Hey everyone, I'm brand-new to riding, but SO glad my first bike is a CBR 250R (black - woohoo).
I'm 31, live in Johannesburg, South Africa, where most people have told me I *will* die on the road if I ride a bike. So I guess my adventure into riding has to do with getting over plenty of life-long fears and being willing to try anything to learn life's lessons and not be confined by my fears (I don't have a fear of death... more like a fear of not being perfect. Riding is helping me to not be afraid of making mistakes).
I'm a freelance writer, true animal lover (yes, vegetarian), don't have (nor want) kids, and have an absolutely amazing life that I'm so grateful for.
I'm hoping to connect with other CBR 250R ladies out there - beginners and experienced riders - but will definitely take constructive feedback and advice from the boys too
I'm loving Instagram at the moment, so will post pics when I can.
If you need any beginner thoughts, let me know and I'll gladly tell you any initial problems I had...or continue to have.
Thanks for this. I think the biggest, all-consuming thought at the moment is "What if..."
What if that minibus taxi doesn't see me? What if I can't stop in time? etc. etc. In South Africa, taxis are the scourge of our roads, but it doesn't help to blame. Bikers KNOW that taxi drivers don't look or indicate before they change lanes, so we have to be super-vigilant, but I guess it's like that anywhere.
And yet... despite the very obvious fear, when I'm on the bike and opening up that throttle, it's the most natural place in the world to be.
Motorcycling hasn't killed or maimed me in more than 45 years of doing it, and I'm no ATGATT zealot. Small, economical motorcycles have allowed me a lot more living than I would have had if I was slave to paying for and running a even a small car.... or a large motorcycle.
Don't let the naysayers bother you, keep your wits about you, and enjoy the ride.
__________________ there are old motorcyclists and bold motorcyclists,
but you seldom meet an old bold motorcyclist
Welcome from a fellow noob! I've had my bike about a month and a half and put about 600 miles on it so far. My advice for all noobs would be to find an empty parking lot and practice, practice, practice. Practice starts (straight, left turn, right turn) , practice stops, practice cornering, practice swerves, practice S's (tennis balls cut in half work well), practice panic stops - that's what I practiced today before I hit the streets -probably need to check the rear tire for flat spots..., practice slow speed manuevering. Once you get comfortable in the parking lot then hit the streets but don't forget to return to the parking lot on occasion.
Good luck and be safe!
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