flunked out of my motorcycle riding school

Orion / Cust. Srv. 🌹♟🗡
Aug 10 30 Comments

tried to do a three day riders course to get my license and flunked out. found riding a motorcycle quite difficult and not intuitive. what have other peoples experience been like learning to ride?

also becuase this is blind: tc 125

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  • Oath Atinlay2
    Try again! What’s the problem here?
    Aug 10 0
  • General Atomics / Manufacturing zEnt46
    Feels like riding a bicycle but faster. It’s not for everyone, though
    Aug 10 3
    • Cisco @G
      Sounds like you have never been on a motorcycle. Counter steering, breaking with your right foot, operating a clutch, focusing on head position, dealing with traffic/mirrors/signals, lean, etc - all very different to a push bike
      Aug 10
    • Orion / Cust. Srv. 🌹♟🗡
      OP
      I have never been on a motorcycle. It felt like there was a ton of stuff to memorize really fast.
      Aug 10
    • General Atomics / Manufacturing Berbers
      Counter steering at Chuckwala ✔️

      “Breaking” with your right foot...no, people usually brake with their right foot. But what do I know?

      Operating a clutch ✔️ just not a dry clutch please.

      Proper head position while a Jap I4 is tryna take over your twin at Willow Springs ✔️

      Dealing with traffic/mirrors/signals all while lane splitting? ✔️

      Lean ✔️ Still can’t drag my elbows though 😢
      Aug 10
  • Intel UiKR36
    Quit before you end up as roadkill
    Aug 10 0
  • Uber ueue
    do you know how to ride a bicycle
    Aug 10 3
    • Orion / Cust. Srv. 🌹♟🗡
      OP
      It’s been like probably 20 years since I rode a motorcycle. I used to skate.
      Aug 10
    • Uber ueue
      practice on a bicycle first
      Aug 10
    • Amazon y33tcode
      Riding a motorcycle and a bike aren't very similar, especially once you get past 20mph and must countersteer. You can and must clutch/throttle to keep yourself upright at slow speeds, not that comparable to a bicycle.

      Just retake the course OP, once you get it down you'll see a bike is more intuitive than a car actually, and it makes more sense for your hands to do the finesse inputs moreso than feet in a car.
      Aug 25
  • Fitbit lba575
    Need to get back and start leetriding bro
    Aug 10 0
  • I passed riding school with flying colors and then got the fastest bike in the world as my first bike - the BMW S1000rr. If you have self control, it’s actually the safest bike there is with anti traction control, cornering abs, anti wheelie control, etc. Most modern bikes have quickshifters and you don’t even need to use a clutch. But if you didn’t feel comfortable on a motorcycle by the third day, I’d say it’s not for you.
    Aug 11 3
    • Orion / Cust. Srv. 🌹♟🗡
      OP
      This is the most blind answer anyone could
      Possibly have given
      Aug 11
    • New ja_rule
      That is literally the worst advice up until "not for you". You should change your name to Vale and go straight to MotoGP after this.
      Aug 11
    • I don’t ride anymore after arthritis kicked in. Got a couple good years of riding though.
      Aug 11
  • Symantec / Eng SYMZEE
    Change your tampon and grow some balls.
    Aug 10 3
    • Orion / Cust. Srv. 🌹♟🗡
      OP
      How does this even make sense?
      Aug 10
    • Symantec / Eng SYMZEE
      It's a joke, man up bro.
      Aug 11
    • Orion / Cust. Srv. 🌹♟🗡
      OP
      What’s the joke?
      Aug 11
  • Nintendo / IT . 🐈.
    Practice makes perfect and it is a skill that rusts (hence why summer ends with so many dead motorcyclists).

    I think someone else mentioned but grab a 125 and go dirt biking. It's fun and essentially the way we teach kids.

    I'd be curious where you are struggling.
    Aug 10 3
    • Orion / Cust. Srv. 🌹♟🗡
      OP
      I guess the part I really struggled
      With the was the pace of the class. Like
      I didn’t get very far, but like it took me a
      While to get my feet onto the pegs, and I found the controls confusing.

      I feel like what I need is something with more repetition and where I can practice a skill until
      I get it before moving on.
      Aug 10
    • Nintendo / IT . 🐈.
      Yeah, I'd definitely say get a dirt bike and practice in a parking lot (and on the dirt :D) iirc most states you don't need a license for a 125cc and below but you also can't legally take them on the freeway either.
      Aug 10
    • You should already know how to ride a bike before you even get on a practice bike. Look at YouTube videos on operating the controls and practice them in your mind, or possibly a display bike at a dealership, before you even get on one.
      Aug 11
  • Facebook SmUr11
    Probably not for you. Even if you manage to pass, do you want to be driving a motorcycle knowing you may not have a natural talent for it and therefore are more likely to crash?
    Aug 10 3
    • Amazon y33tcode
      How are you supposed to get better at anything without practice?
      Aug 25
    • Facebook SmUr11
      Of course practice will make you better. But if you are already behind the curve, and the risk of failure in this endeavor is death, is it really worth it to keep trying?
      Aug 26
    • Amazon y33tcode
      A lot of people take MSF again, it's a lot crammed into one weekend, and some people need more practice. It's really no big deal, you are being hyperbolic and scaring OP out of riding. If he's failing again in the second run and dislikes it then fine, quit.
      Aug 26
  • Cisco @G
    Were you doing one of the courses to skip the sills test? If so what did you fail on?
    It seems fairly hard to fail one of the courses, but fairly easy at the DMV. Still if it’s something you want keep going, but build up slowly on the road.
    Aug 10 1
    • Orion / Cust. Srv. 🌹♟🗡
      OP
      Yeah I was. They booted me really early basically because I couldn’t figure out how to turn. I had difficulty turning because I didn’t really feel stable going in a straight line.
      Aug 10
  • New ja_rule
    20 years? How old are you? Don't want to spoil it for you but you are probably in the age group that is statistically most likely to die on a motorcycle. I would think long and hard before turning to motorcycles at this point. You already got a sign telling you it may not be for you. Riding on public roads requires second nature ability to ride so that you can focus your whole attention to what is going on around you. I would suggest you do not get one unless you are going to spend the first 2 years doing track days and then decide to stick only to the track
    Aug 11 0

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