The Joys of Learning to Ride - Part 4
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Joys of Learning to Ride - Part 4

When I saw the Harley-Davidson XR1200X, it was love at first sight.

It's time. I've procrastinated long enough and I've decided on the type of riding I would like to do. I figured that what kind of riding I settle on will affect the best way for me to learn. I want the simple, occasional weekend ride on an extremely loud bike where everyone will hear me coming and I'll be hard to miss.

I've actually grown quite fond of Harley-Davidson's XR1200X. And as I was surfing through their newest models and trying to picture myself on each of them, my ears perked up when I saw that Harley actually offers classes for new riders. I seem to have quite a bit of friends who have managed to be taught how to ride by their friends in an empty parking lot somewhere. Maybe it's because I'm a stickler for the rules but I find getting on a bike without a certified instructor to be a bit nerve wracking. And I've been told that there are tons of classes you can take all over the city that are great for not only teaching you the basics but give you a bike to do it on. And since a new bike is slightly out of my price range, having a loaner will give me something to learn on. And if I'm going to end up riding on a Harley-Davidson, I might as well learn how to ride on one. Something tells me that learning how to ride a Harley and learning how to ride a sport bike is slightly different.

So I checked out the locations and the dates of the open classes. Of course, there's a dealership that offers classes just three miles from my house. Crap. I'm running out of excuses not to actually step up to the plate and learn. Luckily, the next available class isn't until the end of July, just two days after my birthday. Anyone want to buy me a bike for my birthday?

All that's left is actually signing up and throwing down the class fee. Then it's official. I'll be learning to ride. Lord help us all.

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