So great to hear your story! I, too, am 59 and I am taking up dirt biking. I took a one-day class and then spent several days at a dirt track, practicing balance, stopping, and shifting. I plan on taking a motorcycle class, too, so I can get a license to ride on public roads from trail to trail. It's good to know I'm not the only older gal getting started on motorized two wheels.

Longmont, CO
Monday, October 30, 2017
Wow, girlfriend! Congratulations! You sound like a smart, sensible rider,
one I would like to ride with. Here is some advice I received when I first started riding:
1. Everybody is out to kill you. Not literally, but ride defensively. Anticipate that the people around you will do something stupid so watch for it.
2. Never ride above your skills but if you find yourself in a situation, like passing a car and having an 18-wheeler truck round a corner toward you, commit, don't hesitate.
So the lesson is, watch, keep alert and keep honing your skills. Above all, have fun.

Belinda Busby
Santa Barbara, CA
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Interesting and good you took training classes. The more you know about the machines and personal protective gear, and the greater your attention to the road, the more comfortable you ride. Never ride afraid, never ride distracted. (Maybe wait a moment before you get a helmet cam and start motovlogging.)

Just curious about one big thing.
Scooter vs motorcycle; does it make a difference to you? If so, how you adapt to that difference?

Su Ro
Haifa, Israel
Tuesday, October 24, 2017