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Old 07-10-2013, 01:17 AM   #1
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Smile Currently loving Motorbikes but not yet riding... I'm new here!

Hey everyone at Motohouston! For the past week (ever since I found out about this forum/website) I've been reading all the different threads and posts and finally decided to make my own account! While I have been a fan, a lover, and doing everything I can to learn about bikes for quite sometime, I've never had the chance to ride one. (as my username obviously implies..lol)
Hopefully that can change soon, I'm doing everything I can to get some money together to buy a bike!

Some background info: I'm 18, I use to race Rotax and HPV2 Karts (if anyone here knows what that is..lol), avid formula 1 fan, attending Texas A&M in the fall, and of course.. my parents want to do everything possible to keep me off a bike! haha

Any info or tips or anything at all please let me know!
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Old 07-10-2013, 01:30 AM   #2
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Welcome to MH! It all starts with a thought and snowballs from there.

Start reading. Learn about the different bikes and see what you're leaning towards. Then ask the community what they think about your choice. IMO, starting smaller and working up is the wise thing to do. It's what I did, but, to each their own. Twist of the wrist is a good read. You can also find the video on youtube.

Make sure you budget in some riding gear. It's just as important as your bike.
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Old 07-10-2013, 05:24 AM   #5
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Welcome, Take the MSF course. They teach you how to ride and a few things that may save your life. Once you take the msf course the stars seem to align to make sure you get a bike asap.
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Some background info: I'm 18, I use to race Rotax and HPV2 Karts (if anyone here knows what that is..lol), avid formula 1 fan, attending Texas A&M in the fall, and of course.. my parents want to do everything possible to keep me off a bike! haha

Any info or tips or anything at all please let me know!
Thank you,
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Welcome! Avid F-1 Fan here, too! Been watching it for at least 40+ years!

Also put two kids through Texas A&M.............so once again, welcome!
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:13 PM   #7
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Welcome to MH! It all starts with a thought and snowballs from there.

Start reading. Learn about the different bikes and see what you're leaning towards. Then ask the community what they think about your choice. IMO, starting smaller and working up is the wise thing to do. It's what I did, but, to each their own. Twist of the wrist is a good read. You can also find the video on youtube.

Make sure you budget in some riding gear. It's just as important as your bike.
Thank you! I've been interested in bikes ever since I found out my cousin raced in the British Super bikes, but when his friend died at the TT race that just deterred my parents even more.. haha
But for the past year I've literally always been watching youtube videos and learning how bikes work. I always like to be as educated on a subject as possible before diving into it.
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:15 PM   #8
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Welcome! Avid F-1 Fan here, too! Been watching it for at least 40+ years!

Also put two kids through Texas A&M.............so once again, welcome!
It's always comforting to find a fellow F-1 fan! And a fellow Aggie! I actually plan on double majoring in electronics and aeronautics engineering to work on F1 cars.

Thanks for the warm welcomes!
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:19 PM   #9
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Welcome to MH! It all starts with a thought and snowballs from there.

Start reading. Learn about the different bikes and see what you're leaning towards. Then ask the community what they think about your choice. IMO, starting smaller and working up is the wise thing to do. It's what I did, but, to each their own. Twist of the wrist is a good read. You can also find the video on youtube.

Make sure you budget in some riding gear. It's just as important as your bike.
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Welcome, Take the MSF course. They teach you how to ride and a few things that may save your life. Once you take the msf course the stars seem to align to make sure you get a bike asap.
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Thank you! I've been interested in bikes ever since I found out my cousin raced in the British Super bikes, but when his friend died at the TT race that just deterred my parents even more.. haha
But for the past year I've literally always been watching youtube videos and learning how bikes work. I always like to be as educated on a subject as possible before diving into it.
ok so Donte and cyon basically said everything ima take the chance to take the shine away from someone else thinking of posting..Drum roll plz.....

Go to the track and fly


on that note good day
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:26 PM   #10
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if you can save the money.... buy it, THEN tell them about it. that's what i did when i was 18... they tried everythin to get me off of them also
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Old 07-10-2013, 11:35 PM   #14
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Welcome....I am rarely around but Tojo chimed me up.

If you facebook, check out Brazos Valley Sport Riding group for a good local support system at TAMU. You're welcome to PM me also, as I live near TAMU and ride, do track days, street ride, do some dirt, I am about to start up in CMRA again, have some interesting cars (both production and open wheeled) and an Engineering background, and also aspired to F1 career when I was 18 and decided to study ME at TAMU (Cl of 78'). My parents also forbid my ownership of a bike back then. I'm an old fart now but hey....I'm living proof you can survive where preparation and work on survival skills improves your enjoyment of the entire range of motorcycling experiences.

Good place to start is Keith Code's books: Twist of the Wrist I and II. And (in my opinion) start with a smaller displacement bike like a used SV 650 or something like that to learn on and not a new, expensive liter bike.

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I actually started with a used Yamaha enduro and road it in the dirt and on the street and that isn't a half bad way to go either....learning to let a bike move around under you in the dirt is an excellent place to develop riding skills and get some of your falling down done and over with in a place where the impact is a little softer and more forgiving.
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welcome. i'm a noob rider as well but i have had my bike for a couple of months. the board is a great source of information, take advantage of it. i can understand the concern your parents have, there are a lot of bad drivers out there that make riding dangerous. buy some gear, wear it and be careful.

cant wait for the turbocharged V6 in F1, should be fun. i'm not a fan of the fuel restrictions though, sounds like there will be even less passing with everyone watching their fuel.
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