Monday, March 17, 2008

My Vulcan and I Are One

I knew it would happen eventually. As I ride my Vulcan more and more I notice something great happening. It is really quite amazing.

When I first got the bike it fit well. That is one of the reasons for choosing the Vulcan 900 Classic. As a woman, it is hard to find a bike that feels right and fits all parts of the body. The Vulcan fit like a glove from the very beginning.

The first time I actually rode the bike anywhere, I had trouble finding first gear, had it in neutral instead, and it tipped over. Not all the way, but it seemed so huge at the time that I couldn’t get it back upright. It was a helpless feeling, but I knew it would just take time to get used to the size of the motorcycle.

Lately when I have ridden this wonderful thing is happening. I am turning easily and almost instinctively. Backing up is getting much easier. My feet go automatically to the floorboards after taking off, and shifting is a breeze (always was). I can feel myself becoming one with the motorcycle. We have bonded. The Vulcan wanted to do its own thing for a while, but now it responds to my every whim.

What a pleasure it is to ride. Spring may be here officially this week, but hasn’t happened yet here in Seattle. When the weather warms past 50 degrees I will be out on the road non-stop. Well, maybe in between making a living.


BumbleVee said...

I've got my battery out and on the trickle charger...

hope it is alright, cuz I was bad and left it in my Vulcan all winter... although the garage didn't get much below 0.... 8,000km on the bike so it is overdue for a complete service too.

We were having summery temps. for a few weeks...but then it dropped and snowed a bit more... melted on the roads..but still not warm enough yet here either... and gravel galore... saw some street sweepers out there last week....

Ronman said...

Work always seems to get in the way of our addiction..........I think it's awsome that ya'll are becoming one.......just as you should........

Ride Safe


Dean "D-Day" said...

I feel your pain. Being away from my beloved "Dixie" is killing me. And the weather is not helping me any!!! 30 degrees and possibility of more snow this week. Yuck!!!

Lady Ridesalot said...

I know what you mean. When I sat on my Suzuki 800, my first bike, I told my husband, "This is the one!" It just felt right. I felt like I could handle its' size and I would be comfortable gaining my experience on something like that. But, when I was deciding on my Electra Glide, it also felt good to me. By then, I was wanting to get on a bigger bike, and even though I was a little intimidated by the Glide's size, when I rode it for the first time, I fell in love. Now, I refer to her as "My Girl". She's my baby now and I take good care of her, and I think she loves me for it! The more you ride, the more things become second nature to you. Ride on, Ride safe. Lady R.

Mr. Motorcycle said...

I know I've been there, tipping a bike over while standing still. It only takes a second of mis balance, all you have to do is hit an oil spot, or just slip up. You feel kinda stupid when you do, but I think it's happend to almost of us at least once. Anyway, I'm glad you're feeling as one with your new ride now. Good luck!


I've also been experiencing the winter blues, waiting for spring weather to officially arrive as I'm in Minnesota. I believe I've whined about it in my blog as well. Reading other blogs, it seems to be a theme right now.
For those people fortunate enough to have had good riding weather already,... I'm jealous.
Hopefully we'll all be riding soon.

Mr. Motorcycle

Linda R. Moore said...

Isn't that a wonderful feeling? Welcome to the wonderful world of bondedness. :)

Becky said...

Bumblevee: Sorry your weather is sucking but it won't be long...hope your battery charges.

Ronman: I can't wait until I can retire, not soon enough. Then I can get in some day riding.

Dean "d-day": When will the snow ever end? I'm glad I live where it just rains all the time.

Lady ridesalot: I would be very intimidated by the Electra Glide, even though I know its a nice ride. I'm in awe. I think my Vulcan knows how I feel about it.

Mr. Motorcycle: Thanks for the comment. It's good to know others do the same silly things. They come up out of no where, just a split second can change events.


Camron said...

That connection is what the biker's life is all about. Will it ever stopSUrely hope not.
Have fun with the warmer weather...
Thanks for sharing growing stronger, I