Things went so fast.
- I applied for a license a Monday
- Received it the Friday
- Bought a motorbike on Sunday
- Insured and registered the following Monday
- And here we are, I am just back fom Zurich (to Basel) for my very very first ride on the beast. With a dumb smile on the face hiding into the helmet.
For the curious grand beginners like me (and maybe digging souvenirs for others
). I share my experience, despite the weather and challenges, it just entered the top of my best days in my life:
Some data: I got my car license for over 15 years, so the road is not something new to me. I am (well) over 25 thus I acquired a HONDA CBF 600 ABS. I also bought from a shop called POLO the complete rider gears (Security first and then the fun). As for 2 wheels data, I used to ride a 50cc when I was a teenager.
The weather was not with me: snow/rain/wind more than half the way. But at least it will help me remember that trip (had to stop at some point, my fingers were so painfully frozen).
I think there was a "reusable" skill from the 2 wheels 50cc driving
, the counter steering. In the 1st turn, I felt like naturally doing it again, and because of the weight of the CBF, I was quite surprised how much more effective it is (on a 50cc, if you do well there, then on a motorbike shall be super easy and you will love it).
However when into roundabouts (and all slow speed turns in towns) I was struggling a bit, the front of the CBF was putting lot of weight to turn the front wheel and made it feel hard to control.
Since I am discovering braking, all the way to Basel, I stayed pretty far from any vehicle, I also did not push the engine over 8000 tr/min and thus cannot describe above.
Another challenge was to start from red lights. I annoyed few people because of taking my time to properly start on 1st gear. After changing gears up or down was very simple, I found.
I wanted to avoid cities... and I failed. Missed a turn and entered Basel centre. That part was not fun. Pay attention to everything, while learning basics. I want first to practice on less busy roads.
And overall: what a pleasure to ride the motorbike on the roads in the beautiful Switzerland, probably one of the best stressfree therapy ever !
That's for my noob first steps motorcyclist first impressions.
Next step is the courses and learn things properly.
PS: any recommendation around Basel for a garage (in CH)