Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Wiltshire, England, UK
Bikes: Vintage Raleigh Ladies Racer
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You've guessed it. I ride a motorbike too. I have a Kawasaki Eliminator.
I learnt to cycle first as a child, then learned to drive. I took one driving lesson every week for a year and passed my test first time. That was in 1975. To date, I haven't caused an accident, and hope I never do.
I was 38 when I learned to ride a motorcycle and now, 50 this year I'm back on a bicycle as my husband is using the family car for work (he's a sales rep and has to travel around), the job I do the motorbike is impractical for but the bicycle is perfect
I do door to door catalogue sales. Basically, I pop catalogues through peoples' doors, pick them up (hopefully with orders) two days later and process the orders. The only thing I need the car for are the deliveries which we do at the weekend on my husband's days off. The result is, I can do my catalogue rounds quicker by bike as many of my customers live where there are only paths, no roads and all my business is conducted within a 4 mile radius - most linked with cycle paths so not only is it quicker but cheaper as I don't have to buy fuel (just tank myself up when I come back with a lovely cup of coffee
) and it's healthier too
I don't find a problem switching between bicycle and motorbike. You do learn very quickly to switch between the two and both become second-nature. When I took motorbike lessons some years ago, it was one of the first things the instructors told us about. If you ride a bicycle, although a motorbike is a two-wheeled vehicle, it is totally, completely different to riding a bicycle.
I have three different perspectives of the road - from my bicycle, from my motorbike and from the car. Two pieces of advice that have kept me safe all these years is one my late father gave me - "Always keep two jumps ahead of the traffic" - in other words anticipate what might happen and keep observance at all times (I think it's called reading the road and conditions properly) and "If in doubt - don't". It's advice I've passed on to many people.