If more new riders took a cautious, progressive and thoughtful approach to learning how to ride there would be a lot fewer mishaps. Be safe and have fun!
Thank you! I am having a good time even when things go wrong.
+1!!! And don't be hurt (pride) when you lay the bike down (you will). Get some frame sliders if you don't already have them, it will help your wallet a bit.
The more you are aware of the road, the more you are aware of what you DON'T know, the more others will want to have you as a riding buddy. KNOW your limitations and have respect for them, and your throttle.
Reverse that, and sayonara!
My pride is in tact after laying the bike down once the first time I was practicing and another time last night. Both at what could be called walking speed while trying to make very tight turns.
First gear feathering the clutch and trying to keep the bike going. No biggy. Just a scrapped handlebar end and either cover has a small scratch.
The first time by buddy was there to help me lift it up. Second time I was solo and it was pretty easy.
Both times the bike stalled (I was going to slow).
There is also some dirt and rock on my little dead end so I went over it to see what it would feel like for the rear to loose traction for a second. It was cool. Rear lifted while still applying slight throttle. Freespun the rock and caught grip again. Not something I would want to do mid turn when the contact patch would be smaller and throw in weight shift.
All learning experiences.
I am also trying to cut these turns pretty damn tight. Regular uturns with some space are cool. I need more room to do figure 8s.
+1! This is the key to safe riding, don't try to push yourself if you fall behind the pack, it's not worth the consequences.
Yeah we have done the same for years with our cars. We ride in 20 car packs lead car, anchor the whole nine. I think it will be the same with the bikes.
I did notice two riders doing the 45 stagger yesturday on my way home. Lead bike was in the drivers side wheel rut ahead of the second rider who was in the passenger side wheel rut. Pretty cool.