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How do you build confidence on a bike? The same way you get to Carnegie Hall.
Go to someone who is an experienced rider and make sure your controls are set up properly. I'm amazed at how many riders don't do this, and certainly new riders may not know. Adjusting the brake and clutch levers to fall naturally in line with your wrists - they are almost always set too high - moving the engagement points in or out, taking excess slack from the throttle cable, and adjusting the shift and brake levers can make a huge difference in how the bike feels and your control of it.
Beyond that, yes, if you're doing slow maneuvering, you will almost always be balancing the clutch against the throttle and often against the rear brake as well. There is much more "normal" clutch slipping on a bike than in a car.
Wow. Great responses. Thanks to everyone who replied. Seems like the consensus is clutch control and parking lot practice. I will get on that as soon as I get a chance. I can tell that this place will be a great resource for me.
I've been lurking here for quite a while and yesterday was one of those rough days where I felt like I had taken two steps back and nothing was working for me. I guess I just need to be patient and put the work in before I expect to make any real progress. Thanks again.
Forgot to mention... Riding in the Zone is a great book that kinda goes more in depth into the techniques taught in the MSF beginner course and beyond. It also gives you some good drills to practice or think about when you're riding. Very good resource for beginner and experienced riders alike.
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