Saturday, September 3, 2011

Pilgrim's Progress

This is the second time I've tried the MSF riding class. The first time, two years ago, I'd never been on a bike except as a passenger. I sprained my clutch hand the first day of the class, and couldn't finish. Since then I've ridden more than 3000 miles on my underbone motorbikes, which have everything a full motorcycle has with the notable exception of a clutch lever. When I shift gears, I have to be at just the right RPM or the bikes try their best to buck me off.

The Bonneville that I hopeplan to buy has a clutch lever. So, off I go, back to the class, back to face my old nemesis.

It went... much better. As Scalpel pointed out beforehand, we know everything EXCEPT the clutch work, so the rest is easy and we can concentrate on that one thing. My hand still hurt by the end of the day, but I wasn't debating killing myself to get out of there, and sure my back hurts, but whatever. I won praise for my bike handling, and I only bombed the segment that I knew I would (those damned slaloms). I should be able to go back tomorrow and finally pass this damned thing, and go buy my Bonnie, and forget this whole thing ever happened :)

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