Well the time has come to start to put some of my thoughts on paper, well actually computer. Some may call it a mid-life crisis, others may say I’m just a big kid. I have always liked bikes but never had the courage to actually ride one. Well that was until recently Back in May this year I bit the bullet and booked myself in at the Learner course down at the Regatta centre in Penrith, NSW. Or as I like to call it the “Rif.” I must say this surprised most if not all of my friends because up until that day, I had never ever been on a bike. YES I am talking any sort of bike. Never rode a motorcycle or even a pedal bike. It is just one of those things I never got around to doing as a kid. Here I am cold wet day trying to get a bike license not even knowing if I could even balance on it. Well after some patience from Bruce the trusty instructor I went home after two days with a certificate of Competency and the following week I passed my knowledge test and presto. I have myself a Motorbike license. Well “L” plate license that is but license all the same.
But more on that later. To tell you all a little about me is simple. I grew up in Melbourne moved to Sydney, off to Adelaide now back in Sydney. I don’t ever plan on moving state again. Also with a bit of luck house either. It is amazing how much crap someone can accumulate in such a short period of time. I am a Mechanic by trade and done a heap of extra schooling along the way to end up where I am today. I have always had a passion for anything with wheels in particular Cars. I own a 1966 XP Ford Falcon Coupe with a 347 Stroker engine but that is a story for another non bike related blog. Live with my awesome wife and two dogs. Who at the time of writing this aren’t too awesome.
Now coming back to getting on a bike. Once I got my license and had approval from the Commander and Chief (The good lady Wife) I went out and brought a cheap second hand bike. YES, the time I owned my very own bike. Nothing flash but I love it. The old faithful Yamaha Virago XV250. It is better known as the “VIAGRA” Purely for the name and no other reasons. Lol. As it stands I have now only done a few trips on it but have loved every minute of it. I guess you could say the passion has begun.
As of this weekend I am hoping to make it down to Homebush to meet the master Yoda. From what I read and can make out this is a must for any budding rider. Especially in preparation for the MOST test. As for me, I have a long, long, long, long way to go. But the aim is to have my “P” plates by the end of the year. I am in no rush and want to enjoy every minute of it.
Now for Netrider. Well what can I say. Everyone I have spoken to and dealt with on this website have been great, friendly and always willing to offer positive advice. Hence the reason it has now inspired me to create my first ever blog and hoping that this will become a periodic blog on “Living the Bike Life.” I am aiming to express my thoughts, emotions personality but most importantly my experiences as I start my new life as a baby biker. Lol.
I hope that if I can get at least one person to read this then I will keep on writing, biking and whatever else comes along. I have no doubt you will see me along the way cruising in my XV250 or the “VIAGRA” as I like to call it.
See you on the bitumen.