Sunday, July 15, 2012

Beginning at last

So this is my maiden voyage into the Blogesphere...I've been wanting to do this for a long time...I am a newbie to the world of scooters, but I am most enthusiastic about my future in this world!! I have been riding as a full time passenger on my husband's 2 Yamaha V-Maxes for almost 20 years and we LOVE riding together down back country roads around where we live in N. Central Texas, but we were both feeling that it was time for me to get my own ride! I took the MSF Motorcycle Basic Safety Class on May 19-20 and passed riding a scooter that they provided ('03 Honda Metropolitan 50 cc). I had never ridden any two-wheeled motorized vehicle ever in 33 years of driving, so I was glad they provided a scoot and that it was a small one!

Two days later, we found an '07 Honda Met at a garage sale around the corner frm our house and brought it home for me to practice on (I named it Lil Blue!). I took the written test for my Texas motorcycle license endorsement on May 27 and passed that too! Two days later, my husband left for a solo vacation to Missouri, but made a stop at his favorite motorcycle shop outside of Little Rock, AR and bought me a 2012 Suzuki Burgman 650 Executive scooter (aka as a step-through motorcycle with an automatic transmission!) He didn't tell me he was going to purchase anything like that on this trip, so that when he pulled into the driveway later that week, with a U-haul trailer that he did NOT leave town with, his backstory was that he brought back furniture from his mom. I didn't think anymore about it until he asked me if I wanted to see some baby photos of him from his mom! He opened up the U-haul, and there was this shiny scooter that was all mine!!!! Sneaky pete!! He pulled it off!! I've named the Burgman "The Beast" because it is big and heavy and there's quite a difference between how the Beast handles and how Lil Blue maneuvers. My hubby has been riding motorcycles for 40 years and he is my rider coach!! We are spending a great deal of time in the parking lot of the local high school getting me acquainted with my Beast before we feel like I'll be safe on the city streets or even the back country roads. I am nervous and confident at the same time. I know I can conquer the Beast, but it's just going to take time. Lil' Blue can only go a top speed of 40 mph (the Beast can do 90 +) and because we live in the country, there are only certain roads that have a speed limit slow enough to ride Lil' Blue on, but I still enjoy getting out as much as I much for my maiden blogging voyage! I'm planning on doing much more of this, but for tonight, it needs to be lights out!! Til the next time...:o)

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