Yep, I am. After I go through the motorcycle riders class this weekend and wade through all the suggestions made by riders concerning what make, style, model and size bike I should buy.
It’s confusing as hell.
Add in the 10% telling me it is sure death to own one and I’ve had a very stressful couple of weeks since I announced to the world I was buying one.
What I do know is it won’t be a Harley. I know they are great bikes. I know they are THE bike. But, well, they just aren’t for me. I’m just not that kind of guy. I don’t mean that as an insult cause there’s nothing wrong with Harley guys and gals. It’s just that it’s a persona I don’t feel comfortable with and, frankly, I think I would look like Matt Damon trying to pull off being a patriotic American soldier in Iraq.
In other words I would suck at it because it would be a lie.
But the real thing I am hung-up on is the size. I really, really am hesitant to get a bigger bike starting off which is what all these avid riders are telling me to do. By bigger I mean a 650cc or 750cc, which seems HUGE to me but is tiny to them.
A real starter bike – say a Honda Rebel – is just too small. I will want to get a bigger bike in a few months and it would be a waste of money. But those 650s and higher are just so damn intimidating that I know I am going to lay it down right outside my driveway. I was going to settle on a Kawasaki Vulcan 500 LTD, but my rider friends say that is a “girlie” bike.
Yeah, insult my manhood. That sure builds confidence.
I’m not exactly new to riding. I had a Honda 350 back in my 20s, but crap, that was almost 30 years ago so, really, yeah, I am new to riding.
And I don’t want to get more bike than I can handle.
So, well, if any of my few readers, or anyone who stumbles by this blog, wants to chime in with suggestions I would love to hear them.
Except the “you’re gonna die” comments. I’ve had a ton of those already. And being the obsessive-compulsive guy that I am I have read a TON of research on the dangers of riding and how to be safe.
I think I can be safe.
So, again, if you have any suggestions let me know. I won’t buy it for a few more weeks so I’ve got time to listen.
I passed the motorcycle safety course today. Now I have no excuse but to get a bike.