How do you keep from getting discouraged?
Okay, so my fiance and I bought our first motorcycle...
He is 6'2/220 and I am 5'4/125, so he was insistent on not getting anything smaller than a 650, and thus we settled on a Vulcan 750 (to later discover that it was one of the fastest cruisers Kawasaki ever made).
So anyway, fiancee is riding it all around (he had dirt bike experience so it only took him a few days to get the hang of the street bike).
I went out for my first attempt at this (having virtually no experience with a manual transmission anything, except a foot-shift ATV that doesn't require clutching). And my experience was this:
VROOM!....*stall*.....(swear)....about 3x. I was finding it rather impossible to coordinate the throttle and the clutch, the throttle on this bike seems especially touchy (or maybe its normal...?). I obviously didn't want to take off too fast and have disastrous consequences, so I guess I'm a little afraid of the "gas."
This continued until I lost my balance on the down-sloping parking lot, while being severely annoyed at the random cars pulling into and then out of the parking lot for no apparent reason literally every 5 minutes (its an abandoned parking lot, no idea what they were doing)...and down went the bike (very gently, not a crash, like I just decided to lay it down in slow-motion...I felt it going down).
But at least I was strong enough to pick it back up by myself (I'm relatively small but pretty strong, I work out a lot).
So now I'm rather discouraged. Fiance says that I'm being silly, and I will admit that I have strong tendency to give up on things I'm not good at right away (an ego/pride issue, I guess).
So is this normal for a beginner, or am I hopelessly clutch-impaired? I definitely don't want to take the MSF course right away, because I will definitely choke and it will result in an epic fail (after which I would be mortified and refuse to have anything to do with it). I suppose I'm just wondering if its normal to take a long time to get used to the throttle/clutch if you've never really had any experience with a manual transmission.