Stupid Things Beginners Do

I learned how to ride motorcycle when I was 35. I loved the way it felt to be out in the open, going anywhere the road felt like taking me. It is the closest thing I have ever experienced that feels like flying. One beautiful morning, I got my 97 Harley Sportster 1200C out of the garage and intended to go to work. I was leaving just a little later than I wanted, so in my head, I was preparing for entering the building, when my body and my bike were still at the end of my driveway. I looked both ways for traffic as I neared the road, but forgot to put my feet down. OOps. Needless to say, I was a LOT later for work than I had been when I started out. I also learned an expensive lesson. I broke my left turn signal and bent the clutch lever, to the tune of a couple of harley dollars. I am now very aware of where my feet are when I approach an intersection.
HarleyBob619 HarleyBob619
41-45, F
4 Responses Jun 15, 2007

Yah...I've dropped my bike so many times, I have lost count!! If you haven't dropped it, you probably don't ride enough!

I have short legs and I learnt not to stop with one wheel on the the road and the other in the driveway. There is a the smallest slope in the driveway, and when I put my feet down in this situation, there was no road under me.

I love harleys! Of course I dont ride.. yet but I am planning on getting one next year.I saw this beautiful silver one and I want it so bad!

There are always all kinds of things you don't think of when you first start out on anything. I am sure I have made a parallel mistake with something else.