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Good Story. Reminds me of me a lot. I was 52 when I went out and bought a Harley (my first motorcycle) without any practice or even test driving. I thought "how hard can this be?" Well I was wrong. I guess thinking I had been an athlete for 30 years I could do anything. My reason for wanting to ride, it was my dream since I was a kid. Never thought my dream would come true. But my two youngest sons were killed in an accident. I got real depressed, I messed up my back so I couldn't do my sports.

So I woke and called my oldest son; he thought I had been drinking! I love it. I too bought a 2005 Custom 883 Sportster second time around. Been riding now for almost 13 years. Belong to an all woman's group and my joy away from a stressful life is Riding. Do I need to say anymore? Oh I am going on 66 now and not ready to stop anytime soon from riding and going on adventures.


Neva Smith
Longview, WA
Friday, May 29, 2015
Heidi,
As I'm reading your story I'm more than convinced it's not just a coincidence that I read your article today. I think it's a confirmation and an inspiration to me! I got my motorcycle license in 1998; rode my ex-husbands 1983 Harley Low Rider twice; lost my footing and dropped it on a hill positioned at a back road intersection. I managed to hop on one leg away from it falling on me, so thankfully I wasn't hurt.

The bike suffered a cracked oil pan. It's been sitting in his garage ever since and that was the end for me, no more riding. I guess my husband at the time wasn't concerned about getting it fixed. Anyway, that was 17 years ago. Now I've been on my own for a few years and just today I scheduled to retake the motorcycle safety course again and get myself a bike and pick up where I left off, 17 years later. By the way, I'm 50 years old. I love your story Heidi. Thank you.

I really like one of the comments you made:

"....it is possible to rewire one’s brain to learn a new skill at 50 years old, but also that I am capable of making it happen if I keep trying, even when others are doubtful."


Franci
Oxford, PA
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Editor Response
Thanks for sharing your story Franci. I like to call those coincidences divine intervention. All the best to you with taking the MSF course and your renewed interest in motorcycling.
Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
I loved your story of your experiences. We all had to start somewhere. I took the course at 61 three years ago with the heat being 111 in August, and with all the gear on. I did pass my course; there were nine others who were in their 20s and 30s who were also taking the course, and kept asking me, "Are you OK?"

The only thing I needed to do was at break time, discuss what we had just done -- and get the helmet off as felt I was choking. I did lay my bike down in the class once as would of hit the cones in front of me as we were coming out of a turn to line up again. All was good, was a shame, but picked it up and got back in line. I did pass, when it was testing time.

I bought a Yamaha 250 and practiced in our pasture for two weeks before hitting the road, and then had to make myself go 50mph. I know I thought I was flying. On the way back made myself do 90 as that was the fastest it would do. Then I went and rode alone for four months; my hubby left me alone with this as he knew I needed to do this on my own as he couldn't do the ride for me.

And now I have a 2006 Sportster 1200 Custom and I love it. As I get ready to ride have I still have to go to the toilet -- still haven't figured out if it is just the excitement or needing to potty, thinking more excitement. HaHa! And then takes me about a mile to settle down and just enjoy the wind in my face. I remember what the instructors taught me on the looking where ya want to go and not where you're at or you surely would be on the side of the road, or up a tree. And when the road is high take the low side, low take the high side, these things I don't have to think about so much anymore as seems to be more natural now, but I am very cautious as approaching intersections as know they are not gonna see me, and if someone is at a stop sign and I am coming up the road, if I see their wheels even moving a tiny bit, I know they are subject to pull out in front of me, so I slow down.

I did, in November last year, have a controlled lay down in a parking lot with the dang things where ya can go on through with the metal thing -- well it came down on me and I knew lay it over or get slapped in the face with it, so lay it down I did. Hubby didn't even know till he was parking. All is good. I love riding as a passenger over 50s years, but this feeling of me in control and one with my bike is the best feeling ever other than giving birth to my one and only son who is now in heaven as I know he is riding as my angel protecting me. Have a great ride and keep the rubber side down. Sorry for the long post. My brain thinks and fingers just seem to type. Keep up the good work.

Paula Pierce
Montalba, TX
Monday, April 6, 2015
Thank you for sharing your story! I am 54 and just got my M2 license in October 2014! I to failed the course and threw me and the bike airborne the second time around, but I passed the test!

My kids actually think I'm going through a mid life crisis. As I look at the machine I'm dying to get on, fear goes through me, but I swear I'm not going to let it keep me from riding! Oh and one of the reasons I got my license is because as much as I enjoy being a passenger it's not fair he gets all the fun! Thanks for confirming that my thoughts and feelings are normal and I'm not the only one feeling this way! Ride on!

Loretta Rodrigues
Scotland, AB, Canada
Sunday, April 5, 2015
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