How to get to the parking lot for practice

by Tracy

My husband and I took the MSF class together and passed. I knew from the start I should get a 250, either Rebel or V Star but ended up with a Burgman 650.

I have been riding bicycle for many years and we did well in the training class. Since I am over 50 I'm not as fearful as I was 25 years ago. So my first run post riding it around the parking lot at the dealership was up the neighbors driveway as it was long and had a turn around at the top. Well I can say the turn around was not as big as I needed and I dumped the Burg. I took it out a few days later to a local school to practice my turns but the lot was not large enough and it made me uncomfortable. On the way home I stopped at a stop sign and I'm not sure what happened but I laid it down again. Good thing a full face helmet hides a lot of the embarrassment as the gentleman behind me helped me lift it back up.

The thing scares me to death now. Reading all the post on Her Motorcycle is helping that I am not alone in this. I know that if I can get to a parking lot and get in some hours of practice I will be able to over come this fear.

The problem is getting to a lot that I feel is big enough and I don't have to worry about running into curbs, side of buildings ect until I can get to a comfort zone of taking it out on the road.

Any tips on how to do this if you don't have a friend to or a trailer to haul the bike to a safe place?

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Sep 05, 2015
Getting there
by: Anonymous

That is a tough one. Have you thought about going early morning when you do not have to work? Less people then to distract you from getting to the lot. We have all been in your situation and though it is hard to believe the only thing that is going to help is more seat time.

Another suggestion is if you have a local Harley dealer that does women only garage parties, make a point to go to this free event. They will teach you how to pick up a dropped bike and you will actually do it there. For me that gave me much needed confidence.

Always look where you want to go. Go at your own speed and do not worry about the parade following you! It is your road too. And really just practice, practice, and it will become easier.

Keep us posted on your journey.

Sep 02, 2015
My Experience
by: Norma

I am over 50 and went with a Honda Rebel for my first motorcycle. (I have that bike for sale now.)Having a light bike that was low to the ground gave me more control as I learned. I rode that bike for a year gaining knowledge and experience before moving up to a Suzuki S40 (650). For me, waiting to get a heavier bike proved to be very helpful. My arms were a little weak so I lifted some light weights to gain some strength in them which helped also. I know some ladies that went from the motorcycle safety class right onto a heavier, bigger bike. Everyone needs to find their own comfort zone. Take it slow and practice in an area you are comfortable in. There are many helpful You Tube clips that offer great tips for new motorcycle operators also.

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