Back in the saddle - again

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by Nigel Allen, Jun 26, 2011.

  1. Nigel Allen

    Nigel Allen Guest

    Hi All

    Interesting morning.

    The last time I rode a bike any distance it was two years ago and I was
    on my way north on a borrowed Beemer to visit an old mate in
    Muswellbrook via the scenic route. Got as far Broke (apt name) before
    the local pool moron left the dirt on the left hand side of the road (no
    indicators), swerved to the centre of the road outside the shop and
    tried to hook a U. Realised that there was a car coming the other way
    and so stopped at an angle across the road about 5 metres in front of
    me. I woke up in the ambulance. Here's the result a week later
    (apologies to those of a delicate disposition):

    The time before that was another year previous when I was commuting
    regularly. A nice old gentleman turning left onto a main road (blind,
    from behind a truck FFS!) managed to T-Bone me. He was bloody determined
    as well - the old bastard had to cross three lanes to get me! (Why can
    your average Australian not turn left into the first lane?).

    This morning, having finished rebuilding the ER5 and got the blue slip,
    green skip and rego last week, I dragged myself from my sick bed
    (friggin' flu) and made myself go for a ride. Given that I am
    convalescing (read snotty and phlegmy) I decided a quick ride up the old
    Pacific Highway was about all I was game for. Terrey Hills, Hornsby, Mt
    White for breakfast and then home again - maybe three hours with a stop.

    What did I learn? Despite having been on two wheels regulalrly for the
    last 40 years, my confidence was far more damaged than I thought it was.
    I would go as far in fact to say that my confidence was almost
    non-existent (okay - I know they /are/ all out to get me). It wasn't
    until I was halfway home that I realised that I was so tense that my
    riding was, well, how shall I put it, sh*thouse, and my jaw was aching
    from clenching my teeth. Oh yes, and I also discovered that although you
    can make any excuses you want about the weight you can put on in a
    couple of years, a Hein Gericke jacket is not that forgiving. Once I
    relaxed I was fine and everything started to fall back (not literally)
    into place. Great crowd up at the Mt White Cafe - everyone as friendly
    as I remembered. I also learned that I really should have bought a new
    pair of sunglasses that fit in the new helmet and that sales guys in
    bike shops do NOT know what "winter gloves are".

    The really interesting part for me was that I had no conscious idea that
    my confidence was affected at all - it was all on a subconscious level -
    which explains my reluctance to ride for the last few months ("I need a
    new helmet", "my gloves are ripped", "it's too cold" etc.). Taught me a
    little bit about myself if nothing else.

    Anyway - I'm back.

    Nigel Allen, Jun 26, 2011
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    bikerbetty Guest

    Welcome back!!! Every time I've had an enforced absence from riding, my
    nervousness has always crept up and whacked me on the head after about a
    week, and has lingered and niggled until the moment I got back on the bike -
    and then it was like - well, like getting back on a horse really - only much
    better. The nervousness evaporated as soon as I was able to think about what
    I was doing and what everybody else on the road was doing, rather than
    imagining disasters in my head.

    It's been 13 weeks so far this time - a whole quarter of a year - the
    longest bikeless time I've had since I began - so it will be interesting to
    see how I feel when I get back out on the road for the first time. Given
    that I will be on a new style of bike, I imagine I will be pretty bloody
    scared and uncertain.

    Your positive experience encourages me, Nigel :) Ta.

    PS beaut bruises! Holy bloody dooley... beats my hamstring tear...
    bikerbetty, Jun 26, 2011
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    Lars Chance Guest

    The morning after Mardi Gras!
    Lars Chance, Jun 26, 2011
  4. Nigel Allen

    Nigel Allen Guest

    Were you there? I missed you! (but I'm saving for a scope).

    Nigel Allen, Jun 26, 2011
  5. Big cell mate in prison called Ben Dover.

    Fraser Johnston, Jun 27, 2011
  6. Nigel Allen

    Nigel Allen Guest

    Did time with Philip McAvity?

    Nigel Allen, Jun 28, 2011
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    Diogenes Guest

    Awsome bruises. You're lucky to be here.


    Onya bike

    Diogenes, Jun 28, 2011
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    VTR250 Guest

    Recognition is half the battle, so I'm told. I'm sure your confidence
    will return rapidly now you're back in the saddle.
    VTR250, Jun 30, 2011
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