I thought I would blog my lessons and rides whilst a learner until I get my licence. Day 1. I have a paid lesson, never have I ridden a motorbike, unless you call riding a dirtbike into and up a brick wall riding lol. Nervous as hell, go through an hour of theory, what the aim of the lessons are, what we should and shouldn't do etc etc. Some of the info was good, a lot was not necessary, like asking someone who has driven for 15yrs what road signs mean etc. Anyway after all this I hop on the bike, very light, the bike is a scorpio 225. He gets me to rev and hold 3,000rpm, then he gets me to close my eyes and do the same thing, nailed it both times proving my ability to detect engine notes from sound was no fluke (my hearing and my sight are about the two good things I was graced with lol) So now we are doing clutch control, launching the bike with no throttle, doing a turn and coming back etc. we do this for a few minutes and it is time to add some throttle. Again we do this for 10mins. Now it is time to ride down the street and back, changing gears etc. The first time I was a bit wobbly but got my composure and was fine from then on. Not once did I stall the bike. So now it is time to go for a quick ride round the block. He went ahead and told me to stop at the bottom of a hill and he would advise of traffic so I didn't have to do a hill start. Of course being nervous I stopped too late and was already 1/3rd up the hill lol. Soooo first ever ride and a hill start had to be done. Held the rear brake, got the clutch to the bite point (you can feel and hear the revs change) gave it 1500rpm slowly let fo rear to make sure I would be moving forward and didn't need more throttle, yep was moving so off I went. We rode round the block, my gear changes were shit, I never cancelled my indicator etc. I was finding it hard to work my foot around the scorpios shift lever. Kept hitting the side of it. Anyway got back in one piece and called it a day. Got home feeling good and took my ninja out into the cul de sac, changing gears on my bike was so easy compared to the scorpio, no fumbling, my foot was comfortable etc. Rode around at 25, negotiating the roundabout at the end was a new exp. Rode up and down for about 10mins, getting used to my bikes clutch, brake etc. Put the bike away and called it a day, a very tiring one given all the concentration.