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First Ride on the Road - Long

Discussion in 'New Riders and Riding Tips' started by mid77, May 11, 2008.

  1. I finally built up the courage to go and take my bike for a ride on the road this morning (first time for me on the road) and I can honestly say it is absolutely fantastic. I had decided to wait for a time when the roads were nice and quiet so chose this morning (Sunday) at 6:30 as it is too late for the casino drunks and too early for the Darling Harbour tourists to jump out at me from every blind spot they could possibly find (the dilemna of learning to ride whilst living in the inner city). The roads were empty which is something I am not really used to seeing in this area and that gave me a little leeway to practice what I had learnt in the learner course all over again (it was a couple of months ago).

    So down to the ride, well I can honestly say that I am now truly in love with my bike. It is so easy to ride and I never had any trouble with stalling or missing gear changes, it seemed to be doing all the work for me and I think was extra forgiving of my clumsy input. I took it really easy on the corners for 2 reasons, firstly it has got brand new tyres on it and the dealer recommended I take it nice and easy on them for hte first 200-300 km's until they scrub in a bit and secondly because I am a total n00b, although I noticed myself getting faster and faster each time I completed a lap of the Pyrmont area. The only time that I always had it nice and slow (i.e. first gear) was going around the roundabouts near the casino because of the pronounced off-camber and bumpy nature of the turns and also because taxi drivers give way to no man/bike/car/truck/etc.. Having completed the first 2 laps or so I did a u-turn and had it almost at full lock and never even contemplated putting my foot down. You could just give it small steering inputs and it was solid as a rock. I think this bike is going to be seriously good fun when I get it off road...

    So then down to the bad parts, without the assistance of someone watching what I am doing wrong, I did notice a couple of times that I wasn't looking through the turn properly and felt a little unstable because of it (need to remember not to look at the petite blonde thing running along the foreshore in their little lycra outfits and concentrate on the road). The other thing I noticed was that I keep forgetting to turn off the indicator. I think that will come with experience, I'm just lazy because I come from 14 years of cars doing it for me. Lastly I caught myself a couple of times in a position on the road that wasn't technically where I should have been so will need to keep an eye on that one, especially when I start riding in busier circumstances. I have already picked up the habit of slowing at blind intersections etc.. from my driving (I have a very small car that people sometimes don't see) but actually moving within the lane to a position that I can see better from is new for me. Will need to keep working on that.

    All in all though, it was great fun, and can't wait to get back out there again.
  2. Congrats !
    Riding is fun, addictive and a great way to commute.
    With experience your mental skills will improve, You'll become more aware of your surroundings, more 'tuned' with situations and become 'one' with your bike.
    I've only been riding 10 mths, 10,000km and still have so much to learn and gasp. It's a learning curve that never ends, and a smile that never dissipates.

    Be safe and enjoy !!!

  3. At the risk of re-starting a perpetual Netrider argument, 14 years of driving and general traffic skills will be (and obviously are) a great help in your riding :).
  4. dont worry about it we would all be distracted by the first thing. sounds like your doing everything rights just comes with experience i my self can testify to the indicator i did it when i first started to. and make sure you keep an eye out for cars that dont look like they are going to stop. happy riding
  5. We can relate to the thrill and are duly impressed with the wisdom you show in choosing the best time to learn. Well done. You're on the right track for sure.
  6. It's a beautiful thing when everything just.... clicks. :)

    Good on ya mate! :biker:

    (also, consider again starting early, heading out to the quieter suburbs, and come back when it starts getting busy - gradual increase in difficulty - only when you feel you are confident enough to, of course.)
  7. Thanks a lot for the tips guys. Will definitely be doing the same thing next weekend but will try to mix up where I ride so as not to end up an expert on a single loop and all the nuances of that particular route.

    In one way it's a bit of a pain having moved from nice quiet Langwarrin (Frankston) last year and not having gotten my Learners there. At least I wouldn't have to worry so much about traffic and could ride pretty much anytime of the day. On the flip side though, I'd still be waiting to be able to ride anything over 250cc :wink:

    In regards to your comments Hornet, I think it would be incredibly more difficult were I to not have any road experience. I think it just means that I am already aware of how blatantly stupid most people can be, and to never assume a car will do what it is indicating/or not indicating it is going too.