BOTM Winner, October 2013
I have about 40 years of riding under my belt, Lori my fiance has decided to learn to ride after being my co-pilot for 3 years, we found her a nice Honda Rebel 250 to learn on. Last Sunday I got the bike out and put her on it on the street in front of the house (no traffic). She nervously started it up after a lesson on where all the controls are, popped it in 1st and duck walked it down the road for a bit. Got it turned around and came back, after a few trips like that she was so tensed up she started having hand and thigh cramps, I told her that she did good, (she even picked her feet up for a bit but didn't realize it) and called it a day, the next lesson is shifting, for that my buddy owns the local Victory dealership and I'm taking her there to put her on a 4 wheeler so she can practice shifting and braking without having to worry about all the other things going on with 2 wheels. She is hell bent on learning how to do this, may take awhile but I bet she gets it. Any good tips on how to help her? With 40 years of doing it, it's kinda hard to teach someone something that just come natural to us. Heck, I don't remember learning how to ride it's been so long.