I did it, I’ve come to the dark side...I bought a motorcycle! I am the proud owner of a 2010 Buell Blast! It was used as a trainer in Harley-Davidson’s Rider’s Edge program for most of its life so it had only 700 miles on it and I got it for $1000. It has a few minor issues, but it’s still pretty clean and it runs good.

It started innocently enough. My roommate, who has been riding for a few years now, has been trying to talk me into getting my motorcycle endorsement and ultimately a bike. He even went as far as to replace the pile of Rolling Stone, Road & Track, and Grassroots Motorsports magazines in the bathroom with all motorcycle magazines. I’ve entertained the idea for a while, but always thought I would get myself killed. I thought, hell, it can’t be any more fun to tear up some winding roads on a bike as it is in my MR2. I’ve never been so happy to be wrong...

Anywho, long story short I took the MSF class and was hooked. I had a blast (pun intended) just dodging some cones on the little Suzuki TU250x provided in the class so I knew I just had to get a bike ASAP. Sure enough, after a few weeks of searching craigslist, I found the little thumper and bought it last saturday. As of yesterday I got a tag and insurance and a good jacket, helmet, and gloves.

I plan on going on some rides soon so hopefully I remember to take a lot of pictures. I’ve read all the pieces around here about beginner bikes and gear, but maybe I’ll make some posts from a beginner’s perspective of the process of getting the endorsement, gear, bike, and learning to ride if there’s interest.