Hello from Route 66!
I'm from Tulsa, OK. I used to ride a lot back about 12 years ago, but more or less stopped riding my own bike after my husband at the time died from cancer. I kept my old bike, a V Star 1100, but never really messed with it much after he died because it's a pretty cumbersome bike, and I'm only 5'4", and the bike became more of a chore than fun when I took it out.
My current husband rides a Honda NC700X. I miss riding on my own, so I decided to take my 1100 out again, and realized everything I loved about motorcycling, but hated about that bike. It's just too big for me, and I realized I needed to downsize. So, Thursday, I decided to go to the local Honda dealer in Tulsa and pick up the Candy Blue Rebel 500. It has been a bit rainy since I bought it, but I managed to take it out on a couple of short rides. I have a lot of bad habits to break that I developed while riding my old bike. It's more or less like starting over.
I started out on a Yamaha Virago 250 back at the end of 2003. I graduated to a Yamaha V Star 650, and then to the V Star 1100 because I thought I needed a bigger bike to have more fun and keep up with the guys my late husband and I rode with. I think I'll be perfectly happy with my first Honda, after I get back in the groove of riding again.
As a side note, I've been through the MSF course, but I could probably stand to take a refresher. I also always ride with full riding gear, pants, jacket, boots, gloves, helmet. I used to be a news photographer before I moved to the creative side of television, and I saw some pretty gruesome things when I was sent out to shoot accidents.
The bike closest to the camera is the bike I bought, equipped as seen. I'm adding a crash bar so I can put a couple more lights up front, but otherwise, I probably won't do a whole lot of modification to this bike, at least right now.
Hello everyone! If any of you ever ride through Tulsa driving Route 66, let me know, and I can show you around, and recommend a few good places to eat.