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Little Missy N


May 07

Posts: 1

New Rider Nerves

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!

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Ian Version 2.0™


Aug 08

Posts: 100

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. :P

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Dec 09

Posts: 164

eltomo says:

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.

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Sep 09

Posts: 1766

beaconsman says:

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..

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Mar 09

Posts: 3

Robwebley says:

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! :smile

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Mar 10

Posts: 43

tourx4 says:

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!!!


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Feb 10

Posts: 469

djpert1 says:

COnfidence booster

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!

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