I've just always enjoyed bikes the most!
I've recently started working within the bike trade, despite having acquired my Motorcycle Mechanics qualification a few years ago, and also having a basic TIG welding qualification. I hope to move more towards these areas within the trade in future.
WHEN DID I START RIDING?
On the road, I've only been riding since 2013.
Really, I started riding when I was very young- probably even toddler age, by riding offroad with my cousins, around their countryside home. Aaaand sometimes into other farm/woodland- having to dodge a million dead badgers on our crazy little adventures, much to the displeasure of the EVIL BADGER KILLER! (aka the other land owner)
We figured out how to remove restriction from the quadbikes and rode them fully powered...
Even though we weren't old enough to ride on 'big kid' toys! (SORRY SARAH)
We also rode mini moto's. One of which my sister 360 flipped, she fully snapped it's fairings in half. There was a super dangerous offroad trike, and badass little STOMPS!
For those of you that' don't know what they are, a Stomp is actually a semi automatic pitbike... They have gears like a manual bike, but you don't need to use a clutch to change gears! YEP- THEY REALLY EXIST!
HAVE I HAD ANY CRASHES?
Indeed, I've had more crashes than I can count on my hands- that's for sure!
I can't give an exact figure, since most crashes have been offroad. I've faceplanted a lot on the road too from pushing myself too far in the first few years. I even ate tarmac during break on a CBT; I was donutting my 125 on it's peg, and I spotted the instructor judging me. Panicked that he was going to fail me for being a little git, and faceplanted! Haha!
However, I have only really had 2 memorable major incidents...
The first one I remember is, I got undertaken on a bend by an ex friend on his cruiser. He cut into my path and wiped my front wheel out with his exhaust. I had a hole in my knee, which looked like I'd had my kneecap blown off by a shotgun! Kinda funny to look back on.
Although this second one was a much lower speed, it was a bad smash, I can't even laugh it off...
It was Black Friday (YAY angry road raged, deal-seeking women)… You could probably guess this...
I was on my way back from my mechanics course, filtering through some crazy traffic. I was doing only 5mph, came across an impatient woman half blocking my lane trying to turn right. There was nowhere for her to go, and she was making eye contact, so I proceeded. As soon as I was in front of her vehicle- she decided to accelerate into me. This T-bone instantly crushed my foot.
It doesn't sound like it would be that bad, but it was actually an extremely complex injury, due to how small foot bones are. It was also so rare it was published in a medical journal.
(I didn't walk for over 5 months. It was supposed to be 1 year, but I'm incredibly stubborn. I didn't have time to be broken, so I quit taking painkillers in order to speed up my recovery).
I almost ended up an amputee, but I got lucky. They just put a shed load of metal in my foot instead! However, it did get rebuilt with an arch when I'm originally flat footed- so now I have different sized feet!
I JUST WANT TO SAY: CRASHING. DOESN'T. MEAN. YOU. SUCK.
Don't let any of your buddies take the mick out of you for crashing more. It's a good way to learn- as long as you are still able to get up and ride in the end.
I'm more cautious of malicious intent in drivers now. Don't feel pressured. It's perfectly fine. Even professional riders crash sometimes.
WHAT DO I RIDE NOW?
I currently ride a Honda CB650F-AG, I call her Amphibious Baeblade McFaggatron.
I also recently repaired, and still ride my Suzuki VanVan (RV125) I call her Betsy Drake McGee.
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