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Old 06-13-2013, 11:05 AM   #61
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Stopping and parking....

...on slanted surfaces caused my wife troubles for some time. If you get the hang of doing that and keeping the bike balanced, (and are sure you know which foot to put down), it will help your confidence a lot. We always want to find nice flat spots to stop, but sometimes that's not available, and if you are confident you know how to handle slow speeds, stops and starts on a slanted surface, it'll be a piece of cake to do same when it's flat.

Good luck, and if you have specific questions, keep asking. We all have opinions. Some folks on here even know what they're talking about.

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Old 06-13-2013, 05:20 PM   #62
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For those who push too hard on a un-experienced rider, the outcome is usually not good. Small steps. Or forever be sorry.

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Old 11-05-2013, 01:58 PM   #63
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Old 11-05-2013, 03:56 PM   #64
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What a truly unfortunate situation. Hope she makes a full recovery.
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Old 11-07-2013, 08:10 AM   #65
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Like many other inmates, my introduction to motorcycling was at an early age on a lightweight, street-legal dirt bike. I usually rode on country roads and simple single track trails. A few years later, I bought my first road bike. Because of my previous experience, I believe I was able to better focus on traffic and accident avoidance and less on the mechanics of cycle operation. Even after 40 years of riding, hovever, I still make a conscious effort to improve and refine my riding skills.

While I don't make a general practice of discouraging people who are willing to develop the skills that are necessary for safely enjoying the wonderful experience of riding...I do discourage those who just want to "get a bike and go riding". My own brother was among this group.

In respect to the OP, my advice is to get lots of practice on safe (no traffic), hard surface environments. There's no shame in learning riding skills in parking lots. Whether it is a shiny new scooter or an old sacrificial bike...stay off gravel roads and gravel parking lots until you've developed reasonable riding skills. Even experienced riders get taken down by gravel and road grit.

Lastly, welcome to this forum. You'll find a lot of great people here and loads of useful tips on an array of topics.

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Old 11-07-2013, 05:42 PM   #66
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I, too, have found that the skills I learned in off road riding as a beginner served me well on the road in certain situations. It's great to be able to learn how to ride without other traffic around. Or road guards.
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Old 11-08-2013, 01:23 PM   #67
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Also a rider coach. My advice is to find another experienced rider(not your husband) to mentor you on some two lane back roads. Stay off of parking lots because of liability. Security would probably chase you off anyway. Your husband sounds like a great guy but for teaching you how to ride, not so much.

Buy some better gear, including some armored pants and jacket. Get a full face helmet, and some decent motorcycle gloves. Don't worry about the scratches, there will be more. Dropping a used scooter would've been less traumatic.
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Old 11-08-2013, 06:10 PM   #68
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I like it.
Keep riding and posting, maybe that will convince my wife to post. She rides as well. So we'll read your posts and cheer from the peanut gallery.
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Old 11-09-2013, 04:54 AM   #69
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Did none of you see Scott PDX's link to another thread? Dont think she'll be riding, as she's currently recovering from a wreck. Scooter v guard rail.
Hope she heals up fully.
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Old 11-09-2013, 05:01 AM   #70
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Hope Robyn makes a full recovery, hang in there Bear Chow---
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