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Old 05-21-2007, 07:55 AM   #61
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Old 05-21-2007, 07:59 AM   #62
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So I was riding around the back streets of my area where maybe 3-4 cars are on every hour or so..and I'm thinking..I wonder how long everybody rode their bikes till they were okay with going into real streets with a lot of cars.

I'm still a huge new rider..and I'm pretty scared to take it anywhere but the backroads or around my neighborhood..I've taken the MSF course already which taught a lot..but that doesn't mean you grow over night.

Any advice, tips, suggestions on how to make my riding experience a whole lot less scary? ha.ha.

Since you got the basics down, get a friend or two who got some miles under there belt. Just have them ride with you when when you ride. They can block traffic incase you stall/etc. Have one lead when getting on the freeway so you can see what he does. The one in the back can block for you aswell. After your first time, you'll realize how easy it is getting on. It's almost like drivers ed again. The freeway was a sinch after your first time. Good luck be safe.
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Old 05-21-2007, 08:15 AM   #63
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Take your time...you have the rest of your life to ride motorcycles, no matter how long or short it is. After practicing in the neighborhood for awhile move out to the surface streets until your skill and comfort level increases...just like the MSF course, take it one step at a time. Good luck and Great riding.
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Old 05-21-2007, 08:15 AM   #64
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I got my 1st bike in 93-94 and hit the interstate right away. Took rides to Galveston and San Antonio and Dallas every weekend just for the thrill of going. Got lost up in Livingston once too. LOL!!!
I guess everyone has their limits based on previous experience. I had years of dirt riding/racing before I got a streetbike so I got on down the road asap.
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Old 05-21-2007, 08:28 AM   #65
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i've only been riding for around 3 months so far and it didn't take too long really. i'm still not 100% confident with my skills but then again who is. all i know is that i still have lots and lots of room for improvement, especially since i haven't even done a track day yet.
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It took me about three weeks of neighborhood riding. Then I did a few rides out into the country with trusted friends who mentored me. The rides were early on Sunday mornings with minimum traffic.

The first time I commuted to work was about a month after I started riding and it took me another couple of weeks there to really start getting rid of the knot in my stomach.

I am still not totally comfortable riding in traffic today but I got to the point where I try being very defensive and super-attentive and that gives me the most secure feeling I'll ever get, I guess.
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Old 05-21-2007, 09:01 AM   #68
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stupid noob question but does anyone here ride with glasses on? just seeing if my lazy needs to renew my contact presciption?
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stupid noob question but does anyone here ride with glasses on? just seeing if my lazy needs to renew my contact presciption?
I know of a lot of riders who ride with their glasses. Is it the safest? I don't know. I was on a ride where a girl had a light crash and busted her nice sunglasses and she was lucky, nothing happened except for that she could throw the glasses away after the incident. I think they bent or something.
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It took me about three weeks of neighborhood riding. Then I did a few rides out into the country with trusted friends who mentored me. The rides were early on Sunday mornings with minimum traffic.

The first time I commuted to work was about a month after I started riding and it took me another couple of weeks there to really start getting rid of the knot in my stomach.

I am still not totally comfortable riding in traffic today but I got to the point where I try being very defensive and super-attentive and that gives me the most secure feeling I'll ever get, I guess.
ah thanks for the info
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So I was riding around the back streets of my area where maybe 3-4 cars are on every hour or so..and I'm thinking..I wonder how long everybody rode their bikes till they were okay with going into real streets with a lot of cars.

I'm still a huge new rider..and I'm pretty scared to take it anywhere but the backroads or around my neighborhood..I've taken the MSF course already which taught a lot..but that doesn't mean you grow over night.

Any advice, tips, suggestions on how to make my riding experience a whole lot less scary? ha.ha.
Where are you located at?? I could ride with you and take it easy so you could get more seat time. I am pretty laid back as a rider.
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Old 05-21-2007, 04:27 PM   #72
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Where are you located at?? I could ride with you and take it easy so you could get more seat time. I am pretty laid back as a rider.
pretty far from you seeing your location.

I am up in NW area around I-10 Hwy6 - Fry road
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pretty far from you seeing your location.

I am up in NW area around I-10 Hwy6 - Fry road
I live off West Rd and 290 and my boyfriend lives of Barker and West Little York Rd and I am in that area a LOT. If you want to go riding some time, let me know, I don't mind. Just PM me.
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pretty far from you seeing your location.

I am up in NW area around I-10 Hwy6 - Fry road
Swift E and Rob are in your area although I think Swift has banned himself from street riding.

I rode around my neighborhood for 3 monthes before I went onto the big roads.

Word of advice... keep the visor down in the neighborhood as well. A dragonfly just about took me out doing maybe 20mph.
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take it slow and stay in your comfort zone. maybe try to get out on a busyer rode sometime. if it makes you nervous get off of it and go back to where you feel safe. i didnt get out on the road until 3 months after msf.
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Swift E and Rob are in your area although I think Swift has banned himself from street riding.

I rode around my neighborhood for 3 monthes before I went onto the big roads.

Word of advice... keep the visor down in the neighborhood as well. A dragonfly just about took me out doing maybe 20mph.
hahaha, it sucks when a fly goes straight into your eye.
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Old 05-21-2007, 04:40 PM   #77
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I live off West Rd and 290 and my boyfriend lives of Barker and West Little York Rd and I am in that area a LOT. If you want to go riding some time, let me know, I don't mind. Just PM me.
That's an awesome offer..but I'm sure I will be asking a lot of questions and slowing you guys down a lot. Are you sure you want that? lol


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stupid noob question but does anyone here ride with glasses on? just seeing if my lazy needs to renew my contact presciption?

i ride with glasses. wish i had contacts tho. its a pain to take them on and off everytime i want to put my helmet on.
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Glad you posted this. Now I know I am not the only one. I am having the same problem. And people drive like bats out of on my street so I don't even like riding around here.
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Glad you posted this. Now I know I am not the only one. I am having the same problem. And people drive like bats out of on my street so I don't even like riding around here.
where do you live?
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