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Old 04-04-2014, 08:45 AM   #1516
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Word to n00bs...

wax your tank BUT DONT armor-all your seat.
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Old 04-08-2014, 05:25 PM   #1517
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Eek

I started reading this thread and went through the first couple of pages and very surprised no one here mentioned one of the most important rule:

Wear your HELMET and proper gear! I'm here typing this today because I wore my gear when a cager decided to turn into my lane and t boned him at 50 mph.
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Old 04-08-2014, 06:28 PM   #1518
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Go to the Flea Market.


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Just make sure and pass up the booths that are selling used helmets!!!
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Old 04-08-2014, 06:40 PM   #1519
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wear your helmet and keep your finger on the horn when passing cars weaving through lanes-which your technically not supposed to do, but will have to do anyway.
Why will you have to weave through lanes?
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Old 04-08-2014, 06:46 PM   #1520
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[QUOTE=sailorninja;23430824]As a noob to riding, I have a curious question. Is it normal that I am slightly unsettled by turning sharply? I've only been riding in the yard on my ninja. But it feels as though it is going to slide out from under me. Im still practicing just curious if the feeling will go away? :

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You bought a Ninja as a first bike? And you're practicing on grass? Something is wrong with this picture...
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Old 04-08-2014, 06:48 PM   #1521
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Yeah, on grass. My boyfriend said it would be better to start there until I am more comfortable, then I could start on pavement.

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Well, at least put some knobbies on it if you're going to listen to your boyfriend...
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Old 04-09-2014, 08:00 AM   #1522
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Well, at least put some knobbies on it if you're going to listen to your boyfriend...
It didn't handle too badly on the grass. I wasn't doing anything too crazy though lol.

I'm at the point now where if my boyfriend said "let's live in a garage/house and buy a set of dual sports and keep our rode bikes....I'm down!

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Old 04-09-2014, 08:01 AM   #1523
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As a noob to riding, I have a curious question. Is it normal that I am slightly unsettled by turning sharply? I've only been riding in the yard on my ninja. But it feels as though it is going to slide out from under me. Im still practicing just curious if the feeling will go away? :

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You bought a Ninja as a first bike? And you're practicing on grass? Something is wrong with this picture...
Haha, yeah, I went through msf and started riding on the rode, turns don't "unsettle" me anymore, in fact, they put a smile on my face.
And I actually wanted an army green klr 250 but the man sold it. He had told me he was waiting on his wife to tell him when they would be available and BAM! sold. :(

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Old 04-13-2014, 07:31 AM   #1524
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[QUOTE=Newbedonnie;23890124]
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As a noob to riding, I have a curious question. Is it normal that I am slightly unsettled by turning sharply? I've only been riding in the yard on my ninja. But it feels as though it is going to slide out from under me. Im still practicing just curious if the feeling will go away? :

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You bought a Ninja as a first bike? And you're practicing on grass? Something is wrong with this picture...
Had a similar feeling when I bought my first bike after decades off the road. Left hand turns in particular felt really 'wobbly' I put it down to being older/more nervous/inexperience on a big bike etc. Fell off the damn thing on my own driveway turning off it to boot. Finally decided 'I'm too old for this, must have lost my sense of balance or nerve or something' and went to sell it. Turns out - the headset was ever so slightly misaligned. It was subtle enough that you could not really tell by just looking but just enough that it threw the steering off enough to make it unstable....you might want to check out that your bike is in alignment before taking it further :)
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Old 04-13-2014, 07:33 AM   #1525
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My advice is maybe simplistic but it has saved me from a few prangs both on two wheels and on four - 'Better be five minutes late than dead on time'...
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Old 04-23-2014, 01:48 PM   #1526
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When you see a girl washing a car, don't look at the girl. Look at the soapy water running out of the driveway into the street. I had an old-timer tell me about biting it like that. Oh, and those puddles of dried tar (in places where they tar cracks in the road)? On a hot day they can be a slick skin that can slip off the melted tar underneath when you apply sideways pressure to it in a turn or put your foot down on one at a stop.
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Old 04-23-2014, 02:10 PM   #1527
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When you see a girl washing a car, don't look at the girl. Look at the soapy water running out of the driveway into the street. I had an old-timer tell me about biting it like that. Oh, and those puddles of dried tar (in places where they tar cracks in the road)? On a hot day they can be a slick skin that can slip off the melted tar underneath when you apply sideways pressure to it in a turn or put your foot down on one at a stop.
Locally we call those strips of sealing tar 'tar snakes' as they can really throw you for a loop if you run over one on a hot day while leaned over.

I suppose it's about the same as if you ran over a real snake.
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Old 04-23-2014, 04:30 PM   #1528
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Always come to a complete stop at any stop sign. Even if it's 4:30 in the morning and the only car is going in the opposite direction.

You never know when that other car is a cop, who will stop you, on your way to work...........:

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Old 04-26-2014, 07:17 PM   #1529
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My advice is maybe simplistic but it has saved me from a few prangs both on two wheels and on four - 'Better be five minutes late than dead on time'...
Yes! So simple and so true...maybe some of the best advice here, for you John!
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Old 04-27-2014, 12:44 PM   #1530
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Wear whatever you want but remember...

There's only two types of bikers - those who've had an accident and those who've yet to have one.

When I was riding in the US a few years ago a lot of folks, and this was summer, would ask me why I was wearing leathers when it was so hot - my reply was always the same "'cos when I have an accident, I want to be able to get up and carry on". So wear what you want, but if you want to get up afterwards and carry on - ATGATT.

BTW - "rode" is a verb and "road" is a noun. They may sound the same, but they're not and my brain twitches when I see folks conflate the two. They're not inter-changeable. So please be nice to my brain, I'm old and don't have all that much left.
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