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I’d been very happy to ride pillion for the last four
years – all the fun and none of the responsibility. What changed my
mind? Two things – first I was gutted when my friend Lorna sold her
lovely 650 Savage. It was a beautiful bike. I’d have liked to have
owned it, let alone ridden it. Second I overheard a conversation at
Sammy Miller’s Open Day about a Suzy 125 for sale. These two things
along with Lorna’s encouragement made me swallow my fear and book my
C.B.T. in June 2003. Bugger it I thought if Max, my 16 year old, can do
it why not me?
test pass champers
While I was putting in the miles that summer learning to
ride I got a tremendous amount of support and encouragement from Snake.
Matched I have to say by my friends in NF HOG. Especially Lorna, Les &
Lyn and Gray who were prepared to ride with me at weekends - even though
I only had a top speed of 55 miles an hour ! I know that and the ‘L’
plates wasn’t ‘cool’ for them. But they insisted they didn’t mind
riding slower so I could be part of the group. They kindly over looked
my mistakes, praised my achievements and shared my triumphs. Their
support was unflinching – even when I had an ‘incident with a deer’ in
the what we latterly nicknamed ‘Bambi Alley’ in the New Forest en-route
to DG20 one sunny Saturday. They didn’t over react, make a fuss or make
feel that it wouldn’t have happened to them’ (well they couldn’t I was
too busy throwing up)… They simply nicknamed me “Deer Hunter” for the
day and their humour made it easier to bear.
'Black & Throbbing'
The sense of achievement I felt was eclipsed only by the feeling I had the first time I rode my very own Harley on a quiet stretch of road at Holmsley in the New Forest. I was nervous and excited at the same time. She was a much bigger, heavier bike than I was used to. I desperately wanted not to be afraid … I desperately wanted not to drop her. Those first thirty minutes riding were buttock clenching , breath taking , beautiful and bloody brilliant. I’d done it – I’d passed my test and I was RIDING A F*%&ING HARLEY DAVIDSON! … Me! I’d actually done it !!!!!
Lippy's Ride - 'Pubic Distrubance'
At the time I first wrote and submitted this article to
the newsletter around 2 years ago I’d only ridden ‘Black &
Throbbing’ (or ‘Pubic Disturbance’ as she was
subsequently re-named) a dozen times since passing my test on 6 October
2003. (a two week holiday and three week lower back problem have kept me
off the road). My confidence in my abilities grew however every time I
rode. I got to know my bike and I felt she’d take care of me - which she
did even when I attempted to re-shape
cheddar gorge at the Cider rally several months later earning prize for ‘best off road rider’
from Karen & Mark at the Zoo.
LIPPY NF HOG 211
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