In Hindered Pursuit of Two-Wheeled Glory

This is where I write about my struggles and triumphs of being a motorcyclist
This is where I write about my struggles and triumphs of being a motorcyclist

Pursuit no. 1: Supermoto School

Happy Tuesday, and happy (or sad) post Superbowl Sunday/recovery Monday. Since you’re probably still tired and need to look busy, have a read!

Let me start off with a quick note: I would really like this blog to pan out, even if it helps only one person and only 3 people read it when it is posted. I am working on posting on a schedule somewhat. Due to the very nature of my pursuit, posts will not be entirely frequent, but I am going to do as much as I can between “schools” as I can. Thank you for taking your time to read this, and if you feel like I have entertained you even a little bit, stick around, as I am really committed to this... thing... that I have started. ONTO THE CONTENT.

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In Hindered Pursuit of Two Wheeled glory is my blog about my journey to becoming the best motorcyclist I possibly can without being able to purchase a motorcycle I can commute on due to having received a DUI two years ago.

I’ve put my money where my mouth (fingers?) is (are): I have signed up for my first school: SoCal Supermoto. In two weeks, on February 19th, I’ll be heading out to Riverside bright and early to attend their full Supermoto school. I don’t know if I am able to express both my excitement and terror (good terror).

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Photo courtesy of LA Motorcyclist dot com.
Photo courtesy of LA Motorcyclist dot com.

I am excited and terrified for the following reasons:

  • Excited: Holy crap I am actually doing a thing!
  • Terrified: holy CRAP I am actually doing a thing…
  • Excited: After reading this article on cycleworld.com about the school… it pretty much sounds like the most fun thing ever.
  • Terrified: Not only am I going to be actually riding a motorcycle… I’m going to be doing it on both dirt and asphalt… and on a track… and with other people…
  • Excited: SUPERMOTO
  • Terrified: SLOW BUT FAST MOTORCYCLES

I think that can somewhat sum it up…

Moving on. My first outing was originally supposed to be in March out to the desert with my buddy and his friends, as he had a spare bike. Unfortunately, his sold his bike over the weekend to his brother… so… bye bye desert (unless I buy my own dirt bike, which… who knows).

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I should also note that I was not originally planning on attending this school until further down the line after I had some experience. The reason being, is that my brain being what it is and constantly over complicating everything in life (I was always good at math in High School, and I always found the answer, but it was always the most complicated way of doing it when there was a clearly superior and easier way of arriving at the answer), saw the word “Intermediate experience” and freaked out. However, after posting a comment on their Instagram about how I cannot wait to get some experience so I can go to school, many people chimed in saying “get the experience in the school!” to which I said that I have none on the street, and another kind individual stating that there is no better place to learn than on a closed course, and that I should just take it easy. That was when the school themselves chimed in, and said:

We’ve had students that literally learned to let the clutch out in the parking lot, then took the class. Come on out and do it safe!

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Sold. Instantly. Plus, when that new Husqvarna 701 came out… I was basically drooling.

Gif courtesy of Husqvarna and a google image search for Husqvarna 701 Supermoto Gif
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Yes yes… bring on the comments about hooliganism supermotards doing super motarded dank whoolies in the streets causing mayhem. Supermoto school will provide me with necessary means of bike control beyond what I learned at OCMT to get my license, and I think it is well worth the money even before I have attended strictly for that reason. I will more than likely attend this school many times in my hindered pursuit, as it might give me some of the best experience at a level that I can meet here in SoCal. With experience, more opportunities and advanced classes will open up for me, and my pursuit will broaden.

I do have one other school planned for this year. I have not booked there yet, as it actually requires some travel to get to, but I am really excited to give them a go and write about it in a future post. I am not going to give too much away here, but know that it is a totally rad (looking) school, and I cannot wait to tell you about it.

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Look for my review and experience with SoCal Supermoto at the end of February, if you decide to stick around.

In the next episode: I bought a bunch of MX gear because I thought I was going to the desert, and here is what I got!

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Jid (also known more commonly as JD) is just a dude living in Long Beach whose passion for motorcycles is kind of ridiculous considering he does not own one and was stupid enough to have a drink and drive and get caught one night.

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