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Old 10-27-2009, 10:04 PM   #1
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Just go my first bike this past weekend. A friend who rides helped me out (driving it back to my house from theshop), and showed me how to ride it. I felt like a fish outta water, making it only 1/2 way off the clutch in first with no throttle, attempting to walk/ride it, but then I ate it in my neighbors bushes, lol. After that, I decided to wait and try it with the bikes at MSF before I use my own. About how long until I feel comfortable driving it around the neighborhood (not on extremly busy roads or highways)? Will I be able to take it out Sunday after the class without a problem? Not necessarly be good at it, but good enough to where I wont eat it in my neighbors yard...
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Old 10-27-2009, 10:13 PM   #2
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everyones different..i went into msf not knowing a thing...days later i was ridin around town n on the highways
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I took MSF in April I knew how to drive standard in car or truck. It is alot different on a bike. I went to Awesome Cycles and took the 3 day class. I really learned alot . The only problem I had is that I learned on a cruiser and I ride a kawi 250 Ninja. The two bikes are alot different, so I stuck to the back roads with my son and now I go places by myself. They really taught me alot at Awesome Cycles and it was fun doing it.
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everyones different..i went into msf not knowing a thing...days later i was ridin around town n on the highways
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Just go at whatever pace works for you. No need to rush. Two wheels will always be there for you, just don't get hurt trying to do something your not ready for.
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MSF helped me very much, it just took some practice of adjusting from the 250cc cruiser i took the course on to a 600cbr which was my bike.

but it helped immensely
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I knew how to ride a motorcycle before coming to MSF. Even if you don't know anything they'll teach you everything step by step (especially the clutch part). Just absorb everything and practice with gear in a vacant lot NOT your neighborhood.

The day after my msf class I took the license test and was riding that afternoon. Take your time, read and read.
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When I first ventured out on the streets, I rode all the back county roads by my house. I'm sure there were a lot of people watching me practice starting and stopping and all my turns LOL I am sure it looked funny. It took about half a day and I started getting better. I was used to clutch and shifting though from when I raced ATV MX.
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I went in knowing how to ride already so I helped slot. Riding portion of class I took the strategic route... That tiny 125 standard cruiser. Yes u read right. Light as fck, easy to flat foot, very forgiving with clutch control, easy to control so I could lean the concepts instead of the bike. Well i learned alright, during the swerves and cornering I scrapped pegs like nothing while the 250 ninjas were like O_O. I was reminded quite a few times to slow down...
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If you crashed in your neigbors bushes...ill be a believer in MSF if you're cruising around town, on the freeways, after the class.

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Stop Driving your bike and start RIDING it, that should take care of the problem

How old are you? What part of town are you on? I am willing to tow you around for a couple of days if you want. But as other say, don't be pressured, feel your bike build some confidence and before you know it you will be doing fine. Don't get cocky though, always ride within your limits.
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If you crashed in your neigbors bushes...ill be a believer in MSF if you're cruising around town, on the freeways, after the class.

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one of my students ran his R1 into a building. he passed but he was pretty shaky cuz he was afraid to give his bike gas.........the 125s in class i mean.
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I went in knowing how to ride already so I helped slot. Riding portion of class I took the strategic route... That tiny 125 standard cruiser. Yes u read right. Light as fck, easy to flat foot, very forgiving with clutch control, easy to control so I could lean the concepts instead of the bike. Well i learned alright, during the swerves and cornering I scrapped pegs like nothing while the 250 ninjas were like O_O. I was reminded quite a few times to slow down...
Haha I kept getting my lean on with the ninja's in class but combined with the awful chicken strips and no way to heat up those plastic tires they have it was sliding through a few of the exercises a little bit. He told me I was still doing it right, and the form was really good, but to please go slower

Oya and to the OP I just hit the backroads for several days after to continue to get used to my bike. The first time I got on the highway, remember this was Victoria not crazy H-town haha, I went out there at about 10am when the roads were almost entirely empty just so I could get it up to speed and get a good feel for it. Don't ride with people that don't understand you are just starting out and not really comfortable yet. Stick with close friends and people that don't mind just puttin along. Have fun, and stay in your limits (and out of your neighbors bushes). Have fun!

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if the student couldn't get the hang of the 125 in class and his first bike was an R1 then I think I see his problem.

although it does sound like he got past his fear of giving it too much gas though.
he ran into the building before he took the class........after that experience his was scared since..........rightly so.

and running into the bushes is very common. target fixate on bush and which way is he gonna head? right towards teh bush. seen a vid. w/ a guy on an SV do it.
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Stop Driving your bike and start RIDING it, that should take care of the problem

How old are you? What part of town are you on? I am willing to tow you around for a couple of days if you want. But as other say, don't be pressured, feel your bike build some confidence and before you know it you will be doing fine. Don't get cocky though, always ride within your limits.
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I plan on calling in 'sick' on Monday so I can practice riding all day, lol.

I really think that after I take the class, I should be pretty comfortable. The only part I think I'm going to have problems with is getting started and slowing down to a stop. But, I guess that's everyone.
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and running into the bushes is very common. target fixate on bush and which way is he gonna head? right towards teh bush. seen a vid. w/ a guy on an SV do it.
Yea...I run into the bushes all the time. Particularly the knock out roses..they are just so pretty...but gawd they hurt.
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