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In the Wind!Posted Monday, April 27, 2009, at 7:14 PM
Get your motor running
I love seeing a group of bike riders on the road having a good time and just cruising.
My first experiance at the age of 10, on a motorize bike was a dirt bike, and a friend let me get on it. I was doing pretty good until I started down hill and I forgot where the hand brake was. I went through a barbed wire fence, and the fence held me the bike kept going.
I still have a cool scar on my neck from that experiance.
The second time I got on a bike it was a small Honda, I don't even remember what, but I was getting the hang of it.
I was in a city park, and it was very liberating to just cruise around and feel like I was Peter Fonda or Dennis Hopper in Easy Rider.
I came to a stop sign and like a big dummy, I forgot to put my feet down. The bike collapsed on top of me, much to my shame.
I was concentrating so hard on gears and brakes I just forgot that essential part.
Later, in my twenties, I hung out with various friends that had beautiful Harley's and Indian's.
My friend Steve, was a expert mechanic at the Harley shop in town, and we would ride for hours at a time.
I got pretty good at handling the smaller Harley's but the big one's I just could not handle.
He had one that he rode that had a kick start, and another real old one that had the suicide clutch.
I loved the sound of those big old bikes.
Years later when I got married, we took a rode trip on a friends Honda Goldwing. It was a nice bike, it just did not have the appeal of the Harley.
On our way back into Tennessee, we were hit by a car at a intersection during a torrential downpour.
Man, all I could see was that Volvo embelm coming for my leg.
The kid that hit us ran the light, and was in mom's Volvo.
We did not get hurt, just shook up, and the Volvo and bike seemed fine too.
I have not been on another bike since then, about 15 years ago, not because I am afraid, I just don't have access to a bike.
Because I know what it feels like to be smeared on the asphalt, I want to caution drivers to be extra vigilant to watch out for bike riders..
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Lesa Cox has owned a cleaning service and a bookstore; now, she repairs and maintains computers for the elderly and others on a fixed income. She enjoys animals, gardening, books and fixing old cars. She and her husband have one son, who suffers from Asperger's syndrome.
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