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Old 12-26-2012, 12:27 PM   #1
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Just bought my first bike and im taking the msf soon and intend to be riding quite soon. I am 22 year old student studying mechanical engineering technology at UH (Go Coogs!) and i've lightly played with engines and such before, but never actually ridden a powerful machine such as my new bike(SV 650).
Any tips, pointers, advice, and/or motohouston "secrets" from Experienced riders is truly appreciated!
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Old 12-26-2012, 12:29 PM   #2
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Old 12-26-2012, 12:37 PM   #3
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Old 12-26-2012, 12:39 PM   #4
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always wear your gear and never get the chep stuff
+1 lots of us are alive today thanks to that gear.

Take your MSF with awesome cycles. They're a sponsor here and run a great class.
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:02 PM   #6
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+1 lots of us are alive today thanks to that gear.

Take your MSF with awesome cycles. They're a sponsor here and run a great class.
+1 For Awesome Cycle's MSF class

I took my class with them and know many people that have gone there. Nothing but good reviews, they are AWESOME.

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Old 12-26-2012, 01:05 PM   #7
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always wear your gear and never get the chep stuff
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I couldn't agree more! Never sacrifice your personal safety to save a few bucks...or for any reason, for that matter.

Ride safe, & welcome to motohouston. Lots of great people here!!
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:11 PM   #8
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These guys are right. Take it easy at first, get your license before riding around, and wear your gear.

Biggest piece of advice is dont freak out. Easy on the brakes, easy on the gas, stay in 2 wheels. Most new riders fall/crash because they freak and grab a handful of brake, and get scared and bail on a turn. Remember your bike can outride your skills- do don't give up if something unexpected happens- just stay calm and ride on
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Old 12-26-2012, 02:03 PM   #9
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Welcome! I'm also a student at UH studying the same major! After winter maybe I can see that bike of yours around the parking areas
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Old 12-26-2012, 02:15 PM   #10
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Welcome, what the others said, wear all your gear all the time.
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Old 12-26-2012, 02:17 PM   #11
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Welcome to the fold... Good first bike... my favorite! 1st or 2nd Gen? If you have any questions about the bike you can ask HouseofPaint, Romeo36, Patrick or for simple stuff .. me. The previous three have raced SVs and know more about SVs than I ever will.

Take the MSF, ride within your limits and as soon as you are comfortable then go to the track and learn what the bike can do. It will make you a better rider and teach you to control the survival instincts that really will get you killed like grabbing the brakes in a panic, or not looking where you want to go.

Also go on NOOB rides. There are some seasoned guys here that put in time to help newer riders learn to ride at a safe speed where they can be comfortable and provide pointers.

Crashing sucks... don't do it! Even if the SV crashes pretty good... ask me how I know...

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Old 12-26-2012, 02:38 PM   #12
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Welcome to the fold... Good first bike... my favorite! 1st or 2nd Gen? If you have any questions about the bike you can ask HouseofPaint, Romeo36, Patrick or for simple stuff .. me. The previous three have raced SVs and know more about SVs than I ever will.

Take the MSF, ride within your limits and as soon as you are comfortable then go to the track and learn what the bike can do. It will make you a better rider and teach you to control the survival instincts that really will get you killed like grabbing the brakes in a panic, or not looking where you want to go.

Also go on NOOB rides. There are some seasoned guys here that put in time to help newer riders learn to ride at a safe speed where they can be comfortable and provide pointers.

Crashing sucks... don't do it! Even if the SV crashes pretty good... ask me how I know...

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after some seat time, consider doing a track-day. you'll learn SO MUCH more than what back-roads and street riding offers. it'll make you a much stronger and more confident rider. there are several TD orgs. that are very good and helpful for first timers at the track.

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Old 12-26-2012, 03:08 PM   #13
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may i ask which sv650 you bought and how much you paid? i am also shopping around for a sv650 as a first bike and am also waiting to take the MSF course next month.
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Old 12-26-2012, 03:12 PM   #14
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Old 12-26-2012, 03:21 PM   #15
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may i ask which sv650 you bought and how much you paid? i am also shopping around for a sv650 as a first bike and am also waiting to take the MSF course next month.

Well I would get a second generation. And they can range from 2k - 4k depending on year model and condition. I think the average for an average condition one is about 2.5k -3k. I would not be scared to get a beat up one or high mileage one since it will be your first bike and you will probably beat it up. Salvage title lowers the cost a little more even.
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Old 12-26-2012, 06:15 PM   #16
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Pay attention in the MSF course and be persistent. Houston isn't always a friendly place to ride so the advice and information you retain could save you one day.
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first time i ever read powerful bike and sv in the same sentence.... good choice...
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first time i ever read powerful bike and sv in the same sentence.... good choice...
welcome to the community and good luck with your new ride.
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