Let's talk about "Fear"
Okay - Kinda annoyed by the reactions to a poster over on a scooter forum.
This poster has just purchased a scooter but is afraid to ride and is wondering if riding a scooter is actually for them.
Basically the poster saw people riding scooters somewhere, and decided to just go out and buy one, without even trying a MSF course first or anything.
Of course everyone at the forum is jumping on board to re-assure this "young" would-be rider. But, I have true reservations here.
I was never afraid to ride 2 wheels. It's true. Nervous and excited. But not afraid. So basically I was ignorant. So sue me.
I also never fell off my bike as a kid and thus, why would I fall off a PTW? Of course this is how my brain works.
Silly I know, but if you are scared and afraid to fall when you are just riding in circles in a parking lot, than maybe, riding a PTW is not for you.
As I have told my friends my thoughts about riding in traffic... you have to be afraid, to be "afraid".
Fear does you no good in heavy traffic. It can be paralyzing and cause you to freeze or make mistakes that could get you or others injured.
And as for putting your foot down when you turn... don't. I don't even know why some people even start doing that. I have seen people do that again and again, and I don't get the logic of it. Why would you think you can just hang your foot down from a moving vehicle and not break your foot/ ankle or worse. Goofy.
Anyway, just call me an crabby rag I suppose. But I think some new riders need to suck it up and go out and just do it without all the constant re-assurance. Because you won't get that on the road, fer realz my friends.
Other drivers will NOT be thinking: "Oh look, a gal on a scooter! Let's give her some space and just take it easy around her."
Because honey, riding a PTW in traffic is fun, but it can be deadly serious. And if you just want fun, go roller skating at the roller rink.
If you want to expand your mind, hone your skills and risk your life (and I do mean risk your life) then you ride a scooter.
And yes, riding PTW is not for everyone. Just like flying a plane, scuba diving, or parachuting or alligator wrestling is not for everyone.
It's your life, it's your choice. Because when you ride, it you, and the road and no amount of handholding and cheerleading is going to help you. It's all about you now. Nothing else.