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Discussion in 'Regional Forums' started by giddyupgirl, Jun 12, 2005.
Thanks, I am looking forward to it. But boy there is alot to learn!
Welcome! I know when I was starting out, I found this site to be a great resource:
Particularly the new female rider subforum: http://www.twowheelfemales.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=15
The ladies and fellas on that site are very supportive and offer great advice for n00bz. Just another site to check out in addition to this one.
Just came across this thread, cool!
Once you really get bit by the bug..
LOL.... I laugh ; as it took me 10 years before I made the investment 12+ yrs ago,
you'll be getting gerbings..
It is truly the best investment you'll ever make to your bike...
Warmth without bulking up....
And I have used my gerbings liner in the summer...
Congrats on the new bike! Good stuff! I ride a 650GS and the only bike I sat on before that one was the 250 they use in the course when I got my license 3 years ago. It was a big difference and maybe it was too big of a bike to start with but that's what I had, I was determined and I still remember the moment when I realized I no longer noticed the weight!
I'm still learning a lot and have made a lot of progress in the past year. I even rented a dirt bike when I went to Hawaii - now I want one of those!
That's great that you were able to handle the 650GS right from the start! Sadly, I am apparently very slow to "get it". When I am riding around in the parking lot or on the dirt road behind my house I feel confident and ride well, but once I even think about getting on the road I lose it. I forget everything and panic. It's very frustrating, but I am glad to have the little bike right now because I would probably freak out even more if I had something bigger and more powerful. The boyfriend says I just have to practice a lot more until everything becomes instinctive and then I won't panic as much, so for now I will just be happy with parking lot drills until I can take the BRC.
Riding a dirt bike in Hawaii sounds amazing! You should get a dirt bike...why not?!
If anyone else had seen me on the first ride I did after my course... I cannot BELIEVE I didn't kill myself or anyone else. Oh my goodness.
I'm sure you're not slow to get it - when I say I made a lot of progress this year, no kidding. I FINALLY understand leaning/turning. It is a lot of practice and I don't get to ride as much as I would like because most of the rides he does I couldn't do but don't really have anyone else to ride with so I feel slow to get better.
And yes, I have done (and still do) a lot of freaking out because when a 650 ends up on your ankle, it's heavy and it hurts! I am planning to take a slow skills course because that's where I'm really awkward lol! I had the bike at my mom's for almost three weeks and she lives across from a college so while I was there I went into the parking lot and practiced. Helped a lot!
I'm so excited for you! It's so much fun and when you have those moments where things click it makes it that much better!
I agree about the dirt bike - maybe next season, we'll start getting serious about it!
I think everyone freaks out at first. It just takes practice to get over it to build up your muscle memory and your confidence. We've all been there. Keep at it - check out the TWF site if you want support or at least acknowledgment that you're not the only one nervous at first - and you'll be out riding confidently before you know it. It's like learning how to drive a manual transmission car - you don't get good at it immediately, but with time, most everyone gets it at some point.
Glad to know I am not the only one who has fallen down. Listening to some riders I know you would think that most people jump on a bike and just go! As to the first ride...well, we have a little back road near my house that is pretty straight so I convinced the BF that I was ready to just ride down it about a half a mile and back. Anyway, never made it down the street. I got to the end of my dirt road where I was suppose to take the left turn and stopped about 5 feet too soon, attempted to inch forward so I could see if any cars were coming...all of a sudden I see a big red truck in my rearview and was like "Oh crap I gotta go!" opened the throttle and ended up in the yard across the street. I was so nervous I forgot to "look" where I wanted to go so I went straight instead of left. Man that was embarassing! Dude in the truck had to come over and see if I was alright, and the BF comes cruising back down from the road and I just wanted to die. Well, lesson learned; I am not ready for the road! lol. Practice, practice, practice.
I think taking a slow skills couse is a great idea. It does seem like the slow manuvering is the hardest. Everything feels easier at 30+mph...5mph not so much.
Thanks, I will check that out. I do have to keep reminding myself that it takes time...so hard to be patient!
Hmmm...Gerbings, good idea. I do like being warm.
Tip .. Get the full liner.. NOT the vest ....
And gloves.... Heck I had my gerbings liner on yesterday....
AdventureBunny, take the riding course. It will make a world of difference in your confidence. Learning from friends or a boyfriend is rarely as good as learning from a pro following a proven method. My brother forgot to transfer his motorcycle endorsement when he moved to Texas from Nevada since he didn't own a bike at the time. When he bought a new bike he took the MSF instead of the hassle of getting an appointment with DPS for an on the bike test, having his wife or someone else take off work bring proof of inspection and insurance for the car they would drive the instructor in. Came back saying that even after riding 20 years he'd learned stuff he didn't know in the class that made him a better rider. I've heard similar from quite a few other people.
+1 on what CD said.. .
When I was first learning I hopped off my 500 lb street bike, and forgot to put up the kickstand. That beast pinned me to the ground, and a very attractive neighbor had to pull it off of me.
Everyone is going to make rookie mistakes, but practice makes perfect.
I'll join the mob and say classes will be good to boost your skill level. I'd also suggest doing more dirt riding, as that will boost your pavement skills as well.
You'll get there
so how about the neighbor???
I am planning on taking the class, but there are no more this year. I have to wait until next season, so that is why I am just practicing for now. There is only a few more weeks of decent weather left so I will just stick to the dirt and the parking lot and then take the class in the spring. Althugh I sometimes wonder how it will help my nerves if they don't let you out of a parking lot either? I mean, I have pretty much done all of the skills they teach already, it's just being "in traffic" that makes me panic.
AdventureBunny, while you may not leave the range you will be learning skills and how to react with a bunch of other people on bikes around. It isn't just a parking lot but a series of skills task ranging from weaves, tight circles, figure 8s, quick stops and having to turn with very short notice, all without dropping or stalling the bike.
I had a pretty serious accident in April, low speed crossing railroad tracks at a rally's photo scavenger hunt. I wasn't doing anything stupid but the train tracks crossed at an angle on a road with a shitload of potholes. I picked what looked like the best line to cross only to discover a hole I couldn't see paralleling the tracks exactly the "right" width to trap my front tire and yank the wheel hard to the left. I couldn't pull the handlebars straight because the wheel had slotted in and dropped into the hole. Bike bounced up and shattered the top of my tibia, broke the fibula and to round off the effect dropped back down onto the other ankle requiring a screw and washer to fix it.
I was told 12 weeks before I could even think about putting weight on the right leg since it would take at least that long for the 18 pieces they put back together with a plate, screws and bone grafts to be strong enough. Fortunately I heal quickly and well so was walking again at 8 weeks and back on small scoots at 15 weeks. However, I will also take the MSF course again when my son takes it next month in preparation for getting his license as a refresher. That's how important I think the MSF course is.