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Old 03-13-2014, 08:12 AM   #1486
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Life has shown me he was right, 90% of riders who crash, crash in the first year of riding year.:
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Most riders (on street) never crash.
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Old 03-13-2014, 08:41 AM   #1487
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...yeah I've out done my "street" record by about 300%
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Old 03-20-2014, 07:21 AM   #1488
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So, more questions! Graduated my msf course Sunday (Perfect score on "the box" yay!) Lol, then in snowed and rained and froze but not it's sunny and perfect, they said I would be fine to ride on roads less busy to start, question is how do I find them? And should I wait and ride with someone more experienced for my first on road experience?

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Old 03-20-2014, 07:33 AM   #1489
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Most Important Things to Know For a Motorcycling n00b.

Be paranoid. If you think EVERYONE on the road is trying to take you out you'll be fine. Everyone is so TOTALLY distracted.
If I were King, we'd all be driving a 3 on the tree with NO radio.
JUST DRIVE FOLKS.
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Old 03-20-2014, 07:37 AM   #1490
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So last Sunday I went for a group ride through the mountains and covered about 220 miles. By the end my fuel light had been on awhile and I was in a hurry to get home so I pushed my range limit and got home without a problem. At the time I had a msr fuel bottle on me in case I ran out. Well I had not ridden all week and decided to ride to work just to pick something up. I left my panniers and fuel bottle I the garage because my first stop was going to be a gas station a half mile away. I briefly thought of dumping my fuel bottle in the tank but really how much gas to you need to go 1/2 mile? Well apparently more than I had because I ran out at the bottom of a small hill 1/4 mile from my fuel bottle:(
My wife was kind enough to bring me my fuel bottle without calling me stupid ( but I could see it in her eyes) so when gas is all around don't push your range
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I would have quietly walked back for the gas and told no one.


I'd have told her to fetch me a bacon sammich while she was at it...
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Old 03-20-2014, 07:50 AM   #1491
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It's easier to see if somebody is moving towards you by watching where the tire meets the road. This works for vehicles at intersections, vehicles changing lanes, etc. The ones that bug me are the cagers that are "looking at you" but start rolling before they really oughta.
This is a very good one! I was trained to use this technique as "Ground Viewing". Very effective.
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Old 03-20-2014, 08:22 AM   #1492
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As you may have noted I was riding for 4.5 years before taking the safety
class. A lot of bad habits to unlearn!!
I'm curious - what were some of the habits you had to unlearn?
For me, it was to use both brakes together, every time....except for a flat, of course.
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Old 03-20-2014, 09:08 PM   #1493
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Bad Habits...

Sense you asked here are two that got me in more trouble then
they should have. First was rolling to a stop using just the front
break and walking the bike with both feet down for the last 100
feet. second just looking forward to where I wanted to go.
The course showed that both breaks stops the bike better with
more control. Also the idea of looking seven seconds down the
road and thinking " what's the worst thing that those cars can do
and what are my escape routes?" put my head on a swivel for about
a year until it became second nature for me.

Congrats sailorninja and if I may get a town map of where you live
and ride the back streets were the traffic is sparse until you feel
ready to hit the main roads. have fun!
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Old 03-21-2014, 04:19 AM   #1494
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Yeah, I forgot that one. I, too, was putting my foot down way before the stop.

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Sense you asked here are two that got me in more trouble then
they should have. First was rolling to a stop using just the front
break and walking the bike with both feet down for the last 100
feet. second just looking forward to where I wanted to go.
The course showed that both breaks stops the bike better with
more control. Also the idea of looking seven seconds down the
road and thinking " what's the worst thing that those cars can do
and what are my escape routes?" put my head on a swivel for about
a year until it became second nature for me.

Congrats sailorninja and if I may get a town map of where you live
and ride the back streets were the traffic is sparse until you feel
ready to hit the main roads. have fun!
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Old 03-21-2014, 04:53 AM   #1495
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So, more questions! Graduated my msf course Sunday (Perfect score on "the box" yay!) Lol, then in snowed and rained and froze but not it's sunny and perfect, they said I would be fine to ride on roads less busy to start, question is how do I find them? And should I wait and ride with someone more experienced for my first on road experience?

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'Grats on the MSF course! Best way to learn to ride.

If you took the class I don't see any reason to have to ride with someone.

As for the roads, I live on the edge of a smallish town, so they weren't really an issue for me. I would stick in an area where you're familiar so you don't have to worry about navigating though. Just find a quiet 2 lane that you can go ride without too many distractions. Less cars to worry about means more time to focus on the bike. Or just ride wherever you feel comfortable.

It's a lotta fun, just get out there and after the first few tanks of gas you'll get the hang of it.
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Old 03-21-2014, 05:05 AM   #1496
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'Grats on the MSF course! Best way to learn to ride.

If you took the class I don't see any reason to have to ride with someone.

As for the roads, I live on the edge of a smallish town, so they weren't really an issue for me. I would stick in an area where you're familiar so you don't have to worry about navigating though. Just find a quiet 2 lane that you can go ride without too many distractions. Less cars to worry about means more time to focus on the bike. Or just ride wherever you feel comfortable.

It's a lotta fun, just get out there and after the first few tanks of gas you'll get the hang of it.
Thanks! I was stoked!
Im hoping to get in some riding today after work, problem is I don't really know the area im living in that well besides the main street, which is full of over zealous morons who like to rear end you stopping at a redlight. Ha..I couldn't believe how much more comfortable I feel on my own bike after taking the course! (Got too impatient and rode her around the yard heh)

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Old 03-21-2014, 10:43 AM   #1497
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Also, I have my motorcycle permit right now, how long am I supposed to wait to get my license? They gave me the little card but I wasn't sure if I needed to take it right away?

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Old 03-22-2014, 06:13 AM   #1498
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Also, I have my motorcycle permit right now, how long am I supposed to wait to get my license? They gave me the little card but I wasn't sure if I needed to take it right away?
Depends on what state you're in and how old you are. KY it's 6 months if you're under 21, then 1 month after.
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Old 03-22-2014, 07:58 PM   #1499
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Also, I have my motorcycle permit right now, how long am I supposed to wait to get my license? They gave me the little card but I wasn't sure if I needed to take it right away?

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I believe in Arizona you can take the MSF course completion certificate to the motor vehicle division and they will put the motorcycle endorsement on your license.
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Old 03-22-2014, 08:13 PM   #1500
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My tidbit of advice is that when cars are waiting to turn or pull out, be mindful of their wheels. Eye contact will only tell you whether or not they could have seen you, not whether they really did or really care. You can detect movement by the front wheels almost instantly. The split second this affords you is something.
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