I’m a not-all-that-young woman who’s taken up motorcycling. A few have raised an eyebrow slightly and mouthed the expected “mid-life crisis” label, but I prefer to think of it as mid-life affirmation. I’m a longtime hot-rodder and gear-head, so it only makes sense. Years ago, I rebuilt a couple of Volkswagen engines, and one very stubborn Porsche 356C engine, with a variety of brake jobs, tune-ups, and front-end work thrown in.
Later, I ran SCCA Solo II, then Solo I, which allowed me to run at speed at such temples as Daytona Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, and Road Atlanta. So the desire for acceleration runs deep. It’s just that the folks who know me only as a software trainer, graphic arts consultant, and technical writer are a bit surprised.
I’m currently riding a sportbike (2005 Suzuki SV650), but I’m not a wheelie-prone hooligan. I took a Motorcycle Safety Foundation-endorsed course (Harley’s Riders Edge program) before I bought my first bike. They strongly emphasize safety and good riding habits, and I emphatically recommend that anyone considering riding take the course. Don’t let your husband/father/brother/boyfriend/neighbor teach you. Learn from the pros.