This past Friday I rode my motorcycle to work for the first time. I figured it would be a good day since a lot of people were taking off work due to the long weekend. As I was getting ready in the morning I kept debating – “should I do it? Or just wait?” Wait for what exactly? So I did it, I got on my bike and headed for the road. When I got the end of the driveway in the apartment complex, I chickened out again – “oh my gosh, I can’t do this!! Ok, calm down, I can do this.”
And off I went, into the wild crazy world of traffic. I only stalled once on the way, and I kept thinking, “I can still turn around.” But I didn’t. I went all the way to work, so proud of myself.
Because my motorcycle is brand new there is a break-in period, where I can’t go over 4000 rpm for the first 500 miles, which is about 35 – 40 miles per hour, and feels very slow. I can’t go on the freeway, so I took the road beside the freeway to work. And the speed limit there is 45 – 50. Needless to say, I had a few cars stuck behind me, which I gladly let pass. At this rate it’s going to take forever to get to the 500 mile mark!
Riding to work was good though, by the time I got home I was much better at shifting, and how else am I going to improve other than riding it? And I have to say, I LOVE riding it. It’s awesome – fun, feels great, and is something to perfect. I’m very glad I bought my motorcycle.