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Old 10-28-2009, 09:28 AM   #21
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bwaha, i cant even remember how many times i fell over at a slow speed or stopped after i bought my first one. -i bet it was funny as watching me pic that heavy fker back up too. haha

it gets worse- i took msf about 2 weeks prior to buying the bike...and even had personal instruction one on one after i bought it from a teacher/instuctor.

anywho- ull feel mucho better after msf. and it took me a solid couple weeks to feel like i was comfortable in staight lines and to putt around town (only to wreck in a turn a few months later and catch reality on how much i had to learn). I wrecked pretty nasty about 8 months later and turned to track days (msf on roids). Would be another thing to consider after a little more time passes. More education can never harm you
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Old 10-28-2009, 10:19 AM   #22
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Old 10-28-2009, 10:27 AM   #23
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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
Me, too! But I started out on a 250 - NOT an R6! Yikes. Hope you got a good deal on that bike, because it'll probably be down a few times before you're really confident. But don't let that stop you- get out there and ride. Practice means you can get more practice!

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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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Old 10-28-2009, 10:49 AM   #24
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Old 10-28-2009, 12:48 PM   #25
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it took me a YEAR to ride my bike out of my neighborhood i was so scared of it. but hey, I respected it enough and still haven't done anything bad because of it.

on a side note though I never took the MSF till my 8th year riding so Im sure I would have felt a lot better if I took that class first.
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Old 10-28-2009, 10:07 PM   #26
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lots more practice in a parking lot... IF you try and get out on the streets to early you will end up as a Hood ornament in this town.


MSF is just for the fundamental process get some seat time!

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Old 10-28-2009, 10:39 PM   #27
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After MSF, it took me about 50 miles on my bike just riding around the neighborhood never going above 35 or 40, until I felt comfortable with low and medium speed turns, and comfortable with starting and stopping before i hit the major roads. After 50 miles of 35-40 MPH roads and riding the feeder from inside the Beltway into Sugar Land I got the courage to get up on the freeways. I cruise about 75-85 on the freeways now, but still get nervous in traffic so I slow it down a bit, a few MPH higher than average traffic flow. Anything off the freeways though, I'll cruise 10-15 higher than the posted speed limit and work my way through traffic no problem.
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Old 10-28-2009, 11:26 PM   #28
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i've hide in the bushes in the forest never hit them though good luck to u keep us posted just take it slow when ur ready u will know
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Old 10-28-2009, 11:52 PM   #29
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You can only go as fast as your body will let you. Riding takes time and practice. The only way to get better at something is to just practice at it but take it slow until you feel comfortable. After the class you will have a better understanding about the bike and how it operates. If you need some help let one of us know and we will help you out! Don't rush it, it takes time.
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Old 10-29-2009, 09:56 AM   #30
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I live in the Heights too. I took MSF in May and didn't touch a bike again till 3 weeks ago when I got my CBR. Week 1 I just drove aroud the neighborhood at night getting a feel for the bike. I don't think I went over 2500 rpm lol. That weekend I went on the freeway. Since then I've been riding it everywhere and don't want to get off. So I'd say a few days to a week to feel comfortable on small streets and then a few trips on the freeway to feel comfortable with that. Just don't go too fast into exit ramp/freeway exchanges your first time! That was my only close call.
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Find a nice parking lot and spend lots of time making starts and stops and take off turns left and right. When its second nature try a short ride around then go work on what didn't feel right.
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