Well as you know I'm a member of the Manchester TRF, since about July this year. My husband and I attend the meetings twice a month. I'm 41 years old and am a road biker, having been riding since November 2007. My first bike was a Yamaha YBR125 and I had this until I did my Direct Access in the following July and then got my first big bike being a Yamaha SZR Single Cylinder. I now ride a Kawasaki Z1000sx and use this as my main form of transport, commuting to and from work.
I have been an Observer for two years with the motorcycling group of the Institute of Advanced Motorists based in Rochdale. I do observed runs on a Sunday with associates of the group who are looking to improve their skills to advanced test level.
Two years ago I bought my husband an Introduction to off-loading day with i2i Motorcycle Academy which we both did. He loved it and went on to do off road skills but i found it very difficult,
the bike was too high and I couldn't touch the floor with my tip toes let alone my feet
so lacked confidence when getting on the bike and off as well as slow speed and coming to a stop. The bike was a KTM 250.
After that we did a trail ride in Powys Wales with Trail Ride Wales. The day started well I hired a Crf 250 and this suited me a little better than the KTM. The day was going well but by mid afternoon i had fallen badly in a rut and hurt my shoulder. I continued but when we got home that night I was in quite a lot of pain and was off work for a week. The doctor prescribed a cortisone injection.
Then in June this year we went to watch my husband's dad at i2i and he was bitten by the bug again, and by July I had bought my Honda Crf230 and Gerrard his KTM 250.
Still not full of confidence I agreed to do 2 day trail ride in Competa Spain with my husband as part of our 2 week summer holiday in August. Lack of experience put paid to day one with a fall and with my arm in a sling day two was impossible.
So you can see how persistant I am!
I want to learn, this is something I want to be able to do with my husband as he loves it and has taken to it like a duck to water.
My first day out with the TRF I felt completely different to all the other times. For the first time I enjoyed it and felt accomplished.