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    Hello, hello...

    I'm a complete and utter novice, and still finding my feet (or rather, foot pegs!) with riding.

    I don't get chance to practice very often, and my confidence isn't too hot, so building up my competence is proving to be a frustratingly slow process. I'm struggling a bit with mental blocks at the moment, but I know I've just got to keep getting on the bike and push through. Bit by bit, I'll get there!

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    yep time is the saddle and you will get there no dramas at all.. best to stay in a carpark close by or at least at quite times (not peak hour)until you get your confidence up then slowly procede further and further shops then high way etc.. i have no doubt you will get there
     
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    Thanks :) A friend has taken me to a car park a couple of times, but I can barely get out of my driveway by myself at the moment! Ha ha :-/ It's the moving off part that I'm struggling with. And turning corners, from today's attempts! I called it quits after 10 mintues... I was too apprehensive, and I don't want to build a negative association with it. I've already dropped the poor thing 3 times, I don't want to do it again and exacerbate that apprehension. I think I need that voice of moral support with me at the moment, guiding me through what I need to do. I'm going to book in for a private lesson, I think, just to get me going. It's frustrating.
     
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    G'day Franki and welcome to CR.

    You hit the nail on the head, it starts with your head. There are people putting up millions of kilometres every day who started exactly where you are. Trust in the fact that a bike stays upright when you twist the throttle.

    Also keep an eye out for upcoming practise sessions and L and P plater rides, they are a great opportunity to compare notes and build confidence.
     
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    I was thinking I'll fire up an L-P plater practise next weekend (not this one) now I can see the horizon again. Sounds like it's a case for you though OP to just push through those annoying mental barriers - we all have them, even as much as we pretend not to - and keep fighting the good fight. You'll get there.
     
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    Hey Franki,

    Ive been riding for about 5 months now and everyone is right- just keep jumping back on

    I dropped my bike too - and the bonus was learning to change my clutch lever!

    I'm happy to come and hang out in your drive way with you ...:)

    Let me know if you'd like to go for a spin around your suburb one day
     
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    The trick for me was not being afraid to rev the engine more than you think you need to and control your speed with the clutch and rear brake - it all kinda clicked then
     
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    A big unlocking thing for me years ago was realising that you need to control what you're doing by riding the bike rather than letting it ride you. Absolutely +1 to the more revs/more use of the clutch/rear brake at low speeds. Motorbike clutches are built for that sort of thing - way more than a car (plus you aren't putting the same load through a motorbike clutch, so they're more tolerant of a lot of slipping).
     
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    Personally I would break it down into smaller parts such as :
    Find a big area with nothing to run into and practice taking off and then stopping and when to put your foot down, to the point where you are really comfortable with it, as these two things are pretty important in the overall scheme of things. Practising and learning 2 things is a lot easier than it is to master everything at once like you need to on the road (there is a lot to take in and remember). Remember to turn your head and look where you want to go when you turn around at each end of your practice run (pretty important that one as you go where you are looking). Getting confident won't happen in a day but will get easier the more you practice the basics, once you are comfortable with stopping and starting you can venture further afield without being a danger to yourself. It is most important to practice using the clutch (stopping and starting), it will also save you from chugging to a stop and falling over which seems popular amongst learners. There are other basics they give you at the learners course that I can't remember at the moment - you might want to look them up.

    Another thing you could do is go for a reasonable ride as a passenger with an experienced rider if you can (take some mental notes about what they are doing), that will make you more comfortable with the whole leaning over to corner thing. Good luck with it all.
     
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    Welcome to CR.
    What side of the lake are you, Frank? And can you drive a car (if someone was to take you & your bike to a car park for practice)?
     
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    I think if we all pitch in we'll have you riding comfortably in no time [emoji6]


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    Welcome Franki,

    dont worry to much about getting the hand of it right away. it all comes with time and practise :) go along to some of the L & P plater rides and its a great way to learn things and build up skills.

    from my experiance all I can say is to practise, I practised the test for my P plates i think almost every afternoon (was interesting in the dark) & I practised so much I worn the back brake out and stretched the clutch cable :)

    Just have fun with it, being on two wheels is the most fun you can have with your clothes on :D
     
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    Hi @Franki as you can see there is a heap of support here but if you are already nervous, it might be best to look at a lesson from a professional. Once you are on the road proper you can build your confidence, good luck.
     
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    Oh wow, this is amazing! Thank you all so much for your advice and support :)

    I've been trying to book in for a private lesson but have so far only managed to get through to an answering machine... I'm definitely going to do that though, as I think it will build my confidence up enough to get out of my driveway! and progress to riding round the circuit my street joins on to.

    As for dropping my bike, it's always been whilst I've been stationary, and I think it's to do with being a short arse! I'm getting a lower seat so that I can put both my feet flat on the ground, thus increase my stability. I think this will make a difference to my confidence on the bike too.

    In terms of practice, it seems I am doing all the right things, anyway... I haven't been trying to rush it, and so far have just been practicing stopping and starting, moving off up my driveway, and riding the clutch and using the rear brake to control speed. These are the things I struggled with on the pre-learners, and the things I feel I need to get to grips with. Revving the engine is definitely something I need to get accustomed to.

    The most frustrating thing for me is the lack of time I currently have where I am able to get out on my bike. Once my confidence builds up enough, it'll open up more opportunities for me to practice more frequently. Kinda sucks at the moment, but I know I'll get the hang of it eventually... :)

    Thanks again for all your responses and support :) Much appreciated.
     
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    I'm a short arse too haha I took my 600RR to suspension smith in QBN and he lowered the suspension a bit for me so I can just touch the ground now. As far as moving the bike around to park etc I usually just get off it and move it around as I feel more stable doing it that way :) it's much easier to ride while your moving and harder at lower speeds I think but it will all come together for you :)
     
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    Do you ride a push bike much? Once you get the clutch right it's similar. I told my daughter to ride a bike around town more before getting her L's. In regards to the pecking order on the road riding a push bike opens your eyes a bit to some of the dangers presented by other road users ie road position, danger awareness such as , driveways, old people, dogs , opening doors , etc.
     
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    Ahh.... no, I don't ride a push bike. I used to many moons ago, but not really on the road... just back streets, and such, and usually on the pavements! (There were very few cycle lanes where I lived, and I was too scared to join the traffic!) I wouldn't call myself a competent cyclist... doesn't bode well, does it?! :-/
     
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    Not true! Persist ... Riding is like some weird revelation - you'll get over the fear and just love it


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    While, I agree with lots of the comments above, given just how new to riding you appear to be and before worrying about the tight technical stuff around town, get dubbed or trailer your bike to a quiet country road and start riding in a relatively straight line where corners become curves and the bike is much easier to ride at 60-70km than at 10km and do 80km then turn around and come back, you'll learn much more about balance and bike control than zig zaging a most course, which will then lead into confidence with slow speed bike control.

    The idea is to not overload you with too much information all at once, who can deal with balance, acceleration, gear changes, blinkers, road rules, traffic all together, go out of town where you just spending time learn about straightish line bike control, the bikes brakes and gears etc
     
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