I’m tired of just dreaming about being able to ride a motorcycle. Tired of putting it off, either too busy, can’t afford a bike why learn, oh the first class I looked at was full better wait. Excuses, excuses. I am finally going to learn this. I am signing up for class at my local community college. I will be riding this summer! 8 months ago
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8 hours practical, both days
Day 5WAS HORRIBLE. Okay, that’s probably a bit over dramatic. But it was super rainy and cold and we were all so miserable by the end. That being said, I did some pretty cool things!
I was riding around on streets at this point. Got to have a tour of half my city, all the great riding road…even if the weather was miserable. I operated in traffic. Well. At one point my visor kept fogging up and I had 2 choices: feel pain or not see. I chose pain. Rain at 60 hurts…I can only imagine what concrete at 60 feels like. Went on the highway twice! In awful conditions I consider this a great feat =P
So, my courses have taken place over 3 consecutive weekends. The weeks have been nice and the weekends miserable. Finally, we received our break. It was a nice day out. We did mock tests for the first hour or so with additional lessons on particular things. Like starting on a steep hill. We spent the rest of the afternoon riding around the city limits on all the cool back roads. I got pretty comfortable doing twisty roads at 60km/hr! So much fun.
Safety courses conclusion: SO WORTH IT. Don’t you even think about not doing it. =) Also, it’s exhausting. Eat and sleep well. 9 months ago
4 hours of practical: It was freezing. Yucky snow. And hail. Still, learned how to shift gears up and down properly, got better at manuvering, push steering, emergency stops, etc.
I decided to ask for a 2 hour practice outside of my course for extra ride time. Very worth it. I completed my first two very tight U-turns without going wide or putting my foot down to balance the turn. Yay!
4 hours classroom, 4 hours practical
Didn’t learn a thing in the classroom. Took the written test. A+
Riding was still miserable weather, just heavy rain this time, but better. Learned a bunch of emergency manuvers, more stuff on braking, and worked on our reaction times.
We rode around for a bit. Practiced everything we had learned throughout the course and started our practical testing. I failed the first time. He let me do it again and I passed. Oh boy…
In BC, getting your full class 6 (motorcycle license) is a 3 step process.
1) written test (I took in December)
2) motor skills assesment (what I just passed)
3) road test (on the 18th…) 9 months ago
4 hours theory – eh, don’t know if I learned anything knew. Always good to review though. And saw a couple good videos.
4 hours practical – not too bad.
My initial problem was clutch work. I’ve never had to operate a clutch before as I drive an automatic car (I’m working on that. One thing at a time!). So I stalled a lot. By the end of the day it was much better and I was getting a pretty good hang of it.
My balance was alright. Speed okay. Basic controls was no problem.
They set up a slalom course with a bunch of cones on a huge parking lot at the local college. I was good at driving in a straight narrow path, wide weaving, wide and small circles, and sharp turns. I was awful at U-turns, continuous U-turns, and tight weaving.
All in all it wasn’t bad. 4 hours of riding is a lot though and the last 40 minutes for me was just too much. I was mentally burned out and couldn’t get anything right after that =P
My instructors feedback matched pretty much what I thought. Though he was kinder. He said my number one problem of the day is that I’m a very timid rider and my confidence is what I need.
So far: entirely worth it. 10 months ago
I’ve always thought bikes were beautiful. I imagined as a kid that the only motorcycle I would ever get on would be a dirtbike…which I did recently and LOVED!
I’ve also been on a old powerful hog of a bike way in the back country in the middle of nowhere. First bike I ever road. And it was awesome. It pretty much reignited the love I have for them.
So for my 20th birthday I bought myself a bike with the help of R. Honda CBR125. It’s ME sized! Haha
I’m taking a safety course (which I started yesterday) which I’ll write about else where. I’m geared up head to toe. Great waterproof and warm gear which I put to the cold and wet test yesterday. It passed spectacularly.
.....Eeeeeeee! 10 months ago