Still a beginner rider but ready to take on the road this season.

by Stacey

I'm still a new rider...I've only been out twice really...both at night and I've had highway time. It's an amazing feeling. I still feel nervous though a little when I ride. Last summer I had my first bike accident. I was taking a turn too fast, didn't lean enough and look straight ahead when i panicked and bike straightened right up and I ended up in the grass. I was not hurt but my bike was....400.00 later. Any advice for this newbie starting the season? I'm kinda nervous after my accident...but I know to keep going!! I ride a Ducati monster 600. Any advice I would greatly appreciate!!! I want to ride my butt off this year!!!!!

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Mar 30, 2012
Parking Lots
by: BettyAceDog

We had a school parking lot close to where I lived and every night my husband and I would ride over and practice the drills that I did in the motorcycle skills classs. He has been riding for a long time but enjoyed the practice and it was a way for me to gain some confidence. On the weekends we would do longer and longer rides to help my get used to riding on the roads. Walmart parking lot still the scariest ride ever!

Mar 17, 2012
by: Dawn

It will happen. Keep what you learned in the MSF class (I hope you took it!) in the back of your mind every day you ride. Look where you want to go. I've been riding for over 8 (very short) years and I STILL get nervous. I try to push my limits a little bit, while still keeping myself in check as much as possible. Don't get cocky with yourself. The more miles you ride, the better you get, the more confidence you'll have. I wrecked about 2 years into riding and it took me quite a while to get back on the bike (somewhat because I couldn't afford to fix it right away!).

This last Thursday I rode a "Mountain 1000" with the Iron Butt Association (1000 miles in 24 hours or less). My first! It's the "easiest" of the rides!

Keep the rubber side down. Good luck!

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