Class is in session for DeAnna as she continues her Rider’s Journey, but she’s learned a lot already. Here are the top three things she’s learned to this point, and it has everything to do with people.
Hogs for Heroes was created with people like Scott Kruchten in mind. Scott, an Iraq veteran who suffered beyond comprehension, still helps other veterans heal, even while he couldn’t enjoy one of his true passions—riding. Hogs for Heroes helped Scott get back on the road.
That was quick. DeAnna is now part of a two-motorcycle family. A 650 Yamaha V Star traveled the 50 miles into her garage, and now she has a riding partner. So, it’s time for a ride, with a surprise in store at the end.
It’s nice to have knowledgeable people in your life to help make decisions. DeAnna has at least three when it comes to motorcycles, and they helped her select her first motorcycle. A 750cc 1985 Honda has a new home.
Buying your first bike is an epic experience. DeAnna shares a few pointers from her ongoing search, including this little nugget. “My husband, for example, has told me I will need a bike with a windshield because getting hit with a June bug (size of a nickel) at 55 mph is not a pleasant experience.”
So I’ve decided I need a practice bike, or—as I’ve tried to sell this to my husband—a short-term loan for my personal safety. It will allow me a few practice runs before my road trip so I feel a bit more comfortable when the big day comes. The irony is, I never would have let him buy one.
I put the Rebel in first gear, slowly released the clutch, and felt the bike begin to move. I was scared to death, but I was rolling. And the bike and I were still upright. I felt a bit like an old dog learning a new trick, but I did it! I successfully completed a basic rider certification class.
Good news, I didn’t fall yesterday—and I’m hoping to keep the bike up again today. I learned how to shift, to corner. How to safely start the bike. How to safely dismount. So it was a good day. It’s definitely not as easy as I thought it was going to be. It’s been a learning experience.
Closed-toe boots. Check. Eye protection. Check. Gloves. Check. Nerves. Check. Coffee. CHECK! Yes, it appears I’m ready for the first day of my basic rider course. Pass, and I get my license. Here’s hoping my dad watches over me and helps me through this class so I can continue my crazy adventure!
Being a beginner, DeAnna turned to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation—a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting motorcycle safety—for help learning to ride. She found several class options, including some for experienced riders. Learn more in this installment of A Rider’s Journey.
Meet DeAnna, a thirtysomething married, working mother of two boys who’s embarking on a journey to recreate her father’s last ride. DeAnna is the newest member of Dairyland Cycle, and needs first to learn how to ride. Join her—from beginning to end—as she takes A Rider’s Journey.
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