Most Important Things to Know For a Motorcycling n00b.

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by MotoMusicMark, Mar 26, 2010.

  1. Jetstreamer

    Jetstreamer Sandlapper Brapper

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    Buy gear before the bike. Otherwise you will be tempted to ride while not adequately protected.
  2. planemanx15

    planemanx15 Long timer

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    +1...

    Wear your gear around the house for a while to get used to it. Your helmet might be tight brand new, and you don't want to be riding while trying to fiddle with it.
  3. planemanx15

    planemanx15 Long timer

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    Thank you, fixed..
  4. braindigitalis

    braindigitalis Wet weather sucks!

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    Be prepared to spend half the value of your first bike on good protective gear and waterproofs :-) ...that is unless you're buying a ten grand bike on finance ;-)
  5. BCKRider

    BCKRider Been here awhile

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    My thoughts exactly. Yesterday I caught a ride to a band rehearsal from a fellow band member in his two-wheel drive van. About 4 km from my place we see a scooter riding along in the opposing lane. Can't tell you the sex of of the rider or whether the scooter was gas or electric powered, but I can tell you I was absolutely astonished that anyone would be out on two wheels after a 3" dump of new snow, not totally plowed off, with patches of ice under the snow.

    Can't imagine the rationale for this ride, but hope he/she made it home safely.Definitely not my cup of tea.
  6. Jon_PDX

    Jon_PDX Long timer

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    Since the title of this thread is "Most Important Things to Know For a Motorcycling n00b."


    Do Not Try Riding in the Snow/Ice
    (Until you have a lot of miles under you.)

    Yeah, yeah, I know......But I had to say it just because it sure looks like fun. :D

    Jon...
  7. randyo

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    I've gone to the darkside, winter car tire in back, studded bike tire in front, you can cut that gap back down to the normal 3 seconds ±
  8. blacktruck

    blacktruck Been here awhile

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    Don't use the excuse that it will save money to buy a bike. Been said before but every vehicle has costs involved :dhorse. What you may save in fill ups for the cage you will spend on farkles or extra trips or gear for yourself. Buy a bike because you want to ride and enjoy the trips :ricky . Be upfront and say that's why you have a bike. If you do save some money along the way, then good for you but you probably didn't offset the cost of replacing the cage yet. My guess is that most here haven't saved that much, we've just had a better time :beer of spending what we have. If you're down to counting the nickels when you fill up, you might want to rethink leaving home.
  9. Racersteve

    Racersteve Adventurer

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    Driving at night is way more dangerous. Watch the light patch underneath the car in front of you to be sure he's not driving over something that will take you down.
  10. Aussijussi

    Aussijussi Long timer

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    I drive on icy roads every day, for six month's of the year, studded tyre's for cars are compulsory here from november to april. Don't actually know what the law is for bike's, studded tyre's or not. Wouldn't make much difference though, you never see anyone riding a motorcycle here during the winter month's, it's just too risky.
    What i'm getting at is, don't ride on icy road's if you don't absolutely need to, gettin caught in a snow storm, rather seek shelter if you can, instead of riding thru. Icy road is ten times as slippery as wet clay or grass.
    This might be 205, but it could help some noob, who is contemplating a ride in the snow, think again!
  11. eap

    eap El Adventurero Solitario

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    THIS! Keep the neck warm and covered to avoid air leaks when it is chilly so as not to discourage turning the head. Exercise the neck to keep a good rotation - 60 to 80 degrees - that is rotate head from chin pointed straight ahead left or right until chin is almost parralel with shoulder. A chiropractor can help increase your rotation and decrease your pain. A ttube neck gaiter works well - I like a plain Silk/poly neck gaiter.

    Use frequent head checks and don't rely solely on your mirrors changing lanes etc....
  12. easyrider88

    easyrider88 POsIng PrO

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    wish somebody would have said youll get addicted to riding so dont start.im 60 years old.its been 43 years and 13 bikes.im a motorcycle addict.i hate driving a car.
  13. JacqueTanis

    JacqueTanis Sassy

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    When you stop make sure to keep your bike on center or it will start to tip and if you are a 59 year old grandma whoes bike weighs much, much more than you ... it will keep tipping until it actually falls over because you will not able to hold it up and once down, you will have to pray there is a strong man behind you who when he get's done laughing will to pick it up and get you back on your way ... or you're pretty much stuck where you landed until one comes along!
  14. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    :bow

    Thanks for sharing that! Good on you for riding!
  15. E.O.T.D.

    E.O.T.D. Adventurer

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    My 2cents (from about 26 years of riding and years of road racing)
    ** If i'm repeating anything already said then good. It needs to be repeated.

    1. RIDE SMOOTHLY! NEVER NEVER NEVER try to "go fast" or " be fast". You MUST work at being SMOOTH first, and fast will eventually just happen (safely). Smooth is always first. If fast is first you will crash. Anyone can go fast until they crash. Smooth is safe, but will turn into fast. If you can't transition between throttle and brakes, shifts, or even just cornering without being smooth, slow down. It will come.
    One of the biggest compliments I have received was during a weekend ride with some good (and pretty fast) friends. My friend (who has hit the ground more than myself) :p3rry:fishie had his girlfriend with him and wanted to get some "fast" time in so she rode with me for a bit. I didn't keep up with him (precious cargo) but was going at a pretty good clip and when she got off she looked at me and said, "Is your bike nicer than his?" I said no and when I asked why she said, "I couldn't feel everything as much as with him, it was a lot smoother and more comfortable!" That made me smile and I said maaaybe she shouldn't mention that to him.

    You will probably fall off at some point but why not delay it as long as you can!

    2. PLEASE ride in the dirt. Before you spend time on the street if possible. You WILL fall in the dirt, but that is how you learn the bike control that will later save your life on the street when you need it most. There is a difference between how you control the same bike on the tarmac and on the dirt, with experience it will come naturally.
    ex... On the street, your braking power is in the front wheel. In the dirt, your braking power is in the rear wheel. Learn to use a combination of the two and when to use each.

    3. There is (almost) no such thing as a person with faster than usual reaction time, there IS however people who have learned to have great situational awareness and can THINK WAY AHEAD. They are more than a few steps ahead which frees up brain power in case you do have to react to something. When you do have to "react" quickly it needs to just happen. You don't have time to think. That's where #2 comes into play.

    4. Respect the motorcycle. Even a little healthy fear of it is good. There's a reason why I (and seemingly many motorcyclists) get hurt on scooters. When I get on one I will admit to my detriment that I lose all respect for the little machine and flog it until it bites me back. I'm sure many inmates are guilty of this same thing.

    5. Learn to communicate with the bike, or at least listen to it. It's not your wife, listen to it carefully. She'll tell you what you really need to know. When your doing it right, it should almost feel as if your dancing with it, not fighting it.

    6. practice and have fun.
  16. BCKRider

    BCKRider Been here awhile

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    After a 5 day trip from my home in B.C. through Washington, Montana, Idaho and back I could say there wasn't a single scary moment until I hit the road which in two miles would put me in my driveway. The road which had been blacktop in need of repair when I left was now now flatly rolled gravel. No warning signs. I stopped, considered making a 6-8 mile detour which would have kept me on pavement, then thought "hell, the bike is already dirty, so what is a little more dirt?"

    I hadn't gone 6 feet on this gravel surface and I knew I was in trouble. The tires immediately dropped in several inches and I knew my only hope of not dropping the bike was keeping the power on in first gear. Somehow I made it through to pavement several hundred yards later; not able to see a thing as my sweat had totally fogged up the face shield!

    Of course what I SHOULD HAVE DONE was park the bike and walk a few steps in this gravel. That would have told the tale of just how soft this surface was.

    Another time I asked a very experienced riding friend how his right saddle bag got so dinged up. He had ridden into a gravel parking lot, put his right foot down, and his foot just kept sinking into the gravel until he couldn't hold the bike up.

    Might be a good idea to park the bike and walk into questionable surfaces. Of course that is only for wimps who don't want to add to these sort of stories.
  17. framebinder

    framebinder framebinder

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    Been riding off and on for years and I'm finding lots of useful tips here. Some, though, not so much. Use your head.

    Thanks
  18. Cobain

    Cobain night owl

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    Pin it to win it.
  19. beachmike1

    beachmike1 Adventurer

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    1. LEARN SMOOTH.
    2. RIDE YOUR OWN RIDE.
    3. AVOID GROUP RIDES (See 1 and 2).
    4. DRESS FOR THE ACCIDENT..(Full Armor "Bounce outfit, Helmet ..full face as i like my full face, Good Armor , Good Riding suit)
    5. Raceing is for the racetrack...not the desert, not trails nor the road.
    6. Trix is a breafast cereal..not something to do on a motorcycle..
    7. Beer does NOT mix with Bikes..of any sort.
    8. NOBODY has sympathy for a dmaged motorcyclist...break your leg skiing..the chicks swoon..break your leg riding..you are deemed an idiot.
    9. FEW Accidents are accidents..in general thier is a chain of events leading to an "accident" break the chain..the accident does not happen.
    10. Do not ride tired cold or hungry...dress right...snooze if you need to..keep a snack in a pocket.
    12. DRINK WATER.
  20. Principiante

    Principiante Adventurer

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    Although I've been riding quite a while, I started late in life. My sign in name "Principiante" means beginner in Italiano. I still approach riding that way.

    When you start this sport you realize that it costs a lot of money. That money can go to a lot of places, the bike (which is where we like to place our bucks), gear, travel, or God forbid, the hospital. My advice is to spend at least as much money on lessons from a Pro as you spent for your bike. It's the best insurance you can buy, it's tons of fun and your can learn more in a day than you can learn in a year working on your own.

    My recommendation is Yamaha Champions Riding School. I have spent quite a few days with these guys. Just finished two days at Laguna Seca. What a blast. The things you learn will take all the 'scary' out of being a beginner. Google them.:rofl