Rider’s Edge #2

Written Saturday morning at 5:30 AM.

Its dark and I just woke up. Willingly. Normally I have to drag myself out of bed at 8 AM in the morning. Today I woke up at 5 AM an knew there was no going back to sleep. Guess I’m excited.

Last night we covered protective gear and motorcycle controls. Protective gear study included going to the Harley store and looking at gear. You were to try on different parts and write down your size. I need a large in jacket, an extra large in gloves, and probably a extra large in helmet. They didn’t have any extra large full faced helmets sitting out so I’m not sure. They really didn’t have that great of selection in anything but jackets. I tried on a couple of jackets and found I like the synthetics better than the leather. I tried on a Joe Rocket jacket that was mainly padding and very light weight and didn’t feel all that protected. I like a jacket that is somewhat thick all over and has extra padding/armor.

We went over the controls of a motorcycle. I head knowledge already knew them so it wasn’t that new. I did learn about the fuel switch that lets you turn off the supply of gas to the engine and also controls a reserve amount of fuel in the tank.

Jerry told us when you want to turn left you push left. So you are actually steering right. Seemed wrong and I just didn’t understand it. So he made me sit on the motorcycle and try it. The most important piece of information you need is that all turning by motorcycles is accomplished by leaning. One you understand that you can feel that in fact turning the wheel right leans the bike left. It still feels a little wrong, but he says that the way you’ve been doing it on a bike for years. Its one of those things you aren’t confused about till someone explains what you are doing to you.

Well I better get going. Don’t want to be late.