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Old 04-06-2006, 09:22 AM   #1
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What's up Motoheads, new rider here

I know, I know.... I'm probably going to get a lot of negative feedback but I just bought an 02 Yamaha R6 (with a lot of extras) and it's my first bike. I have to admit though, it was a little scary the first few times I drove it but I'm taking my time keeping the revs down in the lower range and just riding around the neighborhood so far until I get comfortable with it ( that thing can really get up quick). I AM going to take the mfs course probably next weekend so that should get me going in the right direction. Not trying to hate on others but I just couldn't see myself on a ninja 250 eventhough I've heard nothing but good things about them and plus I couldnt pass up the deal on this. I mean it has to at least go faster than my daily driver.
BTW I'm new to Houston, just moved to the West side so I was wondering if there's any others around here (Bear Creek area)?

Well.... look forward to the beginning of a safe/fun riding experience and also hope to meet some of ya'll as well.
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Old 04-06-2006, 09:27 AM   #2
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Old 04-06-2006, 09:29 AM   #3
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What's up mang.
I grew up in Bear Creek and work right down the Road Hwy 6 @ I-10
I now live in Katy off of Grand Parkway.

Nice bike you got there.
I'd like to recomend you park it until you've taken the MSF.
Better safe than sorry.

Maybe we can hook up sometime for a ride
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Old 04-06-2006, 09:38 AM   #4
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Welcome.
If you like, you can borrow my 50cc honda ruckus til you get your technique down and I'll keep an eye on that R6 til your ready.
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I have to admit though, it was a little scary the first few times I drove it but I'm taking my time keeping the revs down in the lower range and just riding around the neighborhood so far until I get comfortable with it




i'm still terrified of the machine

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Old 04-06-2006, 10:06 AM   #6
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Old 04-06-2006, 11:07 AM   #7
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Old 04-06-2006, 11:11 AM   #8
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Welcome and yeah +1,000,000 to the MSF Course.
Be CAREFUL out there, and I'd say yeah--don't let yourself get in over your head--park it till you take the MSF.
Get ALL your gear, get your endorsement...PRACTICE, PRACTICE! Go around the neighborhood, in parking lots. Do lots of slow turns, etc. GET FRAME SLIDERS--That bike is far too beautiful to mess up.

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hey, ya its ok its a yammaha not fast enough to get you into any trouble
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Old 04-06-2006, 11:21 AM   #11
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Old 04-06-2006, 12:05 PM   #12
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Old 04-06-2006, 12:39 PM   #13
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one of a bike for starter, good luck and ride safe. welcome to motohouston. like every one else said park it then ride it after MSF course, better safe than sorry.
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Old 04-06-2006, 01:33 PM   #14
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Everywhere I've researched made very good points about this, or anything like this bike for that matter not being a good starter bike and I respect their experienced opinions (plus I've watched a ton of crash videos) so everyday I question "what have I gotten myself into?".......... but it's too late, I'm already in love with her and I can't wait to get off work everyday to ride it again, eventhough it's in a parking lot or around the neighborhood, but that's o.k.

Oh yeah, I already have a helmet, jacket, and gloves. I was wondering though, how necessary are boots and the protective pants?

Also, where's a good place to get some frame sliders at cause I'd hate to mess up such a sexy bike, and I know it probably will happen?
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Old 04-06-2006, 02:15 PM   #15
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Boots are a must, even for "everyday" riding!!
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Old 04-06-2006, 02:29 PM   #16
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Boots are a must, even for "everyday" riding!!
+1 definitely (think of it this way, how important is walking to you?)

And with all the others, park it till you take the MSF course.

Katy area here, and there's a good riding group out here (but you can't join till you pass the MSF)

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I'd say get you some boots.
Patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited got mine for a great price!! Great riding boots can protect your feet, ankles and shins. Not to mention make riding/shifting easier than with street shoes or other kinds of boots.
He also can get frame sliders for your bike...PLEASE PLEASE get those before you ride again. I know it's hard to resist...but would you rather wait for frame sliders or have that knotted up feeling in your stomach right after you lay her down? It'd be an easy choice for me. When I get my 600, the sliders will be the FIRST thing going on her.
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Old 04-06-2006, 03:42 PM   #18
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Thanks for all the good advise so far guys, so about the frame sliders.......

I've been researching and have been reading mixed opinions about the "no-cut" sliders and frame mounted sliders (where you have to cut the fairings) and some people say the no-cut are just as good, some people say they break and bend, etc...

My opinion- if the "no-cut" kind holds up just as good, why do they even make the other ones / why do people bother with them?

What would you recommend getting:
1. Brand
2. Where to buy (ebay store, local shop, etc.)
3. I've already found the "how to"
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Old 04-06-2006, 03:48 PM   #19
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welcome and good luck bro....Dont spend any more money on that bike until you take msf....Dont ride it dont do anything take the msf...Then buy some frame sliders (probbly going to need them) and get plenty of gear....Good luck and nice bike!
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welcome aboard

check motorcycles unlimited, cyclegear and ebay for frame sliders/boots.
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