So before driving down to San Jose I came up with a list of things that I wanted to be able to do before heading out. I had the same feeling I did when I was 16 of being a beginning driver again just trying to learn all the rules. After the motorcycle got a clean bill of health from the mechanic I rode it down to the DMV to practice on a Saturday. Other things on my list were freeway driving, night driving, mountain roads, and traffic.
The funny thing about learning to ride is that everyone seems to like my motorcycle. I get thumbs up from pedestrians a lot; an old lady said she liked the blue color as I was walking into a store, and when I went through a drive-through there were four people at the window. I guess either I look really goofy wearing all that yellow or my motorcycle does not look threatening like a chopper or full racing bike could. I am just not used to people asking what kind of motorcycle it is when I walk into a business.
The down side of learning to ride a motorcycle in Oregon is that I had to learn to ride in the rain real fast. It is not as bad as I thought it would be and as long as I take it a little slower I feel just as safe as normal.