The Need for Speed

Are you an adrenaline junkie? Do you feel the need, the need for speed?

Not me. I’m the opposite of an adrenaline junkie, but not quite a couch potato. I don’t feel the constant need for speed, but I do enjoy having a bit of horsepower at my beck and call when the situation requires a burst of power.

I like cars that can get up to interstate highway speeds well before the entrance lane ends, but that don’t always feel like they need to be running at the Indy 500. I felt the same way about my motorcycles when I was riding.

After my car was rear ended by a distracted motorist back in November of last year I suffered from a bout of mild PTSD. Certain traffic situations made me flinch, and I couldn’t sleep without having vivid nightmares of being smushed between two vehicles. I sold my motorcycle as a result, knowing that had I been riding it the day of the accident I’d likely have been killed.

So, what’s the point of all this you ask? Well, Studly Doright and I are at a motorcycle rendezvous with some of our favorite people in the whole world. None of us are youngsters anymore. Most of the husbands in our group are still active riders, while some of the women, like me, have either stopped riding altogether, or have become passengers on their husbands’ bikes.

I’m okay being a non-rider most of the time, but when I hear the sounds of sport bikes my heart skips a beat and I start wondering if I gave up on being a rider too soon.

Yesterday I helped at one of the events at the rendezvous, pointing out the direction bikers needed to go for lunch. And I have to say I was eyeing bikes with a bit of desire. There was one BMW that stole my heart, made my pulse beat a little faster. All I’d have to do is mention to Studly that I was ready to ride again and I’d have a new bike within a week. So, I won’t, and I trust my readers won’t breathe a word of this to him. Shhhh.

Peace, people!

Author: nananoyz

I'm a semi-retired crazy person with one husband and two cats.

13 thoughts on “The Need for Speed”

  1. I have some memories rolling around in my brain right now, and while those were so many years ago, and so outrageously fun for a then 20-something woman, I also know that I took some chances that may have changed the outcome of my life drastically. Never rode myself but was way too eager to jump on with someone else. I admit…sometimes…I want so badly to set off down the highway again 🙂

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      1. I get that. I married at 23 so by the time the 1st child came at 25 my risk days were long over. I think I crammed a whole lot of risk into my 18-22 age range!

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  2. And the still gorgeous Tom Cruise to sweeten the post. You know how to catch a girls attention. I’ve never ridden a motorbike although I do now own an ebike which is about as heavy as a small motorbike! It’s a small regret I have that I never learned to ride. I’ve sat pillion many times though and there is nothing quite like it. I think you did the right thing to give up when you felt it was the right time. Our intuition is rarely wrong. You can still enjoy being around those people and their machines.

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