A tour agency booking planned the following days afternoon with Michael from Israel. A misplaced bag from his flight had brought him to Pattaya, and not being an old bar slug he was looking for some action,
I picked him up the following lunch time and chatted him up a bit on the way to Bike Lane about what kind of experience he had for riding off road motorcycles, his reply was zero experience! So I asked what kind of motorcycles had he ridden in the past? His reply that he once tried to ride a scooter but not really!
Michael was an absolute beginner, I was apprehensive to say the least.
We were running from rock bottom, first we went through all the controls this is the throttle (go very fast/go slow) this is the clutch (it will stop you driving off out of control at 80kmph) this is the brake this is the seat and so on…
Within 10 minutes Michael had crashed around 15 times, luckily only on soft sand, things were good.
25 minutes in and we were getting there, elbows up nice and square, bottom forward on the seat close to the tank, eyes looking where you want to go, inside leg out near the front wheel round the turns with outside foot weighting the outside peg, left index finger covering the clutch ready for emergency.
He was getting the riding part, but the stopping and starting are also important so we practiced it again and again just to make sure, finally we got him to start smoothly and stop reasonable sharp.
Good! It was time to hit the trails….
Once on the trails things were going well and Michael seemed to be having some fun even if he didn’t smile to much.
We rode a nice and easy loop and stayed safe, mike had a few more small spills but nothing much, in two hours he was transformed into a dirt bike rider, and I’m sure I even saw a bit of a smile when we arrived back at Bike Lane, not sure if it was because he made it back and was still alive,or that he just had fun but it was definitely there.
The software has been downloaded and I’m sure that mike can swing a leg over a motorcycle in the future and feel confident to ride.