but pleasantly so, I think. My sights are now set upon the Ural Patrol, the funky little 750cc motorcycle with the sidecar. Man, it looks like fun and would be MUCH more functional than just a two-seater. The next coupla years…. 6 years ago
How I did it: I have always wanted to ride but never took the initiative to learn! My uncle told me he had signed up and I said I would to.. He totally thought I was joking until I called and told him I was registered in July with him! I wrote the exam for my M1 on Friday afternoon, and started the course that night! After 3 days of learning collision avoidance, safety tips and 'look and lead'(trust me, look and lead) we were ready to ride on the roads! I didn't actually buy a bike until September of that year, and only rode 3 times, a total of 38 kms. Yes, I was nervous. I had all winter to be ready, and once I took that first ride in the spring, I was officially addicted! I rode my Kawasaki Ninja 3000 kms last year, and met some wonderful new lifelong friends! I can't wait to get on my bike this year and add another 3000+ kms! It's a wonderful feeling, like there isn't a problem in the world when you ride, I think everyone who has ever wanted to should try it! Read how I did it… 5 years ago
expectations. Rather than starting with a Harley (read:expensive, heavy, and expensive), I’m going to start with something a little smaller (upon the advice of several bikers I know and trust).
So, we’re looking at the Honda Shadow Aero. It’s a 750cc, so it’s smaller, sure, but probably what I need to get my legs under me, skill-wise. And cheaper, too, by about $10,000, increasing the likelihood that I’ll get it sooner than later. It’s gotten great reviews for control and power for its price. Oh, how I’d like to check off this goal soon, soon, SOON! 6 years ago
Harley-Davidson has DISCONTINUED the very bike I wanted to snag someday. The Road King Custom is no more. (a moment of silence) 6 years ago
So, I’ve been reading lately that it’s not wise to learn to ride on such a big bike at first. that’s a problem. I really want to learn well and be safe and I do NOT want to lay down a $20,000 motorcycle. At the same time, I don’t have the ability financially to buy a lesser power bike to learn on. I plan on going through all the classes I can get my hands on in preparation for my riding. Will that be enough? Can one learn to ride on a big, heavy HD? Is it safe? Is it wise? Someone with context and experience, tell me if I’m being foolish pursuing this bike as my first! 7 years ago
I got my license in conjunction with a class at a local community college, even though I alreay knew how to ride, I learned a lot and became more “one” with my bike. 7 years ago
I met a guy in Idaho Springs, CO while passing through who owned an ‘5 version of this same Road King Custom, and in yellow, to boot. I’m resolved all the more. Plus, I’m encouraged that the new ‘07s look just fine, too. One day… 8 years ago