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Old 05-20-2007, 10:45 PM   #41
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Old 05-20-2007, 10:53 PM   #42
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Old 05-20-2007, 10:58 PM   #44
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took me about two weeks of neighborhood riding before i got on the freeway. when i did, i went early in the morning (6am) out on 610 on a saturday to be alone and just get use to the speed and changing lanes.

ride at your own pace and get the basics down, if not you may hit a wall later on. cant stress that enough.
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Old 05-20-2007, 11:00 PM   #45
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target fixation is also a big issue with new riders. learn to overcome that. arturo remined me of that when he said "wall". i almost ran into one of those concrete barriers on 45 once.
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Old 05-20-2007, 11:04 PM   #46
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what do you mean target fixation azylum?
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Old 05-20-2007, 11:08 PM   #47
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he means don't look at an obstacle and keep staring, because you'll hit, the bike goes where you look.... knows I suffered thru that when I first started riding. Trust that the bike will go where you are looking.
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when you see a hazard in the road, you have a tendency to look right at it. when you do, youre gonna go RIGHT FOR IT. your bike will go where your eyes are. you need to learn not to stare at any hazards in the road.
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what do you mean target fixation azylum?
you look at something then you cant stop looking at it. when you take the MSF they teach you, LOOK WHERE YOU WANT TO GO.

so if you see road debris you can lose focus and end up riding into it.
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Man only you know your comfort level and trust me when you feel comfy you'll have the confidence (remember to drive just as defensivly and scared as you do now)
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funny thing is, you WILL drive twice as defensively as youre accustomed to, and when you get in your car, youll find that you notice things that youve never noticed before you started riding.

at least thats what happened to me.
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Old 05-20-2007, 11:18 PM   #52
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when you see a hazard in the road, you have a tendency to look right at it. when you do, youre gonna go RIGHT FOR IT. your bike will go where your eyes are. you need to learn not to stare at any hazards in the road.
ah yeah..thats what the instructor told us during the course...to do the exercises..we had to stare at a cone and go towards it and etc.
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I was in the same situation you were. Started out riding in my neighborhood and barely had the to ride 1/2 mile to a school parking lot right across the street from my house but I did. Honestly the Beginner Riders Course I took at Awesome Cycles made me feel reaaally confident riding out on the streets. But as you know that is me and like these guys have been saying everyone is different and they have their comfort levels so hit the streets when you feel comfortable. It was about 1-2 weeks after I started legally riding on the road till I hit the freeway. First freeway ride was 45N from dixie farm to downtown houston and then down 288 S. to pearland. Middle of the day so traffic was light, it was a good first experience
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took me about two weeks of neighborhood riding before i got on the freeway. when i did, i went early in the morning (6am) out on 610 on a saturday to be alone and just get use to the speed and changing lanes.

ride at your own pace and get the basics down, if not you may hit a wall later on. cant stress that enough.

I did it the same way. Probably burned two tanks of gas in the neighborhood before I took to the freeway. I remember looking down and seeing 80, then looking out at the oncoming roadway thinking, I've got to slow the heck down!! ( things looked really fast to me when I first started )

I still get nervous, but I refuse to outride my abilities - ask Mike, he loses me in traffic atleast a couple of times when we ride together. I'm not saying that he's too agressive, I'm just saying that if I don't feel comfortable making a manuever between cars, or whatever - I won't do it.

Take it at your own pace, wear your gear, and pray before you leave.

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Here's what really helped me out. After about three weekends of just riding by myself up and down my neighborhood roads, I finally got someone with experience to take me on a ride. Just him and me and some really nice roads. We practiced emergency stops, turning (low and high ... well, high speed for me), shifting and overall riding safety. We put on close to 150 miles that day and it did wonders for my confidence ... did some highway, freeway and a lot of back roads.

Find someone who will spend a good day with you to show you proper, responsible riding.
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