(Cape Town, South Africa)
Wow, this site and forum are pure magic! I started riding my first bike in October last year, and am so loving riding my own bike after over 24 years as my husband?s pillion. It's a Suzuki Savage LS650, being a shorty, it really works for me.
I do know a few other lady riders, but not many, and so finding this forum, where there are so many like-minded women, never mind that most of you are an ocean away from me here in South Africa, is just great! (Anyone else from South Africa out there?) My husband is a fantastic teacher, and is very patient, but even so, with him, and the other guys I've ridden with, it feels like I must always be tough and brave and loving it, and not express emotions - heaven forbid :D . Well, I do pretty much always love it, but at times when I first started, I was just downright scared, and reading your posts here, I find I've had exactly the same reactions as many of you have had, and I've made the same mistakes too, it's just wonderful the way everyone expresses themselves openly here. I've already learned a whole lot from this forum, and hope to share some of my future experiences with you too.
What I can say already, to other new riders, is to keep at it - advice already given, I know, but it really does get easier, I'm already finding the mechanics of riding are coming naturally, which means my mind can be more focused on what's going on around me, which makes for better, safer and more enjoyable riding.