[long response for novice, still only scratching
the surface of rider trainging/attitude etc]
'ive heard that' and 'people say' etc, is not
a sound basis for decisionmaking..
thinking and talking about, failing, regardless
of any context its wrapped in, is still
entertaining the idea of failing, to your brain..
motivating or even hypnotising people to believe
they can or will do this or that activity is real,
in the sense of positive potential results..
this is before you swing a leg over a motorcycle..
so perhaps wipe these ideas of failing etc
from your mind and attention at this point
in your potential motorcycling career..
later,, after, successfully completing this
of any training or practice or testing
for real motorcycle riding, then perhaps,
let yourself go and into the fairness or
otherwise of course design etc..
for me there were no riding courses..
[sydney aust 50yrs ago] you did a short test
on road rules etc, got a learners permit,
then went out and taught yourself
how to manage and ride your motorcycle..
then it was once around the police station carpark
and bobs your uncle.. pay your pound and off you go..
at a govt licensing retesting i went thru with my son
it was basically to weed out people who should not be
on a motorcycle in traffic or public roads..
if you cant hold the bike up on level ground
in basic stop starting, or ride off a simply oval course
in second gear five times [as one lady did for no reason]
or comprehend basic use of horn, sidestand, clutch etc,
then you are already not qualified to manage a motorcycle..
riding a motorcycle, to state the glaringly obvious,
is a whole of body and mind physical and mental skill,
which must begin with at least basic competence..
this is not about fairness etc, but about putting people
on the public roads on motorcycles..
there is a certain basic level of attention and attitude
being tested in these basic courses, aside from sidestands etc,
part of which would include requirements for retesting
including paying again, which from your posts here
already has your attention,, which would tend to
discourage those who see these things as some sort of
social event, to practice being who/whatever they think
they are [such as attention seekers and so on]..
ok, to your reality,, forget about failing..
it hasnt happened so let it go..
go into this opportunity,, with an open mind
and positive even happy attitude and intention..
think of the instructors as people who can help you,
in what must be a very trying occupation..
help them and help yourself by your attitude
including paying full attention to everything
[thats, everything] you experience or are shown
in your riding intro course[s], or any other
instruction you get from other riders
or your own specific practicing..
before going out onto the roads, you can and should
imo practice just moving the motorcycle around
from the side and in the saddle, engine off..
forward and back, round and round etc..
as if parking it in limited space or suchlike..
even mounting throwing one leg over seat
is a skill in itself, similar to a karate round kick
or other physical skill.. think of and do it that way..
repeating over and over.. repetition being the key..
then when competent at those basic skills,
start moving forward, clutch in, stop,, repeat..
over and over.. until your hands get tired..
[part of hand conditioning for riding]
dont just do these things once or twice,
but give it half an hour, at least,
for each session even on one basic
riding skill practice..
you want to create or start building
reflex responses.. this is another key..
even a tame monkey can be taught
to sit on a moving motorcycle..
which is not, riding skill..
then when starting and stopping become
natural and easy, which is an inevitable
consequence of, repetition,, ride around
your block, over and over and over..
then turn around and ride around it
the other way.. many times..
no hurry.. take your time..
take it all in..
they ride to that quiet traffic free area
and repeat your up and down sequences,
then start around the area in a large square
with corners rounded off to an oval..
first and second gear for starters..
over and over.. then the other way..
after a while it will all become natural
[thru repetition, the more the better]
and your mind may then entertain
ideas about how your are shifting gears,
controlling clutch, braking, throttling, etc..
this will lead naturally to smaller circling,
which will lead to large figure 8's
then smaller figure 8's..
treat and see these skills as real skills,
not just for passing some basic test
but essential for real riding skills,
developing balance, coordination
and easy 'low flying' on your
learn the questions of any test
off by heart.. they will be online..
know them like your friends name..
doing this, and these things, will
switch on various potential contacts
with your center of gravity and so on,
and will alert brain to the fact that
this is something serious, to be taken
seriously - but to be enjoyed -
and it all becomes easy, fun,
and a good part of living
this short life..