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Great advice! Most I've also learned by riding trial an error! I've got close to 100,000 miles under my butt in five years now and l still learn new things! Never get too comfortable that you fail to pay attention. Ride your own ride. Respect the bike. It only goes in the direction you're looking or taking it to; adjust your speed with your ability. Ride safe out there brothers/sisters of the wind and enjoy those miles of smiles.

Sweet T
Mt Vernon , TX
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
What BJ said! [commented dated Tuesday, November 18, 2014]
Don't just ride your own ride, choose your own ride. I've seen more unhappy and discouraged female riders who let their husbands or boyfriends pick their first bike (read: his second bike) out for them, and it really inhibited their growth and enthusiasm. Half the time, the guy wants another bike to complement his, or in a few cases, doesn't want his wife on a bike/girlfriend that's better than his.

Even if he's a respectful dude who sincerely has your best interests at heart, he's just one source of info. Sit on everything; take a few short parking lot test rides, and talk to other female riders at work or on the internet (like here). Men and women agree: shopping for a bike is fun.

Doug Erickson
Bothell, WA
Monday, February 22, 2016
I've ridden since the age of 16, the day I was old enough to take the permit test. Dad's friend had a 350 I use to ride all over Boston and the city of Cambridge, Mass., where I got lots of my road experience dodging taxi cabs and buses. Through the years I had many different bikes. Triumph, Honda, Yamaha, Harley, and now I'm back to a Honda VTX 1300c that I love.

I've belonged to a club and way back when and when I wasn't on the road in the 18-wheeler, I'd come home and ride my Harley around Boston's south shore area. Then I got out of it for a while as I was on the road trucking for what seemed like forever.

But now at age 60, an artificial hip and another one in the future, I'm my own leader. I ride when I feel up to it, with whom I feel up to riding, and wear a helmet in a helmet-law-free state. I may be hard-headed but it's not harder than the pavement!

I love your article and couldn't agree more with your 10 things posted. And if people I'm riding with are in an all-fired-up-hurry to get some place, power on to them. I'll see ya when I get there. I ride for me and to impress no one! That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Be safe out there brothers and sisters. The Old Buffalo, Me.

Leo Almeida
Fargo, ND
Sunday, February 21, 2016
1. Don't drink and drive.
2. Double check everything, tire pressure, chain tension, oil.
3. Don't overload bike. There are Walmarts everywhere.
4. Don't leave helmet uncovered on bike. That 10 percent rain will fall
5. Always wear protective gear.
6. Leave too much room in front of you and next vehicle. No accident was ever caused by following too far behind.


Lila Corey
Youngsville, NC
Sunday, February 21, 2016
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