Back to Basics

The last time I attended a motorcycle course was in October when I did my one day compulsory basic training (CBT) in London. It was a day of learning to start the bike, get it moving, change gears and ride slowly through various cone configurations.

Yesterday I did day one of my “big bike” course here in Calgary.  It was an evening of learning to start the bike, get it moving, change gears and ride slowly through various cone configurations. In fact the only gear we got to ride in was first.

It was a bit frustrating to be doing such simple manoeuvres, however I decided to do them all, as learning to do the basics correctly again can only be a good thing. There are a few students in the class who are complete beginners and it took them a long time to get the hang of moving the bikes at all.

The school has us on three different bikes, Honda CBR125, 200cc Yamaha cruisers (I thought they were Valkyries – but now realise that’s a Honda model, so will check at class tonight and report back  *EDIT – they’re Viragos*) and they also have one Kawasaki Ninja 250. It was great to try out different bikes, as so far the only bikes I’ve ridden previously were a Honda CBR and my Yamaha YBR – both 125cc.

I really liked the additional power of the Ninja – but at such slow speeds I didn’t get a chance to play with the acceleration. In fact I much preferred the Ninja and the cruisers to the little sportbikes. I felt like they are too small for me, My legs all bent up like an accordion!

I also went and did my theory test yesterday. In Alberta to obtain your “class 6″ license (allows you to ride any motorcycle) you need to pass both a 45 minute road test and a 30 multiple choice question test. It’s been a long time since I’ve had to write a test and I was more nervous than I expected. I don’t like failure or situations where I might fail. Probably why I have always been a good student.

I needn’t have worried, because I got all 25 questions right (you only need to get 25 right to pass and the computer just shuts down once you’ve passed, so I’ll never know if I would have got the other five right).

Important little stamp

Test One Passed!

Today’s job is to go book my road test for Sunday afternoon.

Bring it on!