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Hi from Kent, England

Postby April1323 » Wed Nov 09, 2016 3:17 am

Hi everyone.
I'm April and I'm very new to all this. I went out on the back of a friend's bike a few months ago thinking it would be a one off. Since then I have been bugging him to take me out more often. A lot of the times he couldn't so I thought why not learn to ride ... So I took my "beginners test" a month ago - bought myself a little 125cc bike and have been madly practising ever since. I am a very nervous rider ...and do everything wrong... but I am determined to master it!!

So I read a few forums about tips and shared stories and this one looked the best one - so decided to join. Look forward to 'meeting' you all. :)
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Re: Hi from Kent, England

Postby BlueHD4me » Wed Nov 09, 2016 8:14 am

Welcome April! So glad you decided to join us. I've "met" some amazing women here, the support and advice are priceless!

Post a photo of your bike when you have time. :D
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Re: Hi from Kent, England

Postby monica » Thu Nov 10, 2016 12:55 am

Hi April! Good for you! Practice practice practice. Happy riding.
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Re: Hi from Kent, England

Postby dbsteffy » Sat Nov 12, 2016 1:35 pm

Hi April, glad you found us and are joining the conversation. Got a picture of you and that bike? hint, hint.
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Re: Hi from Kent, England

Postby April1323 » Sun Nov 13, 2016 1:25 pm

Hi again.

Thanks for the replies. :)

I will sort a picture out and try to load it. Im not great at technology!! I know enough for work purposes but thats about it.

It's been lovely weather here today so I was out on my bike for a good couple of hours. I was very brave and went out on busier roads than Im used to - and even got up to 5th gear!! A big step for me! :oops:

Does anyone have any tips of bends and corners? I know it sounds daft but on some I am absolutely fine - and quite confident - yet others I am wobbly and all over the place. I over rev the engine and my brain turns to jelly. My friend says if I go slow round corners I am likely to feel more unstable - but that's the problem - if I go any faster (which I tried today) I find I cant turn the corner tight enough and end up nearer the opposite side of the road....... :shock:

Just ordered a book online - Motorcycling For Dummies - hopefully I'll get some tips there too!
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Re: Hi from Kent, England

Postby monica » Sun Nov 13, 2016 10:38 pm

Look past the corner, to where you are headed. I always go wide when I forget this and focus on the near area. Also slow before the curve so you can add some steady throttle without ending up going too fast in the curve. A little throttle will help stability. Smoothly! Don't cut the throttle suddenly. Back brake.
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Re: Hi from Kent, England

Postby April1323 » Mon Nov 14, 2016 11:33 am

Hi Monica :) Yes, that's exactly what I remember the instructor telling me... almost word for word... 8-) And the thing is, I know it works because I did it a few times - but sometimes it just doesn't enter my head to do it. I guess it's just another thing that will come with time and practice.

Although I think Im good at "multi tasking" I find it harder to do on a bike - when Im worrying about cars and falling off!! But I definately feel a tiny bit more confident each time I go out. I cant wait for the summer months!!! And I felt on a bit of a high when I got back yesterday. I felt I had achieved something that I am really quite scared of doing!!! :o ;)
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Re: Hi from Kent, England

Postby monica » Tue Nov 15, 2016 1:19 am

If you can find a large parking lot to practice in; a school on the weekend perhaps, then you won't have traffic to deal with as you make muscle memory practicing.
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Re: Hi from Kent, England

Postby gatesb77 » Tue Nov 22, 2016 10:00 am

Welcome to the forum! I agree with Monica. Parking lot practice helped me sooo much and very early morning rides on the road when there's likely less traffic. Keep it up you got this!
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Re: Hi from Kent, England

Postby April1323 » Thu Nov 24, 2016 10:50 am

Thanks everyone x
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