Gain "Passenger Experience" First!
(Winchendon Springs, MA, USA)
Me (and a big smile) on the Ninja
One of the best contributions to me wanting to and learning how to ride was being a proactive passenger. Instead of just sitting back and enjoying the ride, I constantly asked questions about what my partner was doing. What gear are you in? How fast are you going on this turn? I wanted to know everything that was happening, step-by-step. I found this to be the most helpful. I also rode like he did, leaning right along with him to feel the exact motion. When I finally bought my first bike, a Ninja 250 (great for beginners!!) I felt like I already knew how to ride! A few days in the parking lot, a weekend at the safety course, and now my husband feels comfortable enough to get a bike that I can no longer ride on the back! (And what makes him think I'd want to anymore!)
I also found that just riding a bicycle (which I hadn't in years) was very helpful with balance and practicing pressing to turn.
I still have the Ninja, got licensed this July, and am ready for my next (bigger) bike. Hoping to find a Yamaha FZ6 next spring. Already have almost 2,000 miles and fall has only just begun!
Good luck and ride safe.