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More motorcycle riding advice for Ramona
Last week, Street Smarts sought the advice of motorcycle riders regarding Ramona's idea to park her car and invest in a gas-frugal motorcycle. Below are the emailed thoughts of long-time rider Gary McCourt, also known as "Skully." "I noticed that you were interested in becoming a motorcycle rider -- cool! I have been riding since June 1967. After many years of riding Japanese bikes, I was finally able to get my dream bike in April 1999 -- a Harley Davidson. I have been a member of the local H.O.G. Chapter since May 1999 and an officer (within the organization) for many years. I just started my job as secretary (for the group) after 5 years as sergeant at arms. Way back in '67 -- the Summer of Love -- I bought a Honda 150 Dream in San Francisco. I've been riding since then. I have learned a lot over the years, mainly how to survive. You have to ride with the mindset that all car drivers are out to get you. A hand poised over the brake lever buys you precious extra reaction time. Riding is a way of life for me and my riding friends. It is such a high to be a part of a pack of riders out enjoying a beautiful day. "The training course that you must pass to get a motorcycle license will teach you a lot. After that, you will learn from your riding. I also rode dirt bikes for many years, I think this helped me to learn the control of a bike better. We have many women riders in the H.O.G. Chapter. Some are some of the best riders that I have ever ridden with. "I wish you luck in your endeavor to join the riding ranks. Maybe I'll see you out on the road!"