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Old 04-30-2007, 02:42 PM   #21
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i learned on bikes first. ive tried to drive standard cars and drives me crazy.
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Old 04-30-2007, 03:03 PM   #22
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Old 04-30-2007, 03:04 PM   #23
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learned standard first then later got my big bike
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Old 04-30-2007, 03:06 PM   #24
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Yah I learned in a car 1st, and it helped me realize what I was acutally doing when I shifted gears. it'll all come natural.
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Old 04-30-2007, 03:06 PM   #25
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i started with a s.car.
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I cant drive a standard for anything, but I like to think I can ride:confused1
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Old 04-30-2007, 03:31 PM   #27
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Well any and all tips are appreciated guys... Thanks
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Old 04-30-2007, 03:53 PM   #28
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I prefer manual transmission...I like being one with my car...and bike.
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Old 04-30-2007, 03:59 PM   #29
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I think that the clutch and shifting is easier and more precise with a bike. the clutch is in your hand not by your foot. The more difficult part is that bikes do not stay upright on their own

Take MSF....you'll learn how to shift fine.
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Old 04-30-2007, 04:17 PM   #30
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i drove standard all my life... yes it makes shifting on a bike easier...

but i think if ur starting fresh riding a bike is easier then driving a standard car but the hard part is keeping it unscratched.... like they say about texas holdem you can learn it in 5 min but it will take you a lifetime to master...
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Old 04-30-2007, 04:32 PM   #31
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I think that the clutch and shifting is easier and more precise with a bike. the clutch is in your hand not by your foot. The more difficult part is that bikes do not stay upright on their own

Take MSF....you'll learn how to shift fine.
I have taken my course. But that was over a year ago. I broke my arm and so I just recently decided to get a bike now that I am pretty much back to normal. I am basically having to learn all over again.
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it helps to know how to drive standard but different since you require different hand/foot coordination for the bike.
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Old 04-30-2007, 05:06 PM   #34
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I drove stick shift on a prelude before i rode a bike. Since driving stick was just habitual, the only thing it helped me ride the bike easier is how to sync rpms with the clutch throttle control. If you cant match rpm level and the speed you're at, you can experience alot of jolts. When downshifting, for example, you match your rpms w/ the amount of speed you are traveling, this is no different then a car.
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Old 04-30-2007, 10:49 PM   #35
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MSF, take it again, it';s around $150 and it couldn't hurt.
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Old 04-30-2007, 10:52 PM   #36
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i have been riding before I was allowed to drive, but once I moved to street bikes, YES I could drive standard before riding street!!!
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Old 04-30-2007, 11:24 PM   #37
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drove a bike way before driving a standard. imo, it doesnt make a difference.
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Old 04-30-2007, 11:52 PM   #38
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car 1st, didn't seem to help too much with the bike...
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Old 05-01-2007, 12:02 AM   #39
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Dirt bike first. drove a stick without any training or coaching at age 12. now I like to drive sticks and bikes every once in a while without using the clutch (except starting off). It's all about understanding the mechanics first and adapting your driving style to complement what you got. I got my basic understanding playing with legos in elementary school. I built a three speed shiftable transmission to make my electric lego three wheeler have speed and climbing ability. Probably why I went on to study engineering in undergrad....
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i learned standard in a car first. then i learned how to ride on a dirt bike.
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