Thanks for all your support and advice everyone. I really appreciate the time you've taken with your posts of encouragement and advice.
Thanks, 1sportbikerider. Your later posts really explained why I was taking off and then suddenly finding myself in a horrible mess (rolling off the throttle). And I didn't take your initial post personally, just felt it was a little harsh and didn't particularly need any help feeling quite awful about being so **** at riding, having TWO decent sized accidents in as many months.
Tely, my first bike was the silver one. She was a economic write-off as I'd scuffed the fairings on the right side and smashed most things on the left side. She still worked and if someone had removed the fairings and put a new left hand peg bracket on then she would have totally been a good bike again. The insurance gave me a cheque and told me to go away basically and they kept the bike. (I wasn't complaining, the cheque was for market value which was about 2k more than I paid for her so it covered everything I'd had to pay for afterwards - vehicle registration, inspection, insurance, new rear tyre, etc).
My new one is the black (actually really dark purple) one. She's two years older but still in good condition (was in better condition before the accident). She now has a scuff up her right side and a new peg bracket. I'm hoping some cut 'n polish will fix the scuff.
I've considered "oggy knobs" or sliders but they're apparently really hard to put on ZZRs. The fairings are in exactly the wrong spot so you either need brackets or to cut holes in the fairings (not going to happen). I'd not considered crash bars. I assume you'd almost have the same problem with oggy knobs as crash bars though.
I'm going to book the lessons next fortnight (after next payday), the price includes the venue and the use of their bikes (Yamaha XT250s) so it's not too awful after all. In the meantime I've been practicing my slow gear changes and taking corners slower and more deliberately.
I'm finding there's lots of little side issues to coming off, as well. Less to do with skill (or my lack of) and more to do with my mental attitude. I'm looking at the road surfaces and thinking "If I came off right now, it would REALLY hurt.".. another thing I need to stop doing.
My eyes are usually flitting everywhere so fixating on the exit point of the corner is a tough one but I'm working on it and so far so good. Trusting the bike to go where I want it to without me "driving" it there is half the issue with not looking exactly where I want to go. It's strange, give me a long sweeper to take at 70kph and I'll have the bike leaned over and exit at at least 90kph, trusting the bike and actively counter steering the entire way. I can take the outside line, the inside line, the shortest line, re-adjust lines midcorner, whatever, it's all good. (I'm not saying I'm a pro or that I know everything btw, just that I feel comfortable doing it) Give me a corner to take 30kph and suddenly I don't trust the bike anymore and have to focus on just getting around it as best I can. Something else I need to work on I guess. Trusting the bike.
Thanks again, everyone.
lol :mrgreen:..."oggy knobs"...
Sometimes this helps you temper your speed, It's something we all have to deal with. You are not alone....I'm looking at the road surfaces and thinking "If I came off right now, it would REALLY hurt."...
It's tough for a lot of riders, even very experienced ones. Practice aproaching the corner at the correct entry speed (rather than braking all the way up until the turn in point), then smoothly maintaining/rolling on the throttle as you are exiting.My eyes are usually flitting everywhere so fixating on the exit point of the corner is a tough one but I'm working on it and so far so good.
The reason that you feel more confident while riding around in a sweeper, is because, you aren't doing as many things at once.It's strange, give me a long sweeper to take at 70kph and I'll have the bike leaned over and exit at at least 90kph, trusting the bike and actively counter steering the entire way.
Oooh, just re-read your post. I can't be sure without seeing you, but at 30 kph = 18.6 mph, you might feel better by counter-balancing the bike at low to very low speeds....Give me a corner to take 30kph and suddenly I don't trust the bike anymore and have to focus on just getting around it as best I can...
Yes, sir. It certainly is sealed. We're really lucky here in Tassie to have some of the best riding roads in Australia. For the northerners it's the "sidling" to Scottsdale from Launceston. You can head from Scottsdale to St. Helens on the east coast which is similar roads to the Sidling. I took the car once and made Mum car sick within two minutes. Definitely a bike road. I couldn't find any decent pics but came across this site. Scottsdale Sideling I was hoping, after my restrictions are off and I can get a grown up bike, to get a camera kit for my bike and show off some of the better roads around Tassie. That'll be at least a year and a half though. My restrictions won't end until Dec/Jan next year at least.I just Googled the map of Tasmania. There are some AWESOME roads over there.
That C249 (Norfolk Rd.) on the West side looks niiiiice! 8)
Is that road paved?
We all believe in you and know you can do it. It sounds like you are going in a good direction. Keep us informed on your progress.Tely and antiq, thanks for your words on encouragement. I thought about giving it up but I refuse to give something up because I'm afraid. I'll give it up because I want to and not a minute before.