Clear the Roads

Being on the back of Boots’ bike has made one thing very clear to me: I want to be able to ride a motorbike. What used to be “Yeah, it would be nice to be able to ride – I’d get to wear gear outside” has now turned into “I really want to do this – it’s so much fun! (Plus I get to wear gear outside)”. It’s not something where I’d be happy if it happened, it’s something I know I must make happen – that’s how much I’ve fallen in love with being on a bike.

Various things such as the need for a new job will mean the practical side of things will have to wait for now, although I’ve been told of a local place that does direct access training, which is probably the route I’ll go for when I can afford to. In the meantime, it’s the exciting task of learning the Highway Code in preparation for the compulsory theory test. It’s not fun but it needs to be done, and at least doing the theory test early will mean I only have to worry about the practical elements later down the line.

While I’m fine with the theory tests (most of it is common sense and seems similar to the car theory test), I don’t really know how I’ll cope with the practical side of things – I keep thinking back to the horrors of learning how to drive a car, and how much my lack of confidence let me down back when I was 17/18 and nervously behind the wheel, failing my driving test. I’m not gonna let it put me off though, my confidence in general has increased since then, and it’s something I genuinely seem to have fallen in love with, so it has to be worth a try (and yes, I will be safe, despite the picture that goes with this post: I will wear a helmet, I just didn’t have the photoshopping skills to combine pup hood and helmet :P – maybe it’s a helmet with ears and a muzzle?).

Anyway, I am really looking forward to it, but also nervous as I always am about the unknown. My friends have said they’ll support me and give advice, which I’ll value greatly to help me through. As well as that and the (incredibly exciting) Highway Code, I also have the Driving Standards Agency’s “Official Guide to Learning to Ride” and “Guide to Riding – the Essential Skills” to read through and learn/make sense of. If anyone knows of anything else helpful to read/watch, please let me know.

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