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    Thread: Motorcycle Forum FAQ and Frequently Asked Rookie Questions

    1. Global Moderator Paul@VWvortex's Avatar
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      03-21-2003 07:22 PM #1
      Ladies and Gentlemen (Paul takes off his top hat)--
      I thought with prime riding season right around the corner we might compile a list of suggestions for the frequently asked questions in the Motorcycle forum.
      Permit me to start:
      Q. I want to buy my first bike and have no experience but think riding looks like fun. What is the first step??
      A. Pick up the phone and call your local MSF office and pay the money to take the Motorcycle Safety Course. Great first step.[IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
      Next??? [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

    2. 03-21-2003 07:31 PM #2
      Don't buy a 700+ cc SPORTBIKE as your first bike.
      Start out on something smaller, less powerful, ie.
      gs550e
      ex500/ninja
      SecaII
      Dual Sport's (KLR, XR..etc..)
      Take it slow and easy at first, alway's roll into the throttle, don't just dump it like a car...

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      03-21-2003 08:02 PM #3
      Q: What should I wear when I ride?
      A: Please wear all of the proper riding gear. And this includes:
      Full face helmet (SNELL and DOT approved)
      Riding jacket
      Gloves - Full finger gloves,
      Pants - Sturdy pants! (Some will say jeans, I say riding pants)
      Boots - Over the ankles atleast, riding boots are better protection though.

    4. 03-22-2003 02:00 AM #4
      Q. What should I look for when buying a used bike?
      A. http://www.clarity.net/~adam/buying-bike.html

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      03-24-2003 02:20 PM #5
      To find the MSF class nearest you, go to http://www.msf-usa.org

    6. 03-24-2003 02:47 PM #6
      Q: Where can I find some more information on a good bike to start on?
      A: Visit http://www.beginnerbikes.com/, bonus, they have lots of tips for new riders too.

    7. 04-29-2003 04:43 AM #7
      Quote, originally posted by FlashRedGLS1.8T »
      Q: What should I wear when I ride?
      A: Please wear all of the proper riding gear. And this includes:
      Full face helmet (SNELL and DOT approved)
      Riding jacket
      Gloves - Full finger gloves,
      Pants - Sturdy pants! (Some will say jeans, I say riding pants)
      Boots - Over the ankles atleast, riding boots are better protection though.

      I like a more memorable version of this advice, which goes something like this:
      One day you may find yourself sliding along the road, at speed, after an unexpected dismount.
      When that day comes, the only thing protecting your skin from the road will be whatever gear you felt like putting on before you turned the key!


      Modified by TravelnBill at 10:45 AM 4-29-2003

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      07-06-2003 04:12 AM #8
      To add:
      If you're riding along and your helmet feels wiggly, it's not because of the wind buffeting you just the right way, it's because you didn't secure the chin strap!
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    10. 08-20-2003 03:38 PM #10
      Good info. Thanks guys. [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

    11. 10-23-2003 11:49 PM #11
      Good feedback for us first timers [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      11-13-2003 11:41 AM #12
      Once you have completed the basic motorcycle program + 500 miles (trouble free - right!) then you are ready to:
      Take the experienced riders course - especially if it's raining on the day you signed up. Some review of the basic course but also some excellent techniques that you will use to keep your butt alive. Plus you're riding and challenging yourself = fun
      If you are lucky enough to have your state police offer their motorcycle officer course (to civilians) take it! It's not a pass/fail class usually. When I finished the graduation was something like: you didn't drop your bike - good job.
      It was well worth the time and a good confidence builde r.
      Remember: TRAINING TRAINING TRAINING and keeping your head out of your butt are the only things that will keep you alive.
      Don't ride while impaired - that means NO DRUGS , NO ALCOHOL , and DON'T RIDE WHEN TIRED OR ANGRY . Also don't go faster than you are comfortable with just to keep up with friends...
      Give your bike the same respect you would a running chainsaw.
      When used properly it can be wonderful - in careless hands it can be terrible.
      Don't ever let yourself get cocky - that's when you WILL learn you weren't as good as you thought you were (the hard way [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthdown.gif[/IMG] ).
      Find good friends to ride with that are as concerned for your welfare as you are.
      I've been riding only since '98- not so long as others out there. I have good friends that give me a hard time if I even think about not wearing a helmet and have had many wonderful experiences and memories as a result of the MSF course I took in the summer of '98.
      I didn't mean to lecture when I started this post but motorcycling is a topic that's near a dear to my heart and I wish only enjoyment for anyone looking to get into motorcycling. (lecture over)
      Best of luck and keep the rubber side down-
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    13. 11-19-2003 05:51 PM #13
      If you think lethers are hot try sliding down the road in shorts, t-shirt and a beanie......

    14. 01-10-2004 04:00 PM #14
      In traffics and towns you are not noticed by drivers always be ready with the brake and feet on the pegs.

      hang on when you go past large trucks the wash of wind will knock you right off your bike

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      02-01-2004 12:21 AM #15
      dont wory about the cc. get the right fitting bike. if you legs are sticking strait out the sides get a bigger bike... youl learn hoe to control the horsepower. if you fit fine on a small bike at least get one that is respectible...r6 gsxr6 636... remember your getting a streetbike for a reason. just my 2 cents. actual value may vary...

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      02-27-2004 10:20 AM #16
      No hotdogging. You don't need to pop wheels or do endo's or a superman. Who, exactly, are you trying to impress??
      (future '04 FZ6 owner... heh heh)
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    18. 05-23-2004 03:22 AM #18
      Question: What can I do for full face safety if I wear glasses (assuming that full face helmets are not compatible with glasses)?
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      05-24-2004 11:33 AM #19
      Quote, originally posted by GT Eye »
      Question: What can I do for full face safety if I wear glasses (assuming that full face helmets are not compatible with glasses)?

      Your assumption is wrong. I wear a full-face helmet and glasses. Have had no problem with either Arai or HJC helmets. My brother wears a Shoei and wears glasses.

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      06-17-2004 08:36 AM #20
      In regards to new riders
      #1 Take a MSF Course of some kind, you will take the basics taught with you the rest of your life. So important, this stuff will save your life!
      Second and just as important! A little saying among people who know what the **** they are doing is "Dress for the crash, not for the ride" I don't car if it's 30C (86F) outside, I wear my Helmet, Gloves, Jacket, Boots, and Riding Pants (jeans are not gear, ask me I know! wanna see my legs?) A full leather race suit is the cats a**, but kinda pricey, and pretty much wrecked if you get caught in a good down pour. I prefer Textile suits for everyday stuff, and the leathers for those special "Red Mist" days.
      Now I have never told anyone a Ninja 250, or GS500, etc. (insert dog slow bike of your choice here) is a good first bike! Why? Cause if you are at all agressive, you will hate it! You want a bike for the speed. I can't say what bike is best for you. If you are looking for a fast sportbike, and it's your first bike go with a 600cc (GSX-R, CBR, ZX-6R, R6). They are fast enough for anybody, and still easy enough to handle if you have half a brain. If you are really scared of getting hurt, get a SV650, almost as fast as the 600 Supersports, but much cheaper and even easier to handle. Considered by many to be the best value in motorcycles today!
      After a few years on your middle weight, you will know if you are ready for a bigger bike. A bike a like a GSX-R 1000, or R1, can put you down hard if you have don't have any experience. Things happen the same way as on a 600, they just happen faster!



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    21. 07-09-2004 10:55 AM #21
      Quote, originally posted by Air_Cooled_Nut »
      To add:
      If you're riding along and your helmet feels wiggly, it's not because of the wind buffeting you just the right way, it's because you didn't secure the chin strap!

      Or it's the wrong size!
      Q: How do I know a helmet fits properly?
      A: A new helmet should be snug but not tight! There is a little give as your new "hat" breaks in. Put it on and shake you head like you are saying NO.... then nod as if you are saying YES. If the helmet does NOT move, but is not uncomfortably tight.... it's the right one.
      Also remember that helmets sizes vary between brands and models and the SHAP of your head is as important as the size.
      Some are more round... some are more egg shaped etc.
      A comfortable helmet is one of the most important parts of riding. If you must buy one online, find the SAME hat at a shop first. It is a huge liability for dealers to take a return on a used helmet.... even if you just bought it that morning.
      Do it once and do it right!
      IMO Arai makes the best fitting helmets out there.... but your head may be different than mine!

    22. 07-09-2004 10:58 AM #22
      Q: Do I need to "hang off" the bike as I go around the turn?
      A: If you have to ask... NO! Hanging off is a last resort for squeezing thenths of a second out of your lap times and has no place on the street. It's probably one of the last skills you'll need to worry about.

    23. 07-09-2004 11:02 AM #23
      Qo I need to wear ear plugs?
      A:This is a personal choise and has little to do with how loud your pipes are. Wind noise inside a decent helmet at 60mph is near 100dcb plus! Not to mention the air buffeting that messes with your ear drums and can screw up your equilibrium!!
      This WILL damage your hearing and will make you more tired and distracted. It takes a little getting used to, but once you do, you'll never turn back!

    24. 07-09-2004 11:08 AM #24
      Q: I'm going for a long ride (anything over 1 hour). What should I have along.
      A: The single most important thing to a rider is to stay hydrated! I wear a "camel back" type drinking device and pound water all day. In the summer (especially here in Georgia) it gets hot and humid. I wear full leathers all the time, and I sweat a lot! My jacket is perforated, so a lot of it evaporates almost instantly wile riding. You loose a ton of water that way. This makes you tired, slows reaction time and will not let you deal with the heat nearly as well. Drink LOTS of liquids.
      I mix 1/4 apple juice with 3/4 water. Adds a little sugar!
      Did I mention ear plugs?

    25. 07-09-2004 11:36 AM #25
      Quote, originally posted by dts »
      To find the MSF class nearest you, go to http://www.msf-usa.org

      Q:The MSF coarse near me is booked for months... what can I do?
      A: Although their classes fill up pretty regularly, just show up at the time and place. There is a VERY good chance that someone didn't make it to the class and you as a standby can get in!! This is especially true if the weather looks poor. The class will go on. You may get a little wet, but that's more than worth it! [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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