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Old 03-17-2013, 07:31 PM   #1
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Wink two years back into it...thoughts

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So, it was two years ago I went to Awesome, took the BRC, scored an M, and bought my yellow EX 500. This was after my buddy Ed took me to the toy store, had me sit on a Bonneville, and then took me for a ride on the back of his BMW K bike. The passion reignited. Since then I have been building skills and rebuilding skills lost during nearly 30 years not riding (since early college, 1974 or so). I grew up on bikes.

Some thoughts:
--the right beginner bike really makes a difference, the Ninja was perfect
--Awesome taught me a of a lot I did not know, thanks again
--Many on the Motohouston forum have patiently, and expertly answered a variety of questions on tips, skills, gear, etc that have been very helpful--the best example were questions on freeway riding, strategies, etc
--there are some excellent books out there worth reading and rereading, same with websites--learn all you can from people that know
--nothing replaces practice, awareness, and evaluating your own riding experiences, thinking about those pucker moments, and more practice
--Houston is a very challenging riding environment, but it can be rewarding also with all year season, some country roads worth the long trip, and of course riding buddies
--Dealers are out to sell bikes, and could care less what they put you on if you have the dinero---so buyer beware
--riding is the most fun, challenging and gratifying hobby I have ever had, it is a huge stress buster, and motivates me to stay in shape, stay sharp, and unlike golf, and bowling and such: you either focus, or you die
--biking has its own cultures, and subcultures: I found a Moto Guzzi culture, and bike that fits who I am and how I ride
--finally: ride your own ride.

What now?
--Maybe a noob ride with MH, yet some of the comments turn me off by those less mature and trusted, I do not want to be in a pack of idiots with huge egos
--A track day would be grand, but the time and effort to execute is very high
--longer and longer traverses are becoming my norm, a weekend to San Antonio is on my punch list (brother in law biker in Bulverde to slum with, and ride with)
--Going to the Moto GP in Austin in April with riding buddy Mitch, somebody has to fly the red disk with the golden eagle brand
--Motorcycle camping is another punch list, I am working on equipment and have the V7R rack on, but spring is short--might not happen until fall
--Maybe add a complementary bike to the V7R, but I need some stars to align financially---but no rush, I love the small block, it is such a wonderful piece of machinery.
--Thinking about investing in a quality all leather set of pants and jacket.

Well, there it is from an old Viejo turning 59 soon.
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Old 03-17-2013, 07:53 PM   #2
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MH,

So, it was two years ago I went to Awesome, took the BRC, scored an M, and bought my yellow EX 500. This was after my buddy Ed took me to the toy store, had me sit on a Bonneville, and then took me for a ride on the back of his BMW K bike. The passion reignited. Since then I have been building skills and rebuilding skills lost during nearly 30 years not riding (since early college, 1974 or so). I grew up on bikes.

Some thoughts:
--the right beginner bike really makes a difference, the Ninja was perfect
--Awesome taught me a of a lot I did not know, thanks again
--Many on the Motohouston forum have patiently, and expertly answered a variety of questions on tips, skills, gear, etc that have been very helpful--the best example were questions on freeway riding, strategies, etc
--there are some excellent books out there worth reading and rereading, same with websites--learn all you can from people that know
--nothing replaces practice, awareness, and evaluating your own riding experiences, thinking about those pucker moments, and more practice
--Houston is a very challenging riding environment, but it can be rewarding also with all year season, some country roads worth the long trip, and of course riding buddies
--Dealers are out to sell bikes, and could care less what they put you on if you have the dinero---so buyer beware
--riding is the most fun, challenging and gratifying hobby I have ever had, it is a huge stress buster, and motivates me to stay in shape, stay sharp, and unlike golf, and bowling and such: you either focus, or you die
--biking has its own cultures, and subcultures: I found a Moto Guzzi culture, and bike that fits who I am and how I ride
--finally: ride your own ride.

What now?
--Maybe a noob ride with MH, yet some of the comments turn me off by those less mature and trusted, I do not want to be in a pack of idiots with huge egos
--A track day would be grand, but the time and effort to execute is very high
--longer and longer traverses are becoming my norm, a weekend to San Antonio is on my punch list (brother in law biker in Bulverde to slum with, and ride with)
--Going to the Moto GP in Austin in April with riding buddy Mitch, somebody has to fly the red disk with the golden eagle brand
--Motorcycle camping is another punch list, I am working on equipment and have the V7R rack on, but spring is short--might not happen until fall
--Maybe add a complementary bike to the V7R, but I need some stars to align financially---but no rush, I love the small block, it is such a wonderful piece of machinery.
--Thinking about investing in a quality all leather set of pants and jacket.
-- DO THE 3 SISTERS!
Well, there it is from an old Viejo turning 59 soon.
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Do a noob ride. Once meeting people in person you'll realize that people in the real are not the same as on the interwebz
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Take the ex500 or guzzi and do a track day or two is my vote. With you having a 50, 90, and 175, maybe you could even step it up to some tmgp stuff.
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Go out on the rides and meets and meet people. Lots of people set up rides outside of here to keep it small. But its always good to go in the big rides to meet more people.


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Nice write up.
Not quite at your point but not far behind either!
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I'm right at 2yrs since gotten back on 2wheels myself. Last time I rode before that was on a wheezy Seca II 600cc back in 1998.

IMO, trackday would be great but can wait till you get a bike more appropriate for it. Some nice touring, though, is an absolutely must. A ride out to the 3Sisters is a great trip. We usually make a 3-day weekend out of it - 1day ride out, 1 day doing loops around the Sisters, 1 day ride back. Typically about 950 mile total.
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Yep, do a noob ride for the speed aspect of the ride...and to meet some other riders. The bike you own is a rider's bike and not designed around all out speed.
I dont think you are really classified as a noob because of past experience and your last two years thoughts.

GO for the social aspect because I have personally met some awesome people on MH starting on a noob ride. LAst year, post divorce, I resumed riding supersport bikes (did a tour of duty on my WR250X motard). I volunteered to help on a July 4th noob ride. Absolutely not a noob, but no one knew who I was so there several people half my age trying to coach me. FUUUNY. They did not realize that I was there to help keep them in line and that I could ride circles around most there...except Bluepine, Rykoson and a few other of the noob ride helpers.

1) Thier intentions were good...but it is awkward when less experienced people are giving advice

2) THe most important part of that day was that I met some "noobs" that I still hang out with on and off bikes.

I say do the noob ride to explore some routes and meet some others to ride with. The pace will suit your bike well and whats the worst that can happen?

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Thanks for some kind replies, I really appreciate the comments.

One more for my bucket riding list: find a way to ride a decent bike (not a HD) around my home town of Durango, CO: Hwy 550 and Hwy 160 where I learned to ride, and enjoy those mountains, passes, and curves once again. I would give a lot to have my Goose there this summer.

Ok, I will watch the noob rides. It would help to have a route clearly stated. Saturdays work best. The V7R is actually faster than the EX 500---smooth with torque is the mantra on a Moto Guzzi. It won't rip your arms out, yet is most pleasing for the discerning, and older rider.
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Get you a cheap 4x8 trailer and tow the Guzzi there. My Harborfreight HD non-foldable 4x8 only cost me around $300, including the price of a sheet of 4x8 3/4" treated plywood.

As for rides, most rides here on MH are sportbike oriented, noob or not. A riding friend of mine recently directed me to http://www.twtex.com and they have regular Meet&Greet rides that are attended more by more "mature" (in more sense than one) and diverse groups of riders, who prefer smooth and steady over fast and furious. I'll try to catch the next one. They have day tours too. Last Fall ride they did was to Llano for BBQ. Take a look, you might find it to your liking.
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Volfy,

Thanks for the twtex link, I kept it and will check it out. Yep, I am not a SS kindaguy, but I love to ride. My two current buds ride either vintage British bikes, or a BMW cruiser (slow and easy). Wish I had a truck to pull a trailer. Then again the momvan has a hitch. hmmm....
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My current RWD sedan and FWD CUV, plus our previous minivan all have the same 3.8L V6. They all pull the little 4x8 trailer just fine. I would think anything that has a Class II or higher hitch could easily pull these lightweight trailers with just a 450lbs bike on top. That trailer, in addition to bike hauling duty, has done away with my need for a pickup or full-size van, both of which I've had before and no longer need.
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For street - and distance riding/touring, I think a Roadcrafter would serve you well, especially if you wear a supplemental back protector (CE level 2).

Other than that, I think you're all set. Also - a track day is less effort than you think. Proper gear, which you are talking about buying anyway, and a little fuse pulling and painters tape and your bike should pass tech.

Depending on where you're at in Houston, I'd love to go ride (once I get a street bike again...track only atm). My father in law has a 2012 wing, and he and I did some 400 mile days from Houston on up north when I had an FZ1.
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