I just wanted to ask you to pass on my sincere thanks to Ian for his assistance and patience with me on Tuesday. I thoroughly enjoyed the day. I think my riding developed and improved as my confidence grew. I hadn’t realised how much bikes have changed since I last rode and I think he was a bit shocked when I told him I’d never ridden a bike with traffic indicators! The main difference for slow riding control is clutch use, my past experience on dry clutches was that they had to be preserved and not slipped excessively or they would burn out very quickly. Now with wet clutches the opposite is true and I must have taken a bit of convincing but got there in the end. I was an RAC/ACU instructor back in the day so had some idea but Ian was excellent with rode positioning, roundabouts and reading the road ahead, all bad habits I’ve developed as a car driver over the years. He put me on the larger Yamaha for the afternoon and I had no issue with riding the bigger bike. Finally he thought that I would be “good to go” so I’ve been out and bought a jacket and helmet. I can now book some test rides with a view to buying a bike for some gentle riding.
Thank you so much for your help, I may even look to some advanced rider training in due course