So I got my M2 last fall & bought an ex500 - after lurking on this forum for so long! Had a wonderful couple of months riding, mostly in the neighbourhood, the odd foray out on to more major roads. No highways yet - I know when I'll be ready!
Just as I know I'm hooked, winter descends on the great white north! Now I lack the intestinal fortitude of you more experienced riders so we prep & store our mc's. Flash forward to May...
I had been holding off getting the bike out. So many posts on the local boards on riders going down. Sure, some were squids, doing their thing. But others were just a case of cages not being used to seeing us out there.
Finally, after oil/filter change, battery back in, I'm out on the road again. Another 100km of riding around the block, just to get used to everything! Then out on to the roads. Constantly reminding myself to stay loose on the grips - white knuckle syndrome! Lifting the visor at every stoplight - must be that newbie panting thing going on. It all feels so strange.
Then something wonderful happens. I'm into a lot of sports, running, etc, and often get into "the zone", this place where the miles fly by effortlessly, where you know your opponents every move before it happens... All of a sudden, while I was riding, it seemed like my peripheral vision opened up, and I was completely aware of everything around me. Hands were relaxed, breathing was even, cage moves were predicted before they happened. It was amazing. I just never expected it to happen on an mc - I always assumed it happened under great physical/mental exertion (e.g.sports).
Got home & just floated on clouds the rest of the day.
Pointless ramble! Blush! Just thought I'd share!