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Where did you first practice?

Discussion in 'New Riders and Riding Tips' started by patske, Apr 11, 2005.

  1. Hi guys, Just a general question to all you riders out there, Where did you first practice with your bikes after you got your L's, I'm assuming most people weren't brave enough to just head straight out onto the open road. So where did you first start practicing and how long did you practice for before you went out on the road? I'm buying my first bike (CBR250RR-1992) in a couple off weeks from my friend and I only just got my L's so I just want to know if anyone has any interesting places or tips for where, how long and how best to practice before heading on the road.

  2. For me, I chose to run the gauntlet of the road. The top guys like Rossi obviously learned by playing billiards.
  3. go to the nearest shopping centre/mall car park at midnight. You can practice cornering, pretent traffic light stop, ..... then back street befor 3pm during school day.

    By the way, where do you live?
  4. Hi mate

    I avoided main roads like the plague. lol!!! There is a quiet street near my place that backs onto a reserve and I practiced up and down that for a few weeks. I had to be escorted here and there until I was confident to ride on my own. Industrial roads, shopping centre carparks (after closing), church carparks are some others places you could suss out.

    You might even surprise yourself and get out on the road sooner than you think.

    :D :D
  5. Went straight out on the road. Had little choice, a woman wrote my car of two weeks prior. Was sick of catching public transport...:LOL:
  6. I live near some new housing estates. Lots of roads gentle corners, loops etc. Best of all, no houses, plenty of visibility. Great for practicing emerg. stops, swerves, sliding your knee around corners (just kidding..I didn't have any knee sliders). Just watch out for dirt and mud left by trucks on the roads. A few slow circuits to discover this then have a good play. Perfect spot for skills practice.
    At the same time however I did get out on the streets and within a week was on the freeways. How quick you do this depends on your own ability and comfort levels. There is no rush.
  7. Rode my bike home from the bike shop.
  8. In a new housing estate, no cars. I drove down and the b/f roda so I could have a ride around "safely". :)
  9. Rode my bike home from the bike shop.
  10. Bought the bike from a bloke 20ks from home so only one way do this.....ride the damn thing.
    Where ever and when ever you get the chance and if you don't 'get' a chance then....make one 8)
  11. Same here - straight into peak hour traffic. :shock: :shock: :shock:

    Made it home from the bike shop ok, then spent a while in quiet backstreets before venturing further afield.

    Also practised low-speed turns, braking, swerving etc down the back of a shopping-centre carpark.
  12. I started off riding up and down the st then went around the block a few times then a little further around a few more blocks. Then went out the back of Rose Hill Rd Lower Plenty where theres some small bends and a few speed humps to jump over..lol.

    From there once l felt comfortable with that and getting used to the indicators and and the feel of the bike l had Cowboy escort me into Sth Bank.

    From there the rest is history 8)

    Oh!!...and what suburb are you in Patski??

  13. When I bought my first bike I make sure the shop delivered it - there was NO WAY my first ride was gunna be on the Ring Road from Essendon to Werribee!! :shock: First few rides were on some back roads. Damn, 80km/h seemed so fast 'n scary!! :LOL:
  14. My first major ride was into the CBD for work at 8.30am :shock: talk about baptism of fire.
    While it did mean i learned to deal with traffic & slow riding pretty quickly I wouldn't recommend it.

    Later on I did the carpark at midnight thing. That i'd highly recommend.
  15. Living on a main road, I had no choice but to deal with it. But I kept my riding to the middle of the day when the least amount of traffic was around. I first rode around the back streets, built up confidence in my ability, then tackled the main roads. From there, I wandered further and further away from home until it became second nature, so to speak, and then I didn't worry about the amount of traffic on the road.

    Ten years later, all is good. 8)

  16. onto the open road and straight into the city!!! but itwas always off peak... praise shift work :p
  17. Heh.
    In those days I was living in a student hostel in Queens road. There was no L's course in those days (you just paid a fee at the cop shop). I had the 'bike' (vespa) delivered from the city, then took it up the lane, and into St Kilda Rd. Baptism by fire.

    After a few circuits, I took it through the city to get to Uni.

    I am sometimes amazed that I have managed to live so long.
  18. I've done some riding on private roads and farms but when I actually get my bike the plan is a REALLY late night (~3 or 4am on Sunday morning probably) ride out to a few industrial estates.

    Figure that will give me a bit of quiet back street riding, some practice on major roads, freeways hopefully devoid of traffic and then some quiet roads where I can try out a few things without disturbing anyone. 8)

    After that I'll try and ease in riding offpeak a bit first before I start communting 9 - 5.

    That or my mate is going to convince me to do the Melbourne >> St Leonards run. Might avoid the Westgate first day out if she's a bit windy. ;)
  19. First day - Albert Park Lake. 40kph zones, gentle corners, chicane on pit straight. Easy peasy.

    Second day - Nepean Highway. 80kph zones, peak hour traffic, torrential rain. Questioned my sanity.

    Never gave up

    :D :D :D
  20. My first bike road-going was a roadtrail, so finding a quiet place to ride was pretty straightforward.
    I must admit I had been riding bikes since 13yrs old, so I can’t contemplate starting from zero & pulling out into the open road.

    For me learning bike-craft & then road-craft with a bike is pretty daunting all in one go.
    You might need to cover the emergency skills first off. Braking hard (& not dropping it). Mega sharp corners/U-turns, rolling really slowly. Up-hill starts. Riding off camber corners, riding gravel/soft grass/sand.
    Get some idea how the bike behaves when you slid, rear steps out, etc. But I suppose this comes from riding it & getting used to the weight & feel of it.
    You might need to look at being able to pick up your bike off the raod to. Maybe stash some spare levers/tools under the seat just in case. Carry your mobile with you.

    This might sound dumb but I believe the dynamics of riding a motorcycle is more like flying a plane or a speedboat than a car, especially when cornering & dealing with sudden changes in direction. Sure a bike can stop shorter than a car because of it’s reduced weight etc, but you have to be upright & balanced. Most emergency braking on a bike usually comes down to avoiding hitting something than trying to stop short of it.