It's funny how we realize our age when discussing certain topics. From a first kiss, to a first time behind the wheel. A recent conversation prompted me to think back to my first time on a motorcycle. After a brief moment of mental math, I realized it's been nineteen years since I first squeezed the clutch on a motorcycle.
My latest "ride". A 1999 Yamaha R1.
Here I am fourteen street bikes and two dirt bikes later. My latest is a 1999 Yamaha R1 which I have spoken of before (2-Wheel Solution). The reason for this reminiscing is due to a friends interest in riding. Like many, he wants to take up a new hobby and enjoy the option of great gas mileage at the same time.
Now is as good a time as any to take up two-wheels. Although riding is possible year round in California, this is still the "off-season". This means a motorcycle can easily be found at a great price. A quick search online and you will find a plethora of bikes at excellent deals. Some are looking for cash in tough times, while others sell due to lost interest.
A CMSP class. They furbish the motorcycles to learn on as well.
It's evident that there is a new generation of motorcycle riders in the works. A recent search for open classes with CMSP (California Motorcycle Safety program) showed booked classes in Ventura county through March. While it only takes the written test at DMV to get a permit, I highly recommend the CMSP class to all first time riders. Note; with a permit you can only ride during daylight hours and no freeway riding or with a passenger.
Feel free to contact me with any queries you may have in reference to riding. Having worked at motorcycle shops for years, and owning a fair share, I can assist you in most concerns or questions you may have.