So on Thursday March27th “I was looking out my window” (cheers Grizz) and although the temperature was less than ideal the roads looked very dry. I must admit there was a large amount of sandy areas, and was very determined to avoid these. With that said I rolled my bike out of my garage and started it up. I let the bike warm up about 10 minutes or so, the bike itself was pleading it was ready, it responded with nice crisp throttle rolls.
I used the time while the bike was warming up to GEAR UP, I must admit I was a little nervous, not about getting hurt, but rather possibly dropping my bike and being upset at myself for being an idiot So for the first 20 minutes or so I just rode around a 2 block radius of my house, just getting the feel, The only bike I had ridden really was the little Honda CBR125 used at the Humber course. So my Honda Shadow 500 was a very new and different experience compared to the other. After I was comfortable with the handling and controls I ventured a little further from home, This is when I realized that @ 60 kph the wind is stronger than I had anticipated, so back home I went.
I thought to myself that was F U N ….. Hmmm. So I went upstairs and put on a pair of sweatpants on underneath my jeans. Don’t get me wrong I’m not suggesting track pants & jeans are a good alternative to proper weather riding gear, but I just had to get a few more klicks in before putting my bike back in the garage.
Thinking about it some more I thought “Oh, I know, I have to go order a new set of contact lenses.” So I planned my route to try avoiding the higher traffic areas, It was going to be about 15 km each way One of my first observations upon arriving at the plaza was how BIG the parking spaces were, backing my bike into a spot I thought to myself “this bike is a lot easier to park than my SUV”. I took a much larger street for my ride home and @ 4 pm it was quite busy. Shortly after getting underway it began to SNOW!, luckily it was just some light flurries and was not enough to even change the colour of the road; I felt much better being on DRY roads. The ride home was very straight, but some good practice in heavier traffic. So all in all I put just over 50 kms for my first ride ever on public roads. It felt AWESOME getting that monkey off my back
Aces N Eights
Stay tuned for my next post:
My First Ride - Things I did well, and things I need to work on
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My goal is to consistently provide my readers with an informative, and entertaining perspective on motorcycles & motorcycle riding.
Let me start off with a little background about myself.
I was born and raised in Toronto Ontario, and I now reside in Brampton Ontario with my wife and two children.
Prior to taking the Motorcycle Safety Course, my only experience riding a motorcycle was when I was 13. Two weekends one summer I rode my cousins Kawasaki KE100 Enduro at a small dirt track just outside of Acton Ontario. I was so unskilled at the time that whenever it was my turn to ride my cousins bike, I had him meet me at a low hill 2 feet high with a flat spot, reason being I wasn’t able to use the clutch properly and needed a rolling start to prevent stalling the bike, pathetic I know. But hey I grew up in downtown Toronto, and there really wasn’t much in the way of places to ride a motorbike for a 13 year old.
Jump ahead to July 27th 2013, the day before my 45th birthday I decided to go take my M1 written test. I passed the written test and now had 90 days to prove myself and procure my M2 license. I enrolled in the Gearing Up Motorcycle Safety course offered at Humber College. Unlike most of the people there I didn’t even own a motorcycle, but everyone was going to be riding the same bikes regardless. It was a Honda CBR125 with a whopping 13 HP engine, ok you can stop laughing now.
Anyway the course and test were pretty difficult for a “first time rider”. I’m proud to say that out of 26 people that enrolled in the course only 7 people passed, and knock on wood, I was one of them. Then the issue became … how and where am I going to get a motorcycle to ride. I started scouring the local AutoTrader.ca and Kijiji.ca looking for a cheap first ride. I didn’t want a sport bike like the one I had used for the safety course, I was drawn to the Cruiser style of motorcycles, lets face it I’m 45 and have no interest in wheelies or stoppies or burn outs or any of that silly stuff (don't get me wrong watching some of that stuff on Youtube is cool), I just want to get out on the road and cruise.
So with a very limited budget in mind I set out looking for an older Japanese Motorcycle, either a standard or cruiser style. I looked over a few used bikes at various Dealerships, and a few private sales. I finally pulled the trigger and purchased my first motorcycle January 31st 2014.
I’m now the proud owner of a 1985 Honda Shadow VT500C, the reason I picked up this particular bike was due to it’s condition. For a 29 year old bike this thing is in great shape, wish I could say the same
So here it is March 7, 2014 and Old Man Winter is playing a nasty game of “lets see how long before Aces goes nuts”. I really only have myself to blame for all the snow, seeing as how I sold my snowblower back in October. You know, Karma has a way of biting you in the ass.
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