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Old 05-19-2009, 04:07 PM   #1
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You might remember I bought tojo92's bike about a month ago. OK, since then I have about 300 miles under my belt, mostly in my neighborhood and surrounding areas. I typically stay on roads posted at 40 - 45 mph. I gotta say I'm feeling more comfortable at higher speeds now. Wind gusts tend to spook me a little. I slow down a bit when the winds are gusty.

My daughter (Sarah) has about 100 miles under her belt. Most all in the neighborhood. I want her to get out on some real streets soon, but only with experienced riders in a group. I think she'll like it. Just a lil at a time.

We both dropped it once. She dropped it when "walking" it , trying to turn around in a cul de sac. I dropped it once.....AT A STOP SIGN! That's a bad feeling. But, hey, we're both new riders. It was bound to happen. No major damage of any kind, just a few scratches. I hated to have it happen, but if those are the only lumps we take... we're good.

Still lovin' the bike. I can't wait to ride again!
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Old 05-19-2009, 04:20 PM   #2
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TAKE MSF IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY...

BEFORE you get onto populated streets... you're reflexes need to be strengthened around cars... know your 'outs'...

its a fun hobby... but a dangerous one as well
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Old 05-19-2009, 05:41 PM   #3
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diddo. Take MSF, and personally I wouldn't recommend "but only with experienced riders in a group." Group riding is NOT recommended for a beginner typically. It's a bit too dangerous. You have to learn to guage other riders, its different than following a car.

#1 Ride in groups of 2-3 max if necessary. Having one experinced rider there DOES help.
#2 Ride during NON PRIMETIME hours, with no traffic to get comfortable
#3 Go pratice the MSF techiques a few times in a parking lot (i went Mansucos after they were closed and ran the patterns in the lot).

FYI, slow speeds are the toughest to control. Don't feel bad. I was on my 250, had ridden and wailed on it all day with guys that all had 1000cc's, so it was defintely aggressive riding for me. Watched a movie... then dropped it in the parking lot on my foot at 4-5 mph and flooded it. Yeah... it happens. No shame, now you know to train for slower speeds and be a little more careful.

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Old 05-19-2009, 05:44 PM   #4
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You might remember I bought tojo92's bike about a month ago. OK, since then I have about 300 miles under my belt, mostly in my neighborhood and surrounding areas. I typically stay on roads posted at 40 - 45 mph. I gotta say I'm feeling more comfortable at higher speeds now. Wind gusts tend to spook me a little. I slow down a bit when the winds are gusty.

My daughter (Sarah) has about 100 miles under her belt. Most all in the neighborhood. I want her to get out on some real streets soon, but only with experienced riders in a group. I think she'll like it. Just a lil at a time.

We both dropped it once. She dropped it when "walking" it , trying to turn around in a cul de sac. I dropped it once.....AT A STOP SIGN! That's a bad feeling. But, hey, we're both new riders. It was bound to happen. No major damage of any kind, just a few scratches. I hated to have it happen, but if those are the only lumps we take... we're good.

Still lovin' the bike. I can't wait to ride again!

you can come ride with us DSR crew. meet up wed nights @ 730 off 45 and cavalcade @ the exxon on the corner. pm me if ur interested

BTW= !!And try to stay off the freeway untill your completly comfortable with ur bike and the local streets!! dont try and push ur riding ability..
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Old 05-20-2009, 06:57 AM   #5
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WE've both taken the MSF course. We both have practiced a lot around my neighborhood (which is very quiet, with a lot of cul de sacs), and we both now have quite a bit of low speed riding.

I agree, not to push our riding ability. I only go as fast as I'm comfy with and I typically rise at non-peak traffic times. (Early Sat. or Sun mornings are good).
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Old 05-20-2009, 09:09 AM   #6
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I dropped my bike at a stop sign once too ... forgot to put my feet down.
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Old 05-25-2009, 09:15 PM   #7
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Dan,

We ALL have dropped bikes, main thing is that you and your daughter weren't hurt. Scratches just add a little character to the bike.

If you want to get together early one Sat or Sunday when the traffic is low, I'd be glad to take you on a nice route that might be able to help you out with your comfort level.

Just let me know.

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Old 05-26-2009, 01:34 AM   #8
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Old 05-26-2009, 04:22 PM   #9
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hah it took me months before i touched fairmont parkway

i sat inside the neiborhood every night and it was a blast

now i cant hop on fairmont without pulling it up heh

learning is the best part! enjoy it...
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