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Old 11-04-2009, 08:30 PM   #1
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Shouldn't have...but did *Lime Creek Rd*

Got my first bike 3 weeks ago (gs500). Have put about 150 miles on it. Never been on a highway.

Today the weather was great so my buddy wanted to go ride, I said sure. Met up at 5pm, didn't know we were hitting up LimeCreek (apparently they recently chip and sealed it). Half chickened out, but realized that everyone should be going slow and it would be better to ride in a group my first time etc etc.


Just followed along behind an r6 and 600rr along 2222.....going 50-60....I thought that was it, I thought that was Lime Creek! hahaha


Anyway, we get to the beginning and the sun is pretty much set (rush hour).....so yeah, I did one of the more challenging mountain roads in Texas, that had recently been chip and sealed, IN PITCH BLACK NIGHT.

It was ok, bc I went about 40mph the whole time, sometimes 35 slowing for a few turns. The only parts that were dangerous were when the road disappeared, dipping down and sharp left. Had two of those and just kept leaning and hanging out w/some throttle. Never felt like I was going too fast nor uncontrolled, and even outran the r6 on a few turns (I was in front, he's had his bike as long as I have).


FYI - Wore full gear cept boots (haven't found a pair I like).



I am left with the sensation that it wasn't too bad, but logic dictates that this was a dumb trip. So, was this a wise decision?

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Old 11-04-2009, 08:33 PM   #2
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Just be careful and you should be fine. BTW, nevermind the hate of RacerX when he stops by.
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Old 11-04-2009, 08:37 PM   #3
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Sounds like a non issue. If you were being as safe as you say then whats the problem? Thats a super fun road and at that time of night would be lightly traveled if at all. So probably safer than riding in traffic I would think.
Still at that experience level though you shouldn't be worrying about "outrunning" anything, let alone another unexperienced rider at night.
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Still at that experience level though you shouldn't be worrying about "outrunning" anything, let alone another unexperienced rider at night.
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Old 11-04-2009, 08:41 PM   #5
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Sounds like a non issue. If you were being as safe as you say then whats the problem? Thats a super fun road and at that time of night would be lightly traveled if at all. So probably safer than riding in traffic I would think.
Still at that experience level though you shouldn't be worrying about "outrunning" anything, let alone another unexperienced rider at night.
I wasn't trying to at any point, I was just concentrating on the road and looking ahead. The only reason I knew I did was because he told me so at the end.

But what you say makes sense and is something I won't concern myself with anytime soon.
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Old 11-04-2009, 08:43 PM   #6
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Old 11-04-2009, 08:45 PM   #7
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Sounds like you had fun!

What are you considering full gear? (politely asking)

We'll see u on the northside rides before long I imagine.
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Old 11-04-2009, 08:46 PM   #8
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Sounds like fun. The first long trips I took with the bike was riding alone. I think it had its ups and downs:
Up - No one was there to compare my limit to. I rode at my own pace and this is very important. When you push yourself while still learning your limits things can get ugly.
Down - I really didnt have anyone to compare my lines with. If I went down, no one was there to pick my up lol.

As people on here always say: as long as you ride in your comfort zone and learn to manage that throttle, whatever bike your on, you should be fine.

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EDIT:
I just looked at what lime creek road was. Looks awesome!
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Old 11-04-2009, 08:47 PM   #9
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Sounds exciting, but next time pick a safer time of day, you can focus more on learning how to ride and really enjoy it.
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Sounds like you had fun!

What are you considering full gear? (politely asking)

We'll see u on the northside rides before long I imagine.
Padded jacket, helmet, padded gloves. Does that count? lol.

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Sounds exciting, but next time pick a safer time of day, you can focus more on learning how to ride and really enjoy it.
When the sun was setting on 2222 it was gorgeous! Didn't have but a few seconds to look bc I was so concentrated, hah.
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Old 11-04-2009, 08:50 PM   #11
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never mind her she's slow.
Yeah, but not stoopid.
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Old 11-04-2009, 08:59 PM   #12
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snapped a pic:


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Getting my Yoshimura 80's Jacket in soon though!

Yoshimura 80s Leather Jacket Black zoom
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Yeah, but not stoopid.
yeah i know your not stupid. just putt putt slow.
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^ooohhh. I likey. What does the front look like (jacket for you pervs)?
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Yoshimura 80s Leather Jacket Black detail

One of the only jackets with reflective strips I like, and it's sport fit which is MUCH better for me.

P.S. - No pic of the bike, it's pitch black outside and the street lights don't help.
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You gotta problem, cuz I don't?
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Good start!

By no means being a mom, but Im still about 1:1 seeing peeps go down on my public rides through the forest( I think on MH we are up to 62 forest gnome rides in 2 years? All w a noob paced group?)

What I see: Shoes come off first always! At least go to academy etc and get some waterproof, over the ankle shoes that will stay on your feet, if you're not willing to pay over 35 for riding boots. Riding boots are incredible and will change your ride. They vent well, mostly water proof and incredibly light. You dont loose flexibility in street boots, you feel more.

Pants: best: leather; otherwise, yes for around 35 and up there are kevlar reinforced jeans. Honestly, if Im scooting around town or know for sure Im riding below 40% on a ride I am familiar with I will ride in plain jeans, knowing the risks.

Knees: first to go in a crash... we are talking serious recovery time and never the same as before the accident... answer? 30 bux or so for knee/shin protection you wear under or over the jeans.

Option: leather lower pants, all that built in.

Spine: a spine protector that is segmented and does not bend backwards as much as your spine can(think about it for a second.) many are made, not all are recommended. The 7 piece segmented ones have a lower panel that allows movement side to side. You can remove your jacket padding and wear the protector like a vest. For smaller rides etc I have a reinforced pad I put in my alpinestar jacket when Im going out and not wishing to wear the spine guard. It is made by alpinestar and is 3/4 in thick and is padded as well. Fits in the jacket.

Look into some underarmour or equivalent. Will allow the leathers to move around you and keep you cooler.

Just some ideas to prevent injury... much like insurance for the body.

GL and we'll see you out there!!!!
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Check out SIDI boots....if you are just wanting street riding boots, try the SIDI Doha
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Old 11-04-2009, 09:20 PM   #19
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will do.



Fast forward to the 6:00 mark, those were the turns that were more scary.
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Old 11-04-2009, 09:23 PM   #20
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Only you can say whether it was a dumb trip. If you felt like you could go down at any moment, then yea, it was a dumb trip. So it just depends on whether YOU felt you were in YOUR own comfort zone.

The only thing id suggest for learning is that you take one challenge at a time, and only move on when you feel right. For me, I started just around the neighborhood, then moved on to bigger/faster highways. Once I had better control of the throttle and balance, I took faster curves...etc.

As far as group rides when MOST people are just learning, prolly not wise... Risk could multiply no? By group ride I mean 4+ people, if its just you and your buddy then thats probably better than solo, IMO
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