Buying Your First Motorcycle: What You Should Know pt 1

My bike. 2015 Ironhorse 883
My bike. 2015 Ironhorse 883

So you have decided you want to start riding a motorcycle? Excellent! Riding a motorcycle is a fun way to get away for a few hours. Riding a motorcycle is nothing like driving a car. You use a car to get somewhere, you use a motorcycle to go somewhere.

Now that you have decided that you want to ride a motorcycle it’s time to decide what kind of bike you want. There are so many options out in the world. American vs. Japanese bikes. Adventure bikes vs. Cruisers.  Carbureted vs. Fuel Injected.

That’s where I come in.

I recently bought my first bike. Then I bought my second first bike because the first one was terrible. So I am going to share with you what I learned from my first shopping experience in a multi-post series that will go as follows:

Part 2: Height and Weight

Part 3: The importance of shopping around/The difference in motor sizes

Part 4 Carbureted vs Fuel Injected

Part 5 Picking out a bike based on what you want to do with it

Part 6: Gear and Accessories

Part 7: Conclusion

The posts will go up on Friday afternoons.

The first thing I encourage you is to take an M Endorsement class. A lot of local bike shops (Harley Davidson for sure) as well as community colleges often have the M classes. When you have that endorsement on your license dealers will let you test ride the bikes which is a great way to make sure you don’t end up buying a bike that you don’t want.

in addition to taking the class, search Youtube for beginner motorcycle videos. There are a lot and it’s a good way to get an idea of what you need to do before you get the bike under you.

My favorite beginner video is Twist of the Wrist There are also books on Amazon by Twist of the Wrist that are great if you want a continuous guide.

It’s a little bit campy but it has a lot of great information about riding. Specifically it sorts out the many myths you hear about riding from the truth. And it explains the idea of counter steering in one of the most accessible ways I’ve found.

There’s a lot of information and I hope that I can make your bike buying experience a fun one.

Happy riding and see you next Friday

-M-

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Couple of quick updates for you!

i have set up my official author Facebook page. i’m going to be putting updates there that I won’t be putting anywhere. Especially around NaNoWriMo I will be updating my word count every day as well as excerpts from what I will be working on. (Which will either be my retelling of Medusa or Book  1 of my God Creator series…haven’t decided yet) I will be also posting NaNoWriMo themed inspiration during October and November.

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Also keep an eye out this coming Friday for the first post in a multi-post series on buying your first motorcycle. I recently went through it and made a bunch of mistakes so I will be covering everything from buying your gear to the important differences between carburated and fuel injected bikes.

After that I will have a multi-post series on starting out with makeup since I didn’t have anyone to really give me buying advice and it took me way longer than it needed to to get everything together.

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I want to start doing some “How To” posts likes the ones above so if you have anything you would like me to write a post about let me know!

See you Friday!

-M-

Does this photo make me look deep?
Does this photo make me look deep?

Life Goes On:The End of National Suicide Prevention Week

#Project Semi Colon
#Project Semi Colon

I never used to pay attention to National Suicide Prevention Week. It was-as I guess it is for most people-another week where a group of people somewhere are(semi-unsuccessfully) trying to raise awareness for a specific cause. And, where they are successful, it doesn’t last long.

The week passes and everyone moves on.

C’est La Vie.

So, for me, NSPW is not to raise awareness or start a dialogue or anything of the sort. If people see the drawings i do on my arm every year and want to inquire then I will engage them. But I don’t seek out those conversations.

The drawings(and eventual permanent tattoo) I do on my wrists are for me. To remind me that I’m still here. To remind me that there is hope even in the darkest hours.

I suffer a major depression disorder. It runs in my family along with addiction and the inability to speak in almost anything except sarcasm.  Coupled with my depression is sever anxiety. I’m always worried that people I love-even my best friend and my boyfriend-secretly don’t like me.

i had to drive somewhere I had never been the other day and I couldn’t walk for a few minutes after I got there because my legs were too shaky.

Depression and Anxiety. Two mental disorders that lie to you. That distort your worldview. That make you think your life isn’t worth anything.

I struggle with those thoughts and worse every single day. I struggle with thinking how much better off people would be without me. If my brother hadn’t already killed himself I would have by now.

One of my coping mechanisms used to be to cut my wrists.

I call them my weak point.

This year I heard of “Project Semi Colon” People are getting tattoos of semi colons either as a reminder for themselves that life goes on or in tribute to people they have lost or who are struggling.

A semi colon is a place where the author could have chosen to end the sentence but chose to continue on.

As a writer, someone who struggles with suicidal thoughts and as someone who lost a sibling to suicide the movement spoke to me on many levels. So, this year for NSPW, I had my (fortunately artistic) boyfriend draw a semi colon butterfly (see above) on my left wrist covering some of my scars.

A reminder.

Life Goes On.

I’m going to get this tattooed in a few months but I think we are going to make the wings say HOPE.

For those who are struggling i want you to know:

Someone loves you. it may not seem like it at home or at work or at school. But someone loves you. You may have someone who follows your blog or your Facebook and lives for everything you post and you might not even know it.

Your life is worth living.

You have something to contribute to the world that no one else can.

It’s hard to see the light through the darkness. Sometimes-in all honesty-there isn’t any light for a very long time.

But you will continue. Because you are stronger than your depression. You are stronger than the people who would hold you down. You are strong. You are capable. You are worthy.

If you ever need to talk feel free to send me a private message. Or reach out to other blogs that you follow or even your own followers. The beauty of the internet is that there is always someone there to listen without judging.

I love you.

-M-