I just finished the BC safety council course last weekend and insured my bike on Saturday morning. I had my first day of riding a motorcycle in traffic and man did I learn a lot. I started the day just driving around my block for an hour to get used to the bike ( as my F4i is a little different then the 125 cc bikes I rode at the Safety council) I then went to the parking lot or Burnaby Park to practise slow speed manuevers such as U-turns, slolom etc. So after an hour and a half I finally figured I was ready for traffic. It amazed my just how easy the bike was to ride and howfast I got used to the F4i, that also scares me as it can give me a false sense of my riding skills. So my next great road trip was to the London Drugs In New West, a whole 3 minutes away. (baby steps ) To cut a long story short I ended up riding all over the Burnaby, Coquitlam and New West area.
I realized quite a few things after my firt day:
First, my balls are killing me. I think I need to sit a little further back :|
Second, people DO NOT like to do the speed limit. I had two cars pass me on the right on a single lane road because I was doing the speed limit and it was waaayyy too slow for them. One of the cars even pasted me on the right in a playground zone.
Third: people in cars suck. I was the first person stoped at a red light. The light turns green , I procede to ride straight when the car in the oncoming lane that was also stopped at the red decides he is going to quicly turn left in front of me before I make it through the intersection. Now this brainiac used his fine sense of judgment and came to the conclusion that his desiel Volvo station wagon is much quicker then my motorcycle and he could easily turn left before I even realized the light had turned green....moron
Fourth: It's way too easy to pick up bad habits right away. I spend the first part of the day doing the speed limit everywhere I went. After I realized all the people behind seemed pissed about that I decided to do around 10 kph over the speed limit. Now that seems like the normal speed for me. Speed limit seems to slow. I have to keep catching myself and slowing to 50kph or what ever is the limit. I have to keep that in check, and yes I don't always do the speed limit in my car ,but I have 13 years of driving experience. I have now, 2 days of riding experience. Told myself I'd ride like a 70 year old man in a hat for the first few months.
Wel that's my first day. God it felt good to be on the bike