I am going to attempt to articulate my thoughts of late. Here goes.
While I've have the Ninja for about 2 weeks now I've still only been out on it once. It seems that we have plans every weekend so riding on days off is out of the question. Week nights are a toss up for me. After working all day, coming home, making dinner, doing the dishes, etc., I just don't feel like getting suited up in "full battle regalia" as I like to call it, to go for a 20-50 mile ride before dark. It is especially hard when it is over 90˚ outside and my new Scorpion mesh jacket is on backorder..... until September. Bugger.
At this point I almost feel guilty for having spent the money on the bike. Could that money have been used elsewhere? Sure it could have. Should I be making more of an effort to ride it? Probably. Could I go out every evening if I had the inclination? I am sure Troubadour could be pursuaded to lead me around more often than not, but I am having trouble getting myself out there.
This brings me to my ponderance of late. I like to call myself a motorcycle enthusiast. I am enthusiastic about motorcycles. I enjoy motorcycling and being on my own bike. I like reading motorcycle magazines. I belong to more than one motorcycle forum. I like riding pillion with hubby, etc, etc.
On the other hand motorcycling is not something I need to do every day. I do not have to ride. I do not start to twitch if I haven't twisted the throttle in a few days. My hand doesn't hit the drivers window in a subconscious 'wave' at riders when in the car. I can get motorcycle overload when too may things are centered around riding and motorcycles for too long of a stretch. Too many days of suiting up and riding out in the heat make me long for my little Versa with air conditioning that I can wear my comfy shorts and sandals while driving.
So does this take away from my enthusiasm? Heck no. I still love motorcycles. But I think you can love the bikes and the sport without actually "loving" the bikes and the sport. Wink wink nudge nudge know what I mean.
Could this be the difference in being a motorcycle enthusiast and being passionate about motorcycles? Am I not passionate about them because they do not consume my world? I don't know. Is the passion that consumes some people and what they feel for motorcycles something that is nurtured and develops the more one rides? I don't know. The more I ride, the more I'll find out if my enthusiasm for riding turns into a passion for riding and all things motorcycles.
As I sit and write this Troubadour is out on a ride with a small group over to Albany for the first of many monthly Albany Bike Nights. I could have gone, but alas, I did not feel like it. He is passionate about the sport and will take almost any opportunity to ride as shown by him commuting on his bike year round. He has over 20 years of riding experience to back up his passion.
I am trying to figure out if by putting more miles on the Ninja I will be more comfortable and confident in riding and thus more engaged /passionate about the sport.
We are hoping to get out for a ride tomorrow evening or maybe even Sunday so we'll see if a few more miles will encourage me a little more. Don't get me wrong, I like to ride and will continue to ride and hone my skills and build confidence, I am just waiting for the passion to kick in to get me off the sofa in the evening and on to the bike more.
On a side note.... It is physically possible to kick ones self in the butt, but somehow it doesn't always motivate.
"If you ride like there's no tomorrow, there won't be." ~ Author Unknown