How did You learn to Ride?
masonjs at nrtco.net
Wed May 21 14:15:24 PDT 2008
lets see that was a long time ago,most of you weren't alive. I was about 14
years old and indentured myself to a local farmer one George Caughey. I was
manufacturing fence post holes, tamping in posts and stringing page wire
with a single strand of barb on top. After 16 days at 10 hours per day at
$0.90 per hour,this old bastard tries to give me a 1942 Harley Davidson WL
45 CID still painted khaki with the army logos and numbers still intact for
my services. I figured he owed me $144.00 and I wasn't taking that POS off
his hands unless he paid me. We finally settled for $130.00 and the HD and
I thought I was getting screwed. I recall George commenting on his fence
costing more per inch than strung pearls with my work ethic.
It took me about 4 days to get the HD running. George had the police
looking for the 6 volt battery missing from his 1951 John Deere. He didn't
notice the 4 quarts of 30 wt and 2 quarts of 90 wt oil that had gone astray.
He did wonder how the battery returned on its own 2 weeks later.
Any way a 45 HD is not really the kind of bike you want to learn to ride on
especially from scratch. I had to ask a couple of older guys how to operate
the clutch and shift gears. I knew how to drive a truck and a car with
standard transmissions but this was a whole new kettle of fish. The HD was
a little forgiving as it had a long stroke and a large flywheel so taking
off wasn't too hard. I could only ride the thing in the bush behind my
parents house so any gear higher than first was out of the question. I
broke a couple of knuckles when I ricocheted off a tree. It was a tough old
bike and spent its first winter with me wedged between 2 pine trees. The
following spring I had it in the front yard and some guy asked my dad if it
was for sale. I came home a found a well used but very fictional 12 gauge
Winchester model 12 pump action shotgun had replaced the HD. I was elated.
The following year I bought a brand new 1965 Suzuki 80 for the grand sum of
$299.00 delivered to my door. I rode it for a year on a temporary driver's
license then got my actual license to drive a vehicle. 2 years later the
province came out with a motorcycle endorsement. They didn't even have a
motorcycle test yet. I rode over to the license bureau and asked how I
could get my motorcycle endorsement. The examiner asked if I had ever
ridden a bike and how far. I went outside checked the speedometer and came
in and told him 11,465 miles. He stamped my drivers license and I was good
----- Original Message -----
From: "keelhauld" <keelhauld at optonline.net>
To: "GPZ LIST" <gpzlist at micapeak.com>
Sent: Wednesday, May 21, 2008 3:41 PM
Subject: How did You learn to Ride?
> How did you learn to ride? How did you get your license? I started riding
> mini bikes at 10, minicycles soon thereafter and bought my first street
> bike at 17 having already been riding for 7 years. I then took my test at
> the DMV and passed.
> My wife got on a bike for the first time while taking the MSF course,
> passed the test and they stamped her license and she is done. These tests
> seem too easy to pass.....
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