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Ugh, stalled at traffic lights. Embarrassed

So I went for my 3rd ride yesterday to get familiar with my bike and as luck would have it, at each light or stop sign, I was at the front. Feeling the pressure of needing to get moving with traffic behind me, I stalled out at just about every stop. I know I need practice but I don't have any abandoned roads or parking lots near my home to practice without needing to worry about others so my only option is to make a fool of myself out in the real world. Not very confidence inspiring
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Don't worry about being embarrassed. I would be a little concerned about safety though. I think I would try to find a rural area an hour or more away and practice away from heavy traffic. Or possibly a closed shopping center with a large parking lot? I know you say there's nothing near your house but hopefully if you drive a ways you can find something. Good luck and keep practicing.

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I agree with the practice. Pick a place you don't want to ride to again. Then drive there and practice. That way if you embarrass yourself while you're getting better, you wont have to go back there again when you get better.
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Find a school near you and practice. You will get the hang of soon.
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Start and stop on your street. As for the stalling...whatever. The people who saw you stall aren't going to be in your life again, don't worry about them. When you are starting, don't worry about the people behind you. They can wait. Take your time, be technical and critical while starting right. Before you know it, you won't stall anymore.

Or...you can be like the guy I ride with... His road name is Stall. Can you guess why? They call me U-Turn. Can you guess why? Embrace it.

I grabbed a fistful of throttle and all my worries disappeared.
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Been there.

Master that friction zone!

Ride safe!
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Been there.

Master that friction zone!

Ride safe!
Been there, too. +1 on mastering the friction zone (we're talking about the clutch in case you have not heard the phrase before). Don't be afraid to give it a little gas (not too much, though) until you find your comfort zone. Engage the clutch slowly. Even with a lot of throttle, if you engage the the clutch slowly, you will start off smoothly. Of course, too much gas and engaging too fast: hold on!

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Been there, too. +1 on mastering the friction zone (we're talking about the clutch in case you have not heard the phrase before). Don't be afraid to give it a little gas (not too much, though) until you find your comfort zone. Engage the clutch slowly. Even with a lot of throttle, if you engage the the clutch slowly, you will start off smoothly. Of course, too much gas and engaging too fast: hold on!

If you haven't already, you should take the MSF Basic Rider course as soon as you can.
+1 on the MSF course. My dad is an old school biker and told me I was wasting my time taking that class and generally made fun of me for wanting to learn about how not to die on a bike. In the end it was $50 and a weekend of my time. I felt it was a great investment that was not only fun, but a I learned a lot. I am actually planning on taking an advanced rider course here soon to see what else I can learn about these two wheeled beasts.
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two times I dumped my bike from a stop, both happened when I was planning to turn left from a stop and had my wheel turned and when I let out the clutch down we went, I forgot to put it in 1st gear when I stopped and the bike stalled when I let out the clutch and down she went. happened twice like that, and learned that the bike will go down when the wheel is not completely straight

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