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Old 05-18-2006, 10:01 PM   #1
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Newbie needs advise

Hey everyone , Ronnie here. About six months ago I was surfing the net on a Friday night and feel in love with a Kawasaki 636. Found it Friday night, looked and put a down payment on Saturday morning, took a two day course on Monday and Tuesday. Bought the bike Wednesday and had my buddy ride it home Thursday. That was the time line. Unfortunately I've have the bike for about six months now and I'm embarrassed to say I've only filled the gas tank up twice. I've recently become more comfortable on the bike but still struggle with first gear. I seem to get stuck in neutral sometimes. If anyone lives on the Southwest side and is looking to show a rookie the ropes I'd be in your debt. I'm right off Jeanetta between Fondren and Gesner. Let me know. Thanks
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Old 05-18-2006, 10:08 PM   #2
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you off saturday or sunday. i live near w.belfort and fondre.
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Old 05-18-2006, 10:26 PM   #3
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Out of town Saturday, Sunday after three will work for me. How does that work for you ?

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sorry. ill be riding on sunday in the morning then watching the GP races around 2pm.

just keep riding in first gear and ease out the clutch as you give it gas. riding a bike involves gaining muscle memory and not thinking so much of what to do. keep riding around the neighborhood. any seat time is good seat time.
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Thanks , you're right. It isn't very much fun right now. I seem to be way over thinking every little thing. If my Sunday morning opens up I'll try to catch up with you. Thanks again.
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636 is a lot of bike for you.
But fortunately you seemed to know to not play with the fire to learn it's hot and burns.
Just ride around your neighborhood til you feel comfortable for longer ride.
Stay away from highway and bad weather.
Get yourself some decent gear (good helmet, jacket, gloves and boots).
Try to make a friend who's a mellow rider near where you live.
Take small steps than run later.
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Thanks , you're right. It isn't very much fun right now. I seem to be way over thinking every little thing. If my Sunday morning opens up I'll try to catch up with you. Thanks again.
I don't think it's a good idea for you to join his group.
Sunday morning rides normally expect certain level of skill and speed.
Maybe he can take you out some other time.
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Thanks for the advise. Despite not finding to many people to agree on what kind of bike I should have started with , everyone made it very clear not to skimp on the gear. Joe Rocket leather jacket, Joe Rocket gloves, and Alpine boots. So if nothing else I look the part at least. I guess I'm just getting restless.
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i can take you around my neighborhood (since you live close to me, i think) and see how you do.

whats the problem in first gear? you keep stalling out? can you get it into second yet?
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Maybe all he needs is GP shift.


Okay.
I'll be nice now.
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Maybe all he needs is GP shift.


Okay.
I'll be nice now.
nah, i bet his muscles get all tensed up and has a hard time coordinating his shifts, etc.

just stop thinking about it and do it!
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Thats what Arturo taught me..because he is Mr. Awesome!
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Also, if you don't know how much strength to apply to change a gear, it's very easy to get into false gear (ic neutral).
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Also, if you don't know how much strength to apply to change a gear, it's very easy to get into false gear (ic neutral).
the zx6r has a "safety" feature that doesnt allow the bike to engage back into neutral when moving. i think its called the safety neutral switch. the bike has to be stopped or off for neutral.
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Really?
That's inconvenient...
I like rolling over to the light.
Also, that's not a good feature for over heating issue.
Last year at Laguna, without netural down the hill, there would've been thousand bikes exploded on the way to the track.
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Really?
That's inconvenient...
I like rolling over to the light.
Also, that's not a good feature for over heating issue.
Last year at Laguna, without netural down the hill, there would've been thousand bikes exploded on the way to the track.
eh, i just coast to a stop by holding the clutch in. but it prevents from a false neutral when coming into a turn. thats the only reason i can see they did that.
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Thanks for all the advice guys. Honestly I think it goes back to not having enough seat time. I don't really have a feel for the bike yet.

I also noticed when I do manage to get the bike into neutral at a light, I can't just put it into 1st. I have to rock the bike forward for 1st to catch. I was told that's because the bike is pretty new.

Another issue, is my left hand aches bad after every ride. Its almost like my hand isn't big enough. It feels like I really have to make an extra reach to get the clutch in. Maybe one of you could show me how to adjust that. Or maybe my hands just aren't strong enough yet. Which puts me right back on lack of seat time.

Is it ever going to get easier guys ?
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Maybe you should have started with a dirt bike or something you idiot!
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That's real constructive and helpful. Thanks
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You can't shift gears.... how about learning on a bike that is not going to get you killed. Better?
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