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Old 08-05-2008, 03:01 PM   #1
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How Not To Be a Noobie (CW 07/08)

1. Wits against the World
You never see a cat catch a squirrel because those little gray guys are super-vigilant. So must you be. Look and think! Hardware is important on bikes-brakes, throttle, steering-but you aren't in a reinforced steel box. That means your personal software is your first and only line of defense. Pay attention! That way you'll see the first movement of that car away from thecurb, that truck changing lanes, that unseeing idiot about to turn left straight into you. After you first six months on a motorcycle, you'll notice most of all how much better a car driver the experience has made you.
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2.Not so fast
Don't even think about purchasing a motorcycle until you complete a training course. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (www.msf.com) offers beginning, experienced, scooter and dirtbike schools nationwide. In most states, completion of the 15-hour Basic Rider Course satisfies the riding portion of the licensing test and entitles the graduate to insurance discounts. The MSF even provide the motorcycle and helmet.
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3.Keep your tats intact
When it's epidermis vs asphalt, skin-inked or otherwise-aint gonna win. Get some armored riding gear.
4Use your mirriors religiously, but dont take them as gospel
Grab a quick glance over your shoulder while changing lanes.
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5.Be a "stand up" guy
Nothing says rookie more than leaning into a left-hand corner with your sidestand in the down position, about to dig into the asphalt-a crash waiting to happen, and entirly preventable. Check once, twice and if necessary, three times that the stand is properly stowed before you ride away.
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Old 08-05-2008, 03:10 PM   #2
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Old 08-05-2008, 03:56 PM   #3
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6. Get into oil and rubber
Check engine-oil level and tire pressures at least once a week. Both the engine and tires will last longer, your bike will run and handle better, and you'll shell out less money in the long term for repairs and replacement rubber.
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7.Come clean
Wash your bike regularly and with an eye for detail. The unexamined motorcycle isn't worth riding
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8.Don't flip out
Wear proper motorcycle boots-not flip-flops,not tennies shoes, not hikers. Shoelaces can quickly and unexpectedly become tangled around the shifter lever or brake pedal, possibly resulting in a panicked slow-speed tip over-embarrassing at best, a broken collarbone if you're really unlucky.
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9.Help fund Nick's retirement
Our own Nick Lenatsch has sold 75,000 copies of his Sport Riding Techniques (available at shop.cycleworld.com). We've read it and learnd something; it should be on your required-reading list.
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10.Be a control freak
A motorcycle is operated by hands, fingers and feet. If your bike has adjustable controls, take time to tailor those critical contacts point to your dimensions/preferences.
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Old 08-05-2008, 11:15 PM   #4
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Ive had my shoe laces get caught in my bike chain (Not motorcycle).. Not fun.
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Old 08-24-2008, 08:00 PM   #5
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pffft - I was riding a unicycle when I got *both* shoelaces tangled around the pedals, at the same time. (A very long time ago)
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Old 08-24-2008, 10:39 PM   #6
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Nice Tips.

Warning: Personal opinion follows..........

Personally, I think "Proficient Motorcycling and Street Strategies" and "More Proficient Motorcycling" (both by David Hough) are much better books for beginner riders. They focus almost entirely on street riding versus "Sport Riding Techiniques" which is for both street and track.

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