My Santa and the new hotness

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by inspectorpacket, Dec 24, 2008.

  1. inspectorpacket

    inspectorpacket back in the saddle again.

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    Two years ago, Santa delivered a 50cc for my son, since that time he has been wanting Daddy to join him, I just never found the right time to get a bike.

    Sensing this, my wonderful wife took it upon herself to reach out to a few folks on this forum to seek advice, and with the help from some of you and my father (fellow ADV'er himself) she settled on my Christmas present. So, today I get to pick up where I left off some 30 years ago with a little Yamaha 80, this time only much bigger ! :lol3:lol3:lol3


    Thanks to all those who may have helped, her research and your great advice payed off !!!

    So here is the new hotness... she snagged the last White 2009 DRZ400 in Georgia!


    Merry Christmas to all....

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  2. Jamie

    Jamie .

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    Congrats! Your wife done good. She sounds like a keeper.:D
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  3. juniorsktm

    juniorsktm Been here awhile

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    Congrats......got it dirty yet?

    Dinner ain't till 6ish......:D
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  4. manganos

    manganos Let me pontificate.

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    AWESOME!!! Congrats on the new ride and don't forget the gear! Now lets see some pics with some dirt on it!
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  5. Duelsportdave1

    Duelsportdave1 Been here awhile

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    they r a great bike
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  6. inspectorpacket

    inspectorpacket back in the saddle again.

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    The boy and I played around in the yard today, but no real dirt experience just yet...

    First things first, gotta get my motorcycle license. Are there any gotchas on the test that I need to be aware of ?

    I am assuming from the website that I do NOT need to take the safety training before the written and driving tests...

    any pointers would be appreciated..
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  7. Pir8te

    Pir8te over forty victim of fate

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    MERRY XMAS

    My 2 cents would be to take the msf dirt course with your kid then the expirenced street course for your license if appropriate

    ride safe



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  8. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z Long timer

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    Take the Beginner Rider Course from the MSF. Depending on your state it could be fairly inexpensive, though I think even in the most expensive case it's $120 or something. It's an intense 3-day course.

    Again, depending on the state, passing the MSF course could exempt you from having to take the written and/or driving test on the bike.

    Take the course.

    Jamie
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  9. manganos

    manganos Let me pontificate.

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    Plus a zillion. Take the MSF course. Good class!
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  10. SuchesRider

    SuchesRider Just Do It!

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    Congrats on such a magnificent gift (and a great wife!) :clap I too highly recommend the MSF Basic Rider (street) course. It is a perfect way to learn the rules of the road and gain a comfort level with riding. The training ends with the motorcycle license test. I took the course several years ago and am actually thinking about taking their more advanced course. They even have dirt bike classes!

    In the Atlanta area, the Honda Education center in Alpharetta hosts MSF courses. Here is the link: www.offroad-training.org Good luck!

    Merry Christmas!
    SuchesRider
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  11. woods wizard

    woods wizard Been here awhile

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    Wow, thats a great Christmas present, A-Stars too! I got a stinkin coffee maker. :cry
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  12. Robert-31320

    Robert-31320 Agent of Chaos

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    Congrats on a great WIFE and bike! RIDE SAFE!!!

    My financial plan has me getting my first bike on my birthday....September 2009. The wait is killing me.
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  13. HappyTrails

    HappyTrails Adventurer

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    According to the Website the MSF isn't required to get your license.
    I wonder how hard the driving test is?
    Merry Christmas
    Fred
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  14. Truckin_Thumper

    Truckin_Thumper low profile

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    Why would you take a DRIVING test? I thought you needed the "M" endorsement? :scratch



    :lol3

    Learn to ride that thing in the dirt, and street riding will be a snap.... that is once you learn:
    Rear brake off road
    Front, on road.
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  15. Longknife

    Longknife Been here awhile

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    In Ohio you have to do the written to get your learner's permit. Then you either do the riding test at the DMV or you can take the MSF. I took the MSF and it really is a good idea. A couple of days of your time to reacquaint(sp?) yourself with riding. Honda has factories all around me and they put the one on that I went to. Brand new Rebels and the instructors were squared away. I'm going to do the ERC this summer, and hope I can pilot my ST1300 through their course without seriously embarrassing myself.

    Oh, if things don't work out for some reason between you and your wife, have her PM me. She sounds like a keeper.
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  16. NC HILLBILLY

    NC HILLBILLY Long timer

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    Congratulations on your new father/son adventure.....Mark
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