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Re: Why I ride

#21 Unread post by MmeMagpie » Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:05 pm

Why not get your endorsement by passing the MSF class? Quick, easy, and totally worth whatever you have to pay for the class.
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Re: Why I ride

#22 Unread post by MaeBe43 » Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:12 am

Yes indeed. The class. :rant: I took it 4 years ago. When I was married for a week. (literally). We were going to ride together after I learned how, blah blah blah. It's a three day course. The morning of day three after Mr. Wonderful and I had been up till 4:00 AM arguing (again) I called the school and said I needed to reschedule. Three day course. 350.00. They said you can't reschedule. I said I was angry and tired and in the safety part (day 1) it said don't ride angry, or tired. They said we need a 24 hour notice. I said I wasn't angry and tired 24 hours ago.

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Re: Why I ride

#23 Unread post by MaeBe43 » Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:56 am

I decided to take the safety class (and finish it this time). It starts Friday. This bypasses the riding test at the DMV. They give you a test at the school and it gives you an M1 if you pass. This way when I show up in court :banging: for the speeding ticket, I'll have it. I'll also have it for all the obvious reasons you need one!

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Re: Why I ride

#24 Unread post by funride » Thu Mar 21, 2013 10:29 am

Hello everyone,

I just found this forum today and I really like it so far. I've been riding since August 2010. My first bike was a 2011 Harley Davidson Sportster Super Low and I loved that bike. However, I found that for long distance riding my tail bone and that seat did not get along. So after about 9 months and 4400 miles I traded it in for a 2011 Harley Road King. I had to do some adjusting to it but now it's perfect. I absolutely love riding. :mrgreen: I am a member of our local HOG chapter so I get plenty of rides in when I can. For me, there is nothing better than taking off for a nice ride in the country! It's a really awesome way to decompress and rejuvenate!
I look forward to reading more about your experiences and hopefully I can add some fun stuff as well!!
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Re: Why I ride

#25 Unread post by MaeBe43 » Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:04 pm

Welcome Sabrina!
Nice to have you here. I love the title they gave you. Tricycle Squid. When I get older maybe I inherit that too!
Where are you located if you mind me asking? I'm in the East Bay California. (San Jose San Fran)

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#26 Unread post by funride » Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:32 pm

I'm in the Richmond, VA area. We have some nice riding roads around here. My goals is though to see the U.S.!
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#27 Unread post by MmeMagpie » Thu Mar 21, 2013 1:16 pm

I loved riding out to the mountains when I lived in Norfolk. It's how I'd get my fall color fix :) And the Jamestown-Scotland ferry was, by far, the best way to cross the James River (not to mention a stop at the Surry House for those amazing fries).
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Re: Why I ride

#28 Unread post by MaeBe43 » Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:04 am

Good morning everyone. Thought I should update here and check in. I took the MSC and the first week there was 4 in my group. 2 had never ridden, one was a young chick small like me. Everyone passed but me. 21 points. 20 is a pass. :baby: I did the walk of shame off the practice pad, got on my bike and went home. BUMMER! I waited a couple of days and called the school back and was able to come back the next weekend on stand by. I chose to only redo the last day of practice which is followed by the test. There were 7 in my group this time and I got an 11!! I passed. The next day I was running the whole scenario through my head, like for example how well a couple of the young guys in my group the second week did. One guy got a zero. Like a perfect score. It occurred to me at that moment that when I was a kid there was about a 6 month period when I lived in Washington State where I actually had a bicycle. That's it. In Sweden then Alaska I didn't ride bicycles. So that whole looking all the way behind you to start a UTurn was like OH HELL NO! :scared: Why would I want to look the opposite direction of where I'm going? On a motorcycle? The course was awesome. So different from the first time I mentioned before. I will be looking into taking another course for furthering my riding techniques when time and money allow. Now I can go on the freeway with confidence. At least concerning that CHP guy that pulled me over.....

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#29 Unread post by blues2cruise » Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:28 am

Glad to hear you passed and equally glad to hear you plan to continue working on your skills.

Don't worry about not passing the first time. A lot of people don't pass the first time.

Have fun and take care out there on the highways.
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Re: Why I ride

#30 Unread post by Hanson » Tue Apr 16, 2013 1:43 pm

Wow... two ladies, one a bit on the wild side and flirting with the outer edges of the legal envelope, and the other, a professional driver and a motorcycle instructor, continually exercising prudent restraint well within that same envelope. This will likely be entertaining and educational.
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#31 Unread post by blues2cruise » Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:09 pm

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#32 Unread post by Loonette » Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:54 am

Welcome newcomers!! Remember to spend less time on the freeways BECAUSE it's too easy. Straight-aways, steady speed, gentle curves - they don't do much to challenge your skills. What you want to focus on are the quiet streets and country roads where you can practice slow maneuvers, rapid (NOT panic) braking, clutch/rear brake work on the tight, slow turns. And yes, even the dreaded U-turns. Practice, practice, practice.

Why I ride... over the past 9 years, riding has become a sort of psycho therapy for me. I don't have a lot of free time, and I can't imagine a better way to spend it. In a couple of years, both of my kids will be out of high school (something I struggle with a lot these days). Although I will miss them being in my daily life, I look forward to my husband and me getting out on some nice moto trips together. The way it's been for the past several years is we either take short, day trips together or longer, weekend type trips individually.

Enjoy the SV650 - a good friend of mine has had hers for a few years and just loves it. I think she wants to trade up to the 1000 at some point. Be safe, be bold, and have fun!!

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#33 Unread post by madjak30 » Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:31 am

I had a dirt bike as a kid from 9 to 13 and always wanted to ride a street bike, but here in Canada (Alberta especially) a bike is a seasonal toy. So from the age of 16 until 39, I could only dream about riding. At best it's a 8 month season, some years only 5. So when I was younger, economics kept me from getting into it...then four months before my 40th birthday, I decided it was time. I told my wife and signed up for the course. (best investment ever!) The moment I fired up the bike and started riding in the course, I knew this was for me.

Riding is just such a pure joy, all your troubles melt away as soon as you fire up the bike and put on the helmet...I've had it described as the closest thing to flying that you can experience, and having never been a pilot I'd have to just believe them (although my buddy is just getting his license & is a pilot for WestJet, so I'll ask him once he's on the road) Even the process of putting on the riding gear puts a smile on my face. I don't think there is such a thing as a bad day riding!

I ride to escape my everyday headaches and to feel alive. I like the fact that there is no radio (I wear ear plugs), no phone, no distractions. You are out in the wind, feeling the hot & cool pockets of air, smelling the trees & flowers as you go by...all the things you don't get when you are in a car. Yes, getting caught out in a heavy rain or a hail storm sucks...but I still enjoy being out there, even if I'm soaked & cold & being beaten on by hail...every ride is an experience and I just can't see me not having that...so yeah, I guess I live to ride!

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#34 Unread post by cargarl » Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:54 am

Wow you are a real model for us I have always wondered how long I will ride my bike and i just started 4 years now.. I am 25 and thought i would have to stop by the time I am 30! Thanks for giving us some spirit to do it longer!!

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#35 Unread post by blues2cruise » Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:31 pm

cargarl wrote:Wow you are a real model for us I have always wondered how long I will ride my bike and i just started 4 years now.. I am 25 and thought i would have to stop by the time I am 30! Thanks for giving us some spirit to do it longer!!
Some people ride well into their 60's and 70's and some beyond.

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#36 Unread post by MaeBe43 » Wed May 15, 2013 9:28 am

It's me again. I got a weird post this morning from this site, saying it was a "private message". Someone saying it was nice to meet me even though I have no idea who they are and asking if I want to be friends then mentioning some biker dating site? :ermm: almost a little creepy? Maybe it's just me.
Anyway, finally couldn't handle my drunk boss and walked out after 8 years. Why am I bringing this up here? Because I am selling my place and moving to Idaho! Northern Idaho to be exact. The one thing that makes me sad about this decision is riding. The best part about California now that I started riding motorcycles is of course the weather and the fact that I can pretty much ride year round. This is not the case up there. I AM looking at a house however with a dock and access to a lake that appears to be pretty private. In the photos of this place I don't see any neighbors to speak of. So I thought maybe I could get some chains and spin broadees (that's what we called them in Alaska, better known as doughnuts) on the lake in the wintertime! ha

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#37 Unread post by jstark47 » Wed May 15, 2013 5:54 pm

MaeBe43 wrote:It's me again. I got a weird post this morning from this site, saying it was a "private message". Someone saying it was nice to meet me even though I have no idea who they are and asking if I want to be friends then mentioning some biker dating site? :ermm: almost a little creepy? Maybe it's just me.
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#38 Unread post by blues2cruise » Fri May 17, 2013 10:09 pm

It seems that that spammers hit about 50 inboxes. Mike managed to remove most before we even knew about it. That account has been banned now.
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#39 Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Sat Aug 31, 2013 4:24 pm

Idaho I'll be.. I always thought Idaho was a tax write off for the gubamint :D I went half way round the world in the Army and never met anybody from Idaho... now on TMW I know not just 1 but 2 thats right 2 folks who now live there!!!! Well turn the lights off when ya leave please :wink:
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#40 Unread post by MaeBe43 » Sun Sep 01, 2013 9:37 am

Update. I did sell my place and am packing up my truck, two bikes and renting a Penske truck that a friends gonna drive up and I'm on my way. I was up in Idaho a couple of weeks ago to find a place to buy (this is only the second time I've been there. Once 5 years ago I drove through Coeur d'Alene) and of course August is a great month to go see what Idaho doesn't look like 9 months out of the year! Anyway, unlike yourself who does know one other person in Idaho, I don't know anyone there. I do know one person actually, my Realtor.
Not sure what you meant by we'll turn the light off. Is that a backwards reference to Motel 6?

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