A Rider’s Journey: This is the sixth in a series of blog posts by DeAnna DeCaluwe about her journey to recreate her father’s last ride.
I’m not going to lie—I still have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to motorcycles. Lucky for me, I have some pretty incredible people helping me through this crazy adventure of learning to ride a motorcycle, including my husband and my two “bike guys.”
Bike guy No. 1, aka Zac, has been riding forever. His love of motorcycles and handy knowledge of repairing and fixing motorcycles has been extremely helpful. For every bike I have looked at, Zac has given sound advice on specific points to look for, what to be careful of, and thoughts of what he would offer given the bike’s condition.
Bike guy No. 2, aka Uncle Jerry, is also a seasoned rider—and my late father’s brother. Uncle Jerry was the one who found the bike we ultimately purchased. He was there with us through the entire purchasing process—including a rather lengthy wait at the DMV to change the title.
When Uncle Jerry sent me the Craigslist posting for the motorcycle, my husband, bike guy No. 1, and I thought we should give the bike a closer look. Uncle Jerry called the owner and arranged for us to meet and see if the bike would be a good fit.
In short, we all loved the bike, so my husband and I bought it. It’s narrow design and foot control placement were perfectly aligned with what I was looking for. It has a back seat and a windshield, which were mandatory components in what we were looking for. It’s a 750cc, so it’s a bit bigger than I initially thought I wanted, but the weight and design actually turned out to be a great fit for me. And to top it all off, it’s a 1985 Honda, which is not only a classic, but the brand that my dad used to drive.
All in all, I’m happy with the purchase and need to thank my husband and my bike guys immensely for all the time and effort they put in to finding something that would be a great fit for me. I truly appreciate all of their advice and support through this process.
DeAnna DeCaluwe, a married mother of two boys, is the newest member of the Dairyland Cycle family. To recreate her father’s last ride, DeAnna is learning to ride this summer. Join her as she takes a rider’s journey.