Any one here from Temecula, CA area?

by T.H
(Temecula CA)

Hi! I'm a beginner, just got my permit and I would like to ride and practice with girls in my area. My husband bought me a Vulcan 900 and still never rode the bike. It is very heavy and I'm scared to drop it ;-( I will take any tip from you guys of how to get on and ride.


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Dec 07, 2010
by: Anonymous

I, too had a hard time in the box, but you will learn.

My first (and only) bike was to big for me, but I mastered it with the help of my husband. I have a HD Screamin' Eagle Dyna with a 110 (1830 cc), not a beginner bike, but my dream bike! My husband would ride us to a large, empty parking lot and just let me practice, practice, practice. He would give me tips on how to improve, and best of all, he would encourage me. After 3 weeks of spending almost all my free time practicing, I went on a back road for a short ride. Granted it was only about 10 miles, but I was so nervous that it was enough for the first ride. It didn't take me to long after that to join in on the rides with a few of my friends. They too were awesome with me, giving me tips and encouragement.

Don't rush yourself. Take your time and practice your stops, turns, and maneuvers. When you feel comfortable in your practicing, then try a short ride on a quiet road. You'll get the hang of it soon and will be riding in the wind!

Dec 07, 2010
Passed the Test
by: T.H

So here I am after the course and passed the test even though I had hard time with the "8 in the box" but totally legal to ride now. My big question is how do you go on a big bike (Vulcan 900) after a small bike (250cc)like the one we had on the course?

Thank you all for your support.

Nov 27, 2010
Good for you!
by: Anonymous

That's awesome that you are taking a riding course. That's a good beginning. And yes, you're right....practice, practice, practice. Remember, the course just gives you the basics. Best of luck to you, and enjoy your new experiences!

Nov 27, 2010
Thank You Girls
by: T.H

Well I'm going on the course next week so wish me luck and after that I will practice, practice, practice.

Nov 24, 2010
Private Lessons
by: 1200 lady

I operate a private riding school in Oceanside where I work with one student at a time. We start off in a lot and then move on to real street rides using my small bike before progressing on to your own bike. I am a licensed business and have been riding for over 40 years and teaching for 7. I have thousands of satisfied clients all over the western US. Call me- I can help you learn to love riding! 760-533-0512

Nov 22, 2010
Some hints from experience!
by: Sandra

Below is my story of my first ride, without the benefit of taking the training course; then what happened when I got some good advice from a rider w/30 years experience on a bike and a certified semi driver instructor, after which I took the MSF beginning basics course:


Moral of the story? It's more fun AFTER some tutoring and instruction! You have a Great bike - treat her w/care and respect and she'll take care of you, too...

Nov 21, 2010
San Diego
by: Kristina Graham

I have group of girls who ride in the San Diego area....My girlfriend teaches the riders edge program with Harley Davidson here in San Diego.

Nov 20, 2010
by: Anonymous

If you haven't yet, I suggest taking a riding course. They teach you the basics of riding, and, in the course I took, I earned my license without taking the road test. Granted, I wasn't ready for the road at first, but having those basics skills really helped in my practicing.

As for dropping the bike, don't worry, you will. I put engine bars on mine to help protect it from drops. Once your bike starts over, the most you can usually do is prevent it from hitting to hard. The pride gets hurt more that the bike in most drops. We all have done it and will probably do it again. Don't dwell on it. Just practice your riding and have fun!

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