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post #11 of 46 Old 07-16-2018, 07:47 AM Thread Starter
 
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I passed my motorcycle test and with only one deduction for not getting my speed up high enough for the straightaway!

I can't stress enough how much I learned from taking this class. I know I have lots of practicing to do when my license arrives, but I feel so much more confident about riding.

I would recommend for anyone that is going to ride to take this class. The next course is full so I have to wait until next spring but I am definitely going to take every course that Illinois offers and return periodically for a refresher course.

Now I can concentrate on honing my skills and maintaining my rebel with this site. Woo hoo
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post #12 of 46 Old 07-16-2018, 08:55 AM
 
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Congratulations! You did better than I did, I went outside the box on the U-turns.
You have to wait for your license to arrive? In VA they gave us 30-day temp ones we could use immediately.

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post #13 of 46 Old 07-16-2018, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thank you kryton. Oh I barely passed the u-turn stop. I came in so slow I got wobbly and just before I fell over I gunned it a little and managed to stay just inside the far left corner! The instructors laughed and shook their heads. I was a nervous wreck!
Yep here in Illinois I have to watch for the permit to go to dmv.
All in all a lot of fun!
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Congratulations! Glad to hear you did well and realize the course is only the beginning of a lifetime of learning. A lot of newbies, myself included, don't have enough experience/skill, or haven't learned how much the bike is capable of, and when they get into a (to them) tight situation, tend to freeze up or get target fixation. The bike will take you where you look. If you focus on where you don't want to go, that is exactly where you will wind up. You'll need to develop the discipline of thinking of a solution to get you out of the situation, and then following through with it. This might involve turning more radically, braking, or some other approach.

One thing that Duckster has mentioned, is when you think you've gone into a turn with too much speed, is to shift your weight to the inside of the turn. This will actually stand the bike up a little and allow you to lean it even more, keeping the bike in your lane, and not into oncoming traffic. That's why motorcycle racers lean waaay over in curves.

I suggest that your empty parking lot practice include obstacle avoidance and tight turns at speed as well as other skills. For safety reasons, use a line on the pavement as an "obstacle". That way, if you overshoot, a fall won't ensue.

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Just to expand on What Flite has said about target fixation, you can make it work FOR YOU if you get in the habit of keeping your eyes moving as far ahead on the road as you can see. That way you will stay focused on the road ahead, and where you need to be in the near future. You also get the earliest possible warning of problems ahead (either obstacles or changes in road curvature) giving you the most time to make adjustments and plans to deal with them. It is not a natural thing to keep looking very far ahead of where your wheels are about to pass, many riders just stare blankly about 100 feet ahead while remaining oblivious to whats coming up on the road ahead. When you get curious about what's ahead, you will find you can ride faster and more relaxed especially on twisty roads because nothing takes you by surprose anymore.

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Flightcontrol and duckster, thank you for the tips it all sounds familiar. It proves to me I have forgotten more about the class then I remembered. It is very much information overload!

Beyween practicing, reading Prolific Motorcycling, continuing my classes and reading this site hopefully I will progress to a responsible rider!

It is an amazing confidence boost to accomplish this when my family and friends told me I was crazy to attempt this at my age! Ha
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It is an amazing confidence boost to accomplish this when my family and friends told me I was crazy to attempt this at my age! Ha
I started riding at 61. Better late than never!
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Darn right it is! I haven't quit smiling!
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post #19 of 46 Old 07-17-2018, 06:05 AM
 
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Welcome. I'm also 59. But I started riding dirt bikes when I was 8. Have had over 50 bikes since then, including 4 Rebels. Be VERY careful on the street. NOBODY out there in cars and trucks are going to be following the rules, and most of them are going to be distracted by their cell phones and infotainment systems. It will seem like they are all out to get you. I don't think they actually are, but the results are the same. Riding a motorcycle would be a piece of cake if not for 4 wheeled traffic. Riding a motorcycle in traffic is dangerous, even for the best rider in the world, whoever that is. As time goes by you will start doing things automatically that you have to concentrate on to begin with. Eventually it will become second nature. But never become complacent. There is some moronic driver out there just waiting for that to happen. I don't want to make riding sound like a negative thing. Unfortunately for many new riders it turns out to be. Just use some common sense and you should be fine. Ride safe and have fun.
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post #20 of 46 Old 07-17-2018, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thank you JerryH all solid advice. I hope to have many fun and safe rides. My dad taught me defensive driving and I think that applies now more than ever.
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