My Husband's an Idiot

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by momentumadv, Jun 1, 2013.

  1. momentumadv

    momentumadv Adventurer

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    I am a 41-year-old mother of four. I teach Physics at a local high school. My oldest child just graduated from high school. And my husband says that I have a total disregard for my personal safety. He bought himself a Suzuki DR 650. I decided it would be great if we could ride and have adventures together. But I had never ridden before. So, the first thing I did was go and get my temporary motorcycle license and within a week was enrolled in an MSF class.

    So, three weeks ago I finished my MSF class. I actually started the class two months ago, but I dropped the bike and hurt my knee. I tried to get back on the bike and finish the class, but my knee swelled so bad that I couldn’t. I was on crutches for two weeks. After I finished the class I had to decide what kind of bike I wanted. I knew that I didn’t want to shift. Thus, I decided I wanted a BMW scooter. Two weeks ago I bought myself a BMW C650. I liked the size, the feel and look of the BMW. I was so excited. I couldn’t wait for my first ride. Alas it would have to wait, as I had to have emergency gallbladder surgery one week ago.

    Today was the day. My husband asked if I wanted to go for a ride. Yippee!!! He is usually a wonderful husband, but today he was an idiot (as I said).

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    This is the first thing he made me ride down on my first ride, our gravel driveway that has huge pits in it.

    Hence, see the picture below.

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    My first scratches. Less than two miles and I have my first scratches. I also broke my back brake handgrip.

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    But did I let that stop me. No way. If a swollen knee couldn’t stop me then dropping my scooter wouldn’t. I got back up and started my adventure. We rode down our road and went to a nearby state park that has nice slow curvy roads. I have to remember to look through the turns and not watch my speed so much. I was a little nervous, but as seen below I did it and had a great time.

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    So where should my new adventure rider sticker go, on the front or back scratch?

    I can’t wait for my next adventure; hopefully it will start out a little better than this one. It can only end better with more helmet hair.

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    Can't wait for tomorrow! Maybe I'll let the idiot go to.
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  2. Rutabaga

    Rutabaga Been here awhile

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    Each ride is more education. Parts are parts and can be replaced. That helmet may put a temporary dent in the do but it also protects that wonderful smile, the mother of four children, and the brain of the physics teacher. As for the husband, well, at least you have a great scooter!
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  3. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    Wow I am proud of your fortitude!

    Pave the driveway!
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  4. MotoBoss

    MotoBoss Bad Influence

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    As a rider coach I would recommend more "parking lot" practice before trying the road.................from the looks of it you could use it.
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  5. Cerberus83

    Cerberus83 The Wingman

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    +1
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  6. Laconic

    Laconic Hapless Rube

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    If I was you, I'd buy a small, used dual sport and some proper protective gear for my face, hands, feet and legs. Then I'd spend a lot of time practicing my riding on fire roads and easy trails. The course you have charted for yourself will not end well.
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  7. Ricky Chuck

    Ricky Chuck Red Green Rulz!

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    And the husband could use a little practice in helpful words, lol. If I called my wife an idiot she would first remind me that was also a reflection on her choice in men, and next she would remind me I always fall asleep first, wait a minute, was that a threat???:huh
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  8. ShiftHead

    ShiftHead the f is silent.

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    hmmm....not to be nit picky here, but "made" you ride down the driveway? While it might sting a little, the advice of others here is a very good thing. Find a big walmart, or mall parking lot and burn a tank of gas riding around it. On my first bike, I rode neighborhood roads for a week, probably 50 miles, one block at a time. And I was still nervous as hell getting on a 'main' road, which was really just a two lane city road, with a 45 mph speed limit. We don't want to see someone go down and not get back up.
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  9. jagred

    jagred Been here awhile

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    That's a great looking scoot! Now you don't have to worry so much about those first scratches :lol3
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  10. Bear Chow

    Bear Chow Adventurer

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    Hi, I'm the idiot. We are taking it slow. The drive way is a mess I agree. I can't tell you how proud I am of the misses. She fell down and got right back up.

    We will stick to slow unoccupied roads and parking lots until she gains greater confidence and control. Until then, ah they're just parts and plastics that can easily be repaired or replaced.

    She is gone ho and ready to test all those physics lessons in gravity, momentum and inertia. I just hope I'll be able to keep up in about 6 months.
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  11. tslaw

    tslaw aged n00b

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    We all started like that - good luck with the grand adventure that is ahead.
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  12. Mala Suerte

    Mala Suerte Been here awhile

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    Wow, now you're calling her a "ho", this will not end well. :rofl

    Good job OP, just keep learnin'. We all crash at one time or another, hopefully you've got it out of your system.
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  13. seabee1

    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    So, you dump your bike fresh out of riding school, yet your husband is the idiot? Dumping your bike is to be expected. That'll happen til the day you stop riding, just less frequently. Enjoy the lessons!
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  14. Phipsd

    Phipsd Older but not wiser.

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    You would think that a physics teacher and a more experienced rider would see the wisdom in getting something smaller, lighter and easier to master ( as well as used ) to take the inevitable beginner lumps on. Instead of one of the biggest most expensive scooters there is.
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  15. ThumperStorm

    ThumperStorm Long timer

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    Wow, what a bunch of naysayers. :huh

    I, for one, wish you well and welcome you to the world of two wheels. :clap
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  16. Hesaid

    Hesaid Long timer

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    I really like the all the folks that tell people they need to spend some time riding around in a parking lot. Never is any mention made of how one is to get to these parking lots. Nor does anyone ever mention getting permission to ride in these parking lots. One thing that is always pointed out in hunter safety classes, and on all the licensing/regulation handbooks is the statement "If the land you hunt on is not your own, it belongs to someone else", does the same not apply to riding on private property? And where are all these nicely paved but deserted parking lots? Most of the parking lots I'm familiar with are filled with cars. And pedestrians. And concrete planters. And the cars are driven haphazardly, approaching from any direction at any given moment, as are the pedestrians. Hardly the best or safest place to practice the exercises in the MSF booklet.

    But maybe my parking lots (and trespassing laws) are just different.

    So, again, welcome to the world of two wheels. You know your area, I'm sure you can find someplace(s) to learn at your own pace. We're just beginning to venture away from home ( First and Second trips), so I know what you're going through. The open road will be there when you're ready.

    MV
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  17. Phipsd

    Phipsd Older but not wiser.

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    Naysayer? Not hardly. I have had a lifetime of passionate enjoyment on two wheels. My expertise is in task analysis. I like to see people have the best possible chance to succeed and not get hurt.

    A bike half the weight would be less intimidating, less likely to crash and way more fun for the new rider. Near 600 lb machines don't tolerate mistakes and inexperience very well.
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  18. RokLobster

    RokLobster Far from sanity

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    Congratulations on the new ride and for getting back on. I too injured my knee learning to ride, I too decided to keep going, and now, 12 years later, I enjoy riding more now than I did back then. Good to have a supportive husband ~ mine has had my back since day one and yours seems to have yours! Good luck! :clap
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  19. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Long timer

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    Very impressive frowny face!

    You said your husband made you ride the driveway. You are the captain of your bike, and you must at times assert that authority. No one should ever make you ride when, where or how you think you should not. Another can encourage, cajole, even harass and harange your to do this or that, but the ultimate decision is, and must be, yours. To say yes or no.

    Certainly you need to be able to ride your driveway. But, if that's not the place to be working yet, or to not ride so fast on, so be it. Build your skills, and ride when where and how you feel able. Not when where and how others tell you to.

    Nice scooter btw. I looked at them quite a bit at the last big show. Comical that it's actually a bit too big for me. They told me there is a new model coming out that will better address my lack of inseam. I think it was also mentioned that there is an alternative seat to bring a smurf rider like myself further forward and down.
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  20. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    The first few rides can be a little bumpy at times,it'll work out fine.

    My mom used to ride us to junior high on a trail-90 Honda,she didnt know anymore about riding a motorcycle then the man in the moon,she just thought it looked like fun.

    Later she got her private pilot license,then her aerobatic certificate.
    And rode a 550 Suzuki up and down the CA coast at my dad's urging.

    I rode a bike for a week with a manual clutch,then really got the hang of it racing at the local flattrack on Sat night,some bumps and bruises followed but what a Rush!

    Have fun! (and shifting isnt that big a pain)
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