I stood (mostly) over our BMW F800R in the cold garage while my husband explained, “Pull in the clutch with your left hand, now shift up with your left toes and then accelerate with your right hand.”
“Which way do I rotate to accelerate?” I asked, trying to remember the steps.
“Toward you,” he said, as he put his hand over mine and accelerated.
And that’s how I started learning to ride a motorcycle. See, I’ve been a passenger for the last 18 months and have absolutely loved every minute of it. I remember feeling nervous the first time I got on the bike with Matt, but it was a nervous excitement. With my arms around him, wind whipping through my hair beneath the helmet, I truly felt free. That is, until I had to brush my hair again…
When he bought me a GoPro Hero Session for Christmas in 2016, I was most looking forward to using it on the motorcycle. Although I had never ridden by myself, I imagined the video from the driver’s point-of-view. Then, as I began following motorcycle accounts on Instagram, I discovered non-Harley motorcycle women and was finally able to visualize myself on the bike alone.
So here we are. I have all the gear I need – jackets, helmet, boots, gloves and cold-weather gear. I registered for a course in May and we’re searching for a bike I might be able to handle, or at least stand over. I want to be as prepared as possible, and to me, that means knowing the machine inside and out. I’m determined to learn how to repair and upgrade my motorcycle while I simultaneously learn how to ride solo.
I’ll take video, shoot photos and will likely provide a few good laughs, considering I can’t even drive a manual car right now. Even so, I’m confident I’ll learn how to ride over time. I invite you to follow us on this journey of a lifetime on Instagram @Studio620D and on our website at studio620d.weebly.com. With hope, I’ll know more than clutch, shift, accelerate by my next post.