My first crash.....kinda


I just bought my scooter a few days ago and i had never rode one before. I test drove one that was the exact model and i felt comfortable. 150cc and 55mph was what i wanted to get to work and school. Well i left work early to beat a incoming storm. I came to an intersection to make a left hand turn. The road was wet and i turned wide. I fell on my left side and skidded to the curb. I couldn't tell if there was a car behind me but i made it ok. Little shaken but good nonetheless. Got up turned around and went home. Thank goodness i had a helmet and a jacket.

Since this was my second day riding i was a newbie and i made a newbie mistake. I'll be more careful but if you can reassure me that i'll get better with practice that will give me more confidence.

Yeah I remember my first

Yeah I remember my first spill on a scooter. I went to university in the upper peninsula of Michigan and they like to use sand on the roads during the winters. Anyway, it was my first time back out after winter and I was on my way home from classes making a right hand turn. I was turning off of a major road with a good bit of traffic, so I was used to taking the right hander pretty quick so as not to get rear ended. Well, I kinda forgot that it was still spring and they handed cleaned up all the sand yet and I ended up on my side and into the curbing. I had basically slid all the way across the side street. Luckily no one was stopped at the stop sign or I probably would have put the scoot right under the side of their car. With bruised pride, I picked the bike up and finished the ride home. I think the saying goes, "There are two kinds of motorcyclists, those that HAVE crashed, and those that WILL."

Anyway, that was eight years ago now, and I'm still riding and loving it.

Practice makes perfict

Not to sound like your mother or anything, But if you really have no skills on a bike you should at least drive around a field or on some trails for a day to get used to what a bike can do and to experience different traction conditions and situations, away from traffic.

True riding skills take years to develop. Get your skills in the safest conditions you can. Never become complacent as the rider, stay on top of the game, always aware, always defensive

I hate to say it...

I really think all of you scooter riders need to go and take the MSF Basic Rider Course. A scooter is a motorcycle without a tank between your legs. I am an experienced rider, I have been on 1100 pound bikes for over a decade and I take the Experienced Rider Course every year to sharpen my skills.

I see way too many scooter riders making dangerous mistakes. All of which can be prevented with proper training. This is a dangerous game ans everyone out there needs to take training seriously! You are really lucky you did not overcompensate and high side the thing, propelling your head into the curb!

Get some training!

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1) Training 2) Practise in a

1) Training
2) Practise in a safe place
3) Experience riding on the road/in traffic

A little bit of patience now (in the early days of riding) may save your life later. Think of it as a long term investment and do the training first.