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Posted on Saturday 12 May 2007 at 4:25 pm

Motorcycle Class

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Today I rode a motorcycle. I am rather proud and excited.

Today I crashed a motorcycle. I am rather sore.

This weekend I am taking a motorcycle safety course. Friday night, I was in class from 6:00 to 9:30. We read through a booklet, watched some videos, and discussed the basic controls and safety issues of riding a bike. Today, I had to be up a 6:30 in order to be at the course by 7:30. We started out rocking the bikes in neutral and by 1:30 we were making turns as we shifted between second and third gears. It was awesome.

During the course of riding, two people crashed. My sister is taking the course with me and she was the first. When she dropped her bike, she ripped a huge hole in jeans and got a long but not deep gash on her leg. The entire class had to take a break while she made a quick trip to Wal-Mart for new jeans. The second one to crash was yours truly. I dropped my bike when we were weaving very slowly through some cones. I can control the bike so much better when we we are going faster. I didn't rip anything but I have a huge goose egg bruise on my leg. It is very tender and is making me stiff. I can't wait to see what colors it turns over the next few days. I also broke a bit off the bike (part of the grip) and they gave it to me as a memento. The instructors spent all afternoon picking on Katrina and me about our competition to see which sister can wipe out the most.

We took a written exam at the end of the day over everything we discussed on Friday. A passing grade is 80%. I missed one of the 50 questions and got a 98.

Tomorrow, we have to be back at the course at 7:30. We'll do a lot more riding practice and then have out riding exam. Assuming I pass that, at the end of the day, they'll give me a course completion certificate. I can take that to the Texas Department of Public Safety, pass a written exam with DPS, and get a motorcycle license without doing the driving test with a police officer. When I get back to Virginia, I'm really thinking about getting a bike to drive to campus and for small errands.
Feeling: Ouch
Exploring: Kitchen Table, Friendswood, TX
Listening: Dad watching baseball and mom doing dishes


littlepixiechic at 9:03 pm on 12 May 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I think it's awesome you got to keep the part of the grip you broke off! You should display it in your apartment:)
bratty_jedi at 9:11 pm on 12 May 2007 (UTC) (Link)
It is rather cool. I broke off the knob at the tip. It's probably about two inches long with a bit of arm and a big ball so my instructor told me to put a hole in it and make it into a key chain. I could display it with my hat from hat night. Silly mementos of things I've done. :)
bratanimus at 3:09 pm on 13 May 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Wow, neat! I've only ever sat on a motorcycle once and driven a few feet. Personally, it felt way too big and heavy for me; but that's probably because I was sitting still and trying to balance it. ;)

You need a cool helmet, of course. Have you got one?
bratty_jedi at 9:20 pm on 13 May 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I want a small bike. The bigs one intimidate me and I don't think I can handle them.

My sister and I were using my mother's old and new helmets this weekend. I'll have to get one of my own (as well as a padded jacket, gloves, and rain gear) when I get a motorcycle.
bratanimus at 10:57 am on 14 May 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I'll have to get one of my own (as well as a padded jacket, gloves, and rain gear) when I get a motorcycle.

Then you'll be a total bad-ass. ;)

Glad to hear you are getting all the gear. My husband works in the operating room, and he's seen way too many people who have gotten crazy injuries because they didn't wear their protective gear. And I work with folks who have brain injuries because of not wearing helmets. So, very happy to hear you're doing all the right things. :)

I've heard there's nothing like tooling around on a motorcycle. Someone said to me that it's the closest you can get to flying without leaving the ground. :D
bratty_jedi at 3:10 pm on 14 May 2007 (UTC) (Link)
There is no way I'll ride a motorcycle without proper protective gear, especially a helmet. I'm not dumb and I'm not a big fan of pain. If nothing else, I've got a mountain of student loans I'll have to pay back someday. I haven't spent this much money and time making my brain all smart to throw it away because I didn't feel like wearing a helmet.
bratanimus at 3:58 pm on 14 May 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Seriously! I wish I could get you to talk to some of my patients. :D

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