First ride into the city

New York City is a scary place to ride a motorcycle. The notorious cab drivers, Chinese delivery guys riding the wrong way on bicycles, mini-vans full of religious people, people on their cell phones who should get their licenses revoked, drivers from New Jersey (haha), etc. We rode across the …

Practice practice practice

Jason has been reminding me every day to practice riding. Work has been slow, so I’ve had plenty of time during daylight hours to get on the bike and ride. I’ve been staying in the neighborhood, though, practicing slow turns, counterbalancing, and gunning it to third gear. I only missed …

My first 3-mile ride

Since Jason went straight to the shop to get Georgia, I went to meet him and ride home with him. But the shop’s location is on a busy street, and I wasn’t ready to ride a four-lane street. So, Jason took Georgia to Williamsburg, a familiar neighborhood about 3 miles …

My first weekend riding with a license

Georgia came back from the motorcycle shop, but the guy forgot to inspect it. So, Jason has to take her back on Monday. At least I got to ride her a little bit around the neighborhood. I practiced slow turns and rode her down Belgian block streets while Jason walked …

First weekend with a license :-/

On Thursday, I took my MSF waiver to the New York DMV and got my license. 🙂 I named the bike Georgia. She’s a reddish orange color with black and chrome pipes. Unfortunately, on this first beautiful weekend after getting my license, Georgia was in the shop. 🙁

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation course

I happened to sign up for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s course on the hottest day of the year. Fortunately, the instructor, Bettye Rae Lorenz, is way cool. She did her best to accommodate the class so that we wouldn’t be sweating bullets in the peak sun. Yesterday was the first …