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Old 09-27-2009, 09:03 PM   #1
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Can this newbie be saved...

The following is just one in a continuing series of postings (on a cruisers forum) detailing the tribulations of Harleyryder a first time rider and her 2009 HD Dyna Low Rider FLHXI 1584 affectionately named "Barbiedoll".

(Sat Apr 18, 2009 9:19 pm) "Friday Update ...Ok then we didn't go to the Walmart to practise ridin' 2day ..I took matters into my own hands and made a descion to just go for a liesurely ride as a passenger with my buddy ...But first i had to drive myself to his house and that meant gettin the hell off my driveway with the same "old" audience of spectators ...I'm having so much trouble gettin off my friggen driveway ...i get myself in a sweat just thinking about it never mind doin' it ..I have to back up and turn my Baby around to be able to drive away ..that seems to be my TEST after that its all good ..really ...My Bike is fairly heavy and i am very cautious with her
she is very Barbie-like and would have a shit fit if i did anything to mar her appearence ...she just had a major shopping BLING ..
So GASP if i should do anything to offend her ...So the pressure is on that i slowly im talking' turtles here back her J.Lo Butt out of the garage and then turn her to face the street and my audience ..then plan my escape route so i don't hit curbs cars pedestrians small animals stop sign driveways and anything else i haven't seen or taken into consideration ..It takes me about 10-15 mints for sure to plan/put into action/and surprise the hell out of the both of us and my audience ..I'm sweatin by this time ..my hands/fingers are crippled by this point frm holdin in the clutch n brake ..I'm not religious or i would pray for God to send a Biker Angel (tall dark handsome) to drive my Baby off my driveway everytime i needed to get off my driveway ..Finally we get our act 2gether and i promise myself that if i get this Bitch off the driveway i'll go to church and get on my knees .. We are off almost smoothly in one smooth jerky throttle release The rest is all good ...I pick up my patient easy goin teacher and i ride as passenger on my own Bike and we ride into the warm on my back blue skies without a care in the world to Sutton to Tim's ..
Later.. i take a ride and just relax and go with it enjoyin' every second smilin like a lunatic and then it hits me ..I have to face the Demon Driveway again .......Its me Harleyryder."

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Old 09-27-2009, 09:08 PM   #2
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Cliff notes? I stop reading when I see a bunch of "..." and there sure are a lot of them.
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Old 09-27-2009, 10:21 PM   #3
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I see three options:
  1. Just do it and risk the harm to the bike.
  2. Get off and stay of the bike since the bike's integrity is worth more than her learning how to ride it.
  3. Get a throw-away bike that she can learn how to ride on.
#3 is probably her best option if she doesn't want to risk the bling on her Harley. Hmmm...is the cost of a throw-away learner bike more or less than the cost of replacing damaged bling?
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Old 09-28-2009, 02:25 AM   #4
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Nope. 'Sounds like she was a bubblehead before she even got on a bike.
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Old 09-28-2009, 04:32 AM   #5
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I don't get the appeal of the huge bike thing, and I never will.

Somebody get that girl an xt225, quick!
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Old 09-28-2009, 05:26 AM   #6
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She didn't buy a big enough Harley. They make bigger ones. What was she thinking buying such a small bike?
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Old 09-28-2009, 07:37 AM   #7
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(Wed Jun 03, 2009 10:21 am) "Greetings ..I rode to our M&G last nite without a hitch, even sort of backed in on the first try beside eveyone else my driveway situation has gotten much better ..much of the problems has always been the 'fear factor' about dropping my Barbiedoll scratching her bodyparts and having an audience to remind me of the fact and of course the overall 'control' of handling my Barbiedoll aginst her will ..She is a tad heavy and has a mind of her when she wants to go where i refuse too venture However we are getting to know and discover she is mostly right and I'm mostly wrong when it comes to making turns curves and stopping ..She is teaching me to trust her and we will not fall when making that turn or comming to a slow stop we can handle it 2gether we are a TEAM ..Getting off the driveway has been a torteous ordeal like i have mentioned more than once ..looking back even 2 weeks ago i smile because it took longer than I wanted it to take ..today its virtually just backing up turning her and driving out in a nice slow controlled left hand turn and ridin' up the street without too much hassle ..I'm not saying its perfect but its darn near perfect The curb/dogs/pedistrians/signs/distractions/cars they are all still there but its all about confidence and control ..As i get those "ridin miles" under my butt so many things i thought about constantly just aren't stressing me as much Because they are becomming just part of the ridin' experince.. like thinking about gearing up gearing down/my throttle hand/fingers going dead//hugging my gas tank/get out of the blind spot /where's my HORN/ guess you get my drift Now what I'm mostly thinking is about "best chunk of change i ever spent"
I think it was Mapleafmike who has mentioned maybe my Bike is too big and i need to take another course ..I agree taking a course is never a bad thing and lookin into it to tweek and polish up my ridin' skills up too this point and pick up other skills i
need to keep me safe on the roads ..But Barbiedoll is stayin' she's my DREAM come true ..Well the weather looks promising so off i ride ..into the sunshine ..Over n out ...Its me Harleyryder"

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Old 09-28-2009, 08:16 AM   #8
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She will look back and say: "I should have listened to them" when she is crying over her Barbiedoll after she has to lay her down to avoid a crash.

Dumb bitch in a pirate suit.

She will learn. One can only hope that she does not get hurt too bad doing so.
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Old 09-28-2009, 06:49 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Fishyhead
Cliff notes? I stop reading when I see a bunch of "..." and there sure are a lot of them.
Here is all that I saw..


Quote:
Originally Posted by Trophy Mike

"get on my knees ..

on my back

enjoyin' every second

.......Its me Harleyryder."
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Old 09-28-2009, 09:25 PM   #10
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Quit picking on her!!!!
Everyone started out some way or another.Us girls are often more cautious of driving machinery correctly cause guys are often the first ones to make fun of you.Before kids I rode the crap out of my bikes,hauling small logs with the DNEPR and driving my others where I wouldn't now.I'll pop a rib before I let my bike have a little nap.I love him and I don't want to hurt him.I also don't know how to fix him(computers and such) if he did get hurt.He's also the most expensive bike I've ever owned.Cut her some slack and help her out.Take her dirt biking and show her some stuff to help her out.
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Old 09-29-2009, 01:33 AM   #11
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How is she any different from some on this forum who worry about strong wind, rain, gravel in the corners, bumps in the road, tar snakes, strange noises, bright headlights, oil type, final drives, deer, cagers, bicyclists, blah, blah, blah...?

At least she's riding.
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Old 09-29-2009, 04:07 AM   #12
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Quit picking on her!!!!
Everyone started out some way or another.Us girls are often more cautious of driving machinery correctly cause guys are often the first ones to make fun of you.
It's not the gender! I have a problem with novice riders on huge machines. She is clearly way over her head with that bike, and I wouldn't want to be riding my bike anywhere within a 1 mile radius of her.
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Old 09-29-2009, 04:41 AM   #13
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You want serious advice?
Send her over to VTM. There are some very smart, helpful people on that website which caters to new, female, overweight, timid cruiser riders who buy bikes way too big for themselves.
There are also a bunch of horrible cunts on that forum, so be aware.

Anyway, it'll help her to build up confidence in her riding style, which is likely to be the biggest thing holding her back right now.
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Old 09-29-2009, 05:01 AM   #14
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Anyway, it'll help her to build up confidence in her riding style, which is likely to be the biggest thing holding her back right now.
Her lack of confidence is probably the only thing keeping her alive. From the look of things she is only a occasional rider who doesn't ride very far, fast or often.

Give her a little confidence and that will change. It's only a matter of time before she makes a wet spot on that too-large, too-heavy, under-performing, chrome-plated turd. With confidence the time between now and that day will only be shortened.
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Old 12-01-2009, 08:15 AM   #15
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It's not the gender! I have a problem with novice riders on huge machines. She is clearly way over her head with that bike, and I wouldn't want to be riding my bike anywhere within a 1 mile radius of her.
YUPPER! You don't need an M endorsement to buy a bike. Too many punk ass kids buy rockets and rip around in baseball caps and tapout shirts with no time under thier belt. Fucking turds that endanger everyone around them. She needs a smaller bike or a trike and spellcheck. Kudos to her for trying.
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