Simple question, not so simple answer: How do you overcome the fear?
I've wanted to ride a bike for years and years. This year I finally saved up the money for me and my partner to do our CBT's and DAS' together.
We bought our own good quality gear (I'm a bit paranoid about using other peoples stuff, germs and whatnot), researched the best school in our area to go to and I even bought a bike. My incentive to get me through this (like a dieter and their skinny jeans).
Yesterday was our CBT. I woke up all excited, the day finally arrived. We get to the centre, laugh about our license photos with the greatest bunch of instructors you could ever meet, pass our eyetests and breeze through element A.
There were 8 people taking the course including myself. We go outside and are introduced to our partners for the day (Honda CG125's).
After a good introduction of where everything is, a walk around and a demonstration of how not to use the front brake (gentle good, yanking bad) we are invited to saddle up.
Onto the bikes we hop, engines are started, gears are changed upto first and forwards we go... Everyone except me. After three or so attempts and moving a grand total of 20 feet I'm shaking so much I have to get off. The fear has got the best of me.
By the time I've stopped shaking and am ready to try again everyone else has completed elements B to D and are ready for their on road session. I was devastated and still am.
I've been rescheduled to try again next week but, in all honesty I'm so angry and disappointed with myself I'm not sure if I can go through it again.
I guess I'm just looking for a little advice on how to get over this first set back. Any stories anyone else has are very welcome.