A different way of saying the same thing….. “Do not fear the ride…..respect the ride”.
You lose respect for what you are doing on two wheels and your a statistic. Always respect that your on 2 wheels and you very likely not gonna become one. Ride your own ride and to your own comfort.
I think everyone here was nervous or skiddish. I was. More the anticipation of the unknown then anything. Your starting something new and something that has a reputation of being deadly….though that deadly part exists, it gets pulled to the fore front of your mind due to the “squids” that are out there making it on the 6 o’clock news.
ATGATT (All The Gear All The Time) is not just limited to armored clothing, leather clothing and helmet. Get your head in the ride, keep it there.
Once you get on the bike for the first month your gonna be anxious, excited and a whole run of emotions. Make sure you pay attention to that and use it to lock in the importance of what your doing. Eventually that calms a touch through out numerous rides. Doesn’t mean you lost the exhilaration…. just means you know what your about to do and its not a huge thing. For me it actually ( I know this is gonna sound weird) but helps my well being a tad. If I have a headache and or slightly upset stomach from too much fast food… I can get on my bike and oddly all those symptoms go away. More due to as soon as my butt touches the seat….my brain goes into Riding mode, which means nothing else matters but the ride. The scenery, the safety , the solitude.
Oh and I have found alot of the people in my area who grab onto the “Its not if you crash but when you crash”…. are usually non riders that come across this somewhere.
Yesterday is a memory, tomorrow is a prediction, but today…… is a Bi**h