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Reader Story: Learning to Ride, One Motorcycle at a Time

If you think you can, you can!

By Pam King, Boerne, Texas

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Learning to ride Honda Shadow Aero
Pam King with her Honda Shadow Aero 750.

It all began 4 years ago. With the children grown and out of the house, my husband, Neil, said, "It's time to start riding again.” I said, "Have fun"! I had never ridden on a motorcycle, except for once when I was 18, and that ride was enough for me. I also once rode on the back of Neil’s motorcycle and didn’t think it was that much fun. But, for my 50th birthday, Neil somehow managed to have me take motorcycle lessons. I did well—I didn't drop the bike, I didn't get sent home, so I thought, OK, I can ride a motorcycle!

Learning to ride Kawasaki Vulcan 500
Pam with her Kawasaki Vulcan 500cc, the motorcycle she felt was too much for her. This bike is actually pretty powerful for its size boasting a 6-speed transmission and a physical size and styling resembling a that of a much bigger motorcycle.

We had already purchased a Kawasaki Vulcan 500 for me to ride, so when I got home I jumped on and proceeded to lay it down at every stop sign. Neil decided I needed to start with a smaller bike so he bought me a used Kawasaki Eliminator 125. I loved that little thing! I rode it everywhere, but my top speed was only about 50 miles per hour. We decided I should move up to a Buell Blast 500cc for a little more power.

During spring break that year, Neil and I rode the Twisted Sisters in Leakey, Texas. I thought I would never do those “twisties,” but I did. That same week he decided it was time for me to take the advanced rider's motorcycle course. It was a women's only class and all the women there were about as big as my little finger and riding large Harley-Davidson Softails, while I was on my Buell Blast. I told Neil after the class I wanted my "big bike" and I again began riding the Vulcan. The next September, we purchased a Honda Shadow Aero 750, and then I moved "up" to a Honda VTX 1300. Two years ago, I purchased a Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic.

Learning to ride Buell Blast
Pam really connected with the Buell Blast.

With riding, some women just "get it" and then there are those like me, who have to start small and work their way up. I have now logged approximately 50,000 miles on the numerous bikes I have owned over the last 5 years. Since the beginning of my motorcycle "career" we have been organizers of the Hill Country Motorcycle Riders of Texas where we lead rides throughout the hill country. We have made life-long friends doing what we love—riding our motorcycles! Fortunately, living in the Texas hill country we have the weather to ride almost every weekend. Today, I have moved up, once again, to a 2012 Harley-Davidson Red Ember Street Glide, and I am also the road caption for my local HOG chapter (Harley Owners Group). A few years ago I retired from working as a school counselor. One of my favorite things to tell students is that you can do anything you want to do, if you put your mind to it. I actually use my story of learning to ride a motorcycle as an example for my students. In the words of Henry Ford, "If you think you can do a thing or if you think you can't, you're right.”

Learning to ride Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic
Finally, after trying many bikes, Pam gets her "big bike," a Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic.

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