New Rider from Brooklyn NY
Hello to all! Name's Seth, 36, live in Brooklyn NY. I've only been riding for the past 3 months or so, but I'm logging as many miles as I can to catch up!
I was always a long-time admirer of motorcycles, all the way back to high school - talked about them, went to shows, all that stuff - but for some reason I never thought it was something that I could actually do. My wife and I would talk about it the way people talk about having a huge house or a private boat. "Wouldn't it be great it..." kind of thing. Well, I talked about it like that. Everyone else in our families were more of the "Ok, whatever you say...", followed by the too-familiar eye roll. But I guess I talked about it enough (even though I never allowed myself to think I would ever have one) that my sister in law actually bought me a couple "how to ride" type of books back in December. I read those books cover to cover, and that was that - something finally clicked in my brain, and I realized that allowing myself to think I couldn't or shouldn't was about the stupidest thing in the world. So I talked to the wife, and with her supportive but reluctant blessing, got my ML back in march. I got my first bike (used of course) about two weeks after.
So I'm now the proud owner of a 2006 VStar 650 Custom, and loving every moment of it. I can't tell you how much I think about riding now that I actually can - it's kind of a distraction. Of course, I don't need to tell you guys about that. What I need to do is figure out how to explain it to my friends who all think I'm just having some kind of early mid-life-crisis. I know I'm late to the game, but as I told all my friends - its only a MLC if you think you're half way done with your life. And at the risk of damning myself, I know I've got years and years left in me. I've done everything right, I think, or at least as right as I can do it: I bought the best gear I could afford, I always wear it, I have ZERO aggression on the road, and I always assume that everyone else is trying to kill me. (Yay paranoia!) I know that to make up for all those years I could have been riding and wasn't, I need to be extra smart about it now to keep me riding for as long as possible.
Anyway, that's the rant - sorry for the ramble! Looking forward to picking all your brains as much as I can down the road!