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Old 04-24-2012, 03:11 PM   #1
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Hello everyone. I have just decided to start riding. Im currently saving up to be able to take the safety course and then later purchasing my bike. I just want to make sure that while im getting into this i have as many pieces of advice from anyone to help me decide the best ways to ride, to practice, where to drive when in traffic and you know anything else someone who has rode anything except a regular pedal bike would need to know. I have cousins that used to ride but they are kinda far and also soon i'd be looking for a bike to purchase so ill always be on looking for bikes on the forum. when i actually get to where ill be purchasing a bike ill be needing help to determine a good bike from a bad bike.
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Old 04-24-2012, 03:21 PM   #2
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Old 04-24-2012, 03:24 PM   #3
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When you are deciding how much to spend on a motorcycle, plan some of that money to spend on gear- helmet, jacket, gloves, boots at a minimum.

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Old 04-24-2012, 03:25 PM   #4
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The best ways to ride, practice, etc. are wide open for debate.
Ask a 100 and you will get a 100 answers, all different.

Take the MSF course, talk to people and think about what your are doing. Soon what works best for you, will become apparent.

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Old 04-24-2012, 03:26 PM   #5
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ALWAYS wear ALL The Gear ALL The Time. ATTGATT!

Even just going around the block or down the street. ALWAYS.
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Old 04-24-2012, 03:27 PM   #6
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I would just say to take your time, use your head, and don't over ride your abilities. As for a first time bike, and if you are going sport bike, I would start out on a 250cc model. You are less likely to seriously injure your self or worse. Please wear gear also.
Good luck, and welcome to riding. It is always an adventure.
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1) Take MSF to decide if you even want to ride
2) Buy full gear : Helmet, gloves, boots, jacket minimum.... but riding pants and kneepads are suggested
3) Buy a good starter bike i.e. Ninja 250, CBR250, Ninja 500, Ninja 650 or my personal favorite SV650.

All of those bikes are very forgiving and allow you a chance to grow your skills without having to fight to survive and worry as much about too much power getting away from you when your survival instincts kick in. Survival Instincts are the worst thing for you when you are riding a motorcycle.

Above all have fun!

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Old 04-24-2012, 03:31 PM   #8
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Welcome, everyone here has given great advice and I would go with it.
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Old 04-24-2012, 03:34 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone so far!! I mean im kinda familiar with the clutch system putting a 650cc bike engine on a go cart chasis and took it mudding lol. country boy fun done with my ocusins!! i loved riding my pedal bike all the time so i figure id have fun getting into this because its not only a form of transportation but there is an entertainment factor ever present. Id be able to join meets and be part of a community kinda of thing. itd be a high priority interest for me since as of right now all i do is work with no real release and i feel it'd be awesome for that just out cruising while practicing my turns and stops. how often does motohouston have just meets?
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Old 04-24-2012, 03:40 PM   #10
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Thanks everyone so far!! I mean im kinda familiar with the clutch system putting a 650cc bike engine on a go cart chasis and took it mudding lol. country boy fun done with my ocusins!! i loved riding my pedal bike all the time so i figure id have fun getting into this because its not only a form of transportation but there is an entertainment factor ever present. Id be able to join meets and be part of a community kinda of thing. itd be a high priority interest for me since as of right now all i do is work with no real release and i feel it'd be awesome for that just out cruising while practicing my turns and stops. how often does motohouston have just meets?
Pretty much everyday and several people hold newbie rides to help the new guys work on their abilities. There are also options once you get a few miles under your belt for trackday instruction and participation.
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Old 04-24-2012, 03:41 PM   #11
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Pretty much everyday and several people hold newbie rides to help the new guys work on their abilities. There are also options once you get a few miles under your belt for trackday instruction and participation.


Thanks!!
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Old 04-24-2012, 04:06 PM   #12
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Old 04-24-2012, 04:34 PM   #13
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Old 04-24-2012, 04:50 PM   #14
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I'm pretty new here too and also can't wait to do the same thing. I would love to take the safety course and see what else I can learn.
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NW right around Fallbrook and 1960
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Old 04-24-2012, 07:41 PM   #17
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before you pay for your new bike, take it to motorcycle unlimited for (free) pre-buy inspection...

really?? didnt even know there was a free service like that!!! i appreciate!
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:19 PM   #18
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:33 PM   #19
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hello everyone, i just got my bike about two week ago an will not touch it until i take the safety course. i brought a gsxr 600.. i had a bike back in the day. so now i am startin over i live on the north side.
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really?? didnt even know there was a free service like that!!! i appreciate!
there is a lot of benefits for being MH forum members, you get discount on service and parts.

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