I've been driving a motorcycle for 2 years now and there's only one thing you really need to know: it's fun! My motorcycle is a 2006 Suzuki Bandit 650S (right). It performs like a dream. It handles smoothly and accelerates quickly. It's very nimble!
The second most important thing you need to know (if you're still reading past the "fun" comment): it's dangerous. Well I suppose anyone could have told you that. I'm sure if you told your mother you were buying a motorcycle (or have), their reaction would be to tell you how dangerous it is. She's right. It is dangerous. If you're not cautious and don't play it safe, you're opening yourself up to all sorts of pain.
I remember my very first time getting on it. I just received my learner's license and was with my father, who also drives one. Let's just say he gave me very simple instructions. I sat on it, started it then put it in to first. I stalled it. More than once. Then I finally put it in first and got it to go! Suffice to say, I wasn't sure how to go straight or steer at all, so I kind of drove in a diagonal line before falling altogether. Luckily, I was going relatively slow, so the only real damage was to my ego.
I tried again and again, on different outings, before I was able to finally steer and switch gears properly. When I got a handle on it my dad and I drove on our bikes together. That was something I had never experienced before. I think what's funny about all of that is we were prepping for my motorcycle course. So when I finally went to the course I was already driving and everyone else had never driven before! I was light years ahead! Unfortunately, if I had waited to go to the course, I might not have fallen. Maybe fathers aren't always the best teachers. You know what though, falling made me realize I never wanted to do that again. It built character!
Like I said, driving a motorcycle is fun, so long as you're careful. If you're not the careful type, I would probably suggest not driving a motorcycle. I was sitting at a red light once when it turned green. In my attempt to accelerate I accidentally popped a wheelie! I heard a few cheers, I guess from people who thought I was doing it on purpose, but my heart was in my throat as I racked my brain trying to figure out how to land without falling. Luckily I was able to land it but I was shaken for awhile. That's not really something you want to happen by accident.
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