When I rode with my dad, I was always his backrest or fender fluff (these are two terminologies given to women who would ride behind the motorcycle rider). I always relished being his backrest/fender fluff, but I always wanted more. Since getting my motorcycle license last year I have been able to feel that "more."
- Putting your foot down on something slippery when stopping (gravel, sand, road grime, etc).
- Make a turn from stop in gravel or sand at high throttle.
- Not putting your foot down when stopping on red light.
- Look at the sand at the edge of the exit ramp rather than throughthe turn.
- When you come to an intersection where you are going to turn, turning your head and looking both directions before you actually stop. This causes your front tire (known as your forks) to be turned when you are stopped.
- Plowing through a turn to quickly.
- Edging through a turn to slowly without your feet down.
- Stopping on an incline and not having your forks straight.
These are the 8 potential causes of dropping my bike that is giving me some anxiety. Besides not wanting to look like I don't know what I am doing, my bike is not a lightweight, it weighs almost 600 pounds. Lifting that thing isn't an easy chore.
The Art of Self-TalkAs part of my coping mechanism of working through my anxieties and PTSD I have taught myself, what I like to say, "The Art of Self-Talk." This is a technique that I like to call, "self-coaching". I am always talking and coaching myself. I am continually doing this in hopes that what I need to do becomes second nature. I learned in Basic Motorcycle Riding Safety Class to always scan ahead of me. I am always looking ahead and keeping my eyes up, not down. This helps me scope out what is in front of me.
Riding a motorcycle has made me a better car driver. When a person is on a motorcycle, the senses are heightened. Everything is magnified, you become more aware of everything around you and everything around those around you.
I Just Need To....
Remember everything I need to do.
Not forget what I learned in class.
Never get to cocky.
Push through my anxieties.
Practice, practice, practice, and practice more.