Join Date: Sep 2019
Location: Eastern North America - mainly Florida
From zero bike exp to a VTX1800
At 57 years old, I completed the 2-day course for a Virginia motorcycle permit with no prior street experience.. hadn't sat on a motorcycle in 40 years. The 2002 VTX1800 at a Harley dealership was delivered to my door in Citrus County Florida - February 2019. First few weeks were terrifying. But I went out every other day for a 40-minute ride and slowly developed the reflexes, coordination and slow-turning skills. YouTube instructional videos helped greatly. It was this gradual, low risk approach that led to today - where I can pull U-turns on busy city streets, lean into winding mountain roads and cruise divided highways full of aggressive drivers at 80mph. Why?? No more kids to raise, and nothing left to prove professionally. This has transformed an otherwise boring, middle-aged guy's life. I suspect some of you are thinking "he's just lucky he hasn't dropped the bike or been hit yet..." The first video I saw "Five ways to die on a motorcycle" helped set my attitude in the right direction. It seems that being cautious, and always leaving room to correct a situation helped. I was coming down a hill when the cars ahead suddenly stopped behind a guy waiting to make a left turn. I didn't think I had enough room to stop, but applied front and rear brakes while scouting an escape lane around the shoulder of the road. As it happens, the bike stopped in time... thanks to good advice and good practice. After seven months of riding and 4,000 miles in all kinds of places I don't think I'll ever give this up. And I don't think I could ride anything with less power than a Honda VTX1800 with Kuryaken intake and Vance Hines pipes.