Yay! I got a motorcycle!
One day I was filling the tank on my Jeep Wrangler and the bill was $60!!! YIKES! That is a lot of cabbage! Then it hit me: MOTORCYCLE! The perfect way to save $$$ on gas. Also, it didn’t make sense to me to move all of the metal of the Jeep just to move a tiny person like me. I mean, just a motorcycle ought to accomplish that. Right????
In Connecticut, a Basic Rider Course (BRC) is required to get a Motorcycle Endorsement on one’s driver’s license. The State offers the course in a 2.5 day format for $200. But they would not make any alterations to the format and it wouldn’t work for me with my disabilities, since I can only work for 4 hours and am best in the morning. So, I contacted the private company that offers the BRC, the Motorcycle Safety Training Center of New England, who offer a 2 day format for $265. They also offer private lessons for $800. I spoke with Joe and we negotiated a class that would be over 4 days in the mornings and would take 2 weeks to accomplish. My husband would take it with me to spread the cost out. We really lucked out that our instructor was Tom, who was patient, stern and otherwise wonderful. I would recommend this course to everyone who needs a BRC. Now that I was a “parking lot expert”, the next step was to go to the DMV and get my motorcycle endorsement. Well, that took 3 hours at the Hamden office. But, just like I did in the BRC, I got 100% correct on the test! YAY! Now I was an offical motorcycle rider!
We actually bought my bike on the way home from graduation from the BRC. We stopped at MotorSports Nation, where we were scoping out a 2006 Pearl white Honda Rebel 250 and bought it! She is like new!
I want to be as safe as possible, so I bought top of the line gear:
- Jacket & Pants: Rev’It! Women’s Tornado in silver from Revzilla
- Gloves: Alpinestars Women’s Stella SP2 from Revzilla
- Boots: Alpinestars Women’s Stella Fastlane WP Shoes from Revzilla
I also have some gear that heats up for the Winter. Actually, the cost of gear is more than the cost of the bike by now!
I have a few rides under my belt so far. I bought a 30 pound bag of dog food and a gallon of milk; things I would have needed the Jeep to get, but they went on the bike and home like it was it nothing! The other thing I wanted to use the bike for was to go swimming up at the high school, and that is means taking a highway a few exits. So, I tried that and it was truly terrifying! But I suppose I will get used to it. YIKES! I hope so!
So, if you see me zipping by in white, do wave!