Just like our first real kiss is forever engrained in our memories, we will never forget what it was like to ride a motorcycle for the first time. Whether you learned in a driveway, the woods in your backyard, on a training range or a track… all riders have been in the same position. The best part about becoming a motorcyclist is that you can do it at any age, and there is no such thing as someone who “missed the bike”. No matter how many miles, races, rallies, or championships we stake claim to today, we were once as green as can be. We’ve all got to start somewhere.
Think back to the moment you first threw a leg over and sat down, anticipating that in just a few short minutes you would be moving forward. Were you terrified? Were you excited? Did your hands shake when you squeezed or pressed the throttle for the first time? Some say that first ride changed their lives forever. Others have said it took several tries before getting over a fear that would have kept them from becoming a motorcyclist altogether. Several people never had a doubt, and took off like the wind itself at the first opportunity. Even as brand new riders, we are taught to always look where we want to go. However, looking back at where you started can be a reminder of who you’ve become. Laugh, cry, and shake your head in disbelief that you even survived – it’s a celebration on many levels. What is your story?
An excerpt from Chapter Three of Queen Bees: Women Riders who Rule the Street, Track and Dirt -
“As the time neared for my first real big ride, I remember watching other groups of riders head out from their camps to go play in nature’s giant sand box and wondering what it was going to be like out on those big hills and how it’d feel to go full speed. All the children in our camp suited up and started their motors. I climbed on the quad I was borrowing from my cousin and my uncle came over to me and said through his helmet, “Stay in the line at all times, make sure you keep good space between the one in front of you and don’t be scared to give it gas.” Uncle Bill rubbed the back of my helmet and walked to the front of the line to get on his old Honda three-wheeler. My Aunt held up the back of the line on her ATC, identical to her husband’s. We all gave our Uncle a big, thumbs up, and rolled out for the hills. I felt a combination of anxiety and thrill, something I‘d never felt before.” – Brittny Cleveland
To share your first ride with the world, send your story to us at: Submit@QueenBMoto.com by November 1st.
Here is a list of all the chapter subjects we will be featuring in Queen Bees:
1. Method to the Madness – Why I Ride.
2. Seeking the Missing Piece – How I Discovered Riding.
3. Addiction in the Making – My First Ride.
4. Home is Where the Heart is – My Favorite Place to Ride.
5. More than Just a Bike – How My Motorcycle Empowers Me.
6. Survivors, Soldiers, Warriors – Learning to Get Up After the Fall
7. Independent Women – What it Means to Rule
8. True Queen Bees – Women Motorcyclists Who Inspire