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Old 11-06-2011, 07:08 PM   #21
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well, if you're gonna crash that's the place to do it.
Yeah, abso-freakin'-lutely. I'm really thankful it happened there, and not on HWY6 or some other place.

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Old 11-06-2011, 07:10 PM   #22
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Invest in some frame sliders bro! All in all, you're okay, and damage is only cosmetic

They will save you a lot of money and headache if you ever go down again. Shogun sliders are what most run since they're beefy and not cheaply designed.

All the turn signals on the 250 are all the same so they interchange by flipping them. Small insignificant details but none you need to worry about.

Oh and keep an eye on your tire pressure. 28 front/32 rear.
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Invest in some frame sliders bro! All in all, you're okay, and damage is only cosmetic

They will save you a lot of money and headache if you ever go down again. Shogun sliders are what most run since they're beefy and not cheaply designed.

All the turn signals on the 250 are all the same so they interchange by flipping them. Small insignificant details but none you need to worry about.

Oh and keep an eye on your tire pressure. 28 front/32 rear.
Thanks! I'd actually been wondering as to what the correct pressure was for my bike and tires. And yeah... Frame sliders are definitely my next purchase.
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I was right behind you when you went down, next time just go into the grass, get your head straight, then get back on the track.

Thank you weren't hurt and you bike suffered minimal damage.
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I was right behind you when you went down, next time just go into the grass, get your head straight, then get back on the track.

Thank you weren't hurt and you bike suffered minimal damage.
Right on, man. Honestly, I should've thought to ask someone what I'm supposed to do in case I go off track.
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Disregard turn signals/mirrors.

Acquire flush mount turn signals.

Glad you weren't hurt that bad, keep up the practice.
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Inquiring, was there an instructor following you since you're still new?
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Not that I'm aware of. I wasn't partaking in a legitimate trackday, we were there for Parade Laps. In case you don't know (although you probably do), all that is, is you have about 15 minutes to do as many laps as you want, at your own pace.
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Glad you are ok, but this is why we always urge new riders to get a used bike that might have some rash on it already. I saw you today at the track but didn't know that was you or I would have said hello!
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Glad you are ok, but this is why we always urge new riders to get a used bike that might have some rash on it already. I saw you today at the track but didn't know that was you or I would have said hello!
oh ... now you did it. all the asshats are going to crawl out of the woodwork now over that statement...
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Lol, it is what it is.
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Glad you are ok, but this is why we always urge new riders to get a used bike that might have some rash on it already. I saw you today at the track but didn't know that was you or I would have said hello!
Why didn't yoou say hello to me? sorry .
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Glad you are ok, but this is why we always urge new riders to get a used bike that might have some rash on it already. I saw you today at the track but didn't know that was you or I would have said hello!
I can't even pretend to disagree man. I've known this since before I ever decided to get a bike... I'm just too got-damned stubborn to listen to reason. Lesson learned, though.
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sounds to me like you need to take a step back and realize people die everyday from their decisions

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all within 3 days.

just cuz you have a lil 250 doesn't mean it can't kill you.
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don't sweat in man. ego is a hard thing to wrestle with. everyone wants a shiny, pretty bike that sounds like the bowels of and is as fast to boot. combine that with the young pups that scream murder at the slightest hint of a "beginner" bike. the typical response is, " it's their money, don't tell them how to spend it". while that may be the case, you are case in point that a lot of us say that the likely hood of dropping it(even in the driveway) is high. get a beater, develope skills and confidence and if it gets dropped... who cares. get all that out of your system, then buy the dream bike and carry on with life.


but I digress..... what do us old fukkers know right?
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Today was a day of firsts for me.

First group ride.
First -to-the-wall ride.
First time riding track.
First time laying my bike down.

Bike is three days old, has less than 400 miles on it, and it's already all rashed up. Luckily I was moving pretty slowly, about 20. Went into the grass and lost control, came back onto cement and hit the damned red-white-red border of the track, fell to the right.


At least I'm okay though. And motorcycle seems to remain fully functional, except for the now-missing right blinker.

Do I understand this correctly?
FREE PARADE LAPS.

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now that you have crashed... do you feel faster?

something seems WRONG here!
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sounds to me like you need to take a step back and realize people die everyday from their decisions

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just cuz you have a lil 250 doesn't mean it can't kill you.
I wouldn't have been there at all, if the ride had not been titled, "noob friendly". " to the wall" is what I say, only because I pushed myself and my motorcycle to the limit, in order to keep up with the group. I KNOW that if someone is uncomfortable with doing so, they should not. And the fact is that, during the high-speed part of the day, it was mostly a straight line, and I was perfectly comfortable. I "crashed" doing less than 25 miles per hour, due to me admittedly trying to hard to conform to the way others around me were riding. I understand where my mistake was made.

That being said, I'm perfectly aware of how dangerous all motorcycles are, even lil 250s. I think I can say, in all fairness, that I harbor more than my fair share of fearful respect for the machines.

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don't sweat in man. ego is a hard thing to wrestle with. everyone wants a shiny, pretty bike that sounds like the bowels of and is as fast to boot. combine that with the young pups that scream murder at the slightest hint of a "beginner" bike. the typical response is, " it's their money, don't tell them how to spend it". while that may be the case, you are case in point that a lot of us say that the likely hood of dropping it(even in the driveway) is high. get a beater, develope skills and confidence and if it gets dropped... who cares. get all that out of your system, then buy the dream bike and carry on with life.


but I digress..... what do us old fukkers know right?
I really do value the opinions of those seasoned veterans on the board. I hope y'all don't think otherwise.
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now that you have crashed... do you feel faster?

something seems WRONG here!
I seem to be missing your point. I understand I made a mistake. I'm sure it won't be my last, but hopefully I won't repeat the same one again.
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I seem to be missing your point. I understand I made a mistake. I'm sure it won't be my last, but hopefully I won't repeat the same one again.

There are some things you only get to do ONCE!
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I wouldn't have been there at all, if the ride had not been titled, "noob friendly". " to the wall" is what I say, only because I pushed myself and my motorcycle to the limit, in order to keep up with the group. I KNOW that if someone is uncomfortable with doing so, they should not. And the fact is that, during the high-speed part of the day, it was mostly a straight line, and I was perfectly comfortable. I "crashed" doing less than 25 miles per hour, due to me admittedly trying to hard to conform to the way others around me were riding. I understand where my mistake was made.

That being said, I'm perfectly aware of how dangerous all motorcycles are, even lil 250s. I think I can say, in all fairness, that I harbor more than my fair share of fearful respect for the machines.



I really do value the opinions of those seasoned veterans on the board. I hope y'all don't think otherwise.

that wasn't directed at you in specific. but generally that is what happens with the noobs that come around. My advise to you is stay at the back of the pack on future rides. that way you can be free to slow down when you get going faster than you should. remember, this is your first bike.... don't make it your last
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