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brand new learner, had bike ten minutes, already dropped it...

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    I'm so disappointed, I had such high expectations. Was taking the bike out for the first time, with VERY experienced friends to help, but was a bit ambitious. Riding up the driveway, a bit steep and on an angle, going slow and suddenly the bike tipped right over onto the grass on the side. I'm fine, but i snapped the clutch lever right off. My friend said loads of people do that and that made me feel a little bit better. In my head I am riding all over the place, having a great time, but in reality it's just not quite happening yet. I'm sure i'll get there with practice, but wondering if I'm trying to run before I can walk.... Now I can't do anything until I get this clutch lever replaced, oh well, I sat on the bike in the garage just now, getting the feel for it, fixing the mirrors, ..... :D
     
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    Welcome to CR and bad luck with the drop.

    Come along to the monday meet sometime down at E cibo at fyshwick (spelling etc people?) with or without the bike it doesn't matter!
    Look at the events forum for rides when you've got your bike fixed, we tend to look out for learner's so you don't need to worry about keeping up.

    Have fun :D
     
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    welcome Diana..

    Your bike now has street cred.

    Don't worry now that you have dropped your bike you can stop worring about dropping it..

    I have dropped Kermi 3 times now...

    Hope to see you out on the roads, on some rides and at coffee soon...
     
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    G'day epona , dropping the bike is common to all of us having it fall on grass well that only happens to a lucky few :)

    Riding a motorbike is like riding a bicycle. With your driveway , up hill and steep you need to be at a constant pace otherwise you'll tip over.

    Give it a go on you bicycle, see what happens.

    cheerio
     
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    can you demonstrate this Avartie...
     
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    for you bec I can demonstrate anything
     
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    Thanks everyone, everyone I have spoken to since I started to talk about getting a bike has been so supportive I appreciate it. After a good word from a very helpful guy at Gecko I joined this group and now I can see why it is so popular. Yes I'll try to get along to E cibo soon, and I'll also look at getting along to one of the learner rides that are organised. I feel a lot better now, and yes very fortunate to drop it on grass!!!!! cheers...
     
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    Welcome to CR Diana.

    Congratulations on your off. That is one less thing to worry about now so you can just get on with enjoying riding :up

    There is a practise session on this Sunday at EPIC. Give me a holler if you want someone to ride there with from QBN as I will be heading out there.

    Enjoy the ride - it will get better from here.
     
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    Thanks Riicho, this weekend i'm off to Junee. was gonna ride, but now might have to jump on the back of my friends bike.... must remember to walk then run...
     
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    I really must pull my finger out and organise the licorice and chocolate run....
     
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    Welcome to CR, and to motorcycling! :up

    Don't stress the small things, Joes motorcycles should have a second hand lever lying about to get you under way again quickly.

    And no need to worry about long trips or anything like that too much either, just remember to take lots of breaks as you're building up motorcycling fitness :)

    Good luck, catcha out and about soon :up
     
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    Hey welcome!

    I'm loving that you dropped it in the grass, got it back in the shed and are now sitting on it twiddling the mirrors. Do you KNOW how many people drop it, walk away and never go back. RESPECT. Have you got a new clutch lever yet? Go out to Joe's or CMC and get one tomorrow, you'll be amazed how easy it is to fit.

    What a bugger you are going out to Junee this weekend, this would be the perfect time for you to gain some confidence playing with the other L platers, specially with Riicho to bring you over. Doesn't matter, keep an eye on the board, we'll get you next time.
     
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    Thanks Heidi1... I was looking at your learner ride for sunday, I will keep an eye out for the next one. No lever yet, my friend will look tommorrow, they work at fyshwick..and my other friend will put it on for me. Pretty lucky there... yeah I was shattered when I saw the damage, I didnt care about me! :D more upset that I broke the bike..... It's so pretty..
     
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    Welcome aboard Diana, don't stress to much, I made Esther buy some cheap no name brand ones(clutch and break) to carry just in case she looses her footing when away on a ride ;-) since then they haven't been needed
     
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    good advice, i might do the same....
     
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    Welcome! You're lucky you dropped it early. I went two months dreading dropping mine and then thinking that I maybe won't, and then I dropped it :).
    Heidi's sessions are awesome! Come to one if you can.
     
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    You won't drop it and if you do we will teach you to pick it up!
     
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    Welcome aboard. As has been said, nothing unusual about dropping a bike, glad to see you're keen to get right back on it. Hope to see you on a ride some time :)
     
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    Welcome to the forum
    I accidentally laid my bike down the day I got it while trying to navigate an incline, but was lucky not to damage anything :)
     
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    :welcome!:Diana / Epona

    The drop no matter how small is always a bit of a killer to the confidence, but the important thing is that you got straight back up.
    And a clutch lever is a cheap fix, even a newbie is only around $10-$20 I think, although, don't quote me on it.
    The joys of QBN is that we have some really quiet streets that are awesome to practice on (or to take unregistered clear-out rides), esp around Christopher Cres area. The sooner you can get back on the road, the better you'll feel.
     
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