I Would Love to Learn to Ride

by Ariel
(Detroit, MI )

I am too scared now to ride.

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Feb 20, 2011
Manage the fear and feel the joy!
by: Anonymous

I got a 250 Rebel last year at age 51, then decided I'd lost my mind. I never thought I'd get off the cul-de-sac I live on. Afraid I was going to kill myself or someone else. I signed up for a motorcycle riding course and over the 2 - 2 day weekends learned so much and gained so much confidence that my husband cannot keep me off my bike. He rides more now, because I want to go out and ride too. I just bought an 800 Suzuki and cannot wait for the snow to disappear and spring to arrive. Just thinking about all the rides we can do this season. I'm scared of the new bigger bike, but I remember the feeling I had when I started to ride the 250. I'll do it, I know I can. The payoff is too great not to try. Go for it!

Sep 29, 2010
I was petrified when I started riding
by: Beth

on my friend's 250 Honda Nighthawk---
but I used common sense!..I said to myself, let's start by going slowly in first gear.

When that seemed ok, I shifted into second!! That was on the second 'lesson'. (The first lesson was simply stopping and starting.)

Take small steps and don't push yourself. It took me two years to feel reasonably confident...and now I am on an '09 883 Sportster, able to do slow speed maneuvers, able to ride on major roads, able to make it through traffic without a panic attack.

Where I used to dread stopping at a stop sign or light, now I actually look forward to it, as a means of practicing riding slowly and not putting my feet down till the last second. (Even that used to panic me, until I said to myself, "how 'bout keeping your feet up one more second and your head and eyes up"?.. That did the trick! Much smoother and not even scary.)

Read everything you can, ms group is a great site, very technical and serious, but it provides a very safe basis for your actual practice. Also read all of Jerry Palladino's tips.("Ride Like a Pro")--and any women riders' feedback, that's the best!!!

Start on a small bike. It makes all the difference!

Jul 06, 2010
Scared of WHAT exactly?
by: Sandra

So, you feel the call; you sense the excitement; you have a desire for the bike...

What is it, exactly, that scares you? Analyze your fear, take it apart and study it, really have a good look at it...as you do this, you remove the power that fear holds over you and that power will transfer to your side. Then sign up for a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider Course in your area.

Learn about how to handle and maneuver a bike; test your abilities with professional coaches there to assist you...ask them questions during breaks about any residual fears lurking.

Find the Freedom!

Dec 26, 2008
Learn to Ride
by: gina

Hiya, you don't give much details here *** would really like to exchange email to discuss if you would like to. Here is my personal email: gwizzgina@hotmail.com

I'm a new rider just started in May, 2008. I can tell you from experience I never thought I would love to ride as much as I do. It was a bit of a struggle for me and I knew the challenge was on :) I am now comfortable on my mc that I may even upgrade to a bit bigger one in spring. I feel that if you really want to ride, don't let being scared of it chase away your dream.

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