by Karen Patterson
(Cedar Hill MO)
I need advice. I am a 5'1, 108 pound, 56 year old female. I registered for the MSF New Rider Course. Was really excited and a bit nervous too. I've wanted to learn to ride for a long time. I've never operated anything motorized before except of course, a car. No Ski Doos, no four wheelers, no dirt bikes, nothing at all. I did fine during the book part of the MSF class. But when we got into the actual riding part? Which is of course THE most important part; I ended up leaving class. I felt like it was moving way too fast for me. Instructions were given once and you were expected to perform. I understand, that is the nature of the class, but it wasnt working for me.
One of the first things they had us do was straighten our motorcycles while astride them. I had trouble with that. They finally gave me a tip (dont know why they didnt tell me in the beginning) on how to straighten it and from then on, I could. The next thing they had us do was "power walk" the motorcycle up an incline, while we were astride, and the bike was in neutral. They had us using 500 cc "training" bikes. HOWEVER. Even with the seat set low, my feet were not completely flat. I could not get the bike up the incline. Everyone else in class was done. Up the incline and waiting on me. And there I was still trying to tippie toe it up that incline. It was horrible. Everyone else outweighed me and were inches taller. Right now I am EXTREMELY discouraged. Can anyone tell me what I should do next? I see no point in retaking the course right now. But I really want to learn to ride and I am not a quitter. Advice please. Do I give up my dream of riding? If not what are my next steps. Group lessons didn't work at all.