Growing up, I loved fast things. While I definitely loved the original Star Wars movie, Smokey and the Bandit was a much bigger movie for me at the end of the 1970s and CHiPs was one of my favorite shows (I wanted to be Poncho playing on big wheels up and down my street). At the time, I just knew I was going to have fast cars and motorcycles when I grew up. The only problem was that while I did end up with some sporty cars, the big wheels that transformed into bicycles never transformed into motorcycles.
In the years leading up to 2017, I would occasionally get an itch to get a motorcycle.
Every time, three things happened:
- No classes were available right away (did I mention I’m not a patient person?)
- I convinced myself that I would not ride enough
- (corollary) I convinced myself it would be a waste of money
Then, in August 2017, four amazing things aligned:
- An MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation) training course was available right away that weekend and the next
- I was getting a bonus from work about the same time
- I convinced myself to try something new
- (bonus) My wife said “ok”
And thus, on August 18, 19, and 20 I spent time in the classroom and in the parking lot learning how to ride a motorcycle.