Road trip

by Tammy
(Indianapolis, IN)

I just got done with motorcycle safety classes and have my license. I want to get more road time. I am still a bit scared of riding and not very confident with my ablilities.

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Jun 10, 2012
Practice Practice
by: Lauren

I agree with Turtle. I also took the MCSC, but prior to that I took the bike over to the High School parking lot in the evenings, and on weekends when it was primarily empty and used it as my own personal practice course. I worked on my turns from a stop, braking, parking and everything in between. It was a great comfidence booster, and trust me I killed the engine several times in the process, but I never laid it down and I never gave up. Once you practice there a bit then get it out on the street, because that's reality. The hustle bustle of the other traffic is the real thing that you have to get used to, don't be scared just focus on whats going on around you at all times, your hands and feet will become second nature. From my experience so far I think braking is very important, get used to using both brakes but realize now that the back brake won't stop you fast enough on a quick stop maneuver. Always rely on the front as your primary brake control. Also, for your curves/turns in the road, learn your counter steer. When the road curves to the right and your at least 20 mph push your right handle bar forward the bike will automatically lean into the right turn nice and smooth. Find some nice back roads that have some lazy curves. Hope that helps. Happy riding :)

Jun 09, 2012
Ride Safe
by: Turtle

Glad you went through a riding class. We have been riding many years and every class no matter whether it is a basic, ERC, or advanced class is in the area we take it. You never stop learning new things. We also practice our slow manuver shills often in a parking lot. One thing that people often overlook practicing is high speed braking - Start off at 20 mph and break using both breaks then work your way up to 40 and so on. That and curving is where most people get into trouble because they neglect to practice these two until an emergancy and often lock up the rear break. Glad your out riding! Keep it safe and have fun!

Jun 06, 2012
by: Julie

Well you obviously understand the basics or you would not of gotten your license. Just keep doing a little bit everyday and before long you'll have that confidence. As time goes on you will learn more riding skills from other riders, classes, reading, or just on your own. All of this will come. Give it time. Just relax, and stay safe!!

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