“Ridin’ through this world
God takes your soul
You’re on your own
The crow flies straight
A perfect line
On the devil’s path Until you die”
The girl is back, no telling how long…
I just felt the urge to blog about life as a little scooter rider and the dangers I put myself in on these mad Shire roads of the mid-west.
Year 1 (2016) – passed the CBT motorcycle test, after 3 attempts! Lets not go into that in too much detail, it was a huge embarrassment and my 3rd attempt would have been the last. Luckily, I passed!
Year 2 (2017) – Upgraded from a 50cc to a 125cc! I had just moved house, had further to travel, and could finally ride on the A roads without causing a traffic jam behind me… However, 2 accidents in and this is my incentive for writing about riding.
I love riding, even it the top speed only hits up to 60mph! This is the meets/exceeds the speed limit for most roads (believe it or not). I feel free (just me and the bike), ride with the wind in my hair and usually, it’s fun.
However, no matter how good I am becoming at falling safely off my bike, I don’t wish to make it habitual. So, maybe some awareness is needed, from other motorists out there.
Things that happen often (and makes me realise that you can’t fix stupid) are:-
No signalling, pulling out in front of me, stopping suddenly in front of me, reversing without seeing me, overtaking at stupid times / places, cutting me up, taxi drivers, when the roads are full of pot holes, lorries, people who don’t give way, driving to close to my rear end…. The list is endless….
Personally, I think everyone should try riding a bike before jumping into their metal cages on wheels (aimed more specifically at car drivers). However, that shit wouldn’t go down well with most. I don’t even know why everyone wants to drive, it’s expensive, fuel consuming, causes too much road congestion and it’s difficult to find a parking spot anyway.
I feel better knowing that my eco footprint is just about big enough for my needs. It would be even smaller if the terrain was flat and cycle paths actually existed a little more!
What about shopping, freedom to go miles and convenience etc, you may think? Well, online grocery shopping is fast / convenient, driving miles is expensive and we have trains. As for convenience – say that to the thousands stuck in traffic every day.
Kids are even being driven to school these days – we used to walk quite a distance, and nothing bad ever happened to us.
I guess now I am on the road (finally), I am picking up on how mad motorists really are and the level of stupidity and impatience never ceases to amaze me. It’s no wonder the scooter/motorbike community out there always seem to look out and have your back when riding. They all have similar, bad experiences with other motorists.
Now, I’m not saying that all are bad. But the ones that are, do not realise that people on bikes are far more vulnerable (maybe annoying too sometimes). But, the level of protection for biker girls and boys is not always going to save our lives when we go flying mid air. It’s just a good job we are made to wear crash helmets, by law.
I guess the message I am trying to get across (in my own random way) is this: just spare a thought for those of us on the road and try not to endanger the lives of others.
And, if you see my bike (pictured below) on the road, be kind!