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I got my motorcycle learner's permit today. The cost went up from $15 to $30, but it's good for two years. I bloody well better get my license this time; I've already spent $45 on permits and have sat on the bike exactly twice since then. Note I said sat. The most moving the bike did with me on it was when I pushed it into the garage. Gotta love a low seat height.

Amazingly enough, I feel a little more confident about motorcycles lately, and it sounds stupid, but it's from watching American Chopper. I pay attention to the build parts of it, because I find it fascinating, and I was able to figure out almost all the parts of Wolfie's bike based on what I'd seen. I can balance the bike, and I'm strong enough to be able to shift it by myself, so I'm sure that if it got laid down, I could pick it up.

I've been looking at bikes, too, and I know I want one like Wolfie's, which is a 305cc (Kawasaki KZ305, to be exact). Kawasaki doesn't have that model anymore, and their low-end, "entry-level" bike is a 125cc. Feh. Even the trainer bikes at rider school are 250's. Next one up from that is like a 450, which is more than I want as a starter bike. Honda's entry-level bike, the Rebel, is a 234cc. It's cute... but I'd rather find a 300. 350, max. I'll probably end up buying used. License first, though.

Can't ride bitch forever.
3 trips or shoot the rapids
was1 From: was1 Date: April 29th, 2004 07:51 am (UTC) (base camp)
Good luck with the bike and learning to handle it. Get out there and ride!
beerhorse From: beerhorse Date: April 29th, 2004 08:32 am (UTC) (base camp)
Oooh! We need to grab goldwing and we could all go out riding one day! :)

I keep telling myself that I'll get my permit as soon as I get health insurance. :)

Jason, aka Panzier, is one of the MSF trainers. :) If you take the class, he might be your teacher.

tashabear From: tashabear Date: April 29th, 2004 10:35 am (UTC) (base camp)
Depends on where he teaches. I'll likely go for one of the classes taught by Ironstone Ventures. They have the best schedules, combined with decent pricing and a relatively handy location.

I don't have health insurance. Haven't for years. This is just me, mind, but if I'd waited till I got health insurance to do anything in the last 15 years, I'd have sat at home a lot. I totally understand why you want to wait, though; if I was smart, I'd wait, too.
3 trips or shoot the rapids