Recommendation for Beginner Riders
I was a beginner rider last year. I experienced the anxieties, sweaty palms, upset stomachs -- that is all very normal and we all go through it.
For me, I took a lot of courses, but courses in parking lots don't help you "get out"....in traffic.
My Parking Lot Course was followed immediately by a Traffic Course.
We got out in small groups on motorcycles that we chose (I chose a 250 Yamaha Virago), and our instructors took us through cities, bridges, parkades, roundabouts, country roads, twisities, and the most harrowing of all, 6 lane divided highway in rush hour traffic in a wind storm.
I actually thought the wind storm was going to blow my bike over into other lanes. I made a mental note to get a bike that was bigger as soon as I could be comfortable.
I don't think I would have progressed as quickly as I did, without taking the Traffic Course.
6 weeks after the traffic course, I signed up for an Advanced Riders Course, taught by a couple of Policeman Motorcyclists and we learned how to do emergency stops at highway speeds, and more.
Every body is different. But, I sure needed that traffic course and the Advanced Course.
and then, it is just doing the miles. Adding to them daily in various conditions, various roads, solo and in partnership or small groups and to laugh and laugh.
its important to have the right riding gear. Any worries at all, will add to the discomfort of the ride and nervousness.
Keep getting out. Make it a job. Do it, and soon, it comes second nature where the riding becomes automatic.
Enjoy the Ride...make each ride count......have fun!