Monday, March 14, 2011
I got a motorcycle
I have always wanted to get a motorcycle even though I have never ridden before in my life. I mean I know there are significant risks involved but that doesn't really freak me out and in all actuality it kind of made me want to get one more. Now I know that if I was to get a bike it has to be a cruiser because if I were to get a sport bike I would want to go 150 mph all the time. A cruiser is cool because you just kind of lay out and chill and that sounds like a good fit for me. However before I bought a bike it was time to take the safety course.
I found this company called The Evergreen Safety Council and they offer motorcycle training courses. Being that I have never ridden before I decided to to take the Novice or Total Noob class. It consisted of 3 classes the first on a Thursday from 6 - 9 which was all class work. The second was on Saturday which was from 8 - 1 which was all riding then from 2 - 5 and this was all class work again and also included the written part of the test which was crazy easy. I missed 2 questions out of 50. The final day was from 8 - 12 and the last part was the driving test. I got a 99/100 which was awesome the highest score in the class.
For the record I HIGHLY recommend this class. They teach you all kinds of stuff and they do a great job of getting your mind in the right place. It's usually not the rider who creates accidents it's the other retards on the road who don't know how to drive.
So the next day I got my new license from the DOL with the motorcycle endorsement on the back. The wife had a great idea of going down and checking out bikes in Redmond and Bellevue and you know I was all over that. The first place we went to was closed on Mondays which sucks for them because I was ready to buy a bike. We then went to Eastside Harley in Bellevue and didn't leave until we had a bike.
I ended up getting a 2008 Harley Davison 1200 XL Custom Sportster. Now I know this is a smaller bike but the XL Custom fits me pretty good. Not to mention it isn't crazy fast which is good for my first bike. Not to mention it has all the modifications done to it already so I don't have to get that stuff. Honestly the only thing I would do to it would be to get a solo seat.
So I got it delivered to my house on Friday afternoon and spent 2 hours riding it around my neighborhood. Why was it delivered you ask? For the fact that my wife is smart and beautiful and made me realize that I have no idea how to ride a bike like that and it probably wasn't a good idea for me to ride it home 20 miles away on the freeway during rush hour. She was right.
I'm really looking forward to riding it a ton and getting super comfortable on it. I just need to ride and ride and I should be good to go. I honestly made a million new friends in like an hour because I'm a Harley owner now. It's nuts and fun at the same time. Hope to see you all out there.
See you on the road!!!
Posted by Christian and Kishelle Linenko at 9:28 AM