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A real Biker Chick at 69

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

I Have been learning to drive a CanAm Spyder Roadster (a Motorcycle) for the last few months. On August 10th the day after my 69th birthday I did my first solo ride of 85 miles. My husband had been been my passenger on all rides except for some I did in parking lot training. He had been wondering if I would remember the sequences of things when I was on my own.

This past weekend we went to the Arkansas State CMA Motorcycle Rally in Harrison, Arkansas which is about 225 miles on the route we took which had 2 and 4 lanes and Interstate driving partly through mountains of northern Arkansas. The strangest feeling part of the trip is being on a motorcycle in a tunnel through a mountain. Going I drove the first 80 miles of the trip and my husband drove the rest of the way there. I was the navigator reading map, checking GPS and also checking my iPad for the map with gps when we stopped.

Coming home from the rally I drove about 150 miles, the first and last segments. I have got to do more exercises on my left shoulder and my left forearm. I have to have a break to relax my arm. Our Can Am is semi-automatic so I do use my left hand for the gear changing and some other things and my right to control the speed. My back doesn't bother me riding or driving the CanAm, which surprised me a little about driving it. We do make at least short stops at about 60-80 miles apart.

My husband calls me a biker chick and biker grandma. He has been riding motorcycles since he was sixteen (he is now 73) and I never rode on a bike until about 7 years ago a year after he got a motorcycle again. We have been married 9 years now but he didn't get a motorcycle again until 10 months after we got married. Then a year later he got a Honda VTX and rode that until he hurt his ankle a year and a half ago walking in loose gravel. I didn't feel comfortable with him thinking about riding after that or me behind him, because he was also starting to have some bad back pain..

The CanAm Spyder Roadster has three wheels, two in front and one in the back. It doesn't handle like the three wheel trike or the traditional two-wheel motorcycle. It is very much computerized and won't allow you to do some things.
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    Very cool ! I'm a "biker granny" too. I've heard the CanAm is nice !
    1627 days ago
  • JUNEBUG4967
    DH has been wanting one of these for a while. I will have to be sure he doesn't see your post lol. He's not a spark person and won't read mine. I must admit I'm curious about these machines since I have never been comfortable on a regular cycle.
    1641 days ago
    Now that sounds like a bike I could handle-3 wheels! Now to talk my DH into letting me buy one LOL!
    1647 days ago
    What a fun trip. Isn't it great to be in the drivers seat! There is nothing like having the wind in your face. Especially when you've dreamed about it, but never piloted.

    You're right . . . it does give quite an upper body workout since it doesn't have the gyro that the 2 wheels motorcycles do. Even with the dynamic power steering, you still have the force of gravity to contend with. My hubby (who has ridden 2 wheels for 45+ years) likens the CanAm to riding a cutting horse.

    The Can Am is great for those of us who used to ride but haven't for a while as well as those who have never ridden before. Especially with all those safety features you referred to!

    Ride safe!

    1647 days ago
    I'm so happy for you MA being able to do these things and enjoy it so much. Just keep biking!!!
    1647 days ago
    I crashed my Harley back in 2007 and haven't been on a bike since....I miss the wind in my face and the sun in my eyes! Enjoy it while you can!
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    1647 days ago
    Wonderful post keep on sparkin
    1647 days ago
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