Fear of the Throttle...No More!

by Rere
(Washington, DC)

Hello fellow female riders. First, thank you for all the encouraging words. I finally stopped entertaining the fear of the throttle and the what ifs. (what if I give it to much?, what if I can't stop?, what if I loose control?) Once on the parking lot, it took me 30mins of just sitting there hearing the bike idle and wasting gas to finally get so frustrated with my own fear holding me back, that I said YOU KNOW WHAT IT! I'm going to go for it! without taking so much as a breath, I eased the clutch out a bit and started moving, slightly twisted and I'm still here:) Fear no.2 put to rest. What was fear no.1?...taking me feet off the ground and putting them up on those pegs instead of dragging my heels. You should see the heels of my boots...not pretty.:)

So now I'm comfortable in first gear, but not yet confident. However, that was a huge step for me and it's funny how after I did it, all that anxiety and fear just fell away and I started to enjoy it. While I was in those first 30mins. of just sitting and stalling, I was almost ready to go home but my husband would not let me. I had no idea that a few minutes later, he would be standing on that lot watching me circle him with him asking If I was ready to go and me saying...not yet. I know you all remember that first time you were able to say with confidence..I can do this...I am actually doing this! well ladies...I'm there. Wish me luck as I continue to grow in this wonderful thing I have discovered.

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May 26, 2011
Take the MSF
by: Marsha

Make sure you find the motorcycle safety course in your area and take it. The class is awesome and a must for everyone...men & women.

May 26, 2011
by: Sandra

Yep; you have to learn to walk before you can run...same with the ride. I remember so vividly, my first ride LAST spring; rolled the throttle reaching for brake after popping clutch - powerful bike - made it to a patch of grass thankfully, and the bike left a bruise on my leg so I would not forget to respect her more! LOL

Then off to the parking lot with my VERY patient brother, starting and stopping and starting and stopping, circling and straightening and circling and straightening; even made it to 2nd gear that day!!

MSF Basic Rider Course came next, and then I was licensed. Love it more every day.

May 26, 2011
Good Luck
by: Sassy2731

Congrats to you! You've come along way now there is no looking back. Just keep taking those baby steps and you will be fine. You can do it! Before you know it you will be riding down the road and remembering back to these days and asking yourself what was I so scared about. Now go out and get you some wind therapy.

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