I was thinking for a while what would be if my posts will not be only dedicated to vinyl records and concerts; what would be if I will post here many other interesting (at least what I consider to be interesting) stuff… And I decided – what the hell could be wrong!? That could do only better. So, today I would like to talk a little about my new hobby, the one which I was thinking of for at least last 20 years – a motorcycle riding.
My wife was not so happy (I even would say she’s still not happy) with my decision to take motorcycle riding classes and she definitely did not expect that I’m gonna purchase my first bike right after I get my license. About two months ago I enrolled myself to a basic rider course in BikeSmart motorcycle training school, which is CMSP (California motorcycle safety program) and MSF (motorcycle safety foundation) approved. The training lasted 3 days, 15 hours overall. The first day we had a 5 hours theory class. After that we had to pass writing test. The next two days we practiced the riding (that part was much more welcomed by students) and at the end also had to pass a test, which is similar to the one you take in DMV. Successful completion of the class gave us a right not to take a riding test in DMV.
I failed on the riding test, so I had to come back there after two days for the second one, which was successful. Now, the only thing left was to pass a writing test in DMV. Unfortunately, when I came to DMV I was not aware of the fact I also must take a 50% of C license writing test, because last time I did it was almost 6 years ago. So, I failed again (LOL – driving a car for more than 20 years). Came back two days later to retake it and as a result I got my new C and M license.
Nothing could hold me anymore – I needed a bike. When I talk bike, I mean Harley. I really wanted a Harley, because I like how they look, like how they sound… like the style. I decided to take an entry level Harley Davidson, which is Sportster Iron 883. The bike is relatively light, powerful enough even for an experienced biker, and I also think it has very attractive look.
So, after riding on it for a month, I can definitely say I picked up a right bike for me, which I potentially can keep for at least several years. Good, I did not listen to some advises and did not buy anything with 250cc. In the video below you can see the motorcycle and couple of upgrades I did.
I installed an engine guard, just in case, which potentially can also protect my legs in case of accidental drop.
Also, I found the stock mirrors very useless to me. Mirrors it’s definitely a safety concern, especially for someone without experience as I am. I saw some folks who own the same bike, they flip the mirrors, which make the visibility a bit better, but I still did not feel comfortable. So, I purchased Harley Davidson Tribal mirrors for about $125 and it made a huge difference to me.
Also I enjoy watching videos on YouTube where people just cruising around, so I decided to make my own one. I think, music of Alex Skolnick Trio matches the riding experience very much. Music was taken from their latest album “Veritas” and features two compositions: “Fade to Black” (a Metallica’s song cover) and “Song of the Open Road”. Hope, you like it.
I feel very happy so far with my new hobby, I find it very relaxing and stress reducing. Almost every day I have a 40 minutes afterwork ride and that literally makes me like new, a refreshed man in a good mood. Let me know if you have any questions, I’ll be very happy to answer them.