Scared....but know I'm not alone, thanks to this forum!
My husband rides, and after several years I decided it was time for me to get out of behind him and ride along with him. Last year he bought me a Buell Blast for my birthday, however I had just had major shoulder surgery so we knew I'd have to wait until this year.
I just passed the MSF class this past weekend. My hubby left work early on Monday and we went out for a short ride. I was scared to death....nervous as I could possibly be. Scared of everyone behind me and everyone coming at me in the other direction. Every corner my brain said "slow, press, roll"...and I did it, 20 miles, but I did it.
Maybe it's my age? I just turned 38 (the day I passed my tests and got my license). It's really not me I'm scared of, it's everyone else on the road. I know it will take practice. I remember driving a car for the first time and how scared I was.
I read many posts and will do what many have done...short rides as much as possible, practicing in a parking lot, etc.
A cute little snippit....I kept telling my husband people must think I'm an idiot on the road (I was going 35/40 in a 50), even though one guy on a big Harley waved to my hubby, who was in front of me, saw me, started to wave then gave me a thumbs up....so maybe my hubby is right when he said to me, after I said "maybe I'll just put reflective tape on my coat and spell out NEW RIDER" his response "Honey, you, a female, on that little yellow Buell....they all KNOW you are a newbee" :)