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Old 03-11-2013, 06:04 AM   #31
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As long as there isn't crap on the roads, ride it home. If the parking lot at the dealership is big enough, do a few laps there to get a feel for the bike before you get out on the road. Have your experienced riding buddy go with you and ride home with you. Take it easy and slow and you'll be fine.

Congrats on the pretty new bike!
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:23 AM   #32
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Originally Posted by Plaka View Post
You got to grin 'cause you got home.

i asked if you thought it advisable.

If someone is comfortable enough to ride their first bike home from wherever, then they should do it. If not, then they should find another way to get it home.

(case by case basis concerning what's advisable)
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:04 AM   #33
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As another noob who took his course in August, I would say: Have it delivered. Apart from the whole weather/salt thing, even.

I learned a lot from my MSF course, but it was mainly about how to ride in a parking lot. I didn't learn how to use the signals, I didn't learn how to change lanes, I didn't learn how to ride at 60 mph with the wind hitting my chest, I didn't learn how to make a turn with pedestrians walking in front of me, I didn't learn how to deal with a bunch of cars around me. I had to learn all that on my own, and unfortunately I had to learn on the busy streets of NYC--it would have been a lot better if I had had empty rural roads to practice on first.

Since you haven't ridden in many months, and (if your course was like mine) you haven't done any real road riding at all, I'd suggest that you not have your first ride on a brand-new bike be one that will introduce you to a whole lot of new experiences at once.
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:48 AM   #34
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Originally Posted by Skyway6 View Post
well i want to add that op is in Ontario. it is winter there, recently had a huge snow storm. Add in new rider, cold tires/new tires and street with possible ice/snow patches. Then there is all the snow melt/road grime/salt that will get into all the shiney underbits of that bike. if they are offering to deliver bike i would take that option.
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Thanks for the suggestions guys. You're right, I was going to wait for the weather to warm up a bit and rain to wash off the salt (hopefully before April, but I can wait until then if need be).

And yeah, haven't ridden since the course in August, but I picked it up pretty quickly at the time. I'll have to ponder it a bit.

I appreciate the feedback.
I live in Ontario. Roads are a mess. Salt and dirt is piled up high in all but urban areas. Heavy rain today but snow expected overnight. Not a good time to ride unless you have good experience with sliding on sand covered asphalt.

I'd get it delivered then start riding at your own pace and distance, starting from home. Not the distance mandated by having to go from the dealer to home. You want to be calm when riding. I don't think that's likely when picking up a new motorcycle when you haven't been on a bike in 8 months, you are on iffy raods in cold to freezing weather on an unfamiliar bike and you're the only motorcycle on the road for 100 kms.

Nice bike btw and very good choice. Happy riding. Wave if you see a bright green BMW
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Old 03-11-2013, 01:52 PM   #35
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I'd probably ride it home, conditions notwithstanding.

There's some good reasons to take care listed in this thread - but there's also a bunch of overly cautious fucking Grannies too.

Enjoy your new bike OP
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:23 AM   #36
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If you're comfortable riding it home from the dealership then do so. You've got to start riding it on the street at some point after all.
wish i'd been able to form that simple statement when i was criticized for riding my "new" bike home 125 miles.
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:16 AM   #37
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What a great looking bike! I have heard a few 250's around here with aftermarket exhaust that sound incredible.

I rode my new Ninja 1.5 hours home from the dealer. I chose to follow the recommended break-in procedures and kept it under a certain RPM. Some of my riding was on the freeway, so I had my wife block traffic behind me with her car. It was just a short section, but her keeping the tailgaters off was a big help. Even having an experienced rider with you will help. Definitely be careful of those slippery new tires.

Congrats on that beautiful Ninja!
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:00 AM   #38
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For those who learn to ride on the street (not dirt) every poll and study I have seen and read over the years has over 60% never ADMITTING TO crashing or dropping their bikes.
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:26 AM   #39
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If you're smart enough to have all your riding gear already, smart enough to have taken your safety course, and smart enough to start out with a 250cc bike... Then I'd say you're smart enough to ride it home.

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Old 03-12-2013, 12:34 PM   #40
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Were you comfortable letting the bike lean during the cornering exercises?

For a new rider, that's going to be one of the most important things you'll encounter, negotiating curves.

As others have said too, brand new tires. Generally it's accepted they'll be squirmy for about 100 miles. If you have a riding buddy taking you there ask him to scrub the tires in at an empty parking lot. One thing he could do is counter weight the hell out of the bike and go around in a tight circle in 1st gear. If he's comfortable with that he could get them scrubbed in all the way to the edge. But still no emergency braking or really fast starts till 100 on the odo.

Not to scare you but, a fellow rider coach told me a story about a lady in one of his classes. She had just taken the brc and bought a bike a day or so later. She bought one out of town, couple hours away, and saved like a 100 bucks.

Her bf drove her there and she had decided to ride it home. The bf was right behind her in the car and watched her lose it on a ramp for the highway. She died.

If you do go for it, bravo. Just don't forget a bike has to lean to make a corner. Don't forget the technique you learned in the class how that's done. Would strongly suggest going slow initially and you'll get more and more comfortable letting it lean. The last thing you want to have happen is to be in the corner too fast for your skill level, panic, target fixate, crash.

As others have pointed out, just because we pass the class doesn't indicate (like it is with a car) that we're "good to go". It takes a lot more skill to ride a bike safely than it does to drive a car.

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Old 03-12-2013, 01:15 PM   #41
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Hello, Opticalmace,

You are probably very confused after reading so many different opinions.

I believe that the option of a trailer has not been mentioned yet.

There are trailers specifically for motorcycles that can be rented (at least in USA) or borrowed from a friend.

Unless your safety course included some practical street riding dealing with real traffic, you are not ready yet for dealing with traffic, bad road conditions and the controls and balance of your new bike, all at once.

Practice in a safe environment first until you get very familiar with controlling your bike (it doesn't take long); only then, start adventuring into light traffic, during daylight and with good weather.

You will feel when you will be ready for trying more complicated things, like rain, night, fog, heavy traffic, highway, etc.

Congratulations and best luck !!!
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:33 PM   #42
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Hi opticalmace,

I'm a new rider myself and, not knowing your actual skill level, I can only offer my own experience.

I took the MSF class and spent about a year looking around, reading forums and trying to decide on the bike for me. I ended up at the local Triumph dealer and narrowed it down to a Tiger XC. I hopped on the demo bike and went through the MSF day 1 exercises, finding the friction zone and getting the feel for the bike. Rode it out of the parking lot and around the block a bit and decided it was the one for me. I went home, played with some numbers and had a friend give me a ride back the next day to buy the bike.

At that point, I was a bit nervous about getting it back home as it would be my first significant foray on a motorcycle and out and about in traffic. I just went over everything from the class in my head, remembering the basics, and kept in the forefront of my mind that I knew enough to know I didn't know sh|t. I took my time and kept my concentration on the task at hand and made it home safe with no issues.

Since then, I've put several hundred miles on it and continue to learn every time I take it out. The only problem I find is sometimes it's difficult to get the helmet off my head when I get home due to the ear-to-ear grin on my face..

Anyhow my point is you bought the bike to ride it, you might as well spend time on it rather than keep 'building up' to that first 'real' ride. Take your time, don't be foolish with your technique and respect the machine you're sitting on. If you need to pull off for a break midway, do it. Treat all the other traffic as if they're out to kill you, be alert.

This is all my personal opinion of course, and may or may not be helpful to you in your decision, but best of luck in whatever you decide.

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Old 05-01-2013, 05:07 PM   #43
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Hi guys,

I figured I would update this as it might be useful for someone else. I spoke to the dealership and the guy I bought my bike from offered to deliver the bike for me. He rode it to my house and I gave him a lift back in my car.

I now have about 500 miles on my bike and it was definitely the right decision to have it delivered. I think chances are I would have been fine riding it home but after riding in traffic I realize now that I have to spend most of my concentration worrying about other vehicles, not figuring out the controls/mechanics.

I'm still very much learning but I have some tactics in mind when I come up to busy intersections and whatnot. If I had come into a sticky situation on my first ride home I think it would have been much more of a problem.

Anyway, I'm not saying that everyone should do this, but in my case I'm glad I had someone ride it home for me.

Thanks for your help guys.
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Old 05-01-2013, 05:11 PM   #44
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Oh come on guys. Where are the pix of the first timers laying next to their new bikes on the ground in front of the dealership?
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:11 PM   #45
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Ride that baby home! As long as you know how to work it, and the roads aren't too crazy around you, by all means ride it home. You won't forget the experience. I started with the exact same bike and I remember the thrill I got on my first ride home. Be safe, and have fun!

^^glad you found something that worked for you. I had a friend deliver my bike to my house when I got my Ninja250. But at that point I'm not sure I had even sat on a bike much less knew how to ride one. The Ninja250 is a very capable and fun bike, theres a reason I've owned 4 of them :)
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