Figured I would post here since I feel like a newbie all over again. I haven't ridden in a few years, I used to own an R6 and even did a couple track days on it.
Boy how the times have changed, I stopped riding after a big highside. I think my confidence is shot because thats the last memory I have of riding a ton (cruised around after that on other peoples bikes, but nothing to hardcore) I purposely went after an RVF400 this time around so I could develop my skills better, and because i have lusted after one for years.
Yesterday was the first ride and I have to say, I feel like a rookie all over again. I was running wide on all the sharp corners because I don't trust the bike anymore. I went looking around for a good parking lot to practice, but the only one I could find was at a new strip mall that is under construction, it had a lot of gravel and dirt everywhere so it wasn't exactly confidence inspiring.
Anyhow, I feel the buzz coming back, my clutchwork was a lot better than I thought it would be, and I never felt a danger to traffic. I wish I had never stopped riding! Heading out again with some tennis balls in another hour or so, been looking on google maps for a good parking lot nearby so I can set up a little course and practice general control and flicking the bike around, plus leaning off and counter-steering.
Signed up for an expereinced riders class, but its not for a month. In the meantime I'm just working back into it. Slow speed manouvers are still a bit of a problem, and of course confidence in leaning it in high speed corners. But at least I'm safe enough just tooling around.
Still can't find a good, big parking lot around me. They all have speed bumps or tree's in the middle of them. Or simply have cars in them all weekend. Best ones I can think of are 30 miles away. I need to practice panic breaking, just so I know what I can do.
Yeah, I have been looking or some good ones. For some reason the ones in my area all have big speed bumps, or are the kind with concrete walkways going down the middle. The best ones I can think of nearby are also being used by the MSF classes every weekend right now. I'm in outside sales, so I drive around town all day, been scouting out potential ones that are larger so I can practice cornering at a little bit higher speeds.