Help on convincing the parents (mother)...
No, it's not payment methods or choosing the right bike that I have issue with, it's the parents. How do I convince them of letting me get a motorcycle? I've been quite intent on getting a motorcycle for years and now that I've turned 21, I'm beginning to voice my desires to the parents and research these wonderful machines in much more detail. I was hoping that some of you female riders on this forum could share some thoughts on constructing a sound argument suitable against one-hell-of-a-worried mother. For some quick background, I live at home and will do so until I graduate from college (makes for a much cheaper stay) and would like a motorcycle for commuting. Yep, I'm gonna take the MSF safety course, start out with a used 250cc bike, stay off the highway, not ride at night or in the rain, no passengers, wear all the safety gear, practice, practice, practice, stay within my limits, pay for everything myself (have the approx costs on everything, including full coverage insurance), etc. I know this is something that I'll get into eventually, so wouldn't it be best to learn on the streets I've known all my life?
Of course, Mama is scared to death I'll kill myself and that's immediately what she thinks of when I say the word "motorcycle." Sounds like I'll drop it at least once, if not more, but how do I turn "there are those who've crashed and those who will" into a safety argument?? And no, I don't think suggesting stress medication will work...
Please let me know if any of you have strategies that worked personally or can use your mama sense to suggest something that might, cause I REALLY want to ride!!