Tuesday, June 14, 2011
I won't bore you with the details of how I got started motorcycling only two years ago when I turned 40, but let's just say it was a case of "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em."
Since I started, Steve and I have ridden our bikes to Key West and back home to Virginia, we've ridden the entire Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive in the Shenandoahs, and we've made two appearances at Deal's Gap. My first time on the Dragon resulted in a slow speed crash that bent the handlebars on my first bike (2009 BMW F650 GS Twin). Steve was able to straighten them out enough and I was politely reminded by the Tennessee State Trooper that I could not brag about riding the Dragon if I didn't, so thanks to him, I got back on my horse and completed the mission.
I was convinced by Steve and our great friends Rick and Nolan at Adventure BMW in Chesapeake, Va. to trade in my 650 for the 1200 GS after only a year and 5700 miles on it. I love the 1200 but admit that it's a little heavy. I've dropped it numerous times and Steve is always there to help me get it back up. I've practiced a couple of times to pick it up on my own and it's difficult. But the ride is so great. I've only done a little off-roading with it and the heaviness of it has a negative impact (for me) when off-road. But I plan on taking one of the BMW off-road courses down in South Carolina sometime in the future.
Steve and I are members of the BMW Motorcycle Club of Hampton Roads, www.bmwmchr.org, and we've met some great people there.
I'm headed out to the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America International Rally in Bloomsburg, Penn. next month without Steve. He has other commitments. But I really wanted to go since it's only 400 miles away. While there, I plan on taking the Total Control Advanced Riding Course which will help me in my cornering, I hope. Cornering is definitely one of my weaknesses, but I hear that is the case for many women who start motorcycling. That's probably not true, so I decided I need to get better.
We have a couple of ideas for big trips over the next year. One will just be back out to the Smokey mountains and areas that are close to us (we live in the Virginia Beach area, the absolute worst place to ride a motorcycle). The other trip is a three-week trip across the country to California and back next Spring.
Mostly, I'm writing this blog to keep track of my adventures for myself and my family. But if you are reading this and getting anything out of that would be fine with me. I'll try to figure out how to make it better if I can.