Uncertainty and Fear Unmasked- Guest Post by Biker Chic Muthoni

15 Mar

You’re probably thinking this is one of those long posts about a fictional journey, or maybe not. Either way, it all comes together eventually.

Uncertainty causes fear in most of us, on a daily basis perhaps but we learn to live in a routine until we “trip” into an unplanned occurrence.

My story is no different. When I first met the inked biker in person, I’m sure he thought I was just one of those pretty girls passing by to try our luck on the track and on the two wheels – I mean, it was rather obvious that helmet hair had never been in my vocabulary, neither were dusty pants and a helmet face.

As we slowly ventured into the curriculum, I was quite honest when it came to the fears I had – the biggest being “Falling” leave alone tripping. As much as I had already fallen for bikes, biking and into the right hands for my training, this was just an anticipated feeling of suddenly hitting the ground while on the 2 wheels. The mere thought of it shook me, froze me and sent me into a panic. Every time I approached a turn I stopped and re-strategized and Inked Biker noticed.

Then came the day when my anticipated actions came to be and for sure it caught me by surprise. Slowly and shakily, I stepped away from the machine that had slowly gone down on the track against my left foot, looked at him and walked away – heart in my mouth. I was done with the session for the day. #Fall01

I didn’t give up so I was back on the track the next day as per our schedule, feeling ready but still afraid of falling again. This time I was ready for it or so I thought. Down! Again! Luckily, no injury at all this time. In fact confidence was blossoming in me and I felt like a Ninja *a mini ninja*! #Fall02

#Fall03 Inked biker looked at me, smiled and said “now you know how to drop your bike like a pro ” I had seen this fall coming and now I was really ready, I let go of the bike right on time and moved away at the perfect moment – I was just my about to break into a small victory dance but I didn’t yet, just in case I had broken the bike.

What Inked Biker didn’t know then, I had conquered it – the feeling that influenced my actions and reactions on the track was now under me, I had total control. The same principle applies in life.

Look at it this way, tomorrow is purely uncertain but we go to bed with no fear that it will not come to pass and when an unplanned event occurs it doesn’t stop us from wanting tomorrow to come for one reason or the other. Every decision we make in life is fueled by our control of the uncertain which we shall now refer to as hope….. and this is a lesson I had every day but it only made sense Once I hit the track and embraced the two wheel machine.
I will forever be grateful.

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Ride Safe,
Biker chic Muthoni

objects in the mirror are closer than they appear

5 Feb

Ever looked really close at the legend warning print on a motorcycle/and some cars side view mirrors? some what lends to the motorcycle mystique.

Why do otherwise-sensible people ride motorcycles ?

It’s not as easy to answer as one might imagine. I’ve been riding since 1995 and love it perhaps more now than I did back then . It’s far
more than just the wind in one’s face–it’s the melding of man and machine
into a uniquely working partnership requiring the best of both.

All riders are better some days than on others. Even though the difference
may be slight, the competent rider is always aware of it. There are those
days when one’s timing seems just a wee bit off the mark–when the frequent,
multiple and simultaneous  actions required to operate a motorcycle just
don’t seem to flow quite as smoothly as usual.

On the really good days, everything is silky smooth. Arms, legs, feet,
hands, fingers, eyes, and brain all perform in a silky smooth coordinated
manner.

It’s a sweet feeling.

Unlike a car, which typically involves only the operation of a
steering wheel and an accelerator, plus the occasional use of a single brake
pedal and a turn signal lever (which some drivers omit), a motorcycle is far
more demanding.

All of one’s limbs and senses are fully involved in riding a bike.
In brief, the left foot operates the gearshift, cycling between five or six
different gears. It is also the first foot put down upon stopping the
machine, and operates the kickstand. The right foot operates the rear brake,
which is operated in smooth conjunction with the front (and most important)
brake, which is operated by the right hand. The right hand also is
responsible for the throttle, the starter, and the kill switch. The left
hand operates the high-low beam light switch, the turn signals, the horn,
and, very importantly, the clutch.

At times, the rider is called upon to operate the front brake, the rear
brake, the turn signals, the dimmer switch, the gear shift,  the clutch, and
the throttle all at the same time. It gets very busy.

It’s simply amazing that all of these functions can be accomplished
simultaneously, and usually smoothly, but it is a remarkable demonstration
of the coordination of which the  human body is capable..

On one of those perfect days, when every move is just as slick as
grease–with every element of man and machine in perfect harmony–there’s
nothing quite like it.

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Perhaps I find it especially sweet to still have that sort of smooth
coordination 20 years down the line.

Am I grateful? You bet your life.

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