Its never too late to start riding a motorcycle. This woman began her motorcycle journey at 59, and did it right with proper training and education.
To say that my history with motorcycles was minimal would be an understatement. I had never ridden “anything,” and 26 years ago had ridden on a bike as a passenger for about an hour. My husband, Mike, rides bikes and has raced dirt bikes his entire life. When he retired, and a girl friend of mine got her motorcycling license, I decided to take the leap and work towards getting mine.
At my motorcycle training site where I’m an instructor for basic riding skills, students often ask me if I think they should start off on a scooter. Sometimes riders are nervous about learning how to work a clutch, while others have anxiety about their ability to plant both feet on the ground. I respond by telling them it’s their choice.
My friends thought I was crazy when I told them I was going to ride a scooter to Las Vegas to attend my first scooter rally. “That will take forever!” and “You wont be able to take any stuff with you!” and “Youll get blown all over the road!” they said. Honda proves them all wrong with the Silver Wing rightfully touting it as a touring machine that just happens to be a scooter.
When I was asked to review a new scooter with three wheels, I expected something in the trike genre – one wheel in front, two in the back. I was mistaken. This new 250cc scooter from Italian manfucturer Piaggio has two wheels in the front, one in the back. WRN Contributor Perri Capell finds out what its like to ride this unique scooter.