One of the many exciting things about riding a motorcycle for the first time is experiencing things you’ve only heard or read about. It’s fun talking to fellow motorcycle riders about them because everyone has a different story.
Some of my recent firsts:
- Having a bee smash into my visor at 100 km/hr, feeling like a rock thrown at you. One hit me in the leg, too. It hurts.
- Scratched my nose at 100 km/h. On a motorcycle wearing a full-face helmet this is an accomplishment. A stupid one, but still.
- I did an emergency stop when a vehicle in front of me quickly slowed down for a turn without putting its signal indicator on. An emergency stop on a motorcycle is: pressing clutch, kicking down into first gear, and applying all your brakes without locking up. It’s nerve-racking at first, not knowing if you’ll stop in time, but a bike’s stopping power is greater than that of a car.
Other “firsts” I expect to occur soon: dropping the bike, getting stopped by a cop, running out of gas, riding in snow…
Post your own motorcycle firsts in the comment section.