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Big Girl's Bike

Postby JellyBee61 » Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:42 am

Helloooo
Well, I've finally got my first Big Bike :shock: A lovely 535 Virago (with a conveniently attached box for cakes! ;) )
Haven't been on it yet, just looked at it, stroked it, locked it up and covered it up
Bit nervous about going out on it as I haven't actually ridden since passing my test in November :D apart from a quick ride on my old 125 Virago and then to take it for part ex on the new one
So, big question is, what's the best way for me to go now to improve, apart from just getting on the thing and nervously wobbling down the road??

Ang
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Re: Big Girl's Bike

Postby Paul » Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:28 pm

Hi Ang,

The best way for you to improve, having successfully passed your test, is to learn more about riding and then practice. :? Which sounds a bit trite, but bear with me...

Getting through the bike test is difficult enough, what with first learning how to control the bike, then having to learn about what is required on the test itself - observations, negotiating junctions, reading the road and applying the rules of the Highway Code, etc.

It's not uncommon for riders to get through the test, get their full licence and the bike of their dreams, then find they still feel that they are not getting the most from their riding. Some even give up at that stage, losing confidence and questioning if they will ever really "get it" like the experienced riders they see riding effortlessly.

It's for exactly that reason that we at RJH have developed our "Introduction to Advanced Riding" course. It's aimed specifically at riders who have a full licence (so can ride at test standard) but who want to get more from their riding. Riders who want to ride like experienced riders (or better!) but without waiting the 3-5 years it typically takes to get that experience.

It would be ideal for you.

Have a look here: http://motorcycle-training-forum.com/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=226&sid=4b16208d32e35d1e3a297b3b73dadb37
Life is a journey, not a destination, relax and enjoy the ride!

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Re: Big Girl's Bike

Postby Rob1965 » Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:21 pm

Hi Ang,
I can only second that of Paul's view........However one small request please :-) Can you put a picture of your new bike on and introduce her LOL
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Re: Big Girl's Bike

Postby JellyBee61 » Thu Apr 04, 2013 2:19 pm

Well, I've finally plucked up the courage to have a ride out this morning. Did 25 miles all locally around and about, think I may even have passed one of your CBT groups (I was coming up Hilton Lane, turning left to Prestwich and there was an instructor & 2 learners coming down Scholes Lane and down Hilton) :D Anyway, after a slightly wobbly start I did ok(ish), stalled twice :oops: and now I'm aching like mad but I enjoyed it and conquered the first time out nerves :D

No idea how to upload pictures here but here she is

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... um_comment

I like the sound of the 3 day course but at the moment finances are tight and I can't do those particular dates in April or May. Maybe a bit later in the year
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Re: Big Girl's Bike

Postby Rob1965 » Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:59 pm

Hi Angela,
It was me :-) I nearly chased you for some cake.... I recognised your lid 1st and then the bike, looking good i must say. A little bit wide on your left turn:-)

Why not join us on our ride out? Its FREE and we can give you some tips?

Did you get our newsletter?

Ride Safe
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Re: Big Girl's Bike

Postby JellyBee61 » Thu Apr 04, 2013 6:51 pm

Hehe, I thought it was you, Rob! :lol:
Yes I got the newsletter, thank you
Don't feel brave enough for a big ride out just yet, want to get used to how the bike feels first
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