speed limit, I did what was comfortable. I chose
rides where the speed limit was 10 to 15 – 25 and stared to build my
confidence. I signed up for the Rider Ed class again in July at a
different location (I did not want the same instructor).
When I showed up for class there was a woman standing at the door, I
asked her if she were my instructor and she said yes… I said out loud
“God must love me”. The instructors were great, they said what they
needed to say and I heard it. I passed the course.
Today I am grateful that I failed the first class and chose to take it
again because I noticed this spring when I went out for my first ride, I
heard those voices, look, lean and roll…. Look where you want to go….all
4 fingers on breaks or throttle not both.
I feel lucky today I have those instincts that are becoming second
nature and they are good habits.
I love riding and riding safety especially. So I ride my own ride, leave
enough space so that I am comfortable. I look forward to a great second
season of riding.
Rubber side down to all new riders.
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