There is a mother/daughter duo in the Moto Mama's, I loved watching the interaction and how proud mom was of her girl! I love the diversity of the bikes the Moto Mama's ride and it's so funny how each bike suits the rider so well.
We started right at the beginning working on rusty friction zone skills practicing slow speed slaloms, the dreaded U-turn, 90 degree turns and a weave. I always find the skills that suffer the most with most new and returning riders are the slow speed handling skills and sightlines. Some of the ladies even commented on this themselves. The U-turn box in particular elicited a lot of groans and "Oh no way can I do that", but with a little coaching they were all whipping off U-turns like butter on a hot griddle - they were SIZZLING!
Then it was onto brisk starts progressing through smooth up and downshifting. We worked on solid stops with good braking techniques. Just as in our novice classes we used a building block approach layering one skill on top another.
After we honed those skills we worked on counter steering, getting a little speed and lean on. This is were the fun begins, everyone loves doing this particular exercise. This prompted big smiles and usually cries of "More!"
As an instructor watching the gals put their bikes through their paces and working on skills, I could see the confidence creeping in and skills smoothing out, and that's a good feeling! I am so proud of these women, they are fierce! We had an excellent day, everyone was so happy and feeling ready to ride.
Wondering what to practice to blow out the moto cobwebs? I suggest working on slow speed skills, go practice some figure 8's, U-turns, slaloms, brisk starts and quick stops, getting used to the weight of your bike and waiting for that old muscle memory to kick back in. If you really want to go to town hook up with your local riding school for an experienced riders course or skill refresher.
Have fun and keep the shiny side up!
I'm putting the Duchess through her paces early in the riding season. I love working on slow speed skills, for me it is not about going fast, I love the precision of slow speed riding.