Wednesday, 3 April 2013

First session of Mod 1 training...

It's been a long, long time since I rode a bike that had any real meat. So, I was a bit wary yesterday when I turned up for the first session of Mod 1 training. I knew I would be using a 600cc Honda and was worried about getting used to the size, weight and power. I shouldn't have wasted my time fretting, the bike I rode was a Honda CB600F. Fuel injected, water cooled and with plenty of meat, but a monster it was not. I don't mean that as any form of critisism.
Not the exact model but very similar. 

I'm absolutely sure the bike, on the open road, would be capable of arm pulling acceleration and a top speed of.. well a lot more than I'll ever do. But at the slow speeds required for the off road manouvering I found it to be a light and agile machine. Of course I haven't really got much to compare it with, but I was pleasantly surprised. It's amazing how much difference just a few hours makes to improving those figure of eights, hazard avoidance moves and quick stops. A real buzz when the instructor tells you that you've done really well, not just once but repeatedly. Good confidence booster. Great medicine for this dented mind!

It was a cool but generally bright day (just the one snow flurry that lasted all of about 15 seconds). I'm not sure if I'd donned a layer too many or if it was the concentration, possibly a combination, by the end of the day my jacket liner was wringing wet. I was absolutely knackered too. Aching in some weird places today. But it was great fun, really interesting and I can't wait to get back on the bike again. The next session will be out on the road. 

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