Learning to Ride a 50cc Motorcycle in the 1970s
I've read a few posts today about learning to drive and getting one's drivers licence. These sort of posts remind us all of our own background and how we did things. My first drivers licence was not for driving a car, but for riding a 50cc Suzuki motorcycle. Oh how those 1970s memories have been rushing back.
I was a young teacher and tired of catching the bus to school every day. I definitely needed my own wheels, but was a little anxious about learning to drive a car. My sister's boyfriend, now my brother-in-law, suggested I buy a motorcycle. So, I duly learned the road code and went for my provisional licence, a piece of paper that would allow me to ride my new bike on the road.
My sister's boyfriend helped me find a motorcycle to buy and, once I parted with my hard earned cash, rode it back to our house, where he taught me the basics by having me ride round and round the lawn in our back yard. Next morning, before very much traffic appeared on the road, I took the bike out for a real ride and discovered it was really very easy. It only took me a day or two of practice before I was brave enough to start riding it across town to work each day.
I loved that bike. It was more than a year later, after I was married, that my husband taught me to drive a car.
Image Credit » http://pixabay.com/en/vespa-scooter-street-paris-174171/