I only passed at the tail end of last year and stupidly went out and bought a brand shiny new sports bike. Having not riden much over the winter and having dropped it already once, my confidence is shot. Any advice on how I go about getting it back? I don't want to sell the bike as I love it, but it's silly it sitting there doing nothing!
New Rider Nerves
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I had an off on some ice at the end of Janary and broke my wrist and was very shook up about it - needless to say 6 weeks off the bike makes you wonder if it's really worthit!
My advice to you would be to get yourself on your bike but go somewhere nice and quiet, away from main roads and all the traffic and ride around on it until you start to feel more relaxed. If you're nervous you're more likely to tense up and that's when things will start to go wrong so take it easy and stay relaxed. I went around my local tesco's car park for a few hours - practicing manouvers and positioning etc before going anywhere near a busy road.
Failing that you could look into getting some more training - i'm sure there are plenty of training centres around that will spend a couple fo days with you giving you helpful advice and some top tips. The company I passed my DAS with offered me their services if I bought a new bike - they said they would spend half a day riding with me on my new bike to make sure I was doing it right.
It's not stupid to go out and buy a brand new shiny sports bike as that's what I did and I don't regret it, but I do remember to stay relaxed and if I find myself being overwhelmed by the bike, I can jsut pull over and take a break to calm down.
Your'e not alone
I re-sat my licence late last year. Bought a lovely ZX6R and rode a lot for the first few months until I had a scare coming back from London to York in the rain. Since then I've lost my bottle, whent out a few times (forced myself to get on the bike) and commuted to work. I was very nervous untill I decided to take it easy, chose a few quiet roads and did the car park thing (CBT type practice ) Just take it easy, if you have any mates take them with you and enjoy it, you will soon find yourself back on track. Enjoy the ride!
When I said 'if you have any mates' I meant mates that ride. I was in no way infering that you dont have any mates at all
**Getting over jitters **
I passed my CBT last October after two attempts. It helped me loads that my fella took me out for a ride from Nottingham to Skeggy and back one quiet afternoon. I stayed in front as this helps me more with confidence and fella just butted in if I got any trouble. We took our time, barely over the speed limit and I was then quite happy to ride myself in rush hour traffic everyday to work. Ok, my 125 is very easy to handle - but would it help you if you found someone to ride out with just for a bit of support?
try thinking through your spill, try to remember what you did wrong that caused the accident. that way i found that i was in control and that as long as i consentrated it was unlikely to happen again.
you must get back on and take control of your fear asap missy.
take your time, enjoy your ride, and most important, in the words of D.Adams.........
New Rider Nerves
Not an unusual story, get yourself back to the school that got you through the test and just ask then to take you out for a mornings ride. With a bit of coaching hopefully your confidence will start to re appear. Good luck with it.
Similar thing - 2 bust knees - finally got back on in Feb' after 6 moths recovery. Just take your time and relax. It's there (the bike) to be enjoyed.
I would also highly recommend the Bike Safe scheme - check out your local police authority. Teaches you a lot about accident avoidance / road placement etc.
I passed my test mid May having tootled around on CBR125 for 6 months, and it was like starting all over again when I got my Fazer 600 !!!
the way I get my confidence if going into the industrial estate and doing CBT type stuff, riding out with my bloke and doing short journeys to my mates house.
I think the main thing that helps me is knowing I'm not the only one that gets nervous.
New Rider Nerves
I recently passed my CBT and was having much the same problem, work commitments meant that I could not get on my bike for a couple of months really and I have no friends in the area that ride. I got up early in the morning 5 half five (pain I know) but theres is very little traffic on the roads. It gives you an opportunity to get road time in rather than a car park or Industrial estate etc. but without the worry of traffic. A few days/weeks doing this really helps build up confidence.
Step up to 600
I couldn't agree more, I went from moped to 125, and could throw the 125 around after 2 attempts at module 1, and 3 attempts at module 2. I thought no fear with my gn125, then I had a restricted xj600 diversion, and feel like a beginner all over again, i get nervous just looking at it !
Thinking of doing the bikesure course, but hubby says get on the bike, and do the miles, get confident all over again !
Look at the dates.
You guys are replying to a thread that's 3 years old! I'm sure Little Missy N has either got over her nerves or given up by now.
All good advice though.
its an OLD chesnut....
"I only passed at the tail end of last year and stupidly went out and bought a brand shiny new sports bike."
did you take any advice before buying a bike????
may i suggest you rethink what type of bike you start your biking career on?? the SV650 is a great half way house between sports and commuting, forgiving in power, easy to control and goes well. They even have a dedicate race series for them when you get a bit more cocky - Google: Minitwins.
The SV as a great bike all round and more easier and safer to ride if your new to biking but does have a defined sporting edge to it. I had one for a little while as a stop gap and couldnt complain about it.
Sports bike are very focussed, its a different type of riding and you need to really get some miles under your belt. You wouldnt pass a car test and jump in a Porche GT Turbo would you? think about it.
passed bike test
i passed das in nov 09, was hoping to be on my zzr this season, hope i can keep it, ...being scammed over the sale..
New rider nerves
I know what you're going through, a couple of years back I came off and broke my right wrist and elbow - my own fault, I deliberately stuck my arm between the bike and the tarmac to prevent it getting scratched (a decision I stand by, bones heal, but Suzuki don't make that shade of paint anymore...) but after I'd mended, I had really bad nerves until I bought the book Tricks of the Mind by Derren Brown, there is a chapter about overcoming phobias, I read it once, jumped on the bike and did 50 miles, not so much as a hint of nerves. Since then I think my enjoyment of riding has improved massively. Thank you Mr Brown!
new rider nerves!
To little missy N i know how you feel, i recently converted over to gears, before i was riding a sym 125 scooter. My advice is to book more training and also start riding your bike again(short journeys than build them up)But above all take your time and do it slowly. Once you have had more training and road time i think you feel more confident again! Hope this helps and good luck!!!
I've recentley passed my test and am ridin a restricted bandit 600. It's great and I'm just trying to get as many miles in as possible. Going anywehere? Take the bike. I still get a bit nervous when I over cook it into corners like I did today. I should of kept the power on but hit the brakes mid corner. Noice error I know, whoch I was lucky to get away with as I ended up riding along the grass verge! Thankfully I learned to ride a bike on a farm so stayed rubber side down but again this has been chalked down to experience. I stopped, had a quick ciggy and got my head back together.
Keep at it!