Passed the Class!

by Bridgett
(Roseville, CA)


This is Bridgett, I have enjoyed this site so much and have really enjoyed the feedback. I wanted to discuss my new item.

I took the Motorcycle Safety Class this weekend, and I passed! Yeah! But problem is, I really thought I was going to fail. I think I was the greenest in the class, and I felt a bit intimidated. The instructors were great, I learned a lot. But I felt like I am not a "natural born rider". I felt very incompetent. I felt that if I was on the road, I would be killed very quickly! I have every intention on practicing like crazy. But want to hear back from others about their experiences in class when they first learned to ride. Should I be concerned? Do I keep on? I don't know what I should have been capable of doing after only 2 days of riding, seemed others were smoother.


Also, I originally wanted a Sportster or a VTX1300 because I didn't want a bike that I would quickly grow out of, but now I think I want an even smaller bike! Will I improve quickly if I practice?

Specifically, I felt very uncoordinated with "Braking,and U Turns". The emergency braking was hard, I would forget to downshift, and forget the foot break...aaaaah Thanks again for all feedback!


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Apr 05, 2009
by: Brycie

Hey girl, I just want to share that your feelings are really very natural when just starting out with riding.

As for your "1st bike" I would suggest something small and light to improve your skills and confidence then move up. I started with a Suzuki 425 and jumped to a Honda Goldwing 10 years later.

It has taken me almost 30 years to get confident with U-turns, and I absolutely do not enjoy braking in a turn.

Feb 05, 2009
by: Bridgett

Thank you for sharing! I have been asking a lot of questions and thirst for stories, that's why these sites are so valuable. In talking with others and reading, I now know I am not a lost cause in riding! I will practice and take as much time as I need to become a "natural" ;-)

Now, need to find that right bike! so many choices, I just cannot decide, every day it changes. One day it will be a Sporster, then I think I love the Yamaha V star 650,and I really like the Honda Shadow 750. I am a Harley girl, but lets face it, for a beginner bike, you can get a really nice comfortable Honda or Yamaha for less money. Well, thanks again for sharing you experience!


Feb 04, 2009
After Passing the Class
by: Anonymous

I too was very apprehensive after taking the Motorcycle Safety Course and passing it. I was lucky enough to find a V-Star 650 for sale in great condition and began my learning process with that. In the beginning, I was not comfortable with going out on the road for 7 attempts after the course. I had my hubby (a long time rider) take my bike over to a closed off empty parking lot and I would practice there until I was better at all the things that are supposed to come naturally. We live in an area that has many 2 lane "country" roads and that's where I learned to be more comfortable with other drivers. I will be ready to ride again when the spring hits my area of the country but I know I will have to again get comfortable with the "2nd nature" things so I can really move. I have plans to upgrade eventually because hubby and I want to tour for longer than a day at a time. Good Luck with your ride and congratulations on your passing of the test. I hope you have many happy hours on the road. Diane

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