Learning to ride a motorcycle can be a scary event. Being a lady biker really comes with practice. After you learn, you will love it.
It helps to know how to use a clutch.
Handling a motorcycle does mean you have to change gears, which means letting off the gas (right hand) and pulling in the clutch (left hand). Then using your left foot to change gears. Right foot is your rear brake and your right hand is your front brake.
I know it sounds scary but once you get the hang of it. It is really not so bad.
I started off on a Vulcan 750 in a parking lot very slowly. I even stopped one day and fell straight over. I forgot to put my feet down. Don’t forget to put your feet down when you stop.
The best I can say about that is practice practice practice.
We practiced every Sunday afternoon for months. I had to get used to the clutch the breaks the throttle. I was determined to learn to ride.
Find out what your state requires.
Every state is different. My state (Texas) requires you to take a safety course for new riders. The Course is usually between $200.00 to $300.00 for the course. It is over a period of two to three day. What I liked about the course I took is they supplied the motorcycle, a little Honda 250. They supplied the helmet if you needed one. You brought your own gloves and jacket for safety.
You can contact your DMV for approved training or courses. The course I took, also administered the driving test needed to get your license. So best to contact DMV for further information.
Just a note. I had a blast learning!
OK. You have your license.
This is the fun part, Practice! Ride your motorcycle.
Now for the tough part.
- People in motor vehicles normally don’t watch for you. That means you need to watch for them.
- Always make sure you do not follow too close to any vehicle.
- Watch for cars pulling out in front of you. Have a plan, what you might have to do.
- Stay out of blind spots on vehicles.
- When following another bike stay on the opposite side of the lane. Stay far enough behind so you can see what they are doing.
Safety Gear – What to Wear
- A Good DOT Helmet. ( it took me a while to find a helmet I liked and was DOT certified and comfortable.)
- A riding Jacket (I also have several Jackets but my favorite is not leather, it is water resistant and has a liner to keep me warm)
- A pair of Chaps (OK my chaps are leather, they keep my legs warm and also keep debris from hitting my legs.)
- Glasses (I wear glasses anyway but it helps to have good glasses that won’t fly off your face when you turn your head)
- Gloves (It took time to learn to ride with gloves, Mine are winter shooting Gloves when it is really cold and lightweight riding gloves normally.)
Once you take the time to learn.
Once you take the time to learn, get the gear, your license and lots of practice. You will feel an unbelievable amount of independence. At least I did. It was nice being able to ride my own bike. Getting a new wardrobe. Now all that is left is the right bike for you. I ride a Harley softtail. I love cruisers (sitting back and watching the world from another perspective) It has a low center of gravity, my feet touch the ground and it is easy to turn.
Learning to ride is a great experience. I have loved learning and riding. Now I ride to Rallies, I have ridden cross-country and I have ridden to the grocery store. My intentions some day is to ride from ocean to ocean.
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