Tuesday, May 24, 2011
The Joys of Learning to Ride - Like Riding a Bicycle
If how terrible I am at riding a bicycle is any premonition of how well I'll ride a motorcycle...
As I prepare to be in control of a motorcycle for the first time, I wonder more and more what the best ways are to prepare. I've got my class scheduled; I bought a jacket and am shopping for my other riding gear. I've read articles and blogs about learning to ride and beginner tips. But I still feel super unprepared. I think a big fear is if how horrible I am at riding a bicycle is some sort of sign of how well I'll ride a motorcycle.
I was nine when I learned how to ride a bicycle. I'm not sure what the average age is that kids these days learn how to ride bicycles but I have a feeling that it's a heck of a lot earlier than nine years old. And even then, I may have learned how to ride, but I never actually rode a bicycle again until I was nineteen and forced to mountain bike through the hills of Alaska on a family vacation. Needless to say, getting on a bicycle after so long only further proved how absolutely terrible I really am at it as I shakily rode my way through the trail.
Now here I am, about to get on a two-wheeled vehicle with an extremely complicated engine system that's going to go a whole lot faster than my little legs could ever pedal me on a bicycle. Intimidating? You bet it is. So I may or may not have expressed my fears to a few close friends and ended up finding out the oddest thing. One of my friends rides daily. Actually, she doesn't even own a car. And on top of that, she's one of the greatest motorcycle riders that I've ever met. Fun fact: she's absolutely treacherous on a bicycle. No one would have ever guessed it until a small group of my friends decided to go for a ride around town on some bicycles and she could hardly go in a straight line much less turn without falling over. Sounds exactly like me!
So does this mean I'll be a motorcycle prodigy? Doubt it. But it does give me some hope that my lack of bicycle skills won't affect my motorcycle riding. But just in case, you'll be able to find me cruising the streets on my bicycle to get some serious practice in before I take my motorcycle class.