Anyone else a Biker Nurse? ;) - page 3
Been riding for about 18 years. Currently, I own two: a sport bike and a cruiser (both suzukis). Mostly I stay away from rallies, though I'll do the Bikers for Babies and some other rides, but... Read More
Jan 10, '12Quote from NurseOnAMotorcycleNow this IS a coincidence: I just came across this thread for the first time, via this post - the first one on this thread since April. I, too, am a biker, NOAM, albeit on temporary (and involuntary!) respite while attending nursing school. But love the idea of linking up with other nurses for the day when I am finally able to, once again, mount up and ride off into the proverbial sunset. My personal philosophy is that motorcycling is cheaper than therapy and a helluva a lot more effective!......
Also, if you live in Northern Frostburg like me and are wishing for some m/c "No $#!t there I was..." stories, I'd love to hear them. Here's one of mine:
On the toll highway I was doing about 70mph when a barn swallow decided to dive-bomb me from the left. I couldn't avoid the poor thing and it went straight into my front spokes. I was suddenly covered in feathers and chunky spaghetti sauce from nose to toes. I pulled into he rest area that was less than 4 miles away. I was upset and looked for somewhere to clean up. You know what happened? The other travelers took one look at me in all black leather and blood and ran for their cars! In 5 minutes I as the only one at the rest area!
I cleaned up and finished going home, but I was finding more and picking feathers out of my engine for a month.
But the coincidence is that, even though I live almost 200 miles away from you, I drove through Frostburg yesterday. In fact, I stopped and had lunch at the Sandy Creek Steak House (or some name like that). The food was really good, and my husband and I repeatedly commented on how much Frostburg appealed to us: the surrounding mountains (with great biking roads!), variety of old house architecture, quaint downtown area, presence of university....I was so taken with the place that I intend on stopping there every time I travel to Ohio via 68.
I was also struck by your remark about the unfortunate and all-too-common tendency of non-biker travelers to avert their eyes and quickly retreat from black-leather-clad motorcyclists (although, having traveled alone on long rides before, it can be useful for a woman to have the ability to inadvertently incite some fear in others). In fact, it was on Interstate 68 near Hancock that I first noticed this phenomenon. It was kind of amusing, actually.
However, when I used to ride my Kawi Mean Streak outfitted with straight pipes, I would periodically be harrassed by diminutive suburban housewives in gigantic SUVs (Expedition or Escalade-sized) for some strange reason. They would deliberately cut over into my lane - while I was still IN it. Rather disconcerting....and after the 6th or 7th time, I stopped believing it was paranoia on my part. Very strange, indeed. (incidentally, this did not happen with any other m-cycle I rode)
Anyhow, NOAM, good to know you and the other biking nurses on AN.
p.s. I do have a very funny m-cycling story involving your neck of the woods, but it has info I'd rather not share on a large-readership public board. I can't IM you (not enough posts), but I can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan 11, '12Quote from aeonicHa ha! That is the honest truth! I watch more for those than I do tractor trailers. It's prob why I tend more toward highway driving, there is more space to get away from them. They're usually late to be somewhere and don't pay as much attention.I would periodically be harassed by diminutive suburban housewives in gigantic SUVs (Expedition or Escalade-sized) for some strange reason.
Worse are the ones who throw things out the window. I have a scar on my cheek from a tossed cigarette butt that got lodged in my helmet.
Jan 14, '12I'm a brand new biker nurse!! I just bought a suzuki boulevard last year but only had one nice day to ride it. i'm looking forward to spring.
Jan 16, '12One piece of advice...
Ride like everyone is TRYING to kill you and you'll be all right. Seriously. Not like "Oh they might not be paying attention" but ride like "They see me and they're going to run me off the road for kicks!"
Other than that, the m/c will be a major stress relief. Honestly, the wind just carries it all away. Be safe, brother.
Feb 1, '12The winter is more like spring this year. If it weren't for the sand I could brag that I'm riding in February! (Ok, all you southern m/c nurses! Let's hear it...)
Feb 26, '12Me too!!! Nurse in Canada, waiting for the nicer weather. I'm a wuss when it comes to riding in the cold. Bought myself a Yamaha 950 vstar for my bday last year. Jonesin' to get on it again : )
Feb 26, '12With the milder winter we've had down here we've been able to sneak in a ride or two... gotta watch for all that sand/salt though.
Mar 16, '12Riding season is coming.......Been riding for about 35 years. Went the speed racer/crotch rocket route in the 70s & 80s, crashed a couple, got old and now ride a big touring rig. Thinking about getting a V-rod. Rode one and they are a ball for shorter distances...Yall ride safe.
Apr 16, '12Quote from opossumI love those! They look like the old pre-WWII military bikes, to me.I ride a scooter - a Honda Ruckus
I'm another scooter rider, I have a 50cc Genuine Buddy. In warmer weather, I try to ride it as my primary vehicle. Cancels out my huge carbon footprint from driving a Yukon. My youngest rides it to school on the days I work, and everyone in the family uses it for errands, short trips, and trips downtown, where parking a scooter is infinitely easier than trying to find parking for a car.
We have a large number of hard core bikers who come through town. I really appreciate the apparent love they show me, a scooter rider, with their nod or lowered fist. Very friendly.
Jun 7, '13I graduated from nursing school on May 16th of this year and just found out yesterday that I passed my boards. I am SO psyched. I have a 2007 HD Deluxe with 55k original miles on it. Riding is my passion. I take long trips a few times during the summer, by myself. Love it!! I figure if I wait for a boyfriend to go with, life will pass me by!! Unfortunatley, there is a lot of rain in the forecast the next few days...now that I can FINALLY relax and enjoy the ride with nothing hanging over my head. Ride safe, everyone!
Jun 10, '13We have a 71 BMW R60/5... A few old Hondas in various stages of disrepair. I've been wanting to pick up a nice little scooter to ride to & from work in the nice weather.
Jun 14, '13I've got a 2011 Suzuki boulevard S40. Small, but Iove it! I used to ride to work more, but the traffic has me more nervous. I like to ride on weekends with my husband.
Jun 14, '13I love street bikes! I've been on so many and my guy friend did a surprise wheelie when I was on the back it scared me! There's a road here out of county jurisdiction where everyone races their bikes. I really want to get a Kawasaki ninja 250 when we move but i haven't taken an endorsement course and I somewhat know how to drive a manual vehicle. Is down shifting dangerous on a bike? What if it jerks me forward?