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Old 09-22-2012, 02:35 PM   #81
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Hey guys. I'm a pretty new rider, been riding about a month. I bought a bike to commute and save gas getting around.

Anyway, I'm having a hard time getting the nuts to get on the freeway. For whatever reason it just seems to freak me out. Anyone else go through this? I don't have problems being around other cars or at highway speeds as I regularly cruise around roads at freeway speeds.

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Its all about seat time bro. When I first started riding the freeways used to terrify me. I made myself make a run from my house to Galveston and back at least every few months after awhile the freeways just became other roads. Of course pay attention ECT ECT but you'll learn to accept the freeway as a normal necessary evil piece of pavement.
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Old 09-22-2012, 03:12 PM   #82
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Old 09-22-2012, 04:50 PM   #83
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Good job on the super slab intro. I added small two inch convex mirrors to my bike and also had them on my Ninja. They give a bit more rear and side view and have saved my a couple times on 59 and 99. Practice-practice- and analyze your riding. If you get surprised, learn why and learn how to deal with it. Be sure you can emergency brake your bike, and make those quick counter steer swerves...remember don't ever brake and swerve at the same time....and Our Holy Mother of Acceleration can get you in trouble, and out of trouble
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:05 AM   #84
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Spent most of the weekend cruising around town, taking routes that would let me get on. Purposefully missed an exit at the north loop 336 in Conroe(heading home), then that missed exit turned into a few more and next thing I know I'm in Huntsville. Took the scenic route home. Really starting to have fun on this thing.
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Old 09-24-2012, 01:15 PM   #85
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Having an escort to follow or lead you while on the freeway would be a most ideal setting.

Also, you riding on the freeway doesnt worry me so much as:

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how much seat time did you say you had again? I take it from the thread title that you're a newly licensed rider with <1yr. of riding time under your ? you have two things to worry about now that you know the basics, all the traffic AND that powerful machine between your legs. Not good to give too much "spare change" to one or the other. Just food for thought. Also, pick up a copy of "a twist of the wrist" or if you PM me i can send you a link for an e-book if you'd like. The author talks about the "motorcycle $1.00" and what "spare change" is good for. if you dont quite get what im referring to.
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:23 PM   #86
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how much seat time did you say you had again? I take it from the thread title that you're a newly licensed rider with <1yr. of riding time under your ? you have two things to worry about now that you know the basics, all the traffic AND that powerful machine between your legs. Not good to give too much "spare change" to one or the other. Just food for thought. Also, pick up a copy of "a twist of the wrist" or if you PM me i can send you a link for an e-book if you'd like. The author talks about the "motorcycle $1.00" and what "spare change" is good for. if you dont quite get what im referring to.
You are correct, sir. I am a new rider with about a month of riding under my belt. I've taken MSF beginner's course and am licensed. I am riding a 2001 Suz TL1000s vtwin. Although I have gotten on the accelerator a couple times coming from lights, I, so far, have not sped in excess of 5-10 mph. I have zero desire to crash or die on this thing. It is a lot of fun, but I'm not trying to be foolish on the bike. I bought it from a friend for a really good price. Otherwise I was looking for a sv650 standard, vstrom or bandit 600. I'm a large guy, 6'3" ~300lbs.
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Seat time bro. Find some good people to ride with.

I agree with Burnboy, I too am a new rider and when riding with others you build the confidence and experience... I have now done the freeway and beltway!!
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Rode in to work today!! It was...stressful...in a good way. Maintained a healthy level of paranoia.
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Honestly a girl is what convinced me to get on the freeway. First time I got on... it was a two hour trip to Victoria. True story.
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