New rider - Ride home from dealership? (pic included!)

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by opticalmace, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. lnewqban

    lnewqban Ninjetter

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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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  2. Steigs

    Steigs Been here awhile

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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.

    Happy riding!
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  3. opticalmace

    opticalmace Been here awhile

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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.
    mace
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  4. joexr

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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?:lol3
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  5. RockinTheRVA

    RockinTheRVA Been here awhile

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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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  6. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    Did you drop it yet? Plaka says you must so why not just get it over with and don't forget to post a picture. :1drink
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  7. opticalmace

    opticalmace Been here awhile

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    No drops yet!

    Although, the wind gusts a couple days ago gave it a good shot. :D
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  8. cargoload

    cargoload n00b

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    this made me smile. last summer i rode my new bike home from the dealership in the west end of Toronto to the dvp/404 (home). It took me three hours of winding backroads and incredible focus and intensity. ill never forget it. today the trip would take 35 minutes :rofl
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  9. opticalmace

    opticalmace Been here awhile

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    I can just imagine your face on the ride home. :lol3
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  10. SgtDuster

    SgtDuster Long timer

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    No one should ever ride a bike for the first time. Even after a riding course, even after assessing and accepting the "risks", even if the bike is a perfect starter bike, even if ATGATT, even at his own pace.

    No.

    You should rather have it delivered, park it in the garage and buy 2-3 bottle of concentrated riding time and hop on the bike for the first time only after acquiring 2-3 years of experience (those are cheap on Ebay) or you'll die. No kidding, you will!





    Come on...


    If you feel it, do it. If you don't...simply don't! It's as simple as that.

    Be calm, take your time, assess the conditions and...RIDE FOR GOD SAKE!!!

    Like someone else said already...You've got to start riding it on the street at some point after all. It's not like you're planning a RTW trip as your first ride.

    But if you don't feel it, don't force it.

    Ride safe, always!
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