I just passed my CBT on a geared bike a week ago, although I had a twist and go years back and have driven for the past 13 years.
Out for a gentle 'getting to know the bike better' (Yamaha RS100, noisy but beautiful little 2 stroke) jaunt on country lanes on Sunday I came up behind a horse and rider. Saw them in plenty of time, dropped down and kept my distance, BUT we were on a drawn out, narrow, low visibility bend, which meant all I could do was sit behind them, for a fair few minutes, during which time other vehicles came up behind and were 'itching' to pass.
On this occasion, there was a convenient turning which the rider took, clearly realising that we had a potential hazard. For future reference though, does anyone have any advice on handling my noisy bike around sensitive animals when I can't necessarily pass straight away? Is it simply a case of keeping back and good clutch control, or am I just being too nervous about my engine noise? Having also ridden a lot in my past, I'm well aware what it's like to have a horse lose it on a road.
Any advice to help me improve my riding skills would be greatly appreciated! I'm happy that I did the right thing on this occasion, as I'd far rather hang back on a tight corner than become an unfortunate splat in the path of an oncoming car, but I also don't want to be so hesitant around other road users that I inadvertently create a hazard all of my own.