Today I completed the 3 day MSF safety course (which was SO MUCH FUN) and got my license (temporary paper...but legal). It was a sweltering couple of days this weekend in northern virginia and I think I lost 10 pounds from sweating between the 2 days...BUT, as soon as they handed out the DMV certificates and said it was a legal license for 30 days, I knew exactly what I was going to do as soon as I got home. I was tired, dehydrated, a little sore, and all my clothes were completely soaked, yuck. That being said, the decision was already made.
Got home, changed clothes, drank a LOT of water and got ready. I noticed when I brought the bike back from the dealership a week ago there wasn't a lot of gas, which is fine because it gave me my first destination.
Got the bike up and running, found my friction zone...and WOW! Just a little bit different than the 250cc bikes at the course. I mean WOW, I knew it was going to be fun, but I had no idea what kind of treat I was in for. For all you veterans, keep in mind this was also my maiden voyage as a rider, not just with the versys. Oh my god, what a machine!
So I got to the station, filled up....and came right back home. Since I put ALL my gear on this time, it took about 3 minutes on this 95 degree day with almost 100% humidity to realize not even my excitement is going to win this battle. Oh yeah, plus the fact that I need to learn how to ride. I doubt I'm the only rookie who has done this. You know...just finishing a course in a tremendously large vacant parking lot where I had to battle tiny rubber cones as obstacles on a slower bike with instructors around me at all times, and thinking..uh huh...oh yeah, I'm totally ready for Sunday traffic in the middle of a city. I think I left my turn signal on 4 of the 6 times I used it, stalled out twice...annnnd almost ran into someone on my way out of the gas station.
So all in all, the 3-4 mile maiden voyage was SO AWESOME!!! I had so much fun even with the reality check of realizing I need to stick with the original vacant high school parking lot plan. There's one right up the street from me and it's summer time. I drove by it today and it's going to be a great place to practice over the upcoming weeks...starting tomorrow morning, when it's cooler and people are sleeping in