Hey all, today was a big day.
TLDR: Pics drive.google.com/open?id=0B63W5qtTfCdrR2IyVUJUWThKdzQ
I've been talking about motorcycling for a long time, and 35 days ago I decided to book the 2 day MSF course here in Brooklyn. That course was insanely stressful, but I came away with my endorsement. Went to the DMV the next day, got my 'DM' license, and went down to the local motorcycle garage a few blocks from my place. He had a few bikes, I saw the KLR 650 and wanted that, but he said someone just put a deposit on it. He told me to come back on Saturday, and that he had a bike for me. I trusted this mechanic and felt comfortable buying from him, so I went back on Saturday and he showed me an FZ6 that had the fairing taken off, "Dorky fairing" to be exact. It took a long time for him to get the bike together, maybe 25 days, but I got it registered yesterday and picked it up today.
I was super nervous about driving it. The MSF course was a whirlwind and I definitely didn't leave there feeling confident enough to drive on the roads. With all the barking they did I wasn't even sure I liked motorcycling, but I've gone too far to not go the entire way.
When I get there he gives me the keys, tells me there is barely any gas in it, so whether or not I was ok riding it I needed to get it to the gas station. Fuck. I heard horror stories about the clutch, and I was way over revving the engine on take off. I was really scared, but I managed to get it to the gas station in heavy NYC traffic. Managed to put 5 bucks in (hands shaking), and then took off. I went for a little bit of a ride instead of going straight home, I didn't realize how much my adrenaline was going until my heart started palpitating haha. I got it parked and went inside and I was like, super spent. The bike was kind of an object of fear, and I wasn't sure if I made a huge mistake. This was a lot of bike, you feel the power, was it too much?
But then, 30 minutes later I was like, "Man, I want to ride again". So I went out, and it was a WAY different experience, I'm not sure if it was because it was on my terms or what. But I was way more confident and getting better at starting from a stop. Rinse and repeat this 4 more times, (took a cruise at night), and now I'm pretty sure I'm hooked. The bike is very fast, but I absolutely feel it's manageable, it's a super city bike.
I've attached a few pics of it, pretty long winded post, but a big deal for me