Gary B and I headed out, him in the lead. He in the lead through orange groves and country roads, for 110 miles we road a circle north and south, east and west. Something happened somewhere in the route, I started to feel a bit more confident taking some turns.
I felt a little bad as Gary had to keep slowing down for me, going through the curves with practiced ease, but I needed to do this at my pace. I felt that I was lacking experience taking the curves I knew Gary had planned. Gary has about 10 years if not more of riding experience on me, and he knows the roads we were riding well.
I took my time, feeling better and more confident with each curve of the road. Each time letting the road and the bike tell me how to move. Leaning, slowing down, powering through each curve.
A little explanation is in order. Since buying my bike, I've been a commuter traveling the same tired roads day in and day out on my Burgman. While my route to work offers a little variation; I can ride to work a few different ways...taking the highway briefly or the twisted back road....a straightaway country road...the truth is it's pretty much the same ride day in and out. So I was feeling a little tentative then as we started the ride. I just don't get to do twists and turns often enough to feel comfortable with them.
|Thanks to anonymous1310 on DA.|
On Sunday, I went out again. Driving into a blinding setting sun I had left early enough to hit some winding side roads I know of near work. Again I went to get used to the twists and turns of an unfamiliar road. In and out and powering through.
It sounds silly as I write this, that I should have a fear of twisty's. It's not really a fear, it's more of a respect. I have not had much chance to ride them. To practice, to simply ride the roads. Florida is full of straight roads or a road that slightly curves, easy turns to make. Some sharp curves are here and there and those are the roads that I want to ride, to practice on. You don't become a better rider by riding the straight away...you ride the twisted roads.