Beginner - Dropping the bike after stalling out.

If I had to pick the single most discouraging part of learning to ride (for me), it has to be that, if I start and have to turn straight away, and stall out, I drop the bike. Help!!!

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Nov 26, 2011
Been there done that.
by: Donna

I agree with Judy, I had the same problem. I had to practice taking off from the stop first then add a turn.
I still do it slow but I not longer stall it out like I did. Find a nice place you can just stop & go.
Good lUck.

Nov 14, 2011
Thank you!
by: Trisha

The tip re not using the front brake is right on the money - I will pay better attention to that. Thank you SO much!!

Nov 14, 2011
DON'T use the front brake
by: Anonymous

One reason you may be dropping it is because you're clamping on the front brake, which is a sure-fire way to dump your bike if you're slightly off-balance or the front wheel is turned even just a smidge. When going slow or just starting from a stop, use only your back (foot) brake. You'll be surprised at the positive difference this makes.

Nov 14, 2011
How well does the bike fit you?
by: Judy

When you are at a stop sitting on the bike, does the seat height allow you to have at least one foot flat on the ground? It is important that the bike fits you well enough to do so. How heavy is the bike?
Turning at very slow speeds is more difficult than at even a nominal pace, as your post seems to indicate.

Make sure the bike fits you well. Practice, practice, practice taking off smoothly from a start WITHOUT adding turning into the mix, until you can do so smoothly. The combination of clutch release and throttle modulation can be difficult for anyone, and especially if you've never driven a manual transmission vehicle prior to trying to learn how to ride a motorcycle.

When you are easily able to take off from start without stalling, THEN add turning into the mix.

Don't try to learn it all at once.

Good luck!

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