A few reflections from a green, naive biker no more than 1 months worth of powering 125cc biking experience.
1. I'm sh!t. So so so sh!t. Im finding it very depressing how sh!t i actually am on two wheels. (the guy on the ducati who flew past me at double my speed, double my lean angles and double my engine noise can testify to that).
2. Velcro. Velcro is now when and truly in my life - all my gear as a multitude of velcro strips even in places that im yet to understand the need for.
3. Bikers - while most are friendly there are a lot of snobs out there - I maybe on a 125 but hey, im on two wheels too!! So give us a nod of acknowledgement when you pass rather than turn your nose up!
4. My learning curve ahead is long and steep. The reality of this hit hard turning into a corner the second day of bike ownership. Corner seems fine, set my speed, lean in... all ok... then out of nowhere the corner turns evil and starts getting tighter... and tighter... and tighter (i swear i could hear the corner mock me). I panic. Im running wide to the middle of the road at some speed on a left hand bend and i feel like I can't lean any further (which i realise was almost certainly not the case!). What do I do. All happened so fast and i am sat there without a clue. For some reason i pull the clutch half way in (no idea), roll off the throttle and somehow manage to get through the corner without crossing the double white lines (which my eyes WILL NOT look away from) and onto the windscreen of the hapless fiat owner coming the other way.
5. Car drivers are crap some are psychotic.
6. The biggest thing I have found - I LOVE being on two wheels, nothing beats it. That means I have to carry on and stick at it and hope I manage to stay rubber side down long enough for me to get good.
I read an article that summed it up: you start off riding with two bags. One for luck one for experience. You start off with the lucky bag full, the experience bag empty - the trick is to make sure you fill the bag of experience before your bag of luck runs out.