I improved so much as the day progressed
The IAM Skills Day at Thruxton was well led, informative and well worth doing. The first circuit freaked me out and I thought what the actual **** is this all about? I’ve never done anything like this before and felt out of my depth to start with. The instructor was amazing and I was completely supported by him. I improved so much as the day progressed and even took some bends at 65 mph.
I’ll be transparently honest as always. This sort of riding is not really for me and not the reason I ride. But it certainly ups your machine control, knowledge and experience in a controlled environment. All in all, a good day, quality instruction and great people but I was glad when it was over. Time to decompress.
Challenges, self-doubt and good times - Michelle Waldron
I like to enjoy life and new challenges. Learning to ride a motorcycle was a big challenge. I completed my CBT on the 13th July 2018, soon after acquiring my first motorcycle – a Suzuki Marauder (called Mercia) and taking my first solo ride, nine days later (went for a coffee and to a car boot sale). Thirteen months on, I became a fully fledged biker, passing both my Module One and Module Two first time and with a clean sheet. Very soon after that, I took my first ride without learner plates on my shiny Honda Rebel.
The truth is that every moment of this journey had challenges, with many moments of self-doubt and wanting to hand the bike keys back. I’m glad that I persisted and happy to be sharing a few of my stepping stones with you via this BikeSafe blog. Crucial to my journey has been choosing good instructors and this especially true, having attended my first BikeSafe and opting to advance my skills through my local IAM RoadSmart group in Redditch (RAMG). Michelle Waldron.