It has been years since I took my basic rider’s course and earned the motorcycle endorsement on my driver’s license. In fact, I’m not even sure anymore how long ago it was, but I know it has been long enough I do not feel comfortable riding solo.
I’ve done my research and found an organization that is certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, offers the class, and is near my house. That last factor didn’t seem so important until I realized that the weekend classes start at 7 AM. Ugh. I am not a morning person, thanks.
Today I am happy to share that I am officially registered and will be taking (re-taking?) my basic rider’s course on November 5th and 6th. I’m excited and nervous and all kinds of other things too. Other than as pillion, I have not been on a bike since my “incident” in 2001 and that is a little bit intimidating. I know I need this to move forward and push past the fear. I need an instructor to guide me back to that feeling of safety, trust and confidence again. Yes, I have lots of wonderful, caring friends who ride that would be willing and very capable of helping me. But this time I need someone used to dealing with people who may freak out when it comes to actually throwing that leg over and taking control of the bike. Not saying that will happen to me, but just in case! 🙂
This will be my first rider’s class in years, but it surely won’t be my last. I already have my eye on the skills class which provides more practice time to work on the skills learned in the basic class. My goal is to be comfortable enough to test drive my own motorcycle next spring. I’d love to blow right past that on to riding it home, but we will see. I won’t do that until I feel safe and confident on the road again.
So, here I come basic rider’s course – it will be great to be on two wheels again under my own direction!