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How the heck am I supposed to ride?

Discussion in 'Your Near Misses - A Place to Vent' at netrider.net.au started by Ethos, Sep 16, 2014.

  1. Alright. So I'm preparing now for a right and proper flaming. I am aware that I am a complete newbie however I am severely shaken up after what happened today. I'll try to keep the story short and sour...

    So I have ridden a motorbike three times in my life, today being the third. The first was two years ago, the second was last Wednesday (my Stay Upright Learner Course), and today was the third. HOW THE HELL AM I SUPPOSED TO NEGOTIATE MAJOR ROADS AND ALL THE HAZARDS OF PEAK HOUR TRAFFIC?

    Today I picked up my newly purchased Suzuki GS500 from the dealership, a 10min drive from my home. I stalled the bike three times on the horrific journey back, and the third time it was in the middle of a busy intersection, I couldn't re-start it, and I nearly got run over. I had never ridden this bloody bike until today and I found it to be way too overpowered. It scared the absolute bejesus out of me to be hurtling down the main road of south Canberra at 80, four times the speed I had previously traveled in my worthless learner course. I was so nervous that my leg was shaking at the lights. My gear changes were horrific, i rocked back and forth every time the VERY SENSITIVE throttle eased off, and I could have been seriously injured.

    So I stallled again, this time in the middle of a stupidly busy intersection. Then I had to wheel my bike into the driveway of some complete stranger's driveway. I couldn't start it, even when my mate tried to talk me through it. Anyway I mustn't have put the kickstand down properly because the f**king thing blew over in the wind and the f**king clutch lever broke off. So I had to call the dealership and they had to limp the f**ker back to the workshop, probably at a HUGE cost to me. I am beside myself with rage and despair.

    Now, the Stay Upright course was conducted on a little bit of bitchumen, at under 25km/h. The instructor passed all of us despite the fact that we were ALL making heaps of mistakes, even during the final exercise of the day. Now today, I was supposed to magically conjure up the balls and the skill to ride at 80-100km/h plus, all the way home, so I could get my bike to my house from the dealership. I say there is something deeply wrong with either the system by which new riders acquire their licences, or that there is something deeply wrong with me. I suspect the former is true, and I sincerely hope the latter is not true.

    This debacle is enough to turn me off riding forever. Srs.

    tl;dr I went to pick up my bike for the first time after getting my Ls, was ill-prepared for the journey home, and I nearly crashed on the way home, then my bike fell over and I had to get it towed back to the shop. I didn't even make it home FFS

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  2. Well guess what mate you are not the first or even in the first thousand people who have done the same. Some people just seem to be able to jump on and ride away but even they start off being terribly underdone skill wise. Practice is the word, find some quiet streets and practice your clutch and brake control, keep at it and the lights will come on all of a sudden.
    There is heaps of good knowledge and people on here to help you along the way but you have to do the yards yourself.
    Give yourself a chance to find out if you really are going to end up loving it, you don't have to use all that power but you will be surprised how quickly you adapt to it.
  3. most dealers should offer a delivery service.

    you are not expected to negotiate peak hour and 80-100km/hr traffic straight after the course...
    a bit of common sense in choosing time and place goes a long way :)
    start with quiet areas and times when it is not busy

    edit: it is good you have already realised you could be seriously injured :)
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  4. #4 smileedude, Sep 16, 2014
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    The system is alright, it is not designed to teach you how to ride a motorcycle. That's impossible without months of training. You need to teach yourself that.

    A lot of people struggle on the day the they pick up their bike. It is fairly overwhelming. Some come to this site and ask if someone would mind accompanying them on their first ride or to borrow a ute. Or to have their bike delivered.

    Some people will ride a couple of times around the block and practice then make the daunting trip home.

    Others jump on and have so much fun they go straight past home and keep riding for another few hours.

    You need to get the bike somewhere you can practice. Then take baby steps.
  5. @Ethos@Ethos where are you located? There's L friendly sessions run in Vic and NSW run by fellow netriders.
    These sessions are aimed to train people just like you.
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  6. I'd like to add that from experience those lights coming on moments can be extremely euphoric, I also had a rough time at the beginning.
  7. Hey, you will get there.

    At least it only fell over once, I managed to drop my first bike in my own driveway twice on the first day. Luckily for me it was once on each side so it matched!

    Follow the advice already given above and you will come to terms with it and when you do - just let's say it will be a completely different sort of fcuk that you will be screaming........

    Cheers Jeremy
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  8. So I have ridden a motorbike three times in my life, today being the third. The first was two years ago, the second was last Wednesday (my Stay Upright Learner Course), and today was the third. HOW THE HELL AM I SUPPOSED TO NEGOTIATE MAJOR ROADS AND ALL THE HAZARDS OF PEAK HOUR TRAFFIC?

    Mate glad your ok,20 plus years ago i rode dirt bikes on the weekend,20 years later get a road bike,Still shit myself riding it home.Not being rude but you should get the basic skills down pat before riding on the road,or shit will happen.If at all possible should try and ride a small dirt bike on private land under instruction,from someone who can ride,will make a big difference(y)
  9. You made a bad decision picking a busy time on the road to pick up your bike, but lived to tell the tale. Find a quiet place (industrial area or housing development on a weekend, or some quiet back streets), get used to controlling the bike, then graduate to roads/routes you're familiar with and go from there.

    Squeeze the tank between your thighs and engage the core a bit, your floppiness will accentuate the feeling of throttle/gear change jerkiness. Keep at it, in no time you'll wonder what you were ever worried about.
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  10. I think he said Canberra in there somewhere.

    Which is good as he wont have any trouble finding quiet streets.
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  11. Talk about a baptism of fire!

    Get the bike delivered, pick it up in a trailer, or have someone ride it home for you.

    Don't be discouraged, you'll look back on this and laugh later on.
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  12. Sometimes riding isn't for everyone, just saying.

    Sorry to hear about your predicament.
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  13. Stick with it @Ethos@Ethos. It will come to you.
    The first time you really get it right you'll be grinning from ear to ear.
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  14. What's done is done. Don't beat yourself up about it.

    Once the bike is repaired have it delivered or ridden home for you.

    Prepare yourself for your next ride by doing a reconisance walk/drive of a short route close to home.

    Be comfortable with the route so when riding all you have to concentrate on is your form and technique and not the path you're taking.

    Seriously, this happens to a lot of people. Give yourself a break and give yourself the opportunity to learn to, then love riding.

    My 2c
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  15. ^^^^ this
  16. I simpathise. Felt the same way. Stick with it, practice in quiet areas. It will get into your bloodstream. That I can assure you.
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  17. I speak as a fairly new rider.

    I know exactly the roads you're talking about.

    I learnt in Canberra and actually had some rider friends pick up my GS500 for me and take me around some 40km lighter roads before we hit faster/busier roads.

    There is another forum if you googled for it ;) they run learner training sessions and do help out those who ask. I did a lot of learning with them on MOST skills and group rides.

    I miss my GS. I've had fun with the Guzzi but I feel I'll be back to a Suzi on my next bike.

    I'm glad you're OK and the bike can be fixed. You'll get there, just don't demand of yourself more than you feel confident with.

    Ride safe and I know you'll start loving that GS. It's popular for a reason. It can be a LOT of fun!
  18. Hi everyone, firstly thanks to all of you for the constructive feedback. I have been on other forums where one would expect to get flamed for such newbie posts. However you all seem to be nice!

    Secondly, I should have asked the workshop if they could have delivered it to my house from fyshwick (the industrial area of canberra).

    Thirdly I will check out the Learners section of the forum to see about this MOST thing.

    Lastly I am heartened by your positive responses, and will keep riding, albeit maybe at first in the dead of night, when nary a soul doth creep the sleepy streets of Canberra. Haha

  19. Is there someone in Canberra who offers one-on-one training? If so, it is worth it to get a few hours of real world training and an escorted ride or two.
  20. Valuable lesson learnt, I'd say!

    As mentioned find quiet back roads and a riding mentor, until you build the skills and confidence to tackle heavy traffic.
    At the moment your are a danger to yourself and other road users.
    It has nothing to do with the training or the bike, just a lack of commonsense at the time. Don't think you are the first, I see this a fair bit and think WTF.
    Practice, practice and more practice.............. after 35yrs of riding I still practice some basic skills fairly regularly, you need to develop your skills so you don't need to individually think about each step to achieve the required action.
    Sorry for not moddycoddling you, but that's the real world, and you end up real dead real quick.
    Stay safe!
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