First: Freedom; Second: To Conquer Fear
Let me start by saying that there is relatively little that I fear. I have been an adventuresome woman for quite awhile. I used to ride dirt bike occasionally with my cousins. Then, my husband introduced me to it again when in my 20's. I loved trail riding and did my best to keep up with the men. I had no women to ride with. After 15 years of this we found it was getting harder to find the time and places to trail ride. I had always wanted to street ride but my husband was against it because he had ridden for a number of years before we met and was hit a couple of times.
However, his best friend kept after him and in May 2011 my husband bought a street bike. Well, I certainly didn't want to be a passenger so he had to get one for me. By June 2011 I settled on a 2004 FZ6. I was so excited to get started. I planned on taking a MSC to get my endorsement, but I just HAD TO give it a spin before that was going to happen. You know..."just take it around the block." After all, we live in a semi-rural area.
Long-story-short: Crashed it into a guardrail going 35-40 mph. Clearly, I didn't know what I was doing. Broke my jaw in 2 places, shattered my wrist, three surgeries, and a neck, shoulder and arm that still require therapy.
A lot of friends and family (especially my parents)didn't want me to ride again. Nine months after the crash I got on as a passenger. Scariest ride ever!! I was not expecting to feel such fear and fragility. I sobbed the entire ride. BUT I KNEW I HAD TO CONQUER THE FEAR!
A month later my 16 year old son and I took the MSC and got our endorsements. Summer of 2012 I put on nearly 2,000 miles.
I still have a certain degree of fear that most riders who have not been in a major accident feel. So, for me, I know I HAVE TO RIDE so as to not let the fear conquer me.
(Picture: Restored 2004 FZ6)