Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Gatton, Queensland, Australia
Tensing up will soon cause aches and cramps. Think about adjusting the gear lever a little to where you feel it out of the way until needed.
What boots do you wear? and are they comfortable? Tensing up in full dirt bike boots will cause this.
Most of all, get out and ride while concentrating on relaxing your muscles. Take your left foot off the peg occasionally and put it out and forward to straighten your knee, or stand on the pegs (if it is legal where you live).
And hold the throttle - no need to strangle it.
Nervous is good - muscle tension is bad, but should ease with experience and confidence.
2010 Weestrom; 2017 Kawasaki Versys-X300; 1988 Suzuki GSXR1100