Saturday, January 29, 2011

Enlightening Techniques in 2B course

In appreciation of the efforts placed on me by many of the dedicated riding instructors in BBDC, I would like to share on some of the "secret formulas" that have been imparted to me from them! =)

  1. Slalom -  Ensure legs are grabbing the fuel tank really tight! This may sound pretty obvious but you never know about it's effectiveness until you have done it! Normally we tend to move our thighs left and right throughout the course trying to balance ourselves. Actually this is not ideal, thighs should always be STICKing to the fuel tank from start till end even though if you feel like you are falling!
  2. S course (figure 8) - Go through the course by FEELING instead of keep looking at the kerb or the front of your bike's wheel. The dedicated instructor made me ride behind him (not as pillion) for many rounds in the S course while making sure (with a loud hailer) that i look constantly at his back instead of the ground. Truly, I was scared stiff then! Everything was in a blur and I was lucky to come out of the course alive! I was surprised that I've completed so many rounds without hitting the kerb at all. When out, I asked him on why he was so certain that I will not hit the kerb. Enlightenment came when he said.... "Going through the course is by FEELING with the correct eye point instead of constantly estimating the distance from the kerb at the front of your wheel". My timing in the S course is never the same again...
  3. U turn - Step on the rear brake while turning, ensure engine sound is "loud" enough and constant. Stepping on the brake while turning helps to make sure that our speed is constant so that the bike will not wobble at low speed. As ladies, I observe that a number of us tend to be light-throttle. The instructor noticed my engine sound was insufficient immediately and demo to me on the correct sound level. Truly, I thought that it sounded noisy and this might be penalized for excessive revving of engine at first. After observing other instructors and other steady u-turn learners, I realize that the sound level is indeed the correct one, it was just me who was too light-throttle earlier.

Well, these are techniques that definitely have helped me in attaining enlightenment for the respective courses. After all, not everyone learn things in the same way. I do hope that they might be useful to some of you too! But don't slam me if they do not prove to be useful to you too!! =P

ps: For some of you who are thinking of picking up riding, you can check out the 2B motorbike riding course details at the various driving centers. Website to Bukit Batok Driving Center:

Friday, January 28, 2011

Never Give Up

To succeed in obtaining your 2B license, never give up! I believe the spirit of these 3 words apply to any other challenges that we may be taking up too.

I should have gotten my riding license 6 years ago!

6 years ago....
I have enrolled myself for 2B motorbike riding lesson about 6 years ago. However, I gave up on pursuing it as I was daunted by how heavy the bike is and how lousy I was in handling the clutch. I have attended several practical lessons then, and my skills should have been improving along with the number of lessons attended. On the contrary, my riding was getting worse with many toppling of bike with each lesson.

Thinking back, the reason for this was because my confidence level fell with each lessons, and I kept telling myself that the bike is too heavy for me. I've grown up in an environment where my family believe that riding a motorbike is a dangerous affair. The number of times that I've ridden as pillion could be counted with fingers in 1 hand. Therefore, the back of my mind could have probably silently hypnotize myself that riding is not for me, even though I really do hope to learn how to ride successfully.

6 years later...
Feeling extremely uneasy on giving up a task halfway, I made the decision to revisit this long-time wish of obtaining a 2B license! And I have made the resolution that I should succeed this time! Indeed, with a total change of mindset this time, I was able to go through the entire course and tests successfully! Definitely there were difficulties encountered in some of the subjects, but this time round I have told myself that I must succeed instead of finding reasons for myself on why I can't do it. A mindset change makes the difference!

A fellow female learner whom I've met in the school have also inspired me. Her S course (figure-8) was so bad that she just had to push the bike out of the course whenever she entered the course. Other times when she was luckier, she just wobbled her way out of the course, that is of course if she managed to not hit the side kerb too. I thought, hey I was definitely better than her 6 years ago! WTH did I give up??

This inspiring lady definitely wasn't like the old me! She did not give up and kept coming back for practice and consulting the instructors on how she could conquer the S course. I was truly inspired by her determination when I saw how smooth she went through the S course like a few weeks later. Anyway, she even obtained her license earlier than me!

I thought, if I've met this inspiring lady 6 years ago, I might not have given up and obtained my license as well! So I believe that it is important to believe in yourself and not to give up if you truly would like to get your 2B motorbike license! =)

In my upcoming post, I'll try to summarize some of the techniques that have successfully got me enlightened on conquering the various riding subjects like S course, slalom, u-turn.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Finally, this is up!

Alright! Finally I've gotten my lazy self to get started on this Riding blog.

Have always wanted to share my part of experience here as a female rider in Singapore. And hopefully to get more riding tips from other fellow babe riders as well. =)

Well, honestly I've nothing much to share as a rider at the moment, since I've only just gotten my 2B license! (WTH, then still got the cheek to start this blog now?!)

I've encountered quite a couple of learner riders giving up halfway in the course of obtaining the riding licence (myself included!), therefore decided to share a bit of my learning experience here first. In the hope to provide some little motivation to learners who are still in the midst of pursuing the 2B licence in driving schools as well. More on this in my upcoming posts...

In the mean time, I'm busy looking for my new mean machine to hit the road! Contemplating between the Honda PCX and Vespa LX150. OK OK, these 2 scooters might be a far cry from being mean "fast and furious" machines, but they are definitely going to be mean "steady and cute" ones to me! Looking forward for some experienced riders to share their experience as well.... =)


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