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Old 02-10-2015, 09:15 AM   #1
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Need a mentor

So I'm a newby and just bought myself an XT225. I need to learn how to do basic repairs and quick fixes by someone who has some experience. Would also love to have someone to do some beginning riding with. I'm in Longmont. Any potential friends in my area?

Oh, and I'm a 45 year old woman, if that makes any difference to anyone. So I'm really starting from nothing in terms of knowledge here. But I am not afraid to get dirty and I learn very quickly. I just don't want to break anything.
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Old 02-10-2015, 10:45 AM   #2
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Congrats on your bike, great choice to start with-you'll love it. I'm in the Springs and won't be much help to you (someone oughta be along shortly), but welcome to the nuthouse
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Old 02-10-2015, 10:59 AM   #3
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Congratulations on the bike and getting into riding. I am down in Broomfield so would probably not be much help but if I am around and you can get down I would be more than happy to teach and help with some maintenance.

Stay tuned to the Rockies section as rides are posted up regularly. Or if you are taking a ride post it up and fellow inmates will join in.

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Old 02-10-2015, 11:04 AM   #4
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My wife and I live in Longmont as well. We have a couple DRZ400's and a couple Vstroms.

I have most of the tools necessary for whatever kind of work you may need to do and I was a mechanic for a few years as well so I can help you out there.

I'd be more than willing to have you over for a bike day. Go ahead and send me an email or give me a call.

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Old 02-10-2015, 11:04 AM   #5
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Should be lots of good stuff here.
http://www.xt225.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=cfrm
Also check youtube for maintenance procedures. Welcome
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Old 02-10-2015, 12:03 PM   #6
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I am also in Longmont and run a KLR , but would be willing to join dmacconaghy in helping you out and we could look at doing some group rides.
Send me a PM if you want to meet sometime.
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Old 02-10-2015, 12:08 PM   #7
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Welcome to the club...I'm down in Monument so I'm also not much help.

There are always people heading out to ride at all kinds of skill levels, and bike types. Keep an eye on the post or just post up asking if anyone is planning to ride.

An easy outing would be to come to the Elephant Ride, it's said that there is not much snow so should be a warm and easy year. Plus you can meet some of us peeps.

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Old 02-10-2015, 12:24 PM   #8
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Good luck on not breaking anything. I don't that any of us have figured out how to do that yet. Maybe Blake has. But then all we see is his end product.

Oh until you find that mentor. Figure out how to post photos. Then just post photos of what you are doing and ask questions. You will get like 10000 answers none of which will make any sense.
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Old 02-10-2015, 12:51 PM   #9
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Sounds like a good excuse for beer night at the Pump House

We'll make sure Grizgirl & Prairierider are there. Kiwigirl doesn't ride much anymore, but she used to be part of the girl gang.
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Old 02-10-2015, 01:35 PM   #10
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Sounds like a good excuse for beer night at the Pump House

We'll make sure Grizgirl & Prairierider are there. Kiwigirl doesn't ride much anymore, but she used to be part of the girl gang.
I may be able to cope without Grizgirl for a evening, but my copy of Zen and the art of motorcycle mechanics stays in the tool chest.

http://www.amazon.com/Zen-Art-Motorc.../dp/0060589469

14 bucks...that's a lot of knowledge about how not to strip a bolt in aluminum, some know how as to how a motor works, and good useful quotes for the campfire.
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Old 02-10-2015, 01:55 PM   #11
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You mean this?

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=945664
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Old 02-10-2015, 01:59 PM   #12
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meet up

There are a couple clubs north of you, Front Range Riders, you can find on meet up and NCTR. Keep an eye out for the Moose Run Dual sport rally in Walden the first weekend in August.
Congrats on the new scooter.
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Old 02-10-2015, 04:46 PM   #13
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Sounds like a good excuse for beer night at the Pump House

We'll make sure Grizgirl & Prairierider are there. Kiwigirl doesn't ride much anymore, but she used to be part of the girl gang.
Me too!
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Old 02-10-2015, 05:02 PM   #14
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Me too!
Absitively! How could I forget.
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Old 02-10-2015, 10:25 PM   #15
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I may be able to cope without Grizgirl for a evening, but my copy of Zen and the art of motorcycle mechanics stays in the tool chest.

http://www.amazon.com/Zen-Art-Motorc.../dp/0060589469

14 bucks...that's a lot of knowledge about how not to strip a bolt in aluminum, some know how as to how a motor works, and good useful quotes for the campfire.
I was thinking of that book the other day and wondering if it relayed anything to do with motorcycle maintenance.
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