Well tomorrow is the big day, or should I say the big weekend, for motorcycle school. When I first signed up for the school it kind of bothered me a little because I've been riding motorcycles all of my life and I didn't think I would get much out of it, other than a motorcycle license.
But since I always try to look on the bright side of things I started thinking that it might be fun, after all laws change and maybe I'll learn something that I never knew before. And I'll get to ride a motorcycle around and that's always fun. I haven't had much saddle time in the last 20 years so I know I'm a little rusty and riding around in a parking lot will be a good way to get the feel of it again.
The bikes we are going to be using are Yamaha XT 250s which are as friendly and mild-mannered as you're going to find in a motorcycle. I've never ridden one before but I've sat on a few of them Because the XT 250 was one of the bikes I considered getting before I decided on the WR450. I liked it originally because it's a street legal dirt bike and the seat is low enough that almost anyone can get both feet flat on the ground. But the problem for me was it was kind of heavy at 298 pounds, and it didn't have much power for riding on the highway, I think it's only got about 18 hp.
I think one of the reasons I started feeling more optimistic about going to the school is I remembered last year when I had to go to a concealed carry school to renew my gun permit. I had inadvertently let my concealed carry permit expire and because of a new Colorado law I now had to take a class.
This bothered me because I had owned a concealed carry permit for the last 20 something years, and in fact had never had to go to a school because Colorado accepted my military weapons training as sufficient to have a concealed carry permit.
But there I was having to sit in a classroom and listening to someone who knew less about firearms than I did tell me which end the bullet came out of. But despite what I thought I ended up actually enjoying it and learning some things that may prove to be beneficial in the future.
So I'm hoping that's what's gonna happen this weekend. I've got everything I'm supposed to bring in the truck, my helmet, my boots, my brand-new gloves, and a jacket. And I'm looking forward to getting on a motorcycle again.
theboondork, Born to Be Mild.