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One goal completed!

At today’s class the weather was again very cool, rainy, and windy. Thankfully the rain stopped after an hour or two. Most of the skills that we would be learning today were the skills we would be tested on at the end of the class. We drove around the perimeter to experience riding over 2 x 4s that were laid in four spots. We learned to do a figure eight in a box, a very small box! Out of the eleven in the class only one guy dropped his cycle during this exercise. We also learned to swerve left and right, as well as make a sudden stop. We also reviewed making turns. And then the defining moment came … test time! Yipes. We went one at a time through four different skills. There were a couple of people who had to redo one of the skills. No one fell off or violated any other safety skill that would cause immediate flunking.

In the end all eleven, three of which were women, passed the test! I would highly recommend this course to new riders!  Below is a video highlighting the two day course.

I’ve Been Bitten by the Motorcycle Bug!

Oh my gosh! I’ve been bitten by the motorcycle bug. I learned to ride today and spent five hours on a cycle … in the rain!

The class was through a local technical college and put on my the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. There were eleven of us and most were first time riders. The two instructors did a fantastic job of taking us from no experience or knowledge to being able to shift up to third gear and stop quickly.

There were twelve different motorcycles available to ride. From a small Suzuki GZ 250 to a taller cycle like the Yamaha TW 200. I choose the Yamaha. Being 5’9″ I needed a bit more height than the smaller Suzuki offered. I was comfortable on this bike, except my wet leather gloves would get stuck on the throttle if I wasn’t careful!

This is similar to the cycle I rode today a Yamaha TW 200.

We went through several different training exercises. One of my favorites was the weaving around the cones in a straight line! It was just plain fun. Riding in formation around a large track shifting up to third and back to second was fun too. In the end the instructors said our class did a great job for the first day.

Because of the rain, the pouring rain, I wore a rain suit that still left me a bit soaked and very cold. Some of my younger male classmates showed up looking cool in their wind breakers and jeans, but left sopping wet! No time for fashion today. I even went without lipstick, something I hardly do. In the end the rain was not a problem and has given me the confidence that I could handle it if it happens in the future.

It will be hard to sleep tonight knowing that tomorrow I’ll be learning the skills that I will be tested on for my motorcycle endorsement. Wish me luck! I’m hoping to pass my basic skills test and get the motorcycle endorsement on my driver’s license.

Start Seeing Motorcyles

I’ve seen this sticker on vehicles for years and today I finally found out where you get one – at a Motorcycle Basic Skills class taught by instructors from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation! I spent the evening learning all sorts of things about motorcycling. We went through the manual pictured above, watched videos, and had discussions all to prepare us for getting on motorcycles on Saturday and Sunday morning. The class ended with a fifty question test on the material we reviewed. I passed. One more step closer to my dream.

Start seeing motorcycles because I’m going to be on one soon!

Testing 1, 2, 3, Testing

After picking up the motorcycle manual and flipping through a few pages I quickly realized that this test was not going to be easy! I am pretty clueless when it comes to the rules of the road for motorcycling. I don’t even know which hand has the brake lever and which the clutch. And what is a troddle?! Hard to believe someday I will have a license and cycle. {You’ve been warned. LOL}

I put myself on a deadline to take the permit test. My driver’s license was expiring on my birthday, so I decided to take the test when I went in to renew that. It gave me about six weeks to study up. The manual went every where with me. Any chance I had I read it. I even took it with on vacation!

The day finally arrived to take my test and renew my driver’s license. I showed up before the test center opened and got in line behind a couple of sixteen year olds. When the center opened we each walked in and had to say why we were there. When I said to take the motorcycle permit test the teens glanced over and chuckled. Okay, I don’t look like a typical biker, at least not like the ones we see on TV.

While the kids were waiting for their driving test I was brought over to take the written test. I felt like I was sixteen again and feeling the same pressure that these kids were under to pass! My test was on a computer and the results are given in real time. Awk. That means I’ll know immediately if I passed or failed.

I forgot how many questions there were on the test, but I passed. {It’s my Birthday! It’s my Birthday!} I think I only got one wrong. It was about insurance. I didn’t even remember reading about that sort of thing! The good news is I remembered everything else! In the state of Minnesota holding a motorcycle permit allows you to ride during the day with a helmet and eye protection as long as you stay off the highways. Now I just need to learn how to drive one. That’s coming. I’m going to take a basic training class in the spring. Until then I am legal to drive one!