Main Motorcycle: 2013 Thruxton 900
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: St. Mary of Eton
OP....couple guiding points for you to consider.
#1 - Do not give one flying FK about what other people think of your choices, period! If you are determined to be a better rider, keep at it. Do not give a damn about being tagged a middle life crisis or BAMBI, or that some group of poser Harley pirates don't think your cool or that you are hipster or they dont like your bike or people who think you are doomed to death, blah, blah, blah....whatever.
#2 - 2018 was my first year riding as well, despite having my designation for more than 10 years prior. I had dirt bikes as a kid so the "operating" part was fairly natural. What wasnt natural was being exposed to riding in herds of obnoxious aggressive distracted car drivers. Also the speed - you feel 60-70mph - I mean you are out there, crap hitting your jacket, wind pushing you around, constantly looking for road imperfections, garbage, potholes, road kill, loose stone, etc.
It took me 1000mi until I started feeling natural with those surroundings. Oh no, stoplight went yellow, do I try to brake hard to stop or am I close enough with no surrounding cars to bang the throttle to get through? Half second make a decision. I still dont ride the expressway, because one, they are boring and two, its too fast at 90-110mph in cars around me. That is my limitation and I am OK with it for now.
Working up to those 1000mi, I would ride snippets during heavily populated local rush hour in order to get used to it and to learn how how deal with it. Today, I ironically feel safer with cars surrounding me as I use them as blockers and leaders.
Point is, after a 1000mi you will know if you like it or not. At the end of this year's riding season, I would be gone for 2-3hrs cruising around with the wife wondering where I have been. I put on 2700mi - more than the previous first and second owners of my bike combined. I guess it wasnt for them.
Best of luck.
2013 Thruxton EFI
Last edited by MyEvilTwin; 11-13-2018 at 09:14 PM.