By God’s good grace and hard work I am fortunate enough to be in a position where I have been able to train and learn new skills in my life. If you don’t mind I would like to share one of them with you all. My objective in doing so is to encourage you to enjoy the life you have been blessed with, try new things and thus grow as a unique individual.
After several lessons with my patient instructor and now dear friend Maurice at First Choice Motorcycles in Glossop, Derbyshire it was not until September 9th 2010 is when I passed my motorcycle test. “Not bad considering my original intent had been to pass my CBT, get a lime green Piaggio Scooter with matching clothing, a Man-bag and then scoot around Manchester trying to look as cool as the Italian men I had seen whilst in on vacation in Bologna & Florence previously.” Well once I saw myself on a Scooter…”Oops! not a pretty sight!” I soon changed my mind needless to say.
Three days after passing my test I purchased my Triumph Tiger 955i. A tall, powerful but easy to handle Endurance bike (if you’re over 6ft and strong as an ox lol). Nothing like a sports-bike! More of a ‘sit up and beg’ type.
At the young age of 48 I felt mature enough to respect not only the bike but the roads also. Motorcycling is not to be taken lightly as it can be a very dangerous activity even with the right training, best quality protective clothing and to be perfectly honest I never set off on any journey without first praying, but more so now I am a biker!
Through learning this new skill I have much improved as a driver, more respectful of other road users and I have learned to enjoy each and every journey I embark upon, be it on foot, two wheels or four.
Life is a continual journey, as I always say, and along each path we take there is an invaluable lesson to be learned to equip us further down life’s highway.