My First Bike - 2005 Honda Rebel 250cc

by Kristina
(Rochester, NY, USA)

Proud Bike Owner!

Proud Bike Owner!

I've always been a back-side rider since I was in my early teens and loved to ride with someone. Then after going through rough times and health scare, I started an itch wanting my own bike and started looking into a beginner bike for myself and I found the bike I fell in love with. It's a 2005 Honda Rebel 250cc. I started practicing in a parking lot and will be taking the MSF classes in August which I can't wait and hope to pass with flying colors! I am 50 years old and have been deaf since birth and I know I can conquer the fears I have when it comes to turning and going on freeways, but I know I will love riding my motorcycle. I am proud of myself and my accomplishments and getting myself a new bike and I am very happy with it.

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Sep 25, 2010
Thank you!
by: Kristina

No, He is hearing. He has taught me a lot and is very patient with me. I did not ride this summer due to several personal reasons and I felt like I should have, but I was not ready to ride solo, since he is no longer my boyfriend, but a good friend. I will definitely ride next spring when it gets warmer. Right now I am going to college full-time to pursue my degree in Business Administration. But when I first learned and rode, I was always scanning, but there has been times I felt so nervous that I ended up with a stomachache! That happened to me this summer everytime he came over and said let's go ride! How do you pass this feeling??????? Anyone experienced that?

Sep 25, 2010
by: Anonymous

I am 52 years old lady who is deaf since birth, too, and I have been riding a motorcycle for the past 3 years. I talk to myself or to God while riding until my nervousness goes away. Still, I get a little bit nervous about turning left. At first after passing the MSF, I followed my husband on my bike (Suzuki GS250, Suzuki Intruder 800 & Kawasaki Vulcan 900) everywhere he rode his HD Rocker C (interstates, back roads, busy streets in my town and etc.) every weekends (whenever the weather permitted) to get more experiences. Just keep on scanning left and right while riding. Look in your mirrors to check the surroundings behind you often.

Is your boyfriend deaf? Just wondering. My husband is hearing, and he teaches me a lot.

Jul 31, 2010
You go girl!
by: Sassy2731

Don't feel bad. I took the course in May 2006 and didn't get a bike to ride until that August. That was a very long time when you really want to go riding. Anyway I still get the itch to ride almost everyday. I now have 3 bikes of my own from a sportster to a fatboy to a roadking. I call my riding time now my Wind Therapy because whenever I start getting moody my husband always says I need to go for some Wind Therapy! After I go for even a short ride I always feel better. LOL Before you know it riding will just come naturally to you just like riding a bicycle when you were a youngster or your car as a teenager. Don't rush it and just practice, practice, practice and it will all start coming to you and be much easier for you.

Sep 02, 2009
by: Kristina

I took my MSF classes last month and it was a very good learning experience for me and I learned a lot, but felt that there was not enough time to practice. I was unable to practice on my bike right after classes due to work and my BF's work schedule as he is an experienced motorcyclist, but I did get a chance to practice the day before the test and I PASSED! I was so excited! Went to the DMV and got my license! I can't wait to go riding soon! Per instructor at the MSF class, she suggested to practice more on my quick stops and turns (I go a little too slow on my turns, but she rather see me go slow than going fast!). Every time, I see a motorcyclist go by, I smile because I am itching to go riding now, but I am nervous to hit the road for the first time since I have been practicing in a parking lot and in classes. Do you have any suggestions for me before I hit the road for the first time or any advice that will make my nervousness go away???? I would appreciate some good positive feedback from you.

As Always, RIDE SAFE!

May 09, 2009
by: Kristina

No, I don't think being deaf will make motorcycling more dangerous for me. There are many deaf bikers all over the USA that has been riding longer than I have. I am already more aware of my surroundings when I am driving my car! So motorcycling will make me be aware even more around me and my bike. I may get nervous once I hit the road, but I will overcome it. I can't wait, but I must continue on practicing, practicing!!! Ride Safe and have fun!

May 09, 2009
Rebel.....I"m So Jealous
by: Anonymous

The Rebel is my favorite bike so far. I'm still looking for one for me. Also, congrats on riding. Do you think that being deaf is going to make your riding more dangerous or do you think you will be more safe because you'll have to be even more aware of your surroundings?

May 07, 2009
You Go Girl!
by: Rene L.

Congratulations on your new bike and your determination. I am also a new front seat rider. I took the MSF course in Dec 08 at the age of 52 and am very happy that I did. If the course is like the ones here in CA, you will be ahead of the game as the bikes in the class are Honda Rebels as well. Good luck, have fun and ride safe.

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