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Uninspired to ride..

Discussion in 'New Riders and Riding Tips' started by WheelsLegman, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. Ive ridden my bike once since I got it last week. Mainly because there are high speed multilane roads to get to either uni or work and im not ready for them. There is one road the other side of that with a limit of 60 but it is almost always bumper to bumper.Boring.Been told lane filtering not good idea for newbie. There is one small quiet back street i can get to which is just pointless because there isnt enough room to get the bike above second gear.

    So im just totally uninspired to ride my brand new bike Ive wanted for years which I was totally excited and happy about getting. Ive always loved being on the back of friends bikes and the handful of time I went dirbike riding I just loved it. Unfortunately the effort of getting the bike out for a ride just doesnt seem worth it to me. I enjoyed dirtbike riding because of fresh air, flying through the bush (as much as you can on an xr100,which i rode every day when i got it) snf it was fun. Unfortunately it seems like im going to have to force myself to practice riding so I can use it just for transport and its practical, not a toy like I hoped it would be. Basically it seems like city riding is all about watching out that this c^nt and that c^nt arent going to mow me down and thats not enjoyable to me...disappointed.

    Well I dont know why im posting this, its a bit of a downer. Guess maybe someone will tell me they felt the same but it gets funner later, hopefully...
  2. Nah, loved it from the start...never gets old. Just had 3 days off because of surgery and got back on for a blast down the shops because I was getting withdrawals...
  3. The freeway is actually one of the safer places to ride outside of peak hour; there's no intersections or traffic lights, no oncoming traffic to worry about, etc. So wait for a nice quiet time - early on a Sunday morning for example - and take your bike out onto the freeway. Well, so long as you're comfortable up to 60km/h at least.

    It's shit scary at first, but freeways don't have sharp corners or crap like that, and once you've ridden at 100, 60 doesn't feel so fast or scary. Also, tune in to the Learner practices in your area - great way to build up confidence and they often have feeder rides where you can get escorted to the practice.
  4. Yeah, just get out on the weekends when there's not as much traffic.
    You'll get the hang of road riding in no time.
    Baby steps!! :)
    (& yeah, get down to a learner session. What city are you in?)
  5. Personally, I wouldn't advise a learner to get onto a freeway for the simple fact they may not be familiar with the controls enough to stop safely from 100 & having everyone pass you (especially in NSW where you are limited to a stupid 80kmph limit) etc.
    (I'm not familiar with OP but she's done bush-riding though so probably has a fair clue but in general I recommend lower speed quiet areas for practising)

    Is it possible you can store it at a mate's house who lives in a quieter area or get someone to ride it over there for you to practise every now and then?
  6. I'm still a complete beginner - I've only had my bike for a bit over a week - but I've ridden over 300km already. The first few rides were the hardest. I was afraid of everything and felt like I had to devote 100% of my concentration just to control the bike; but on top of that I still had to look out for homicidal cars and navigate through a city I've only been living in for a few weeks. My commute to uni involves a multi-lane dual carriageway, a lane shared with trams and a few right turns on narrow suburban streets with shitty visibility. So... yeah, I was pretty scared to start with and it was a big deal to go anywhere on the bike. But with every trip I make, every hour I spend on the bike, the easier it's been getting, and the gradually starting to become automatic to maintain awareness of where all the cars are around me.

    This past weekend I got up the courage to go for an extended trip on the freeway out to the semi-rural fringe of Melbourne where the roads are less straight and more fun. (At the moment I'm playing it safe and doing the bends at the speeds indicated on the warning signs but I'm sure with practice I'll get confident enough to go a bit faster. Cornering was always what I loved most about driving a fast car.)
  7. get in amongst the traffic, learn to be patient in traffic, you will learn to see what drivers do when in traffic, then you can watch them roll forward while still drinking coffee or eating or txting
  8. Well its good to hear from another learner. Maybe I just need to get out amongst it like you have.

    Hopefully rolling away from me?

    I work every single weekend and Im at uni every other day of the week cept Tuesday so I cant attend any of the learner rides. Maybe on Sunday Ill ride into the city. Maybe Ill go out now most of the cagers should be at home in front of the tv. I just dont really know this area, too bad dont live in Port Melbourne still there were many good practice streets there I knew well and a good ride too...
  9. I assume you're still in Melbourne...can you tell us what suburb?

    One of the things I found when I started riding was that if I got flustered, it was best to pull over, take a few deep breaths, look around for awhile - just watching what the traffic around me was doing - then have another go. There's no rush.

    It's a pity you can't get down to the learner session on Saturday. At least once or twice to start with. Plus one of us could escort you in. You're sure you're not feeling a 'flu coming on...koff..koff..?
  10. just get out there on the highway if thats whats closest....

    I'd say sitting on a highway is easier than navigating out of your driveway :)
  11. Freeways are really easy, but yes, they're extremely daunting when you're starting out. It was the width of the road combined with the speed that freaked me out at first. Best thing is to gradually build up to speed, once you're used to 100 kph you'll wonder what the fuss was about.

    When I'm on the freeway I always try to follow the wide 'n' fast rule. Whenever passing another vehicle, go wide, and go fast. Spend as little time next to cars as you can because they can't see you. Plus, always travel a few k's faster than the traffic, that way you're only worrying about what's in front of you, not behind. Of course, you still need to watch behind you, it's just much more comforting when everything's getting smaller in the mirrors instead of only seeing the number plate of the 4WD that's tailgating you ;) As soon as I started following these 2 techniques my freeway journeys became a piece of cake.

    Also, as Greydog said, you don't sound too good, best take the day off work on Saturday. :p
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  12. It sounds like it's all too hard. If there's always a reason why you can't ride your bike then maybe it's time to realise that you don't have what it takes, cut you losses and sell the thing.

    Or,.... you could harden the f*** up and give it a red hot go. Start with riding up and down your residential street at first before breaking out the big guns and doing a run around the block after work.

    Either way, you'd get my respect. Master a challenge or admit defeat. ...It takes some balls to do either so make the decision. Do you want to ride or not?

    The only newbies that lose respect in my mind are the ones who buy a bike then whinge on the internet about how everything other than their own determination stopped them from riding it.
  13. Pick a nice day Have a sickie You are being paid to ride .Win Win :)
  14. Hey there. I know the feeling. When I first started (a whole 5 weeks ago) I had it in my head that I needed a purpose to pull the bike out of the shed and go for a ride ie: to the shops, work, visit someone. Now, I grab the bike and just go whereever because it's fun!

    Have you check the Mentors/Tutors to help newer riders post to see if there is anyone in your area you can hook up with? Or put your suburb out there and see if anyone is around willing to help?

    I have ridden with one of the members here and he gave me great tips and it really helped my confidence being able to trail him through the suburbs. As time goes the rides will get longer and more intense, but that comes in time.

    I highly reccommend finding a riding partner - not only do you learn alot, but you make a good friend out of the experience too.

    - Lee
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  15. I'm a learner and riding my first bike home from the dealer was exciting, but also scary.
    Out all by myself, in with the peak hour traffic as it was starting to get dark. But I made it home and couldn't wait to get back out on the weekend for a bigger ride. Sure you'll be nervous and you seem to have a hundred things to concentrate on at once, but take it easy, try not to get frazzled by others or yourself. Accept that you'll make mistakes like for getting to cancel the blinkers, stalling it, or not being perfectly smooth. Just pull over in a safe spot if you feel it's all getting too much and have a little break. Think about what they told you at the learners course. Loose on the bike, loose upper body, relaxed arms, wrists low. Grip with feet and knees on the bike. I find checking I'm not tense and that I can loosely move my arms is a big help if things aren't going as I'd like.
    It really is a shame you can't make it to Saturday morning learners practice, it is very good for getting a feel for your bike in a safe environment. You can start slow and build your confidence with the slow to medium speed manouvering that is common riding in an urban environment. You can fond out what the bike can and will do, cornering, braking, accelerating and so on. You get good at finer throttle control to keep it smooth in lower gears which was a big help for me. Anyway, like everyone has said, get on it and ride it :)
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  16. This.
    Get on it or give it up.
    Although I can't help but think that if you really wanted to ride, you would have made it happen by now. Sorry...
  17. Give it away then
  18. Ease up guys. Not everyone is fearless. I rode around my block for more than a month before I was game to get out on the highway. Then I proceeded to overshoot the corner back off the highway, and ended up stalled on the opposite footpath. Luckily no cars waiting at the intersection or I would have cleaned them up LOL. Then there was the interesting predicament of how to get off the footpath (hill start).

    Wasn't until my sister and her partner took me on a supervised ride down to Frankston that I actually got a bit more courage. I remember having to ride along the highway to the meet point, and having to pull over into a bus stop to stop myself hyperventilating. But after that I realised I COULD do this, and started to really enjoy myself.

    Then I found NR (eternal thanks to Whitey) and suddenly I had heaps of help, heaps of people to ride with, and Saturday practice to improve my skills at. The OP has started right by getting on here. Hopefully he can find a mentor to help him improve, seeing as he can't get to Saturday practice.

    So how about a bit of encouragement instead of bagging someone who's come on here for advice?

    ETA: OP, can you tell us what suburb you're from?
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  19. To get some confidence, my missus went out onto the highway and opened the throttle. And kept it open. The Virago only gets to about 120, but she came back with a big grin, and found riding at 110 (limit in WA) a lot easier. She later took my XVS1100 for a spin. Now we need a new bike as she doesn't want to ride the little one any more.
  20. Post up your suburb OP, someone will volunteer to come riding with you to accompany you and give you some help / confidence.

    Doubly so if you're female... triply so if you're hot, and so on. ;)
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