NJ noob bought a bike

Discussion in 'Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carp' started by Matticus91, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. Matticus91

    Matticus91 Been here awhile

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    Hey all, total noob here *insert insults and mockery*.

    Ok, now that that's out of the way I'll introduce myself and my bike.

    I'm 20, a geek, drive a 2002 Mustang GT (manual of course), work for a school while still going to school (for more geeky things) and I just bought a Dual Sport.

    The bike is a brand spankin new 2011 Husqvarna (Husky sounds better) TE250. I get it this week and this will be my first bike. I bought it for trail riding, laws suck here so there was no point in getting a non road-legal bike unless I felt like getting shot by the police.

    Before I say anything else, I can't believe how cheap the insurance is for a bike. $40/month. Nice.

    Now I have a few questions for all of you knowledgeable individuals. First things first, who wants to meet up in Jersey and watch me fall on my ass a million times will I try and ride this thing? I will also gladly accept any advice/tips etc you may have for me. Second, I plan to ride alot of trails but does anyone know of any good ones in the central NJ area? I live literally dead center in the state where 195 and 537 meet (a minute from six flags).

    Now for my last and most unexpected question. I'm considering getting summer tires/rims for it so I can use it to get around town/to work when I feel like it. Is that acceptable on these kinds of bikes? This is 100% new to me so expect totally noobish questions lol.

    I'll get pics up when I get the bike home :D

    -Matt
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  2. Tammy

    Tammy Team 2nd Wind

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    Let sallydog check out your bike and see if you can go out in the woods with him..
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  3. Pmason

    Pmason Been here awhile

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    Welcome! The highway will be bad but around town may be acceptable to you. I ride my ktm 300 on the road all the time, but it isn't the best part of the ride. I don't ride where I may attract attention, since my bike is really pseudo street legal from an inspection stand point.

    As for tires, you could run the stock tires bald first, then buy a tire set designed for your mix of street and dirt. I wouldn't recommend a 80/20 street/dirt tire, to much loss of off road ability. I wouldn't drop the money on a separate set of wheels unless you wanted 17" supermoto wheels.

    For the budget minded, I run Michelin T-63's. Not a mud tire but good all rounder for less than the D606.

    Congrats on the bike!
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  4. Hurricane Bob

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    Did you get any riding gear yet?

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  5. Matticus91

    Matticus91 Been here awhile

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    Awesome I'll shoot him a PM.

    Thanks for the advice!! The bike is 100% street legal so I'm not worried about cops but I heard knobbies on the road aren't fun lol.

    Nope have not gotten any riding gear yet. I plan to go cheap for now since this basically emptied my reserves for cash haha
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    fyrfytr B.U.F.F.

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    Motorcycles are dangerous. You'd better just give it to me. :lol3





    Congratulations on your purchase, and welcome to the insanity.
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  7. Matticus91

    Matticus91 Been here awhile

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    Lol thank you I think I'll keep it though :wink:

    By the way that's an awesome pic!
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    Matticus91 Been here awhile

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    Thank you! the more i hear the more i like it. I'm thinking I made a good decision here.
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    Matticus91 Been here awhile

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    Just ordered a GoPro Hero2 (motorsports) so I can film my epic fails haha. Should be here next wednesday. So pumped to get this bike!!
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  12. Matticus91

    Matticus91 Been here awhile

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    Awesome thanks! I have no idea what sizes I am though. I'm 6'2" and 155lbs lol not a common size.
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    Go back and read all of the Posts by Shickmister and see how he got started..
    Thats what this sounds like
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    that is a nice picture....
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    First dent is the hardest one! ( In your case scratch) :cry! I would probably just let someone crash it into the prickers to just get it done with. :D

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    Welcome to the Asylum.. :queenie

    I'm here to tell you, you can learn plenty from other peoples' mistakes.. by watching them riding in person, or on youtube, or the faceplant threads around here.

    Take your time and don't let testosterone poisoning cause you to do stupid things while you're still "new".

    And if you don't have a motorcycle license yet... get one. Take the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider Course. Worth it.
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  18. What-2-Do

    What-2-Do Been here awhile

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    Welcome Matt:wave

    Class is open :y0!

    First: don't listen to Tammy, not this time anyway. :lol3 ONLY let Sallydog check that bike out from a distance!

    Two:check out Jack Splash's sand school and Hit the PB300 2.0 if possible.

    Three: trees, rocks, and sand can all hurt you.

    Four: as my dad told me when I got my first street bike, "Ride like your invisible" :eek1 like no one else can see you.

    Five: get good, or at least get GEAR and Bark Busters before you go in the woods.

    That's it for now, do organized events and you will meet some great people, make new friends, and get plenty of help along the way. Oh yea, join the AMA they do good things :deal and you will need it for entering events. See ya around
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    A new bike like this must be properly broken in by an experienced rider. The first 1,000, make that 5,000 miles are critical and should be ridden only by a rider with my skills. I'll be over next week to pick it up. Your welcome.
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  20. Happy Seal

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    This is going much better than I thought it would for the guy! :1drink
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