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Old 09-18-2013, 01:13 PM   #21
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Get out of neutral...never know when some tards changes lanes and you need to move
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Old 09-18-2013, 01:20 PM   #22
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get a scooter.

Learn to ride.

Shifting will be a breeze.
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In one quick smooth motion clutch, downshift, throttle blip and make sure to release the the clutch quickly and smoothly when doing this. If done right the downshift will feel smooth as silk.

One big thing NOT to do in my opinion is shift into neutral and coast into the light. You should have the bike in gear just in case some cager tries to side swipe or rear end you, the power on tap will help you get out of trouble in a jiffy.
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I keep it in gear until the next car behind me safely stops then I put it in neutral.
Also I don't know about anyone else but I try not to stop directly behind a car at a stop light. I am either more on the center line or on one of the outer sides just in case some one does not stop and hits me I get pushed through the middle of cars instead of being pancaked. Also im pretty much in the woodlands if you ever want to ride.
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I keep it in gear until the next car behind me safely stops then I put it in neutral.
Also I don't know about anyone else but I try not to stop directly behind a car at a stop light. I am either more on the center line or on one of the outer sides just in case some one does not stop and hits me I get pushed through the middle of cars instead of being pancaked. Also im pretty much in the woodlands if you ever want to ride.
I'm down. I work a lot, but I also have a week off at a time so maybe one day on my week off we can meet up. You'll also be able to tell if I'm downshifting correctly.
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Old 09-18-2013, 02:34 PM   #26
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I have been driving standard transmission vehicles for the last 30+ years. I agree with those who say that what you have described won't harm your motor.

I would however, strongly suggest you get a book like 'Proficient Motorcycling, The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well". It will give you a wealth of info on how to ride well. Even well experienced riders can benefit from it.

As far as shifting, practice, practice, practice. It is the only way to get really good at it.
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Also depends on your engine, some engines have better engine braking then others...
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Old 09-18-2013, 07:13 PM   #28
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Avoid slipping the clutch. The sooner you're able to release it for a smooth transition, the less wear.
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When youre in first gear and shifting into 2nd gear use the clutch. When you are almost red lining it in 2nd gear or just accelerating hard, crack the throttle a little bit and shift up without using the clutch, the gears will slide right through and continue all the way to 6th gear until youre going MAXIMUM SPEED. (speed limit)
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brake pads are cheaper than engine parts. I use to engine brake. I cut the gas till I drop about 10 mph, hold the clutch and down shift as needed while slowing down using both brakes. You'll learn to use both the proper way after the first time that front wheel slips in road dirt, oil, or water in some hard braking. I hold the clutch till the stop and while stopped, always in gear. Years ago I would sit in neutral at lights till one day I heard a screetch and checked the mirrors to see a cargo van sliding sideways at me. I dropped it into first and full throttled right into cross traffic. It was either get hit and thrown into traffic to be hit again, or take my chances and play frogger. Always stay in gear. If your clutch is adjusted correctly there is little no no wear. Slipping the clutch while braking wears the clutch.
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Old 09-19-2013, 12:29 AM   #32
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Downshift through the gears to slow down, don't ride the clutch excessively and keep the revs in a decent range and you're good to go.
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When youre in first gear and shifting into 2nd gear use the clutch. When you are almost red lining it in 2nd gear or just accelerating hard, crack the throttle a little bit and shift up without using the clutch, the gears will slide right through and continue all the way to 6th gear until youre going MAXIMUM SPEED. (speed limit)
You mean close it a little bit
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Old 09-19-2013, 07:28 AM   #34
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Never sit in Neutral at a stop, and always have an escape route.....


I wasn't in neutral, but still
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Old 09-20-2013, 10:03 AM   #35
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It's more like < 1 month of experience, I'm on my first bike ever, oh and BTW its a Honda CBR250R w/ ABS. I know I know low power..... but I'm just trying to learn and be as safe as possible, I wanna ride a long time, not get something over my head, wreck, and then want nothing to do with motorcycles again.
I was assuming since you were having shifting problems it was likely due to a larger CC bike

You made the right choice, and the same one I made in fact,

have you taken the MSF basic yet?

If not that would be the most advantageous first step you could take into gaining the instruction and experience/confidence level you need to really take advantage of the bike you just purchased.
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Never sit in Neutral at a stop, and always have an escape route.....


I wasn't in neutral, but still


dude, did you get launched or did you jump ship before impact?
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I was assuming since you were having shifting problems it was likely due to a larger CC bike

You made the right choice, and the same one I made in fact,

have you taken the MSF basic yet?

If not that would be the most advantageous first step you could take into gaining the instruction and experience/confidence level you need to really take advantage of the bike you just purchased.
I took the MSF course (Awesome Cycles) before I bought the bike, wanted to make sure I enjoyed riding before I bought and bike, and more importantly I wanted to learn how to do things correctly.
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So it would seem you know the basics, but are still experiencing some issues? It is likely just a learning curve, (i get this way any time i get on a new bike and need to "learn" to ride it)

its more of a feeling out and learning your bike kind of thing.

you might consider taking the advanced riders course.

but in the mean time rack up some miles, out side the city preferably, on country roads where you can really be alone, and calm with your bike and learn the ins and outs beyond the operational procedures of motorcycling and more to the point of what your unique bike requires to be driven "well."
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dude, did you get launched or did you jump ship before impact?
Stayed on for the impact because he slowed down enough (and the bike was wedged in the grill) The truck pushed the bike forward as he was skidding to a stop and I was up on the tank with the bars jerking violently. Then when the truck stopped it shot me over the bars lol.
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