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Apr 11

Posts: 27

wilful says:

How long does it take?

Hi there

I have been riding a Honda 125CG since March. I passed my Mod 1 in July and Mod 2 on 1st Sept. I have just got a BMW F650gs with lowered seat & suspension as I am only 5'2". I have been out 4 times on the bike, 2 1hr rides then 2 3hr rides, when i was out on ride 3, I dropped the bike as I came to a stop as a roundabout (about 2.5hrs into the ride), on the 4th ride out I did the same but at a petrol station. I think I used the front break with too much pressure. Should I give up as I think I should have mastered such a crutial thing by now? I now the bike is very different to the Honda but I can get in and out of any car and drive it and adapt within a very short time. Any advice greatfully received.


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Jan 08

Posts: 617

Steveyman says:


Don't give up,

My advice is get yourself on a bikesafe course, costs nothing compared to some training schools.

Just explain that you have recently passed your test, jumped onto a bigger bike and the Observer will look after you. They will give you the right advice on how to improve your riding and confidence.

If you get some good training, you will soon be able to ride with your husband and enjoy riding together as you should.

Go for it, have a bit of patience.

A good biker never stops learning.:smile

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Nov 08

Posts: 881

here's a thought...

practice lifting the bike on your own?  Get help to lay it down gently on a lawn.  Having studied the available techniques you should find that bike is actually surprisingly easy, or at least possible, to lift after all.  It's usually a combination of panic, embarassment and oily / dirty hands / bike that make the thing unliftable.

If you find you can lift it unaided, chances are you'll never have to.

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Apr 08

Posts: 3042

AdieR says:

You've only just started out

It takes time to become accustomed with a new bike anyway - more so as a relative newbie.

Stick with it - bear in mind that everyone drops a bike sooner or later.

Just a thought: you say you dropped it at a roundabout - you didn't per chance apply the front brake with any steering applied (ie making the forks dive and possibly catching you by surprise)?

Don't know your technique, but try applying the front brakes until you lose the speed, release it, and *gently* re-apply them if need be.

Hope that helps.

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Apr 11

Posts: 27

wilful says:

Can't say thank you enough!!

Hi All

I just can't tell you how much all of your advice has helped me!! A HUGE thank you!:smile

When I got home from work I decided to get the beast out and go to a local "deserted" carpark and practice some slow riding, exactly like I did to pass my test for Mod 1. I then went for a ride round the industrial area doing lots of junctions and slow control.

I think you are all correct, I just need to practice and by going back to basics on this bike I feel like I am getting to know more about how the bike reacts. It is so different to the Honda. I have had a big grin on my face all evening since I got back in.:biggrin:

I love my bike and riding sooo much it was so painful to think of never getting on it again!

You can't begin to know how much all your encouragement has meant!

I will be booking on the bike safe course too. I have put my name down on the waiting list.

Keep up the good work on this site - I hope I can, in the future offer as much help to others one day.:smile


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Nov 07

Posts: 2432

smidget says:


Pleased that you are out and getting to grips with the bike, take care and enjoy.

Always remember to ride at your pace not someone else's.

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Apr 10

Posts: 245

Andyvfr1 says:

My Mum

has been riding bikes since the early 90's, shes your height aswell, shes ridden everything from little 400's upto litre sports and rides my k5 gsxr 600 from time to time which is a fairly tall bike (she dropped it the first time she rode it because she wasnt expecting the brakes to bite so fast, not due to her height though)

Its just confidence and technique.

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Aug 11

Posts: 508


Have fun

Always remember slowest rider/bike first.

Then you won't be pressured to go quick.


Your just getting used to it. For some people it takes months to get used to a new bike.

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Aug 05

Posts: 7590

babyblade41 says:


maybe you are over analysing too much.

remember to breath. Someone told me on a track day to take deep breaths and clench buttocks. Stupid it may sound but very effective.

relax, and feed the power slowly on and off, I'm afraid I very rarely use the back brake unless I'm on gravel:shock:

Most of all relax, corners, slow in fast out and remember when you brake hard those forks are going to dip, try using engine braking as well.

I'm no expert by the way x

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Apr 11

Posts: 27

wilful says:

So pleased I took all of your advice

Been out today with a friend - who is also a novice like me. We had a lovely ride out with a very pleasant stop off for cream teas. I really feel like I am  getting to grips with the bike. It is an amazing machine and wonderful to ride. Happy riding one and all - keep safe x

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Nov 11

Posts: 1

katiepecbvda says:

dont give up

Never give up! You will get it

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