Give 'em the boot
"When do you get to ride the big bike?" Jenn asked me.
She was referring to the 600cc Honda on which I'll train before being tested on it a few days later.
"Next Saturday," I said. "I have the 'step-up day' –– the day I train on the 600 –– on the 16th of March, then I do my Module 1 on the 19th."
"Ooh, the test is the day before your birthday," she said. "Exciting. I think you should open one of the presents your parents sent you before that, though."
In the past week or so, two packages have arrived addressed to me from Amazon. Not having ordered anything from Amazon, I reasoned they must be birthday presents. I had Jenn open them and stow them away so as to avoid spoiling the surprise and fun of having presents on one's actual birthday. On her suggestion that I open one of the gifts earlier than planned, the wheels in my head turned and I realised my parents must have gotten me something off my Amazon wish list –– something related to motorcycles.
Indeed, they had sent a pair of Corcoran jump boots, which I had put on my wish list after reading an article on Hell for Leather. Originally designed for paratroopers in the late 1960s, the boots were praised by HfL as an affordable, viable alternative to bespangled racing boots for those wanting to look a little more "everyday" when on a bike.
I think gear is a good idea for a motorcyclist, but I just cannot picture myself dressing up like a comic book character for the sake of getting from A to B. I want stuff that's a little less flash. And these boots seem to fit the bill.
I've not had a chance to ride in them yet, but in simply putting them on and wearing them around the flat I've found them to be considerably more comfortable than I had imagined. More so, even, than the Doc Martens I was using. I also like them because they look badass –– a little shiny at the moment, but that will wear away soon enough.
There's another, less obvious reason to like the boots: they were a gift from my parents. Mom and Dad are supporting the whole motorcycle thing. Which I'd think would help me on this side of the water, helping to further soften my wife's resistance.
I'm looking forward to putting the boots to use.