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Losing my mind

Submitted by on Wednesday, 1 October 2008No Comment

After going through some personal things, the middle age crisis showed up. One day I was talking with my friend Lloyd which at the time had a bad ass custom Harley and he was complaining about not having a buddy who to ride with. Ohh that comment got me in trouble. The whole year I ‘ve been eyeballing a Honda VTX motorcycle but never had the guts to buy it. I told Lloyd: you know what? I’ll get a bike ASAP so we can ride together. I looked through some forums and bang: A VTX for sale locally with the right price tag. Now the problem was that I had not ridden a bike in nearly 20 years and the VTX is a big bike, I didn’t even have a motorcycle license.

I did some quick research and the deal was about to evaporate. I needed to make a decision. I called Lloyd and asked him to go with me and to ride the bike to give me some feedback. He did and he like it. Two days later I bought the bike and Lloyd rode it to my house. I was very intimidated to ride it without the proper training so I signed up for the MSF class the following weekend. That night I looked at the bike parked in the garage and said to myself: “I just lost my mind”

I bought the bike in early winter and I couldn’t take the bike out for several weeks. Finally a few weeks later Lloyd called me and he asked me to go to my first ride. It was cold, the roads had melting ice and mud. We did a 300 mile ride. I survived and I was hooked.

My friend moved to another town shortly afterwards but I was high spirits and the following year I participated in a few organized VTX rallies around Texas and some other rides to Oklahoma and Louisiana. While I enjoyed them I always felt like the rallies needed activities to get to know everybody else. Usually the groups that rode together stayed together and some people were just to gun shy. Also I always thought most of the time they were just riding a bike instead of enjoying the sites and the trip itself. After a year I was no longer interested in this kind of riding and started the joy of riding solo and with people I truly cared about.

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