How did you get over the fear?
I need some advice here... I'm still a fledgling rider. Got my bike up and running (finally) in November, and spent plenty of time practicing with my boyfriend in parking lots, etc.... (I completed my MSF last summer). My practice has been sporadic, though - he had wrist surgery so he couldn't ride for 6 weeks, then came the holidays, then when I finally hit the streets, I dropped the bike -- turned out it was faulty/dry rotted tires, so then I couldn't ride till I got new tires, then we moved, etc.... just one thing after another.
So now I'm finally ready to hit the streets (got new tires on her over the weekend), and while I've got the basics/mechnical elements down, I still get gripped with this over-whelming fear as I'm gearing up to ride. I mean BAD. It gets to the point where I actually tense up physically, my back hurts, my breathing is labored. And I don't know WHY!
Once I'm actually riding, I start to feel a bit better, but I've gotten myself so physically exhausted leading up TO the riding, that I don't ride for very long.
My other concern is SPEED. This problem is two-fold, really. I have a problem getting UP to any decent amount of speed.... Even though I know the bike is MADE for that, and that it actually operates/handles BETTER with some speed, that my control will actually be easier/smoother, it's counter-intuitive to me. I FEEL like I actually have a LOSS of control at higher speeds. Add to that, my bike is super-duper loud (Full Yoshi exhaust), and I'm comparing RPM's to that of a car, so I THINK (based on sound and RPM's) that I'm going a whole lot faster than I actually am)...
So my question is this... how did you finally get over the fear? I know SOME element of fear is good in that you have to respect the bike. But how can I get myself past this hurdle?