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I have never owned a bike, but I have been interested in getting one for years. I am 60 years old, been working the grind since I was 16 years old and now I am ready to have some fun so I am looking at buying my first bike. I am interested in a 3 wheeler; have been looking at the Can-Am Spyder. I have looked at the steps you have listed here and have already begun looking into training classes. Is there some additional advice I would need if purchasing a 3 wheeler? I also looked at a Slingshot, figured I would not aim so high.

Teri Williams
Richton Park, IL
Thursday, August 9, 2018
Editor Response
There are three-wheeled training classes out there that I would highly recommend if you can find one in your area. These classes offer more specific training focused on how to maneuver a three-wheeled bike. Good luck!
Tricia Szulewski, Associate Editor
Thanks for all the information. I climbed on for the first time yesterday and I think I got way over my head. My son got his first motorcycle earlier this week, a Suzuki DRZ 250. I laid it over three times and I am not strong enough to lift it back up. I don't want to quit, but I need recommendations on maybe smaller bikes to get started. I'm about 5 feet 8 inches, not very strong, and would love to introduce my daughter to the experience as well. Please let me know.

Anna
Monticello, KY
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Editor Response
Hi Anna,
You are in the right section, but did you click the link in this article that takes you to our article about taking a training course? This is truly the first step to finding out whether or not motorcycling is for you in the safest possible environment. These classes have small, easy-to-handle motorcycles to use, and while there, you can talk with trained professionals about what kind of motorcycle might work best for you going forward.

Please scour our Beginner's Guide section. It includes a wealth of information that you will find helpful from what to look for in a first bike, what kind of gear you'll need, and so much more.
Tricia Szulewski, Assistant Editor
I am so glad to have found this newsletter. I have been riding almost 10 years now and never knew this existed, but I will be a regular reader now. I rode scooters as a kid and got my first motorcycle when I was 32. I bought a used Honda Shadow ACE 750 and never looked back! I had so many wonderful adventures on that bike. I sold it two years ago when my partner and I had our daughter, but I missed riding so much—it had just become so much a part of who I am. So two months ago I bought a 2002 Suzuki Volusia VL800. It's a little bigger than my Honda and was well taken care of. I have no desire for any more cc’s. I am reunited with my motorcycle buds and look forward to meeting new friends.

I looked into North Carolina’s “Bike Safe” when I got my new bike, which coordinates with different police departments around the state. I am signed up for the one in my town in August. It's a full day with the motorcycle police (for free, I might add!) and there is riding time and classroom time. You learn from them and they assess you as you ride and give you helpful tips and pointers on how to improve. Such a great program. I’m wondering if there are other programs like this in other states.


Debbie Foege
Apex, NC
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Editor Response
Sounds like a great program. Thanks for sharing that with us. Hopefully some other readers will chime in if they know of similar ones around the U.S.

All the best to you,
Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
I'm taking my class in April and can't wait!

Jan Tiefry
Webberville, MI
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
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