Generally speaking, I’m a fairly analytical person. There is nothing I like more than setting a goal and then incrementally working towards it – taking time to celebrate the baby-steps along the way. When I was involved with USPSA and Competitive Shooting, it was watching my scores improve and working my way up the classification ladder.
With motorcycles, it isn’t quite the same but there are plenty of things to celebrate along the journey. Such as the day I earned my Motorcycle Endorsement through the MSF Class. Then there was the first 100 miles ridden on my new bike, followed by my first 1000 miles, followed by my first 100 mile day. You get the idea…
In an effort to strike up some conversation on the WaltInPA YouTube Channel, I decided to pose this question to my subscribers and ask them what their Memorable Motorcycle Milestones were. The amazing thing about the Motovlogging Community is that they have the uncanny ability to take a topic and nudge it in a direction that I was not anticipating. In this case they pointed out that it isn’t necessarily those hard numbers that are important – instead it is the memories that go along with them.
In addition to being analytical, I’m also very nostalgic so this approach was right up my alley. From this angle, those figures didn’t really mean much. My first hundred miles was a series of short rides around my home. The first thousand miles was several more of those small rides. My first one hundred mile day was important to me but, to be honest, there was nothing very memorable there.
Getting my Motorcycle Endorsement though, that was memorable. It wasn’t the class or instructors, per se, but that I took the course with my Mother In-Law (before I married her daughter and started a family). It was a bonding moment that brought me one-step closer to being part of the family.
Then there are the rides without “numbers” – like my ride to the Kutz Mill Bridge and the amazing scenery through Kutztown (not to mention seeing the Amish Horse & Buggies clopping along on the road). The ride I took out to the Reading Pagoda on a clear Sunday Morning made me realize just how beautiful the skyline is. There are plenty of these little trips taken over the past several months that put a smile on my face every time I think of them.
The Motovlogging Community is right – the Memories are the Important Motorcycle Milestone, not the number on your odometer.
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Interesting subject for sure. I’ve been doing this for so long, some older milestones are forgotten. The joy of that very first ride to nowhere, I can’t remember. The joy of the first time I rode with others, gone. What I do remember, the first time I did a multi day ride solo. I remember the first camping trip from the bike. The first solo camping trip, the first time I had to do a roadside fix. The ride with Dad……I guess to me, the milestones are the memories, and there’s so many! That’s why I’m thankful for the journey…… Great job with these!!!
We like motorcycle milestones…For us the one that still take our breath away is….Our first cross country trip. We set out on our own without any input from anyone. No research from internet or advice from other riders. We just planned it on our own, jumped on the bikes and set out on the adventure. Made mistakes on that trip, but learned from it.
Great topic Walt.
I think riding long distance by myself was a huge milestone. Took 630 miles to get to my destination and I camped for a week. Just riding all the backroads of an area I’m not familiar with, although awesome, it left me with a little worry that my bike may break down or anything for that matter. Great discussion and keep them coming. Take care 😎🤘
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