For the past year, I would often think about getting back into motorcycling. but didn’t know if I wanted to invest in another one or not. I grew up riding my cousins dirt bike a little bit, but mostly sat on the back. My mom would never let me buy a motorcycle, but she did let me get a moped. I absolutely loved it and rode it every chance I got! Fast forward through time when I turned forty something,
I decided to take a MSF course and fulfill a dream of owning my own motorcycle. My first bike was a Yamaha Virago 250. I would ride it every chance I got, but I would always dream of owning an adventure type bike. I ended up selling my Virago when a tree fell on the roof of our house, and I wanted to contribute to the fund for the new roof. The insurance ended up covering most of it, so in hindsight, I could have kept it. I think I was at the point of thinking that I had fulfilled my dream of owning a motorcycle and I needed to focus on other things in life.
Well, the itch never went away. A few years passed by, and I still would longingly look at adventure bikes and want one. My husband owns a Triumph Street Triple, and I would go out in the garage and sit on it and wonder what it would be like to ride again. I decided the only way I would know for sure if I wanted to ride again was to take another MSF course. There was no way I would get back on a motorcycle again after not riding or the past few years. I guess you could say that I was scared a little bit. Scared that I couldn’t remember the simple things of riding.
I signed up for a class at a local community college and took the course. It didn’t take long after class started that I knew I had to ride again, and my desire to ride still burned deeply. I dreaded having to do some of the tests, like the figure 8’s, but I did them and never even put my foot down during the test. I passed the course again with flying colors, and as soon as I got back, I told my husband that he just had to let me ride his Triumph until I could find a bike of my own, and he did. He loves me! 🙂
I looked high, and I looked low for a good used bike. Part of me was considering a Versys 300 because it was one of my dream bikes, well, a 650 Versys, because the 300 didn’t exist a few years ago. There were no used ones to be found because they are so new, and I am not ready to buy a new bike yet. Finally, I found one! I decided to purchase a black 2015 Honda NC 700X, and I love it. I wanted a bike with color, but this bike fits me perfectly and I don’t even mind that it is black. In fact, I named her Raven.
Last weekend, my husband took me on a ride over a couple of mountains to get me used to some gentle curves, and it was so much fun. I absolutely have fallen in love with riding all over again, and I can’t wait to go on more riding adventures!
You are never too old to fulfill your dreams!