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OK, OK, I admit...I dropped her again :rolleyes:. This time, parked up in a car park, forgetting which side to dismount :confused::rolleyes:. Actually, it was a week or two ago, but have had little time for forum surfing, let alone posting. Took some time out from work to go for a ride to Rutland Water, about 65 mile round trip from here, on some gently challenging roads. Nice sweeping bends and brilliant views - but hardly challenging riding in the "Piel Island" sense of the term :D. Parked up briefly on the outward journey for a pit stop in Melton Mowbray, and - for some unfathomable reason - decided to dismount on the right-hand side, swifly followed by Nessie, who was also ready for a lie down. :sign6:

Resulting damage = one broken brake lever and slightly cracked indicator. Neiher prevented onward progress, and a grand day out was had by all.



I was gallantly escorted by Mr Chris, and met up with Stanbloke and Steinberg, who wanted to discuss the radio headsets we were using. The brake lever has subsequently been replaced, and no further misadventures to record. Since then we've taken a ride out to Zouche (oddly enough, promounced 'Zotch' - that's Leicestershire for you :confused::confused::rolleyes:) which involved some VERY twisty roads indeed, and my first time riding in the rain. AND I've ridden her to work and faced the car park barrier demons again, this time sailiing through with confidence (or "nailing it with the pegs down", thanks Warthog) :thumbup:. Also done some urban stop-start riding, and it really is all starting to feel easier. Still, she has only 170 miles or so in total added to the clock under my ownership, but I'm starting to yearn to get out riding all the time rather than feeling scared of going out. Oh, the summer is going to be soooooo much fun :cool:.
 

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:thumbleft::thumbright::thumbleft::thumbright::thumbleft::thumbright: Fantastic to see you are getting out and about riding Lulu. And like so many others I know what that feels like when the bike decides to lie down too!!!

I remember when I first got Ben, I managed to fall over with him when parked up with the side stand down - all because I was messing about and leant too much the wrong way!!:D:D

yep! Just wonderful to see you enjoying riding Nessie.

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It's character building, Lulu.

I never fall off and I'm a very bland and reserved man.


















Memory's goin' though...........:angel3:
 

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As long as it's challenging to you then you are learning, don't try to compare to trips such as Piel as these were 40+ bikers doing things such as Hardnott pass but who have many years experience to draw from. They probably found that a lot easier than you did those twisty roads.

I'm glad you are starting to look forward to the rides rather than in terror, don't let the fear of what might happen put you off. So what if you drop the bike, it can be picked back up and you can carry on (as you did) :)

Summers on it's way and it's getting a lot lighter now iv'e noticed, plenty of biking days too come.



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I can certainly relate to that Lou, initially every time i rode i was pretty scared and that it didn't come naturally but as you ride more and more the nerves get less and less.

You should have seen Ann (Austins wife) on her CBR 125 she rode so well, i certainly took my hat off to her for doing hardknot superb :cheers:

So glad to hear that you are begining to enjoy it, and by the time the national comes around you will be so much more confident :thumbup:
 

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my daughter dropped hers yesterday wheeling it off the drive, it happens.

she picked it up dusted herself off and went to school, then sent me a text to tell me about it as I hadn't seen it happen

so long as you're OK and you got back in the saddle that's all that matters
 

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It's the start of the slippery slope. Before you know it theonly original part left will be the fillercap :rolleyes:

Not that I'm wishing that on you or your beloved Nessie, Lulu
 

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It's the start of the slippery slope. Before you know it theonly original part left will be the fillercap :rolleyes:

Not that I'm wishing that on you or your beloved Nessie, Lulu
It's the mention of the "slippery slope" that is scaring Nessie :eek::pale::pale::pale::-:)D
 

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....and then one day, it clicks, all comes together naturally. You'll have your "off days" when you or the bike got out of the wrong side of the bed and don't you feel 100% on the ball, happens to all of us. But the rest of the time.... ###### great! Somebody mentioned Austins Lady on her cbr125, on the way back from Piel he took us home along the country lanes, all i can say is it looked like somebody who had been biking since a teen. More miles = more smiles = more confidence = BIG fun. (dropped mine twice this year.... once thinking the side-stand was down & mud flats of Piel ring a bell)
 

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Lou,

Keep at it :thumbup:

Was really impressed with Mrs Austin and Vanessa ( what big tyres you have :D:D ) crossing at Piel.

Apologies for any female riders I may have missed :D
 

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Hey, thanks everyone. I can always rely on this forum for encouragement :thumbup:. I didn't let this little "misadventure" put me off, or even dent my confidence. I was just cross with myself for making such a dumb mistake in a car park, having had such a good ride even when the roads were quite challenging. :rolleyes:

Anyway, onwards and upwards, will keep you posted on progress.
 

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We need to get you on some green lanes, it doesn't hurt so much when you fall on mud :thumbup:
 

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Let me make you feel better Lulu......I dropped my Alp yesterday...Along with my cousin. :)

Rode up the drive...expected her to get off on the uphill side of the bike ...she didn't...:(...My fault, I should have been ready. :rolleyes:

Bike went past the point of no return (I managed to hang on well enough to make it slow motion)..two people old enough to know better laying on a concrete drive laughing.

Picked bike up with the superhuman strength that embarrassment creates (aching now).

Anyway...as I said ....it's character building (although I already knew I was a knob :hitler:)

Slight damage...so what...no-one died (yet) :profileright:
 

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I have found the best way to get the onlookers to stop laughing is to slur your words, they will just tut tut you and walk off.
 

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Ah, sorry to hear about the slight "off" Cabby, but good to know that you can laugh about it - definitely the best approach ;). Hope the aching wears off. I've ridden Nessie into work today, and I dismounted VERY carefully indeed. Too many students around to make a plonker of myself this time :rolleyes:.

Hope there was no damage to the Alp.
 

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It happens to the best of us. My mate has been riding for a hundred years and then he goes and disgraces himself on Monday

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Ah, but what an elegant roll out of the way of the bike :thumbup:. Hope no damage done to rider or bike.
 
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