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The article and responses are inspiring! At 52, I tried the class last year, failed the driving portion, and dropped the bike. At the same time, my father was in a rehabilitation center due to a fall. In pretty sure it was my guilt contributing to my failure. That was a year ago. I'm ready to try it again, but don't want to fail again. I have a Suzuki 250. Any suggestions on how to find a mentor?

RJ 36
FWB, FL
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Editor Response
Than you for sharing your experience. This is a great question. We are putting it out to our reader so they can share their responses with you. Click here to head over to our Your Questions Answered section on WRN and find your question and check out the responses.


Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
I had a huge life change at 40—an unanticipated end of 22 years of horse ownership and boarding, new husband, home, and career. After three years of nothing but working at the family business seven days a week and dealing with my hubby's health issues, my husband casually mentioned a friend's wife was selling her Honda Shadow and he was thinking of buying it. I happened to have an insurance settlement for the exact amount to cover the bike and a year's worth of insurance come to me unexpectedly and saw it as a sign.

I took my 2-day course, got my motorcycle endorsement, bought the bike, and have been treating it like a green horse—practicing at least two days a week. Yesterday I had some work errands to run, came home, got it out, and was on the highway for the first time. I ran five errands, including going to the shop of the friend who sold it to me to thank him. I loved every minute. It was pure bliss.

Last night I told my husband I felt guilty taking "his" bike when he admitted to me that it was a suggestion to get me outside and living again. It worked.


Jean Jarrett
Austin, TX
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Just started riding this summer myself at the age of 46. Got a 2016 Kawasaki Vulcan S ABS. Several of our friends started riding this year as well. It has been so much fun!
My only regret is that I wish I had started sooner! Great article and have fun Jodi!


Alecia
Missouri
Friday, January 13, 2017
Thank you Bunnie for your comments. I am still enjoying myself riding my bike. I just wish I could ride more than just the weekends. My friend and I are still riding together and each time we ride it just amazes me. I hope that I'll still be riding at her age since I waited so long to actually get a motorcycle. Here's the latest pic of my bike after a few more add-ons and replacements.


Jodi Judson
Smyrna, TN
Saturday, October 22, 2016
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