By March 10, 2010

Getting My Wings Back

I rode my motorcycle to work for eight consecutive months last year. I was hoping to ride a little later into the season last year and start a little earlier this year. My 2009 Yamaha FJR1300A is more suited for all-year riding, thanks to its full faring and tall, adjustable windshield.

Unfortunately we had some unusually heavy snowfall this year, and that combined with the threat of ice kept me on four wheels (or even working from home as the city shut down). I hope to start riding full-time again now that the temperatures are heating up and the days are longer.

Even though I only took a few months off and rode in every now and then, I can still tell my riding is rusty.

  • I am not leaning the bike over as far as I should be. This isn’t usually a big deal, but there are a few sweeping turns on my commute and I should be turning better. I just have to remember the words Bond told me the day I got my FZ6: “This bike is ten times better than you. Trust it.” True words, and I need to remember to trust my bike and lean beyond today’s comfort zone.
  • There is still a lot of sand on the road, and it makes me nervous. Leaning the bike over and hitting a patch of sand may result in lost traction. Lost traction might result in a crash, and no one wants that to happen. Well, except maybe one of you. Anyway, as we move into the rainy season I hope that the sand will wash away and my confidence will go up.
  • My overall confidence is down. I stay alert for road hazards and bad drivers. I feel vigilant when I ride a lot, and well-prepared. So far this season I’ve felt scared. A touch of fear keeps folks honest, but too much fear leads to poor decisions. For example, I should have passed a car yesterday that was going slowly in the left-most lane. Instead I was content to ride behind them. A truck tailgated me for about a mile, then swung out quickly to my right and tried to pass. They couldn’t make it, so the truck tried to shoehorn themselves in between me and the car in front of me.

It doesn’t seem like much, but those kind of things add up to a few jittery rides. I know I’ll get my wings back before too long, and hopefully I’ll ride even more this year so I will have less of a chance to get out of practice.

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2 Comments on "Getting My Wings Back"

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  1. Markie says:

    I thought you meant your Red Wings, but I read further and now understand…

  2. Tomax says:

    ^ I lol’d…hard.