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Road for about 10 mins today

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I road my bike around the parking some in just first gear getting used to the throttle and braking. Which did help but I had to stop after about 10-15 mins because I was just to scared to ride anymore. Maybe in a little bit I can ride some more in the parking lot.

I always feel like I'm the only one that has gone through this.

Also another problem is the apartment parking lot is slanted all over a little bit so I can't really ride on a flat surface.
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You need to find a place where you don't have to worry about traffic and there's plenty of open space to practice. Try to find a nearby school or office park and go there on weekends. You can practice everything there (under 30 mph).

Another option is what I did. Near my house, there is a new development and the homes haven't been built yet. There are miles & miles of empty roads with hills, intersections, etc. There is *never* any traffic out there. I practiced in that new neighborhood for six weekends before I went out into normal traffic. After practicing for so long, it was easy getting on the street with the cagers.

Good luck!
It will take a while to get it all down. Believe it or not, you'll do it and then you'll relax. I started in October. My first 80 or 100 miles were scary. I was tense and my arms were as straight as boards. Then (at about 100 miles) everything clicked in and I was fine.

I really think riding a motorcycle combines just two simple abilities: 1) you must be able to ride a bicycle, and 2) you must be able to operate a manual transmission. Both of these are easy - when done separately. I've been riding bicycles for 35+ years and handling manual transmissions in cars for 25+ years. But doing them at the same time is challenging. It takes a lot of practice.

I still have occasional problems, but now I'm in control. In that first 100 miles, the bike was in control.
Gixxerdale said:
Wow, Claims Adjuster that rides! Must be in Property not Auto?
Gixxerdale: Yes, I am an auto adjuster. I've investigated auto (and motorcycle accidents) for over 15 years.

Believe it or not, it's not a bad job. The only problem are the fatalities. They're awful. I've gained a huge amount of respect for ministers, priests, doctors, or anyone who has to deal with grieving people.

I hope I did the quote right. I'm not sure how to do it.
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