Scared of Highway Riding
I am scared of Highway riding, and still, daily street riding in Traffic. I have taken the MSF Rider Safety Course, and have only 212 miles on my new 800cc motorcycle.
I got on the highway last night at 3:30 A.M., and stayed to the right for awhile as I felt scared and then promptly exited. I couldn't get the bike to go faster than 50 MPH because of the fear I felt when the vibration and the wind took hold of me ...this at 50 mph, only, lol. I learned to lean into the wind, which helps, but the vibration and the whine of the bike and wind....everything seems so crazy fast and unstable kindof.....at 50mph, only....am I nuts? I have a death grip on the handle bars and am fearful of blowing away!
I haven't learned how to ride on the highway from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation course, nor have had any experience in "real world" traffic, other than taking it for one hectic rush-hour drive to work and back. The other drivers and I didn't seem to have any issues.
Besides, riding in traffic forces me to do things, quickly, and I don't have time to think about things other than "go and get on with it". But the feeling is forced, not second nature.
When riding late at night, without traffic, it seems as if everything is hard. Right turns from a stop and going uphill is difficult. The streets in neighborhoods are narrower, still, than the streets downtown, making those hard-right-turns difficult from a stop. I find I put down my legs to stabilize the bike sometimes when first starting off and that it takes a long time before I get moving from a stop.
Also, getting my 800cc bike to go s l o w and turn around is much more difficult than it was on the 250cc Nighthawks that I learned to ride on. Even when I slip and engage the clutch to control speed, I can't get my bike to do tight parking lot turns without tipping and me catching it with my legs.
In a nutshell, Is there any advice one can give to any of these silly moronic driving adversities I seem to be having?