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Old 05-20-2007, 10:09 PM   #1
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How long till you weren't scared anymore?

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.
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Old 05-20-2007, 10:11 PM   #2
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take it slow...you will know when the time is right.
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try not to get scared cause thats when you panic and when you panic bad things happen, just stay alert and dont ride in peoples blind spots
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i wasn't scared the first week i started riding and started maneuvering through traffic in my town ....... if i wouldn't have started doing that on a dirt bike i don't know how long it would have taken but i have always felt comfortable riding the streets
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Old 05-20-2007, 10:12 PM   #5
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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.
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Are there a lot of modifications I have to do and tests I have to do to ride at the track?

speaking of blind spots..how do you guys position your mirror? I'm not sure what the correct way is..I put it so where I can see..but I can't really see anything next to me or behind me..it bothers me a lot..but I'm sure that's something you have to get used to

Also..I took the bike to the gas station today to get gas. It was a blast. lol..i'm such a loser =]
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take your time brudda. i wont tell you how long it was before i hit the streets. i dont want you to get killed. but as witchdoctor said, you'll know when the time is right. ive been riding for six months now, and i still get nervous from time to time. maybe whats why im still alive.
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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.
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.
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Nicely put Azylum. Obviously I'm still a new rider, but I was never really scared to ride the streets. I do ride like nobody can see me and everyone wants to cut me off though, keeps me in check.
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take your time brudda. i wont tell you how long it was before i hit the streets. i dont want you to get killed. but as witchdoctor said, you'll know when the time is right. ive been riding for six months now, and i still get nervous from time to time. maybe whats why im still alive.

So I'm doing the right thing and what everyone normally does by NOT riding in the busy streets yet right? Either way I don't care if it's what everyone else did..it's what I feel safe doing at this moment.
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fear will kill you.....It's funny you mension in though. I don't realize how scary a particuar ride was till after I've closed the garage and start walking to my apartment...

Heading south on the on-ramp from woodlands parkway onto the 45 holds a spot in my mind, espessially at night....traffic is moving fast and tight, you come up high over the onramp and you can see the traffic roaring by for miles, then just drop a couple gears, hit the down side of the hill, check over your left and dive in......
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fear will kill you.....It's funny you mension in though. I don't realize how scary a particuar ride was till after I've closed the garage and start walking to my apartment...

Heading south on the on-ramp from woodlands parkway onto the 45 holds a spot in my mind, espessially at night....traffic is moving fast and tight, you come up high over the onramp and you can see the traffic roaring by for miles, then just drop a couple gears, hit the down side of the hill, check over your left and dive in......
lack of fear will kill you quicker
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Are there a lot of modifications I have to do and tests I have to do to ride at the track?

speaking of blind spots..how do you guys position your mirror? I'm not sure what the correct way is..I put it so where I can see..but I can't really see anything next to me or behind me..it bothers me a lot..but I'm sure that's something you have to get used to

Also..I took the bike to the gas station today to get gas. It was a blast. lol..i'm such a loser =]
someone give him the link to the track day info. I lost it at the moment.
but no you really don't have to do much at all just to do track day. And they offer a class also to give you pointers and such. you will meet a lot of awesome guys and a few assssss holes but your garanteed to learn something.
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If you build it, It will come!!!!!.........just look at it as "your first time" just put on some romantic music and go with the flow......oh yeah, now that is some good stuff
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So I'm doing the right thing and what everyone normally does by NOT riding in the busy streets yet right? Either way I don't care if it's what everyone else did..it's what I feel safe doing at this moment.

if youre not ready, youre not ready. you may NEVER be ready. one guy got kicked out of the MSF class when i took it for laying the bike over too many times-not everybody is meant to ride. im not saying youre not, im just saying DONT hit the streets until you feel confident enough to handle a situation should it occur, but not too comfortable and complacent.

fear and respect will keep you in check. anxiety will get you killed.
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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.
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that is why you are divided into to different groups there are men and ladies of all different skill levels out there and there are rules to follow that help keep the slower riders out of harms way. trust me you will learn more with less risk on the track.
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if youre not ready, youre not ready. you may NEVER be ready. one guy got kicked out of the MSF class when i took it for laying the bike over too many times-not everybody is meant to ride. im not saying youre not, im just saying DONT hit the streets until you feel confident enough to handle a situation should it occur, but not too comfortable and complacent.

fear and respect will keep you in check. anxiety will get you killed.

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