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in the drivers seat. I was signed up for the MSF course, I had already gone to one class, the first day is all classroom, no riding. I was real nervous and didn't know what to expect for the next class, which was all riding(I didn't know how fast or how slow they go). To help ease some of my nervousness my husband pulled his panhead out of the basement and parks it near the road. He tells me to get my helmet, he's going to let me take it down the road to get the feel of it. My reaction is the Panhead, why not the heritage, at least I can flat foot the Heritage. His reply - the Panhead is more replaceable than the heritage, only 2,500 made in 1986 and his is almost all original. He had alot of faith is me, huh?

Up near the road, I sit on the bike, he kicks it over and starts showing me clutch, rear brake, front brake, etc. He asks if I'm ready - sure, why not! The bike is already heading in the right direction, all I have to do is pull out onto the road. The plan was that I would take it about 500 yards down the road and pull into the parking lot of the fire company. OK I can do that.

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I pull out nice and slow and shoot straight across the road, so now I'm in the wrong lane going the wrong way! I get it together and come back to me side of the road, where my husband in running after me yelling "PULL IN THE CLUTCH" (he wanted me to pull in the clutch and bring the bike to a stop) I though he wanted me to pull the clutch in and shift into second, so that's exactly what I did. I took off toward the fire company with my husband running as fast as he could behind me! Pulled into the parking lot with a big grin on my face, I did it! Only problem was when I came to a stop and went to put my feet down, my right foot came down right into a little drainage ditch, the bike was on such a lean I thought I was going to drop it. I couldn't drop it, this was his baby. All I kept thinking was just hang on. My arms started shaking, but I wasn't letting go of that bike, the whole time I'm trying to look over my shoulder and see where he was at. I did it I hung onto that bike until he got to me, and thats the story of my first ride in the drivers seat!

Anybody else out there with a first?
 

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you are a step ahead of me! i am a rider on the back and often think i need to get the expierence of riding solo, but just haven't done it. use to a long time ago as a kid, but not as a adult. good luck to you!!!
 

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Ginger, your one step ahead of the game if you've ever navigated a 2 wheeled vehicle on your own. That was my first time it was back in 99 and we laugh about it now, but at the time it wasn't so funny! All I can say is if you enjoy riding on the back you will absolutely love being up front and in control, at least I do!
 

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HDGirl...

You Go girl.....that is a great story. All I can say is your OM really Loves Ya....All I get to do is ride on the back, pass tools and polish chrome.

Jokingly, I asked to take her down the block a couple of weeks ago and it was as if I had asked for his right arm. He didn't say "no", but he said "no" if you know what I mean.

At least he keeps me all geared up so when I do get my scoot, I will be ready to roll..

Now that the gitters are over, I am sure the rest is all "DOWN HILL"

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Good luck, jb! Can't wait to hear how you do!

My first time was at the class. That was scary enough even on those little 125 and 250s! I had a great time though and even beat out the guys in the riding portion of the test!:D
 

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Good luck j-b, can't wait to hear all about it! Those courses are just the best, if I had to learn on that old panhead I don't know if I could have done it.
 

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I passed the test

Just wanted to say thanks for everyones support in the motorcycle class. I did really good on Saturday. I was into the last of the excersizes on Sunday when I laid the bike down in a figure 8 u-turn. I made the corner to the left but, when I came back around to the the right. I lost my balance and down it went. (just have a bump on my head a and a bruise on my leg). other than that, I did a-ok. Just need to practice some more. If no-one has ever taken this course I strongly recommend in taking it. I have never ridden a bike before. (Except mini-bikes when I was a kid). I'd take it again.

Even if u have been riding for awhile now go and take the advance class. learn better skills, it's worth it.

have a great day

jb :D :D
 

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I haven't ridden a sportster but I have sat on one. It didn't feel right to me. Yes, it is lighter than the other harley's but not by much I don't think. The problem is the weight distribution is high up. That probably doesn't make much sense - maybe someone else can explain it better. How tall are you? Can you touch flat-footed when you sit on the bike?

I have problems with tight right turns also. It just takes practice. There is one right turn by our house that I was determined to master. After riding all summer I finally did it without crossing the line. My OM was riding in front of me and he looked in his mirror and saw that I had this huge grin on my face and I threw my arm up and said "Yes!"LOL

Do you downshift when you come to a stop? Or, do you just brake without slowing down first? I'm just asking these questions to try and better understand what's going on.
 

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I tried to reply to your pm last night but it kept disconnecting me so I will post it here:

It's probably too heavy of a bike for you as a beginner. I started out on a Yamaha Virago 750. Very light front end. I did drop it once but that was because I killed the engine - it had a touchy clutch. When I got my harley, before I rode it on the street, even though I had been riding for a few years, my hubby rode it to a parking lot for me and I practiced there a number of times before I took it out on the road. I did it because I knew the bigger bike was gonna be harder for me. I suggest you do the same - to build up your confidence. Find an empty parking lot with no cars and practice, practice, practice. If there are no stop signs in the parking lot you may have to pretend there are some there in certain places. Other than that I don't know what to tell you. Some people just aren't meant to ride. I took the class with my sister and she realized it wasn't for her.

Good luck and keep me posted on your progress!
 

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I agree with deb, find a parking lot and practice. I also started out on a small 250 Honda Rebel. If the bike feels too heavy, maybe you need to just push it around the parking lot to get used to the weight of it.
 

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The more she rides the more natural it will become. The best thing is to get out there and ride. Drops will happen, my view when I would drop the bike, was - what happened? What did I do wrong?, ok let me do it again, I know I can do it right. There was never a fear in my mind, that I couldn't do it.

I've alway had manual shift cars and had a 4 wheeler when I was younger, so the clutch and shifting wasn't too much of a problem, but the 2 wheels insead of 4, tripped me up alittle bit.

Have patience, be understanding and take it slow, one step at a time. I think what really helped me is that my OM really wanted to see me on my own and did everything he could to help me out, including not yelling at me when I would drop the bike. Just helped me pick it back up, asked if I was ok and what happened, some advice on how to prevent it next time and off we would go.

>>Iam nervous that after 200 miles of riding some days she seems ok others she looks like a beginner and has lost the skill. <<

I know what your talking about with that statement, I also had "off" days, I don't know why, but sometimes I would just be so stiff on the bike, those were the days we didn't go far.

I believe the more she rides, the better she will get.
 

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I agree with HDgirl.

Part of it may be that she is trying so hard to please you and doesn't want to make you upset which in turn makes her nervous. Also, maybe she isn't ready to go 200 miles. It's very tiring and when you're tired your gonna make mistakes.

Riding requires a lot of thinking and doing things with your hands and feet at the same time. If she has never used a clutch in a car, I think it will take her even more time to learn and have things come naturally. Practice is the key.
 

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I don't get in here much but was checking out the threads today and found this one.

Personally, I do not believe that a woman rider, or one that is learning, should be treated any different than a male. Riding and the dangers encounterd as well as the skills required are Uni-Sex in nature.

If my wife ever decides she wants to learn to ride her own, I will get someone else to teach her because I don't believe I could be objective where she is concerned.

I think HD Girl is on the right track. Women need patience when teaching em but NO MORE than a new male rider.

It is hard to do, but you must approach it as you are teaching SOMEONE to ride and try and remove the thought that, "this is my wife" or "this is a girl." To me that is the first step because it sets the stage for a good learning experience as well as teaching experience.

There is no teacher like experience and with it comes some scrapes, dents, scratched chrome, and busted egos. Each of those things adds to the wisdom required for years of wind in yer face kind a fun.

One thing I do know is you cannot TEACH balance. That is aquired and ALWAYS self taught based on one's own equalibrium. You can tell someone to be aware of their balance and to concentrate on having it mate with the machine. The throttle up in a curve is the combination of ones own sense of balance, knowledge of the bike, and speed.

All these things come with time so like HDGirl said, get some miles on her and know it will all come together.

Anyway, ladies, sorry for intruding. Y'all look like you have a good thing going here. I still have copies of my calandar shot by the way. ( Pay no attention to the 1972 date on the callendar. That is a mis print. )
HONEST! Bla Hahahhaahahahha!
 

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Know how you feel...

When I finished my MSF course, went home and hopped on my Fat Boy, 250 ccs to 1450 ccs was a jump! Was ok cruisin, speeding, slowing, but turns, yikes!!! On top of that, my bike's juiced up a bit, got a Makuni 45 carb and stage 2 air kit. I'd go to turn right and if I gave it gas, would swing into the oncoming lane (not good!), didn't give it gas and I'd nearly tip over or stall (not good either!!!). First ride, followed my dude (rides a Heritage Springer) and went down the road a few miles, he stopped and said "ok, let's turn around"; me, "How the hell am I supposed to turn around?!" LMAO, two lane highway with no traffic and I couldn't U-eee. Ended up walking the bike around like they teach you in the beginning of the course. Turns and curves both scary at first as well as problematic for me. Was glad that I got the FB rather than a Sporty because the FB is not as top heavy. Before I learned to ride it, would sit in the garage and just balance with my feet on the boards. Could do it for nearly a minute because the bike is well balanced. Lord help ya if it gets off though, down ya go! (Down I go!) Found out the hard way that I can pick up my bike if I have to - was backing out of garage and when I looked over my shoulder to clear, leaned too much, put my foot down but couldn't hold it. Didn't want my dude to know that I had dumped it and on the third try, I righted it. I'm 5'6" and 155lbs. Bike weighs 680 or so, don't want to have to do that again! One day I'll post about the first time I tested the bike out (in my horse pasture!) LOL!

Take care and keep trying, you will get it!
 
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