Thank you flitecontrol. Yes I'm looking into a rider course, just want to get a few miles under my belt first.
I couldn't wait the month or so before my course began, and taught myself some bad habits. Duckster, a late member of this forum, was a riding instructor. He encouraged all riders to stay off the bike until they had taken the course. Unfortunately, he didn't join the forum until well after I completed the course.Hi DNM, It's ok nobody "Hi Jacks" planes anymore, security is too stringent after 9/11.. I only had the one bike 60+ yrs ago and had several spills including 2 that could have been lights out. I hope I'm a lot more wiser and patient than back then. I do have a lot of driving experience without accidents. Now that I'm back in the saddle I'm acutely aware of how vulnerable one is compared to sitting in a car. I haven't done many miles so I'm still in the "feeling things out" stage. I realize in America car drivers are not too aware of motorcyclists.
I live in Louisiana and always ride ATGATT (you'll learn what that means in the course) because I can't predict when a crash may happen. I don't think any rider can. I have mesh jacket and pants and vented gloves, and have ridden in full gear when it was 105 degrees. Really wasn't bad until I came to a stop and the air conditioning quit. Keeping the visor and vents open on my full face helmet minimizes heat buildup. Lest you think I'm a youngster that can tolerate heat better than seniors, I'm 74.Hi Ricky, you're almost young enough to be my son. Yes, it's not like the old days. I've got a good helmet (LS2), jacket , gloves and boots. Trouble is it's been too hot to wear some of the gear. I'm not keen on the boots as there's no feel on the gearshift. Next summer I'll have to look for a different helmet as it gets pretty hot under the shell.