[journal] 4th *Day One* Got there around 7.45 am , Went into the office block , showed ID then filled out a rta form .. Pretty Simple .. Next 15mins he talked about the course , then asked if we had any questions and if we had ridden before , after that we got hairnets and helmets and gloves , Then it was out to the Course.. Was pretty scary , he told us there are 29 Steps we have to learn. We started of learning about the bike , brakes , gears , clutch are then we learnt how to get onto the bike itself .. What i learnt is too Go onto the left of the bike as traffic would be on your right , then squeeze the brake in with your four fingers , then lift one leg and sit up to the front of the bike. There were five of us and we had a little problems getting our position right , i still have a PROBLEM of not letting my arms relax and bend them as you will have better feel of the throttle. ( tip is to keep knuckles up and hand flat ) After that i think we were going abit slow as most of us were new to riding , we talked about balancing , idea is to look forward in the horizen , NEVER look down as this will affect your balance. Always listern the the instructor as questions if you need help. We got onto turning the bike on , pretty simple , We learnt about the first gear and nutral ( bad spelling ) , we started of riding 3 meters , ( i kept my foot down to help balance ) then 6 then 12 , one of the young guys around 17 i think feel over on the bike , which kinda scared me , and intructor thought he was not to safe to ride , so he sat out. I nearly stack it , still trying to fix my braking up abit , hopefully tommorrow he will help. ( forgot to add before we started the bikes , we learnt how to put the bike into gear so we could get pushed around , intructor did me , as the other guys would to large for me ) Then the intructor tought us 1st to 2nd gear , i have never ridden or driven manuel and did this "ok" it pretty simple once you learn * up is going up gears and down is going down to gears , i only cark it once too which was a misunderstanding , he told me to press up but i was in 2nd so i went to third without enough speed* big of a bunny hop there. We had a little course This was fun ! left turns , look at mirrow , then turn your head were you were going.. and look straight then we did right turns and for me this was abit harder , not idea why , im still jumpy on the throttle abit but when i get comfy and into a good position im fine. Then we did the same thing , but this time we had to change from first to 2nd gear takes abit to get use too but it good to learn. The intructor is there to tell you when to clutch and use the gear. This was actually fun, hopefully we do it tommorrow. Then we went back into the room to talk about the next day. MY TIPS * Trying riding a pushy before you go , get your balance right. * Ask questions , i asked a few silly one's * ALWAYS listern to your instructor , as if you dont , you have IDEA what to do * dont be nevous , it is pretty hard but its good fun. Thanks! wish me luck for tommorrow!