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Old 08-22-2006, 05:11 PM   #1
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Intro and Rookie Rider Questions

Hey everybody. My name is Fletch (like the movie), I live in Friendswood (south of Houston), and I am new to riding. I just took my beginner course from Awesome Cycles in June and have a Yamaha 650 Classic which just turned over 600 miles Sunday on my solo trip down to West Columbia. Yeah! It would be nice to meet some experienced riders to learn from and hang out with. I am a special education teacher, but sometimes when I am riding I feel more like the student. I need MODIFICATIONS!! (Special Ed term) I'm still a big chicken and haven't ventured out onto I45 yet. Anyway, I have two girls of my own ages 14 and 12, and my wife and I are expecting our little suprise baby in January. Needless to say, I am going through my midlife crisis and look forward to riding further and further away from the house on the weekends for some quiet time before we start all over again.


OK...the more I ride, the more I am discovering that I have lots to learn. This weekend, while riding down to West Columbia, I had two big frustrations, and I thought somebody on here might be able to help.

Stupid Question ..1: OK...the rider wave. I realize that it is nice to wave to a fellow rider, but when I am going 65 mph and have to take my hand off the grip, I get nervous. Is this a Carnegie Hall answer: "Practice, Practice, Practice," or is there some advice.

OK...stupid Question ..2: At the beginning rider course, we practiced looking back prior to lane change. In a half helmet going 12 mph, this was a piece of cake; however, going 65-70 mph in a full face helmet with the shield down, makes this rookie rider nervous. I feel like the wind catches my head and tries to spin me around. Any suggestions or just another Carnegie Hall answer?

Thanks in advance. More Rookie Rider Questions to follow.
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Old 08-22-2006, 05:15 PM   #2
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Welcome to the funny farm.

Plenty of experience riders here to learn from.

#1 Don't take your hands off the bars if you do not feel confortable.
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WELCOME! and with time, comes experience. Keep all your safety gear on, and practice riding on low traffic (2-lane streets), get comfortable with that before moving onto the highway. cuz no matter how comfy and safe you feel on the highway, there's always some jackass eating, while on the cell phone, and shifting gears in their car, waiting to run you over. just get comfortable with your bike, and everything will come together smoothly.
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Old 08-22-2006, 05:54 PM   #5
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hi sometimes the guys can get out of hand... dont let them hurt ur feelings!!!
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Welcome to the funny farm.

Plenty of experience riders here to learn from.

#1 Don't take your hands off the bars if you do not feel confortable.
#2 Practice makes perfect.
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I live in Friendswood (south of Houston), .
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well when you wave just grip the gastank tighter with ur legs u wont fall off and lane change the wind won't turn u around just practice practice try more night riding less cars out there. and alot more seat time just don't rush urself just have fun be safe
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Welcome indeed! I am also in Friendswood, lets ride to galveston Saturday..we can take the feeder if ya feel uncomfortable.
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in my neihborhood, or sometimes on the street, people I know feel the need to get my attentions while Im coming to a stop, and I have no way to signal them because all my hands are busy. that kinda annoys me. Im just gonna start blowing people off
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OK...thanks for the help. Galveston ride sounds like fun if its not raining. I'm sure more rookie rider questions are coming soon.
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in my neihborhood, or sometimes on the street, people I know feel the need to get my attentions while Im coming to a stop, and I have no way to signal them because all my hands are busy. that kinda annoys me. Im just gonna start blowing people off
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welcome ...with time u will get more comfortable in those actions
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Old 08-23-2006, 07:42 PM   #16
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OK...more rookie rider questions:

1. What are fairings?
2. What do you use to wash your motorcycle?
3. What is so special about billet? Looks like chrome to me.

Help a noob out will ya.
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hahahahaha, lesson #1, just because some homos on tv are doing it, don't mean you gotta too. (your answer for billet question)

fairings are what keeps the bugs off ya
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The only thing keeping the bugs off me is my helmet, so I guess I don't have them. OK...here is another stupid question:

Foggy face shield? I tried an anitifog spray, but it sucks. Any brand of spray or new shield that you use?
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1. fairings are the body parts on your bike (plastics)
2. same stuff i use on cars
3. billet is a type of metal that makes you look cool

4. JUST RIDE and don't sweat the small stuff. You'll be doin wheelies down the freeway before you know it!
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