I had no particular desire to start riding a motorbike
I had no particular desire to start riding a motorbike. I had been a pillion rider in my teens; I’d enjoyed it but it wasn’t something I was aspiring to achieve. So as a 50 year old woman what happened to change that? (And, no, it wasn’t a mid-life crisis!) It was just one of those moments in life that opportunity appears; and on this occasion I chose to take it. It’s one decision I am so glad that I made and one that I don’t regret for a minute. No matter how tough it’s been, how I’ve felt after a long days training or how frustrated I have felt with myself when I don’t get things right, the pull to get back on the bike has been irresistible.
My opportunity was due to a change in workplace for my husband and his decision to get a bike rather than a second car. He bought a Yamaha YBR 125 and started training for his test. I didn’t see the opportunity at this point; I had assumed (foolishly!) that once he had his full licence he would continue to ride the 125. I couldn’t understand why he wanted, or needed, a bigger bike!
I have to say I enjoyed it, much more than I expected!
Anyway, of course he bought a bigger bike; and when he was going to sell the 125 I asked if could have a go before he sold it. The thought in my mind at the time was about commuting and parking; my commute journey at the time was taking me about 40 minutes to cover 6 miles in the car and difficult parking once I arrived at work.
So in July 2011, I went along to a one hour taster session and decided then I wanted to go on and take my test. I completed by CBT in October 2011 and I have to say I enjoyed it, much more than I expected!
I don’t know at what point I decided I wanted a bigger bike
I started my DAS training as soon as I could in November 2011 and passed by Module One test Feb 2012 and my Module Two test in Mar 2012. I don’t know at what point I decided I wanted a bigger bike. It was more like I had started on a new journey and didn’t want to stop. The more I learned, the more I wanted. In the five years I have been riding I have covered thousands of miles in the UK, both touring and commuting. I have been to France three times and Ireland three times. I have bought my third bike and amassed a fair amount of bike gear (some of which has hardly been used!).
The biggest surprise for me was that riding a bike was FUN and wasn’t just a mode of transport. It has opened up a whole new world that I wasn’t even aware existed and it has introduced me to a lot of people and many new friends.
About the author
Professionally, Moira Day enjoys the challenges of a high level finance position with the National Health Service, but her preferred mode of work transport immediately reveals one of Moira’s passions – motorcycles! Despite stepping up to pass her CBT in October 2011, Moira surprisingly expresses that she had no desire to learn to ride a motorcycle, but curiosity got the better of her.
Curiosity became passion and after gaining her full bike licence in 2012, Moira embarked on a series of motorcycle adventures, including tours throughout the UK and on the continent. Through her VideoBiker writings, Moira is keen to share her experiences with other women motorcyclists – of how a love of two wheels has opened up a whole new world of fun, friends and adventure.