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Thirty-six years as a licensed motorcycle operator - thirty-four years and 235,000 miles accident-free(except for one not-at-fault occurrence). Completion of Motorcycle Safety Foundation Beginner and Advanced Rider Courses and Keith Code's Superbike School.
Thirty-nine years as an off-road rider.
A.A.S. - Mechanical Engineering with over 25 years professional mechanical experience, first-aid, life-saving and CPR training.
Road Riding - Thirty-seven of 48 contiguous states with extensive knowledge of the Mid-Atlantic, New England, and Southeastern states. Five Canadian provinces, Isle of Man, Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, Spain and Portugal.
Off-Pavement Riding - Mid-Atlantic States, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Tennessee. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Monongehela, Wayne and Allegheny National Forests. Ten Pennsylvania State Forests.
on July 26, 2013 :
Years ago, when I was a student, I bought a motorcycle because to my mind it was a sports car that I could afford. I loved speed and I wanted a performance machine. I never did own a sports car. I never had the money. But along the way I did own 5 motorcycles. They were all street bikes. My main sport has always been tennis. As a sport, motorcycling has been a secondary sport to me—otherwise I would have done dirt riding, which teaches you the fundamentals of controlling the machine, I understand. I am basically a sports car person who enjoys fast driving, and for reasons of economy I do this with a motorcycle instead of with a car. Most of all, I think, I am a person who enjoys driving on the open road. The open road is a free place somehow, which I have liked all my life. On 5 occasions I made the trip between Santa Cruz, CA, and Wheaton, IL, riding a Yamaha 550 Vision. I made this trip on this particular bike using all three Interstate routes: Route 80, Route 40, and Route 10. In summary, I am far from being an expert motorcyclist, however I do have some experience, and, up to a point, I know what I am doing when it comes to riding a motorcycle. Recently, despite being age 68 and transsexual, I have been contemplating buying another motorcycle and riding again. I miss the road. I miss having wheels and I have caught the motorcycle "bug" again. I plan to get a used Ninja 250. With all this in mind I have read Bob Miller's two e-books on Accident-Free Riding. I have learned a lot from this. Miller has persuaded me that some of the things I used to do were wrong. For example, when going through a corner I would do it as you would do it on a race track, taking the widest arc and crossing over the center of the riding lane. Miller has persuaded me that it is best to stay in the outer third of the lane the whole time when taking a corner, instead crossing the slippery middle. Another thing is using the horn. I never used to use the horn. Miller has convinced me that using the horn should be standard procedure, and that it is a wise idea to invest in an after-market horn that makes a good loud sound. In general, Miller is a genuine expert motorcyclist who has much to say to anyone who rides regarding how to anticipate trouble and how to play the odds in order to best avoid having a crash. If street motorcycling were not dangerous it would not be as much of a sport as it is, nevertheless not crashing should be more important to you than anything else when you risk life and limb on the public road, right? In my opinion Miller's two e-books on Accident-Free Riding should not only be read by motorcyclists who ride on the public roads; they should be re-read time and again by those who do this, like a Bible.
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