by R. Anaya
I've been a passenger on motorcycles for 14 years. In 2000 I took and passed the MSF class but hadn't ridden alone since. Two weeks ago my boyfriend surprised me with a 2003 Sportster 883c. I couldn't believe it...I honestly didn't think my dream of owning and riding my own bike would come true. As a former single mom (kids grown now) it seemed like there was always something that was more important or necessary to get instead. Since I didn't have any trouble at all in the class I thought I would get on the bike and ride like I was born on it. Not the case...at all...in fact the first I rode it I was really surprised at how it seemed as if I had never been on a bike before. It totally bummed me out but the next day my boyfriend drove it to the parking lot and spent a couple of hours with me practicing everything and I did a whole lot better. Since then, I've gone out several more times and I've dropped the bike everytime. I feel so frustrated because I know what to do but for some reason I'm not doing it...not every time anyway. I'm having trouble making a right turn from a stop. I pull way out into the opposite lane (thank goodness we waited until all vehicles were clear)and when I try to correct down I go. I can't seem to turn tighter on the right. After two dumps today, my boyfriend had me practicing slow figure 8s and right hand turning. I was able to drive home with no problem and made it up our very steep driveway (the first time up the driveway I wasnt so lucky). Thank God for my patient boyfriend...I can see in his eyes that he is frustrated too but he is always so supportive. But man, I feel really imcompetent...I wanted to cry and just walk away but knew that would solve anything. So I got back on. I am so grateful for this website. The day I bought the bike I came upon this website and I've learned so much from all of you...I've read and re-read all the posts and I know that in time I will get better....