Hi all! Not too sure if this is the right section of the forum but it seemed to fit best.
A bit of backstory:
A few days ago I did a 'Try Ride' at a CTB center close to my home and I asked to learn on their Grom. I asked to ride this because I'm only 5'3" (160cm) and not the strongest so I thought this would be a good bike to learn on. The 'Try Ride' was something I was supposed to be doing to build more confidence but after the hour and twenty minutes I felt like I had even less confidence then before it.
A good section of the time I spent on the bike I spent stalling and feeling like it was attempting to fling me over the handle bars. The tap out point came when I locked the front wheel out and had to have the instructor help me push it back up from the awkward side lunge position I had caught it in (but that one, I will admit, was entirely my fault).
After long discussions with both my parents (both avid bike riders) we came to a couple of agreements, one of them being that my dad is going to set up one of his Honda bikes on a back paddock stand and tie off the front break so I can use it as a sort of rolling road and practice knowing where the clutch bite is and the speed to let the clutch out after the bite.
I can't help but feeling that if I endeavour to go back to the Try Ride place, I'll still be in the same situation as last time even with the extra practice. I'm only thinking this as I feel I was struggling with the clutch on the Grom. After finding the biting point on the Grom I felt like I had no more left in my fingers. To give you an idea, the instructor that was training me said if fully released was a 10, and fully in was a 1, then the bite point was somewhere around 6/7. That concept I could understand, however physically doing it was more of the struggle. Ive only got tiny "child" size hands (I'm 17) and my longest finger only measures out to about 7.5cm (2.9
inches), so by the time I had released the clutch to the biting point, I felt like I had no more finger left to control the gentle release after the bite to start the bike rolling.
I'm now kind of stuck in a limbo, because I loved sitting on the Honda Grom and i felt very comfortable with how low it was for my short little legs, but I also feel like if I go again and use the Honda Grom again, the same thing will just keep happening.
My dad (who took me to the try ride) said they had some Honda CB125F's there, and that he doesn't think I should get back on the Honda Grom to continue learning.
I was supper bummed by the experience because it was my plan to buy a Grom after my CBT because I thought they were awesome little bikes but after this my parents are telling me it's not a good idea.
I was just wondering if anyone had any advice? I did read on another post on this forum that i shouldn't be focusing on numbers so much because it'll cause me to overthink it (the instructor told me I needed to focus on getting it up to at least 3000revs before releasing the clutch).
But yeah, I would just like some of your guys' advice and opinions if you had any.
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