Dropped the Bike

by Monique

Kawasaki ZZR 600

Kawasaki ZZR 600

It's been almost 2 months since I took the MSF course. The guys were really surprised that I never dropped my bike. Quick stops, swerving tight turns. I did it all & passed the course. The following week I got my license. Two weeks ago I bought a Kawasaki ZZR 600. Couldn't ride because I was on my tip toes so I got it lowered. My boyfriend rode the bike to & from the shop. Now the balls of my feet are on the ground. Today I decide to try & ride in the backyard for the first time. I walked the bike for a while but my 17 y/o daughter kept yelling for me to give it more throttle. I finally pick my feet up & quickly forgot that I can't just turn the bike. So there I went falling to the ground. I was so embarrassed but good thing it was only my kids & my dad watching. Ready to get back on & try again tomorrow. It was all about the learning process.

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May 21, 2011
When to Change Gears
by: Linda

Hi there Monique. I also did the MSF course (last weekend) and practiced riding around the block, and in a big parking lot. If the parking lot is big enough you definitely have enough room to shift into third gear. Anyway, I found this article for you where they tell you everything about how, and how you will know when to shift gears.

Once you go on the roads you'll find it easier to know when to shift into higher gears. You'll get a feeling and hearing for it. I was at the point where you are at now too, but in a few days I was able to get it all under control. And a few days ago I rode 80 miles of back roads and through the city of Lafayette with heavy traffic without any problems. Good luck, have fun and be safe!

~A fellow Louisianian~

May 18, 2011
Not So Scared Now
by: Monique

Well I dropped it the first day. The second day I rode around my backyard in circles. Then I took it to the streets. However I'm mostly second gear in the neighborhood. Speed limit is 25. I want to venture out a little to an area where I can practice on 3rd and 4th gears. Something my MSF class didn't teach me was how to recognize when I need to change gears.

May 18, 2011
You got this!
by: Ruthie

The hardest part of riding is getting on the bike for the first time. You dropped it. No big deal! I've been riding for about 40 years & I dropped my Harley bringing it around the side of the house the first month I had it last year! I was mortified, but no one saw it happen...so it's all good! lol! Keep riding!

May 14, 2011
Like Dora says "I did it".
by: Monique

Thanks! Got back on it today. Got comfortable with the friction zone. Got tired of riding in the back yard so I took it to the streets. Rode to a school parking lot & practiced. Next thing I know I was riding around the neighborhood & I didn't let the throttle scare me. I felt like I was on display because every man I passed stopped doing what they were doing & just looked. You don't see a lot of women riders where I live.

May 14, 2011
Try again.
by: Alex

There are 2 kinds of riders: Those who have fallen down and those who will fall down. Get up and do it again! You'll get it!

May 14, 2011
She's born to ride~
by: Anonymous

Don't give up...lots of practice...nice bike!!

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