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Finally started motorbike lessons :/

Hi guys,

Well... at last I got to start my motorbike lessons... only did two till now...45 min each. The first one since I never rode a motorbike in my life, consisted of riding a 125 scooter so I get used to balancing etc.. was not that hard since I used to ride bicycles... any way.. my instructor thought I did well and the second lesson he put me on a 125cc non-automatic..

I know my it was my first ride on a "manual" bike, however, what got me worrying is that I won't get used to it. Sometimes I revved for no reason when I pressed the clutch and brake to stop... or did not let the clutch go gently enough... I also unknowingly pressed the rear break without noticing given the fact it is placed right under my right foot... regarding gear changing it wasn't that bad but it was not good either... in a nutshell ... between braking and changing gears.. I did better on the latter (though not good enough) and to me it seemed i was disastrous when getting to break and using engine break on turns or to just slow down....

your opinions please? is this normal for a first time or I am simply not cut out to ride a bike?


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Hi and welcome

It's normal for those who are not used to using all their extremies at once, in sync.

Practice practice practice.

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^^ he is correct. Practice practice practice.

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again! practice!!!!!!! all the time! even after you have gotten use to it!
just take your time, you will get it.
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Sounds like you just need to stick with it. If you have only done 2 45min practices and are this far you are way ahead of where I was when I first started lol.

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Certainly not unheard of, especially without having experience driving a manual transmission car before hand. Even after you get competent, just try out race school and you get to feel like an amateur all over again

All the gear, all the time!!
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It will become natural to you after a while. It takes lot's of practice. Keep the faith and stay at it and you will be fine.

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QUIT. Leave the motorcycle to us manly men!

No just kidding. If it makes you feel any better i had the same problems - and to this day, i still do - i still use my rear brakes more often than i should, especially on turns but that is intentional. Your clutch dumping problem is a beginner's hurdle, you'll get used to it before you know it. Just practice, there is no other way, gotta put in those hours and get used to it. If you learned how to ride a bicycle, if you learned how to drive - then a motorcycle is the same process. Take comfort in the fact that you'll only get better as you invest more time in learning how to ride.
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another thing, don't forget to wear gear while you practice.
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A good tip I caught when I was taking my lessons.

(Throttle hand)..

Make sure your wrist is lower than your knuckles. It will feel weird to accelerate..
However, when you break you won't press down on the throttle because you'll have to move your wrist more so in an up-ward position to break.

(Works excellent for me)
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