Am I nuts -
by Brittany U.
- for wanting to (maybe) learn to ride a motorcycle? Let me explain:
A little background info: I'm 23, a senior in college (will graduate this spring '13)…and I've never driven a car by myself (even though I do have a driver's license). I'm too scared to. I don't like how giant cars feel--I feel like all cars (even "small" ones) are too large and they make me really uneasy. I know the fear isn't logical but it's definitely persistent. My family is both supportive and unsupportive in different ways: supportive in that they're willing to give me rides whenever I need to go to the store, unsupportive in that whenever I try to work up the courage to drive, they show the same fear of me driving that I myself have of me driving.
Since I'm going to be graduating soon - I want to have the capability of being independent and I don't feel I can truly do that if I can't transport myself. Since my fear of driving is largely due to how large cars are - that's why I'm considering at least taking the class for motorcycles. I know that statistically motorcycles are much more dangerous and you're much more likely to have a fatal accident on one, but my fear of cars isn't logical so I can't really use logic to combat that fear.
Is it impractical for a person who has barely even driven a car to try to learn to ride a motorcycle? (I know nothing about how the clutch/throttle/etc works, so that has me nervous)
Is a motorcycle in truth practical for day-to-day tasks such as commuting to and from work and getting groceries and such?
If it is practical, what sort of motorcycle should I be looking at? I'm not so much interested in speed, I just want to be able to get around in a safe and effective manner. :)
A few other details that might be a concern -
I'm very small (5'2" and under 110 lbs with a size 4 shoe)
I'm (almost) blind in my left eye (which is another reason I fear cars, because I can barely see anything on the driver's side without turning, and the windows and such always make it really hard to see)
Thanks for listening to me gab!