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Great story! I too, began my journey as a 50-something on a Yamaha V Star 250 and rode it more than 10,000 miles on goaty mountain roads, 75 mph on freeways on a nearly 800 mile long weekend, and split lanes in California highway commuting.

This is one super starter bike. I took an individual lesson and a Basic RiderCourse, but I like BC's rules as they give more hours of practice.

The one thing that was key to my confidence was consistent practice, in less-traveled times (very early weekend mornings, and weekday evenings. I actually spent much of my first four months riding at night).

Now in my fifth year of riding, and second year on my larger 2004 Yamaha V Star 1100. There is nothing as meditative for me as getting on my bike. I am happy to hear of other older female riders enjoying the journey. As I read the comments, Belinda makes the points that were made to me when I first began riding, and it's certainly helped me avoid accidents.

Keep on riding, and always ride your own rideā€”don't let a riding partner goad you beyond your limits.

Christine Decker
San Jose, CA
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Great story. Matter never the years, just the miles and experiences!
Kudos to the spouses that support and encourage our riding our own, or behind them. It's a wonderful way to meet people, see our great country and world! Good luck. Stay safe. My hair is getting more gray too after 22 years of riding. It still blows in the wind.

Joyce Liana
Troutville, VA
Saturday, March 17, 2018
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
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