1,500+ Miles // New rider challenges.

// Stephanie //


When I graduated from my Basic Rider Course, I was encouraged to enroll in the Experienced Rider course when I had 1-3,000 miles of experience. Well, I feel happy of myself to announce that I have over 1,500 miles experience! 🙂

Seriously though-I just want to encourage new riders out there, whether your a “girl” or not, or if you’re just someone who thought, “Someday I’d like to learn how to ride a motorcycle…” it is totally possible. That’s one of the reasons why I love this video so much – both the original and the remix — because he says it so clearly. If you keep practicing, I know you’ll get the hang of it! It seems like kids have such clarity, and “adults” get hung up on doubts and fears.

The biggest challenge I’m experiencing in my learning curve right now, is acknowledging and then turning off the negative thoughts. There are a lot of well-intentioned folks who call this an organ-donor activity, encouraging us to just settle down and focus on what matters — starting a family. The clock is ticking!

Well, actually, the clock is ticking on life. I’m talking quality of life. I’d rather be loving my commute to work by motorcycle, than sleepily breezing along in the Prius. The mental focus required to keep my head clear of negative thoughts, from others and my own concerns, can be so taxing! Now that I’ve got some good miles under my belt, I’m able to let go of the negative a lot easier. By the time my gloves are on and the engine is running, my head is clear and I’m looking where I want to go.

Riding motorcycle is becoming more and more FUN!!!! 

I get to ride with my man through some of California’s most beautiful terrain, just to get our favorite cookies. I get to confidently wave to other riders and strengthen the unspoken bond in this freedom sport. I get to arrive to work with a smile in my helmet and strength in my steps because I’ve been focusing on where I want to go, and how I want to get there.

So, new riders out there, or folks contemplating learning to ride, I say “Thumbs Up to Rock & Roll!” With practice, you can get the hang of it and feel happy of yourself too 🙂

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