Jugglingogre wrote:Marx wrote:(My opinion):
HART & start small.
Preferably a bike you can actually pick up if it were to ever fall of it’s stand. This also leads you to a bike who’s power & size wont seem that intimidating so you can concentrate on riding instead of the bike.
A motorcycle is not something you really ride ‘timidly’, as you need motion & momentum all the time to keep it off the ground, you need to be clear & deliberate with everything you do on a motorcycle. For example, even something like stopping, you need to make sure the place where you plan to stop is level, clear of debris/oil, potholes & will provide you with an exit (motorbikes don’t reverse).
Don’t start with a scooter, you need to know gears & the clutch. You can go back to a scooter later if you want.
I personally believe motorcycles have always been the fastest & most potent machines out on the road today. I would recommend you purchase a bike with this in mind & the bike will not be your biggest problem.
Contrary to popular opinion I reckon most of your motorcycle learning kms should be spent alone out in the back roads in the country, riding every sort of road & getting things sorted in your own head. Every stack, fall, accident & incident I have seen involving a motorcycle(s) seemed to be while on a group rides. I’m not saying group rides are bad, in fact they will probably be the best times you’ll ever have on a motorcycle, but I reckon you need to come to riding with others, with a clear idea of your abilities, your bike’s characteristics & how to ride whatever surface or circumstance you come across.
Netrider has some of what I consider to be the worst attitudes in the motorcycle community. There is so much mucho & ego over there, especially from children who have got their Ls, that every time I go there I’m compelled to flame away, but resist & log out shaking my head in disbelief.
I mostly agree but learning to ride in the deserted roads but I would suggest dirt - not motorcross, but dirt roads will teach a mountain load about control. Try one of the dual sports. They are very affordable even new and super tough and cheap to repair and service. The other thing I say to mates who have high end roadies is that my DR650 may not be as fast or as nimble in the twisties but it will go 100% of the places their bikes will (just not as fast to 100kph) but I can go to a lot more places than they can.
I dropped the DR a few weeks ago on a slippery clay corner near Mt Gambier; bent the shifter and the clutch lever was shifted a little but was able to simply pick up the bike and when I got home just levered them back to where they were meant to be.
As for training, I did mine out in Hoppers Crossing in the 90's. Pretty easy really. I'm not sure if the rules have changed but as a fully licensed driver, I simply got my L's and had to display them for a period. Once the L period was finished I was a fully licensed rider.
A dual sports? I'm not familiar with that terminology. *goes and googles* any LAMs recommendations of that sort?