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Old 08-27-2013, 09:52 AM   #1
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Hey guys. Just wanted to give a thanks for all the good info available on this forum. I take the MSF course next month and am anxious as hell about it. Five years ago I made the mistake of buying a used Honda shadow 750 and assuming I'd be able to figure out how to ride by myself. That worked for about two weeks until I put her in a ditch. No helmet, no gloves, no nothing. Luckily I was fine, but lesson learned, and I sold the bike shortly thereafter. I've had the urge to get back into riding the last two years, but want to do it the proper way this time. Hope to be on a used XT250 or sherpa in the month or so. I've budgeted some cash for gear already also. Totally pumped to get back into it. Thanks for all the info.
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Old 08-27-2013, 10:09 AM   #2
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It's never too late to learn the right things. Welcome!


Can you imagine how many new riders didn't have the same 2nd chance?
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Old 08-27-2013, 11:00 AM   #3
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Can you imagine how many new riders didn't have the same 2nd chance?
Especially the ones who bought a Hayabusa or a GSXR 1000 ...

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Old 08-27-2013, 11:02 AM   #4
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Dyller, welcome aboard.

A couple of books that will be a help to your riding:
Mastering the Ride: More Proficient Motorcycling, 2nd ed. (2012), David L. Hough's latest.

Twist of the Wrist -- 2, Keith Code. (Maybe Twist of the Wrist -- II) Note that this #2 book has Code's excellent "Survival Reaction" movements that are natural, instinctive, and wrong. The original Twist of the Wrist is more about track riding and not as well suited to the beginner. I think the TOTW-II video is good, but I like the book better.

There are more books that are excellent as you build more miles in the saddle, and there is additional training that is highly recommended, but also after you get more miles.
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Old 08-27-2013, 11:05 AM   #5
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Especially the ones who bought a Hayabusa or a GSXR 1000 ...
Yep, especially but not exclusively
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Old 08-27-2013, 11:14 AM   #6
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The XT 250 is a great steed to learn on, relatively light with reasonable power without being intimidating. Take your time, take it easy and get the feel of motorcycling . It is extremely rewarding if learnt and done properly. Toptip: Ride with your head and not the ego once you have mastered the elementary stuff. All the best :-)
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Old 08-29-2013, 02:58 PM   #7
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A couple of books that will be a help to your riding:
Mastering the Ride: More Proficient Motorcycling, 2nd ed. (2012), David L. Hough's latest.
Buy the first book, Proficient Motorcycling too. Both books are very good for helping you be a safe rider.

I'm not as impressed with A Twist Of The Wrist 2 for teaching a new rider. The first book is aimed at the race track and the second one claims to be street oriented, but is also aimed at the race track - in my opinion. Something like Total control by Lee Parks is better for the real world.

But both Hough books have been the most valuable of the 8 or so riding books that I've read so far.
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:30 PM   #8
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Congratulations on doing it right this time. Enjoy the MSF Course pay attention and practice, practice!
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Old 08-31-2013, 10:02 PM   #9
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Get the gear before you go to MSF. Depending on what kind of jacket you buy and the weather, you may not want to be wearing it for the class, but boots might not be a bad idea, sometimes ankle injuries can be bad even at slow speeds. Also, you don't want to be wearing one of their helmets, that's just disgusting. Bring your own.
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Old 09-01-2013, 05:38 AM   #10
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The safety course is the single best thing you can do as a new rider. Enjoy! After the course, it's practice. Ride whenever you can, and find an empty lot or something to practice looking through curves, emergency braking, maybe some figure 8's and whatever. The more you ride, the better and safer you'll be.

Most importantly, have fun!
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:19 AM   #11
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David Hough's "Proficient Motorcycling" IS one of the best books to get, especially for a newer rider. David contributed a lot to the MSF format for many years.

Another book to consider is "Motorcycling Excellance" published as a MSF book for riders. It may be good also because the book format is very similar to the MSF student handbook, but with a lot more detail and explanation.
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:31 AM   #12
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David Hough's "Proficient Motorcycling" IS one of the best books to get, especially for a newer rider.
I had been riding for more than 20 years and more than 50,000 miles when I first read his book, and I still think that it has made the biggest difference in helping me to be a safe rider.

All riders should read that book.
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Old 09-04-2013, 07:10 PM   #13
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Have both proficient motorcycling on order from amazon. Keeping my eye on craigslist for a used XT250 and biding my time until the course.
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Old 09-05-2013, 08:50 AM   #14
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I had a Sherpa for a first bike. It was a great learning tool, and pretty capable in easier single track. The XT 250 looks very similar, with the bonus that it's still available in the states. Good luck and congrats on doing it right this time.

Sent from another older learner.

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Old 09-05-2013, 01:55 PM   #15
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Thanks Dave. Nice fish.

Hard to restrain myself from going out and picking a bike up now. I told myself I'd wait until after the MSF, but man is it tempting.
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