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Old 03-14-2011, 07:11 AM   #1
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newbie nerves

so my wife is starting to ride now but shes super nervous about riding on the street, everything scares her - kids, cars, turns, bumps, all kinds of stuff so im asking you guys.

What did you do to get over the newbie nerves and get some confidence when you first started riding?

I had no problem with this when i started so i have a hard time relating and giving advice other than just 'try to relax and have fun' and practical riding advice. She rides just fine, even does real good on some of the tight practice turns and drills i put her though but she hasnt really got up any speed on the bike and is just nervous on the streets in our neighborhood.. stays tense, has a hard time relaxing. ace'd all the written tests.
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time.... that is all. the more she rides the more confident she will become
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It's just going to take time. Some riders never get over it. Ask her what about those things scare her. I've got a noob ride posted for this Saturday.

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Old 03-14-2011, 07:23 AM   #4
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It's just going to take time. Some riders never get over it. Ask her what about those things scare her. I've got a noob ride posted for this Saturday.

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i was hoping to run newriders group saturday with her but she wasnt really comfortable on the street yet so we just hung out at the house and practiced a little bit. shes not ready for any group rides, even noob ones.

she might come out to the track day to watch me. in-laws are staying the wknd though so we'll see.
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If you would like, when I get home the wife and I can come ride with you guys.

Best bet would be to get her out in the country where she won't have all those inputs, and can relax a little on a longer stretches and get more comfortable...

Mine has gotten over the nervousness to a point, but still gets spooked now and then.

I've also found that it is hardest to teach someone close to you...
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Right on about teaching someone close to you. I start yelling pretty quickly
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Right on about teaching someone close to you. I start yelling pretty quickly
I don't do that so much.. but I do find frustration setting in somewhat occasionally.

More so from the other side.. guess she just doesn't take me seriously enough..
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Since i was a complete noobie 2 years ago when i started riding my scooter, this is right up my alley!

1. While constantly scanning/ watching for things is great and necessary, try to tell her just to relax. No as much as being in a car of course, but looking around frantically is too stressful and distracting

2. Always think POSITIVELY...if she's worried about maybe falling, or a car getting too close, then she'll ride too scared.... GOTTA have confidence. especially in corning to begin with. i still have so much more to learn about smooth corning just at low speeds.

3. not sur what type of bike she has, when i went ot my 500 , i gripped to hard on the handles. i was fatigued in 10 mins or less. just relaxing will help everying.

again, girls are a different animal. but i sure did FEEL like a woman when i first started on my noob journey.... best of luck
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Does she have these same problems in a car? There are just some people who barely have the accumen to properly operate a cage. Regardless of how much you or they want to ride a bike.....they probably shouldn't.
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like someone said, time...

That is my advice...
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Does she have these same problems in a car? There are just some people who barely have the accumen to properly operate a cage. Regardless of how much you or they want to ride a bike.....they probably shouldn't.
if she is a new rider, it may be a little too soon to make the assumption that she isn't capable.
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Does she have these same problems in a car? There are just some people who barely have the accumen to properly operate a cage. Regardless of how much you or they want to ride a bike.....they probably shouldn't.
drives a car fine, she used to ride 4-wheelers all the time, hunts, shoots, used to drive a bigass pickup... etc...

..its just the first time on 2 wheels.
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if she is a new rider, it may be a little too soon to make the assumption that she isn't capable.

good thing I asked rather than assuming then, huh?
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you didn't even have to ask. he stated she was new to riding in his opening statement
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you didn't even have to ask. he stated she was new to riding in his opening statement
He didn't state anything about her ability to operate a car though did he?
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He didn't state anything about her ability to operate a car though did he?
does that really make any difference? are you saying that when you were brand new you were 100% confident and not scared in the slightest?
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you didn't even have to ask. he stated she was new to riding in his opening statement
don't worry about it man, this guy is perfect and his comments show that
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does that really make any difference? are you saying that when you were brand new you were 100% confident and not scared in the slightest?
I was suggesting that if she was skiddish in a car, that tossing her on a bike was only going to exacerbate her problems. Which is why I asked about her driving. I have first hand knowledge of friends who, because they really really wanted their significant others to enjoy their hobby, have put their girlfriends who could BARELY drive a car onto a bike with disasterous results.
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large empty parking lot...like northwest mall. Has a little traffic, but not much, great confidence builder.
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It may even help to get her on a dirtbike so she can get that two wheel thrill that makes you more comfortable, with out the stress. I'd imagine she's also worried about dropping the bike, hitting the pavement, damages etc, even before adding traffic into the equation. Getting her on the dirt a few times will take all those concerns out and just let her truly enjoy the ride, which in itself will make her want more, and become more confident.
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