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Old 10-24-2010, 01:30 AM   #1
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, it's late, huh.

Sorry to be posting so late guys, although I'm sure y'all don't mind.

My name is Shawn, and I use the same screen name at Kawiforums.com, if any of you are over there as well. My current situation is... I'm 17, turning 18 at the end of November, and hopefully getting my motorcycle that same day. So, I'm not riding YET.... But, I was hoping to show up here and get the hellos out of the way, and meet a few cool people. Maybe someone to ride with once I get my bike?

Won't give ya my address or anything, but I live and work near West Oaks Mall, which is at Westheimer and HW6 for those who don't know, so you can probably expect to see me scooting around that area once I get my bike. Speaking of "my bike"... I'm purchasing a brand new, 2010 Kawasaki Ninja 250R. I know some may say it's too weak, but it seems to be regarded as THE beginner bike, and to be honest... As an 18 year old, I can't really afford insurance on anything else.

I'm open to any advice/tips/stories you guys have for me, and I'd love to meet some close-by people that I might be able to ride with. I live a sort of hectic life at the moment, but I'm hoping that things will calm themselves down.
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I'd recommend used if possible. You won't feel bad when you drop it, and it won't depreciate nearly as much. Also, don't worry about the 250's power. It is more than enough for both commuting and fun.

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Welcome dood! Get whatever bike you want (new, used, big, small, etc...) just make sure you gear up!

(I would also suggest the MSF course and track days)

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Hopefully I don't ever drop it But I know, it's somewhat inevitable.

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(I would also suggest the MSF course and track days)

See you around!
Definitely plan to gear all the way up, all the time. I've already taken my MSF course, although I don't know much about track days.
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Definitely plan to gear all the way up, all the time. I've already taken my MSF course, although I don't know much about track days.
Get your feet wet on the street, then try a track day, you will learn a TON!

And don't be intimidated... track days are whatever you want them to be. You certainly CAN haul a$$ on track days, but they're also a great place to really learn how to ride (which translates into confidence and safety on the street)!

Riders are paired in different groups based on skill/experience levels, so you'll never be in over your head.

I started riding a little over 4 years ago and had never heard of track days, either. A good friend (Dr. Gonzo) introduced me to the track, and it was quite literally the best thing I've ever done (motorcycle related). You learn so much, and have so much fun, without the typical risks associated with "spirited" street riding. Ask anyone who has ever been, and they'll tell you the same.

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Get your feet wet on the street, then try a track day, you will learn a TON!

And don't be intimidated... track days are whatever you want them to be. You certainly CAN haul a$$ on track days, but they're also a great place to really learn how to ride (which translates into confidence and safety on the street)!

Riders are paired in different groups based on skill/experience levels, so you'll never be in over your head.

I started riding a little over 4 years ago and had never heard of track days, either. A good friend (Dr. Gonzo) introduced me to the track, and it was quite literally the best thing I've ever done (motorcycle related). You learn so much, and have so much fun, without the typical risks associated with "spirited" street riding. Ask anyone who has ever been, and they'll tell you the same.

Good luck!
Good to know! I've spent the past two years nerding all over different motorcycle forums, because I haven't had a bike, and really don't know anyone who rides. So I've read a little about track days, but I just assumed that they were for people to take their bikes to the track and pin down the throttle.
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You just learn how to handle your bike... those skills DO enable you to go faster if you want, but ya' don't have to.

The next time you're on the street and... a kid runs out in front of you / a car cuts you off / you come up on a corner going too fast / etc... you have the confidence and ability to SAFELY avoid the hazard.
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Yeah, that sounds useful. Especially after reading eltejano's story... I think I'm a little concerned with quick stops and quick take offs. I'm gonna be spending a lot of time in the mall parking lot!
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This is the BEST advice you can take. Don't buy a brand new bike; especially a 250. After six months to a year you're going to want something with more power - buy that bike new.
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This is the BEST advice you can take. Don't buy a brand new bike; especially a 250. After six months to a year you're going to want something with more power - buy that bike new.
Well see... I'm leaving for Marine Corps Boot Camp on June 06, 2011. I know, this makes it seem like a really stupid, retarded move for me to buy a motorcycle at all, with my ship date being so close... And I agree, it is. But this is my one big birthday gift to myself before the Corps.

Again, I know it's not the smartest of decisions. But I think it'll really help me enjoy my time before I leave. Also, the insurance companies I've spoken to claim that the difference between a new and used ('08+) wouldn't make much of a difference either way. Still jacked unjustifiably high. And I figured, for 3-400 dollars more... Eh, why not.

Yes, I know it's going to hurt(my pride and wallet) like the first time I drop it... But I'm willing to accept that. Or, so I tell myself.
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