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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-29-2007, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Newbie with a new bike

Hey all... I'm a 31 year old female. Staff Sergeant in the US Army stationed at Fort Hood. I'm a mechanic, and the majority of my experience has been dirt riding... quads and bikes. I have borrowed plenty of street bikes, cruisers and sport bikes alike, but I finally made the jump into owning my own bike. Took a MSF beginners class this past weekend and got my license this morning. My new bike had been sitting in the garage for a week, and when I took it out this morning, it was BEAUTIFUL. I took it in some traffic, a few miles of highway, some country roads... and I was SO comfortable, so happy. It was amazing.

As soon as I took the bike to work, I was bombarded by guys trying to talk me into doing all kinds of crazy stuff, wheelies, burn outs.... blah, blah, blah. But I just smiled at them. I'm confident that I know my limitations, and I'm learning to ride the RIGHT way. I plan on taking lessons at the track, because I can't wait to go FAST, but I have no intention of doing so unless it's in a controlled environment with someone experienced to lead the way.

I am just so thrilled to be part of this growing sorority of women pushing themselves to the limit.. safely... and enjoying a sport that used to be taboo to them.

Glad to be here!

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BTW, I'm a beefy chick. 5'8", 165 pounds... nothing up top and a ton of legs. No one could believe I was flat-footed on this bike until they saw me sit on it. I was worried about pushing it up hills... but backed into three parking spots today with a slight grade... no trouble at all. Wouldn't want to have to push the thing all DAY. (smile) But it just felt great. I'm able to keep it upright even in really slow traffic using my friction zone/brakes.

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thx, cookee... believe me... I'm taking it easy. I'm going with everything I've been taught... if it FEELS wonky, it IS. But I'm still keeping the RPM's up without bogging her down. I just can't emphasize how great I feel, and confident that I made the right choice, based on what I know about my abilities, not on pressure to compensate for my lack of a wiener. I love it, and know that a year from now, the bike will still hold a challenge for me... and a year after that... and a year after that. (smile)

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welcome to SBW
glad to hear you're enjoying the new ride. like cookee said, keep it rubber side down.
I was stationed at Ft Bliss (El Paso) hmmmm...wow...it's been quite a while ago now...everyone still trying to tell ya "But at least it's a dry heat" man if I only had a dollar for evertime some one told me that lie...well at least it wasn't true when I was there back in 1997-1998.
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Welcome to the forum and world of bikes once again

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Welcome from a sunny South Africa...

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Thanks, everyone... appreciate the warm welcome.

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Welcome!

The guys will continue to flock in here... they claim they can spot a female from miles away... but none of them know what to do once they actually get NEAR one.

Congrats on finding a bike you are comfortable with. It's easy to flatfoot as a tall female. I'm 5'10", and have a 34" inseam, so I know what you mean about being all legs!

See ya round!
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