I could hide the fact that I want a bike. I don’t have to post about it publicly. But I feel honesty and transparency is a mutual benefit. The bike I’m currently thinking about getting is the Suzuki DR-Z400S. After taking the motorcycle safety course (MSF) on a Kawasaki KLR 250S (in 2012), I wanted to get that bike, but they stopped making them. The DR-Z is similar, but has a bigger motor and can cope with freeway speeds more easily. That’s not what it’s designed for, and not what I’d use it for. I mean, I would commute with it, but I’d also recreate with it off road. I love my truck, but there are a lot of places it can’t go because it’s too big. I’ve wanted a dual sport motorcycle for quite some time. Theoretically I’d acquire a cruiser motorcycle like a honda or a harley if I wanted to do long distance rides once I’m more experienced.
But the kicker is, getting a motorcycle helps with my career diversity and longevity. I might be able to pass the ASE motorcycle tests cold. I don’t know – I haven’t tried. Having a motorcycle to service and take apart and put back together would help immensely. Not only does GSA expect us to have a certified motorcycle mechanic on staff, but it would help me greatly in finding another job should the need arise.
Don’t worry, I’m still cautious, and I’m all about ATGATT; All The Gear All The Time. No shorts and sandals on the bike for me.
Oh, and if you’re all like, take a class, don’t buy a bike! There are no classes near by on motorcycle repair. MMI has locations in Phoenix (great, a hotter place) and Miami (great a hot and humid place).
Youtube has plenty of videos, and I’ve been watching and learning, but it’s not the same. Nothing supersedes muscle memory.
Also.. it’d be my second bike. I had one in San Ramon.