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New endorsement on my license!

gemidevigemidevi Posts: 510Registered Users
Last week, I took my motorcycle class. It was instructed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (/home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.msf-usa.org%2F" class="Popup), who partakes in motorcycle rider education and training.

So I passed my Motorcycle class. Albeit, I had to take the riding test TWICE! How embarrassing is that! Thursday night was the 'book work' class. We went through the RiderCourse book and answered questions and watched videos and such. Then Saturday and Sunday, we actually got on the bike and learned the basics of riding. Saturday after class, we had the written test (which I passed with a score of 96%). Sunday, after a few hours of more skills training, we had the riding test. I failed, by ONE freakin' point, which surprised me and the instructor! I felt like such a fool...I always under-perform on tests due to my anxiety. The whole weekend I did great. I was so comfortable on my bike and was doing well on the skills they taught us. I was having fun...

But Dan, the nice instructor (there were two), offered to test me again Monday night. He knew I was nervous and pointed it out to me when I completed the last portion of the first test. So he met me at the course last night after work, and we practiced (a lot!) and he setup the course for the test and I passed! So now I have my certificate. All that is left is going to the MVD and getting a new license with my endorsement. Well I also have to get a bike, but soon!

But for a long time, I'll be doing a lot of parking lot riding. I am not ready for the real world yet!

Curlyboy calls me his "Biker Mama". *lol*

So who else is a Biker Chick/Biker Mama!? :)
*disclaimer* spelling, grammatical and psychological errors are for your enjoyment. :)

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  • sariroosariroo Posts: 1,958Registered Users
    Good for you. I did the same last year. I already knew the basics of riding a bike but didn't have any experience actually riding by myself so I took the class. I actually did better than DH on the riding part of the test and he already had a motorcycle license.

    I have a bike to ride but hardly ever get time because I am in school full time but DH is getting a new bike this summer and is convinced we will be riding more then.

    Congrats and enjoy the ride!
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  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Posts: 10,571Registered Users
    Yay for you! My cousin calls them Biker B!tches! ;) :D
    My sis is a biker chick too! Congrats and let us know when you get a bike of your own. I can *totally* picture you cruisin' down the highway in the ABQ sunset! 8)
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  • SigiSigi Posts: 2,379Registered Users
    I know two women who ride "bikes."

    My neighbor has a Harley and a Honda. And a good friend of mine has a crotch rocket.
  • MoppyTMoppyT Posts: 998Registered Users
    Don't feel bad about having to re-takine the test. I passed my first try, but just barely... literally by one point. I wish I had been given the option to do better a second time.

    Happy riding!
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    I don't know whether it's the mother in me or the nurse in me, but I fear for you. When hurling along powered by a motor, we should all have a steel reinforced cage completely surounding us, with a good strong seatbelt, and an airbag. The human body can go fast just fine...it's the sudden stop that's not so safe. I guess I've seen too many who suddenly stopped...
  • StarrwithoutniteStarrwithoutnite Posts: 1,732Registered Users
    I don't know whether it's the mother in me or the nurse in me, but I fear for you. When hurling along powered by a motor, we should all have a steel reinforced cage completely surounding us, with a good strong seatbelt, and an airbag. The human body can go fast just fine...it's the sudden stop that's not so safe. I guess I've seen too many who suddenly stopped...

    My dad was a cop and his way of teaching us that bikes are dangerous was showing us autopsy pictures of bike mortalities..it pretty much stayed with me....

    (but my buddy just bought a Harley and it sounds SO SO SO nice...I almost want one...ssshhh, dont tell)

    COngrats though!!
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    My dad was a cop and his way of teaching us that bikes are dangerous was showing us autopsy pictures of bike mortalities..it pretty much stayed with me....


    I'm sure it did stay with you. I've done my best to scare my kids out of ever riding motorcycles too. When I was a young teenager, I witnessed a motorcycle accident. It was only on a city street, going no more than 25-30 mph. The motorcyclist flew through the air on impact and came down with his head on a curb...he was decapitated. I had nightmares for a long time about that.
  • gemidevigemidevi Posts: 510Registered Users
    I don't know whether it's the mother in me or the nurse in me, but I fear for you. When hurling along powered by a motor, we should all have a steel reinforced cage completely surounding us, with a good strong seatbelt, and an airbag. The human body can go fast just fine...it's the sudden stop that's not so safe. I guess I've seen too many who suddenly stopped...

    My mother is a nurse as well...and trust me, she has taken me to the hospital where she works to introduce me to the survivors of accidents who can no longer function for themselves.

    I know there is a HUGE risk riding a motorcycle. But there is a risk in a car as well. It's how safe you are and how you strategize when your risks are high.

    And one way to reduce the risk for everyone involved is if car drivers also realize they have to share the road with others. Some drivers are so oblivious to others, those on a bike or in a car. Once people get in a car, they feel 'safe', but they fail to realize their impact on others on the road too!

    Taking the Motorcycle Safety class has taught me to be a better and more conscientious driver.
    *disclaimer* spelling, grammatical and psychological errors are for your enjoyment. :)
  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Posts: 10,571Registered Users
    And even though NM doesn't require helmets, you ARE wearing one, right? :!: You'll just have to deal with helmet hair. ;)
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  • gemidevigemidevi Posts: 510Registered Users
    CurliLocks wrote:
    And even though NM doesn't require helmets, you ARE wearing one, right? :!: You'll just have to deal with helmet hair. ;)

    Oh I always wear a helmet! Even though I ride on the back, I always have my helmet on. And I take a bottle of water and olive oil to spritz in the hair when I take the helmet off. Then I flip and the hair is all good! :)

    At the class, it was req'd that we wear helmets and I didn't think it hindered me at all. I was very comfortable with my helmet on.
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  • gggg Posts: 1,865Registered Users
    I love motorcycles. I want to learn to ride and get a bike too! I tried to ride one my ex bf had but I guess it was too big for me. I can't want to learn I loved going out riding with him back in the day.
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  • gggg Posts: 1,865Registered Users
    gemidevi wrote:

    I know there is a HUGE risk riding a motorcycle. But there is a risk in a car as well. It's how safe you are and how you strategize when your risks are high.

    And one way to reduce the risk for everyone involved is if car drivers also realize they have to share the road with others. Some drivers are so oblivious to others, those on a bike or in a car. Once people get in a car, they feel 'safe', but they fail to realize their impact on others on the road too!

    Taking the Motorcycle Safety class has taught me to be a better and more conscientious driver.


    While motorcycle accidents seem more deadly I have seen a lot more car accidents than motorcycle accidents.
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  • mrspoppersmrspoppers Posts: 7,223Registered Users
    Congratulations!

    I got my motorcycle endorsement 4 years ago. The class taught me that I never want to ride a motorcycle. I'm just not cut out for it. :(

    My husband has two Harleys and I pray that some day he'll sell them. I fear for his life when he's riding because drivers are such jackasses.
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    The class taught me that I never want to ride a motorcycle. I'm just not cut out for it.


    Cool. :)
  • MephistoMephisto Posts: 555Registered Users
    I took my class with a female coworker (because her beau just "didn't have the patience" to work with her on riding skills).

    She did fabulously. Went out and brought an appropriate sized bike for herself. After a few months of riding in "real life" - she decided she just couldn't shake the nervousness and fear of the others around her on the road and stopped riding, even sold the bike.

    It's all about how comfortable you feel doing it. We're all so proud of how well she did at the cycle school and she has that endorsement should she ever decide to change her mind! For now, she's happy being the passenger on her beau's bike. She gave it a shot, was successful, decided it wasn't really for her and that's that. No big deal!
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  • mrspoppersmrspoppers Posts: 7,223Registered Users
    Mephisto wrote:
    I took my class with a female coworker (because her beau just "didn't have the patience" to work with her on riding skills).

    She did fabulously. Went out and brought an appropriate sized bike for herself. After a few months of riding in "real life" - she decided she just couldn't shake the nervousness and fear of the others around her on the road and stopped riding, even sold the bike.

    It's all about how comfortable you feel doing it. We're all so proud of how well she did at the cycle school and she has that endorsement should she ever decide to change her mind! For now, she's happy being the passenger on her beau's bike. She gave it a shot, was successful, decided it wasn't really for her and that's that. No big deal!
    That's exactly how I felt. I also think it's important for passengers to know how ride, in case there's an emergency and they're forced to for some reason.
    When are women going to face the fact that they don’t know their own bodies as well as men who have heard things?

    Don Langrick
    Bonsai Culturist