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Re-introduction...

Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:35 pm
by PacificShot327
I was around a while back.

I crashed at the end of May in 2009 and did not get back on a bike until recently, and only then, was just sitting in the driveway. I miss the feeling that I used to have being on two wheels, but it scares the hell out of me.

I sold my truck a couple of weeks ago to buy a motorcycle for my fiance while I drive his car (I'm still debating on which one of us got the better end of the deal. He gets a Kawi, I get a Porsche...). I've become comfortable with riding on the back, but I freeze every time I put my hands back on those bars. Hopefully coming back to this forum will give me some insight that I need to overcome this mental block.

Anyway, hello to all the old members that I used to chum around with a few years ago, and howdy to anyone that's joined since then.

And of course, an obligatory picture of the newest addition to the family... 2000 ZRX1100

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Re: Re-introduction...

Posted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:40 am
by Johnj
Welcome back to the forum. I'd like for you to do a little exercise, if you will. Stand up straight, feet about 10 inches apart. Relax. Shoulders back, arms loose at your side. Relax. Close your eyes and shake out your arms. Think about the good times you had on your bike. Relax. Still shaking out those arms, still relaxed, and still thinking good thoughts.


In every thing we do there is the potential for good and bad things to happen. Don't let the possibility of some bad thing keep you from enjoying the good things.

Re: Re-introduction...

Posted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 1:52 pm
by Wrider
Welcome back!

Like he said, that's a good exercise for those that are not quite comfortable. You may also look into getting one of these.

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I haven't used one, but I know a few people who have and apparently it increases the pillion's feeling of security, plus allows both to move around and the pillion doesn't crush the rider against the gas tank during hard braking (coming from a guy, that's a HUGE bonus).

Re: Re-introduction...

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 11:52 am
by blues2cruise
Welcome back.

Get your BF to take the bike to a big parking lot. You drive the car to the same parking lot. Once there get on the bike and practice in the parking lot.

Baby steps......start out doing parking lot practice. Then..the first time you go on the road, have him follow. If after a few blocks you can't do it, pull over and swap vehicles to go home.

Re: Re-introduction...

Posted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:45 pm
by dr_bar
Do what you have to do, if that means never riding again, so be it. It would be better alive in a cage than an accident looking for a place to happen on two wheels, because you're too nervous to react properly or think straight. That said, try small steps like blues suggested and just maybe, that love of freedom will overcome the fear and let you enjoy the life that comes with riding two wheels...

Re: Re-introduction...

Posted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 5:08 pm
by totalmotorcycle
Welcome back home! Good to see another one of our 2008 members back on again. :D

I've always had a soft spot for the looks of the ZRX. Awesome looking retro! Not really the bike I'd be suggesting to start out again on... if I remember you had a FZR600R right? If so, then I'd suggest sticking to something around that as it will be more comfortable and familiar. If you are "stuck" with the ZRX, well, slow and easy is my advice.

No matter what bike you are going to have then my suggestion is to just sit on the bike in the garage idling, getting use to it's weight and feeling. Have your fellow ride it to a parking lot then Then just go in a straight line down the parking lot. Do some basic slow WIDE turns, some stops (not fast ones, just slow ones), and build up from there. :D

BTW, in your avatar, what are you shooting with?

Mike

Re: Re-introduction...

Posted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:12 am
by sapaul
Must be very difficult for you. I can only suggest what I have seen through experience with others that have had accidents. Many have gone right back to basics. Bicycle first, then a scooter then the bike. Small steps to get the mental attitude back on track.

I back up what Dr Bar said. Be 100% sure it is what you want. Better to be alive and yearning.....

Re: Re-introduction...

Posted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:57 am
by PacificShot327
Thanks for the kind words.

BF has been very understanding regarding my hesitancy, and we discussed a few days ago about running out to a parking lot and doing some basic exercises. If I can go in a straight line for a little bit, I'll be happy. Definitely not the bike I want to start out on again, but I'd like to just do a few little things before deciding to get my own again. I'd love to find another FZR in reasonable condition. I might be too scared of this particular machine to ride with any amount of competency.

I think maybe I worry too much about what could happen and end up holding myself back because I can't focus on what is actually right in front of me. It's good to think ahead, but I'm thinking about it in the wrong way.

Baby steps... I'll start out in a parking lot and take it from there. If it goes well, I think I'll leave it at that for a while and let that itch grow again.

Mike -It's an Anschutz 8002 air rifle (.177). That picture was taken at the Western Region championships in 2007.

Re: Re-introduction...

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 4:48 pm
by PacificShot327
Well, here we are a few months later, post baby and post fear.

We rode out to a parking lot and I finally took the reins. It was wonderful! I was so afraid of that machine. Honestly, it is easier to ride than my old FZR. The seating position is more upright, and once you get going, the bike just totally sheds its weight.

I've been riding to work ever since.

Thank you all for the encouraging words!

Re: Re-introduction...

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 6:05 pm
by Wrider
Yay! Congratulations! Glad everything is improving for you. How's the baby doing?

Re: Re-introduction...

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:12 pm
by Grey Thumper
Holy cow, congratulations!

I was going to post this article, it's useful for all riders (regardless of gender) who've had an accident.

http://www.womenridersnow.com/pages/Get ... ident.aspx

Seems like you don't need it though. Welcome back to riding!

Re: Re-introduction...

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:34 pm
by blues2cruise
Congratulations on the baby and getting back to riding. :D

Re: Re-introduction...

Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 10:18 pm
by PacificShot327
Ok, Wrider, you've opened up a can of worms.

The baby is great! She is SO CUTE. 7.27.13, 6lbs 1oz, 19.75in, super healthy.

The mom in me wants to spam pictures of her all over this thread, but I'll just link an album instead... sigh...

http://imgur.com/a/XFuMP#0

Back to things motorcycle-related:

My first time back on in ages!

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Re: Re-introduction...

Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:04 pm
by blues2cruise
Yes, she is beautiful. And I love the name you gave her. :D

Re: Re-introduction...

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 4:25 pm
by Wrider
Lol I'm good at that can of worms thing...

She's a cute one, and has the biggest eyes I think I've ever seen on a baby!

That said, she's got a birthday two days before my own, so that automatically makes her awesome. :)

Re: Re-introduction...

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 8:43 pm
by blues2cruise
Wrider...do you want to know why babies eyes look so large?

Humans are born with the size of the eyes they will have...our heads grow to balance out the size.

Re: Re-introduction...

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 12:46 pm
by Wrider
Didn't know that!