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Old 05-21-2007, 05:02 PM   #81
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i started riding when i was a kid, so there were no fear issues for me at the time.

after about a 15 year span where i didnt ride, there was some initial concern on my part when i did get back on the roads, but that quickly went away.

go at your own pace and you will be fine.
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It has been my experience that the truly good riders don't not mind questions nor putting aroung with you until you are more comfortable! So if someone offers jump on it, it will be the best learning experience you will get! Just be careful who you ride!
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Old 05-21-2007, 09:34 PM   #83
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Go play at the track a few times and build your confidence and your ability together. You will have a blast.
never been on a track but some day i will and yes this is a good idea. i still do not like to get in to tomuch traf. i try to stay away from like houston, but hey you know how all them people drive any way:laughing6
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Old 05-21-2007, 09:36 PM   #84
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the track is no place for a beginner. some basic bike control and confidence is needed or he will be a track hazzard. get some miles under your belt and take the advanced course.
i think a beginners class would help!
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i think a beginners class would help!
I meant the advanced riders course not track course.
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Old 05-21-2007, 10:02 PM   #86
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it takes time to get used to the cars i hate riding in traffic . ride the neighborhood and then try a short trip to walmart and then just ease yourself into it don't decide one morning at 8am im ride downtown. as for mirrors they do suck i dont use them i have them but i turn my head everytime it alot safer that way. as for glasses i wear sun glasses under my visor everyday .prolly not the best idea but i do it anyways cause i can't stand the sun and hate tinted visors seems i alway get stuck after dark with my dark smoke on and it sucks not i take my glasses off and i already have my clear
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Old 05-22-2007, 12:15 AM   #87
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I haven't read all the posts here, yet, but my two cents are this.

Do not go to the track right from the start
I hear a lot of people say "take it to the track" to a new rider. I don't believe this is wise until you've mastered the basics.

I love track days. But... The track does not teach you: emergency stopping, basic cornering, swerving/evasive manuevers, low speed turns, head and eyes up. These are all things you need for street riding. Yes, you learned all these skills in the MSF course but you need to have them ingrained so the are 1st nature (not even 2nd nature).

I suggest practicing these skills in the parking lot for 30 to 45 minutes before going on short rides in the desolate areas you mentioned. Mastering these skills will increase your confidence much quicker than just riding around the neighborhood. At the conclusion of my MSF course, I received a handy little book full of drills you can do it a parking lot using the spaces for distance.

After you have mastered these skills and feel more confident on the road, THEN I would go to the track. There are too many new riders at the track who can't perform basic cornering. If you can't corner without braking or rolling off the throttle then you shouldn't be there, and you should be back in the parking lot practicing the Look, Lean, Press, and Roll.

As far as being a little bit scared. I would say a little bit is healthy. You want to channel the fear to apprehension and use it always keep you on your toes. Your first six months or riding have a pretty high danger factor, but the most dangerous time in riding a motorcycle is actually your 2nd to 3rd year. This is generally because riders have overcome their fear and actually become a little over confident.

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If you're looking for some good resources for building your skills I would suggest:
Video:
Ride Like A Pro
Surviving the Mean Streets

both can be purchased at www.ridelikeapro.com and he offers discounts to large groups like motohouston.

Book:
Proficient Motorcycling
More Proficient Motorcycling
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I haven't even finished these books, but they are awesome.

If you want to practice some basic parking lot drills, just holler at me some time. I'll be the first one to say, it never hurts to practice, no matter how long you've been riding.
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Old 05-22-2007, 12:49 AM   #88
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Mirrors
I have a cruiser so my mirrors are larger. Here's what works for me...

First of all I trust my mirrors, because I know where my blind spots are and what areas they are showing me. I think it's far more dangerous to turn around and look all the way behind me than to use a properly adjust mirror. Because all the time I'm looking behind me I'm not looking in the direction I'm going. Plus if I turn myself around that far then I am likely to apply some steering to the handlebars that I don't want.

I set my mirrors up this way:
My right mirror is angled more directly behind me. I can see my shoulder and arm in the mirror when it's set up correctly. This let's me use it like a rear view mirror in a car. This is especially handy at stop lights to make sure you don't get rear-ended.

This does mean that I have a larger blind spot on my right hand side. But I've found it's easier for me to head check my right hand side than my left and I know to check back a little further.

My left hand mirror is adjusted so that it skims right past my left shoulder. This gives me a broad view of the road behind me and more of my left blind spot.

When setting your mirrors up, you can get a friend to move around behind and to the the side of you so you can see where your blind spots are and experiment.

Since I use my body as a point of reference for the mirrors, I can always re-set my mirrors when sitting on the bike if they get knocked around.

Your mileage may vary. I don't know what sports bike mirrors are like. Regardless of the mirror set-up. I always head-check blind spots. I just try not to head check all the way behind me.

Glasses/Sunglasses
If you need them to see, wear them. If you need sunglasses, I prefer tinted faceshields. But I always carry my clear one for night riding. If I think I'm going to be out after dark and I don't have a way to carry another shield then I change out to my Scorpion photosensitive shield that darkens in the sun and goes clear at night.

Practicing
I got through reading the posts. I see you're near a few High Schools where I practiced my parking lot drills. Their parking lots are deserted on weekends. Holler if you want to practice and then go for a ride.
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Old 05-22-2007, 01:41 AM   #89
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I bought my first bike in Austin and rode it back to Houston. It was the first time I ever rode a street bike and ever rode in traffic. I did fine. I was confident because I had experience with dirtbikes and I just went with it. Got home w/o a hitch and really learned how to drive the bike on the trip home.
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it takes time to get used to the cars i hate riding in traffic . ride the neighborhood and then try a short trip to walmart and then just ease yourself into it don't decide one morning at 8am im ride downtown. as for mirrors they do suck i dont use them i have them but i turn my head everytime it alot safer that way. as for glasses i wear sun glasses under my visor everyday .prolly not the best idea but i do it anyways cause i can't stand the sun and hate tinted visors seems i alway get stuck after dark with my dark smoke on and it sucks not i take my glasses off and i already have my clear
haha i never even used mine so i took them off
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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
Absolutely no problem. Just forwarding a favor. Without any mentors, no way I could be where I am today.
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Old 05-22-2007, 11:18 AM   #92
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I got through reading the posts. I see you're near a few High Schools where I practiced my parking lot drills. Their parking lots are deserted on weekends. Holler if you want to practice and then go for a ride.
Let's do this together. I can definitely use some parking lot drills myself.
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wonderful. lets set this up sometime soon
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