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Old 10-31-2010, 11:05 PM   #1
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Tips/Other stuff for a new rider?

Does anyone have any tips or suggestions for a new rider? Basically, I have a month left until I get my Two-Fiddy, and so I'm trying to soak up as muuuuch information as I possibly can. Anything you have is helpful. Hints, clue, tips, suggestions, stories, any type of motorcycle-related content, really.
Maybe, some day, one of my vehicles will work properly.

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Hmmm the prodigal 250 rider returns...
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Old 10-31-2010, 11:30 PM   #2
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You've taken the MSF Course right? That's a start... and definitely ride within your limits. Riding with an experienced buddy always helps too. And don't be a squid, wear your gear =)
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Old 10-31-2010, 11:53 PM   #3
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try looking at a 500 if you plan to keep a smaller bike for awhile

if you are getting a bike for the fun of it you'll be wanting to upgrade soon more then likely

if youre honestly getting it for commuting you'll be fine with that...but thats just my opinion and to each their own of course!

if you've taken the course you'll know if the 250 will be plenty or not

be sure to wear your gear all the time, even down the street...and be sure to constantly be on the look out for drivers...they dont like looking over the should and will share a lane with you in a heartbeat...make sure to try and keep an escape route if possible

and like digi said...ride within your limits!
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Old 11-01-2010, 03:33 AM   #4
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Just did a quick search and found some threads that might help.
Good luck and stay safe!
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Old 11-01-2010, 05:51 AM   #5
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Old 11-01-2010, 06:50 AM   #6
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Old 11-01-2010, 07:07 AM   #7
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Be proficient in the controls of your bike, develop muscle memory so it becomes second nature to operate hand and foot controls.

Practice by garnering miles on your bike. I would suggest early morning with the sun up on weekends where there are not as many distractions that can take away from getting used to your machine. Vary the streets you ride on so you can get accustomed to the speeds which you will be riding.

Find an empty lot, with proper permission of course, and practice what you have learned from MSF.

Follow the tips posted by other members, they won't steer you wrong.

Good luck and ride safe.
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Old 11-01-2010, 07:10 AM   #8
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You've taken the MSF Course right? That's a start... and definitely ride within your limits. Riding with an experienced buddy always helps too. And don't be a squid, wear your gear =)
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Old 11-01-2010, 08:00 AM   #9
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practice hard braking (once you get the bike...)
There were many instances when I started riding when I would lock my rear wheel and fishtail at hard stops because I wasn't pressing the front brakes enough...
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