The First Step Is Admitting You Have A Problem

Tiger TigerI must really have motorcycling on the brain.

Yesterday morning when our family took a bicycle ride for breakfast, I used my left thumb to turn on my imaginary turn signal. Doh!

We’ve all been there, right?




Rachael is the whimsical writer behind the 20+ year old Girlie Motorcycle Blog. As a freelance blogger, she is on a mission to inspire laughter, self-examination, curiosity, and human connection. Girlie Motorcycle Blog can be found on several Best Motorcycle Blog lists.

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14 Responses

  1. Glantern says:

    Don’t feel bad I have the habit of reaching for a clutch and moving my left foot to shift in the truck when I have been riding all day.

  2. Ha! I can’t imagine anyone could confuse the two! *whistling*

    I recently began a tentative re-entry into mountain biking. First ride out I tried to blip-downshift on a steep downhill to set-up for the sharp turn at the bottom. Applying the “clutch” caused some momentary excitement, but only a minor amount of blood-letting, and it did provide a teachable moment for my son trailing behind me, who I was showing how to ride a MTB “properly”.

  3. FUZZY – I have done this as well. OMG it is hilarious whats worse is when you go to twist the non-existent throttle…… 😉

  4. Gary France says:

    Funny post.

    At some point, it comes to us all. First you can’t work out whats wrong, then you feel stupid, then you have to laugh at yourself. This is often followed by wanting to share it with other people, and not wanting to at the same time.

  5. Trobairitz says:

    Nice! Then move your thumb to press your imaginary ‘press to talk’ button to talk to your husband.

  6. Shybiker says:

    When I’m walking on a sidewalk, I turn my head to check who’s beside me when I plan to “shift lanes” and move sideways, exactly the way I do on a bike. And I accelerate in front of slowpokes as if I’m twisting a throttle.

  7. bobskoot says:


    I often give the “biker’s wave” when I am in the car, and the rider’s give you funny looks

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  8. novos says:

    I’ve instinctively moved to split lanes before and had to slam on the brakes when I realize I’m in a car.

  9. alistair sunde says:

    having a 1962 enfield with break-pedel on the right and a 1972 yamaha R5 with the break-pedel on the left makes gearing and breaking always an exciting moment when I swap bikes.

  10. Mark T says:

    Enough with the bike pictures, this long time lurker demands to see the garage which houses all these toys! As a shed using motorhead i am truly jealous of those with room for so many cool bikes.

  11. Kristy Lopez says:

    Yep, been there, done that. I’ve tried everything from turning on my ‘imaginary’ turn signal to trying to lean to turn on my bicycle to rolling on my throttle to go faster (instead of peddling faster…doh!). Then, there’s the looking to see if I can split lanes while driving. Motorcycle on the brain for sure!

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