New Rider - How long does it take??
I am BRAND new at this. I had a scooter and loved it but wanted more. DH has always wanted a Honda Shadow, so we traded in the scooter on a Shadow Spirit 750. This is WAY different from my scooter but I am so excited! I signed up for beginning rider training next weekend. My DH let me try the Shadow out today and I was fine . . . until I tried to make a short u-turn. I laid it over. Needless to say I feel bad. Physically I am fine. Amazingly it scratched the stand, the clutch lever and the mirror a little bit - that is all. It gave me an appreciation of 1) how heavy the thing is, 2) how very different it is from my scooter (so much to remember, clutch, gears, brakes in different place, etc) and 3) how much I have to learn!! I wish I knew another female rider in this area. I got back on and rode it a bit longer, but I may wait until I go through the formal training to do much more. But I WILL learn. The reason for this post is that I need to know that it didn't just come naturally to every one. I should mention that I am not a young person . . . I am a grandma. Thanks to all. Sure enjoy reading your posts!