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Old 07-22-2011, 04:19 PM   #1
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NOOB ride skill level?

I have a lot of years riding standards and cruisers. This is my first sport bike and it is a whole different thing. I can handle being a newbie again, I'm having fun and "riding my own ride" as the saying goes.

After Kelly grew up I got back into riding. Everyone I know has a cruiser so I got one, too. The riding is laid back. My cruiser friends get on my case for riding too aggressively, tossing it around curves. When I ride with the Triumph group the rides are tame even though there are some experienced sport bikes in the group.

Now I have found this group and am starting to get more comfortable on the S3 but I can't flick it around the curves like you guys.

Now the question - are the NOOB rides somewhere between the laid back cruiser and the "I hope I'm that good some day" levels?
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Old 07-22-2011, 04:32 PM   #2
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The problem I've found with "noob" rides is how it's defined.. went on one that was called a "noob" ride and they pulled out onto the highway and set it on 100..

Other problem is having a noob group with another.... seems like sooner or later a noob wants to try and move up to the "faster" group and ends up in a ditch.

A true noob ride should never exceed the posted speed limits.. if thats too slow than you are in the wrong group.
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Just take your time and be patient. Don't ride over your head. Noob rides should always have a no one left behind policy. Sweeper will make sure of that.
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I'd call my self a noob, the ride I went on wasn't specifically advertised as a noob ride but I stuck towards the back of the group near the sweeper and everything was fine. I'd just avoid something that is made clear to be not noob friendly.
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The problem I've found with "noob" rides is how it's defined.. went on one that was called a "noob" ride and they pulled out onto the highway and set it on 100..

Other problem is having a noob group with another.... seems like sooner or later a noob wants to try and move up to the "faster" group and ends up in a ditch.

A true noob ride should never exceed the posted speed limits.. if thats too slow than you are in the wrong group.
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Just start in the back, take it easy, and move up as you feel more comfortable and confident...
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Just take your time and be patient. Don't ride over your head. Noob rides should always have a no one left behind policy. Sweeper will make sure of that.
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The other riders would much rather hold up for a few minutes until you get there than be held up for an hour or more trying to get you out of the ditch and find a way to get you on your way.
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Sunday MEDIUM paced ride might be good for you... I do enjoy fast rides, but, I also enjoy a medium paced ride through the country back roads...peaceful, relaxing and exciting at times....
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I did a noob forest ride once and we were keeping it around 60-70 i think. Not super fast, but we also split up into several different "noob groups" that might have had a different pace than ours.
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Best way is probably to simply ask before each specific ride. Ride pace often varies a little depending on who shows up. Also not a bad idea to ask about the terrain - are you looking for freeways, curvy roads, straights, country backroads, city streets &tc?

Don't be afraid to voice up about comfort levels at the actual meet.

"Ride your own ride" as you go. Given some of the things that most of us have seen / been through, we're pretty tight about the no-one-left-behind policy.
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Old 07-24-2011, 11:33 PM   #14
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Thanks for the responses. Sounds like there is plenty of support from you guys no matter where my comfort zone falls. Now if I can just fit it in - missed today's runs and will be in LA next weekend.

As for the track days, I wouldn't mind putting the cruiser out there, I have rebuilt the whole front end and there are some bits that are missing so it wouldn't put me in a funk if it went down. My new baby, though, I just can't get my head past the risk yet.
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my girlfriend swept for a n00b ride, an they didn't go more than +5, some would pass slow cars, and generally it was a 'sightseeing cruise' to get yourself comfortable with curves. Imagine someone that isn't comfortable taking a highway interchange at 60.. Most important thing is to ride at your own pace, Talk to yourself and set ground rules before the ride starts. It will keep you out of trouble by trying to keep up or pass the guy in front of you.
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my girlfriend swept for a n00b ride, an they didn't go more than +5, some would pass slow cars, and generally it was a 'sightseeing cruise' to get yourself comfortable with curves. Imagine someone that isn't comfortable taking a highway interchange at 60.. Most important thing is to ride at your own pace, Talk to yourself and set ground rules before the ride starts. It will keep you out of trouble by trying to keep up or pass the guy in front of you.
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haha, i guess you heard her about "sitting behind the stinky trash truck all the way down crabb"
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haha, i guess you heard her about "sitting behind the stinky trash truck all the way down crabb"
Yeah...she wasn't very happy about that. She brought it up again at one of our S.E. meets in the past week or so. I think she's still as upset about it now as she was then.
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Out of curiosity, has OP taken the MSF course yet? It's good for both beginners and advance riders!
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dustu2 - I'm guessing that OP means Original Post? Yeah, I did the MSF at Awesome when Kelly took the course. I had the Eliminator 125. Whoo hoo!
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