So the first riding day of class was, in a word... Humbling.
I started out doing really well but i am NOT good with the clutch.
we all got assigne bikes andi got the only "dual sport" most everyone else is on cruiser bikes. i like it and every one was really jelous. we sterted off learnign where the clutch engauges and stuff, i was okay with that, until time to ride on other excersizes, i must have stalled 400 times today, but i got some helpful advice form a rider coach and a class mate and im still slow to start but i am not stalling as often. we did a lot of different drills and i felt really good abotu it. it was SOOOOO much fun once you are on and riding. second gear is um.... a lot better than fisrt. if i thought i could reliably start in 2nd, i'd never use first on that bike, 1st is comfortable from about a dead stop to about 3mph then 2nd is good from 3 to baout 30 (as fast as i cared to go in the parking lot full of other beginner riders). we had beautiful weather, overcast but not rainy and a slight breeze. so accident recap-
of the 4 girls in class, 3 of them dropped the bike, 1 of them dropped it 2 times. but nothing serious, no injuries. none of the guys did. one girl also forgot to depres the clutch when we were parking in the "saging area, and almost plowed into about 4 of us who had already stopped. as a rule, the guys were a lot more confident than the girls. (not sexist, just true) but the guys were worse at following instructions, like missing turns and ridign the wrong way.
so i decided to rule out the liter bikes as first rides
(although there are 2 guys in my class one is "gettign a gixxer 600 next week" and the other "has a CBR lined up to buy from a friend" neithe is much better than i am and so i try to keep my mouth shut when they say how awesome it they will look on them.
the breakfast stuff went over well, one other guy brought doughnuts to share, so we ade a buffet on the back of my truck and most of the stuff got eaten.
ok, well, i am tired, sweaty, achy, and smelly, so i need to go get in my bathtub and soak for a bit. but i am looking foward to riding again tomorrow and i dont think i'll have any problem passing the class.