You Know You're A Motorcycle n00b...

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by DudeClone, Mar 18, 2014.

  1. DudeClone

    DudeClone Long timer

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    ....if you're username is dudeclone. And you do the following.

    So I run into a fellow rider and we spend some time inside someplace and then go to our bikes, which we've already seen. But now we're together, as are the bikes. Now, this is the first time as a motorcyclist I've chatted with another.

    Me: I like you're bike. Nice Honda

    Him: It's a Suzuki

    And it says so right there across the tank! :asshat

    I don't quite understand the need for a kickstand kill switch, either. Must be a good reason for it other then my thinking I bought a lemon my second day with the bike. It just kept shutting off!!

    n00b :waysad

    But I have a feeling I am not the first one...
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  2. Digasi

    Digasi Been here awhile

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    kickstand kill switch is probably the number 2 reason my bike doesn't start.

    Number 1 is I forget to turn the bike on.:evil
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  3. Chillis

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    Damn dude. Maybe you should get back on the Kymco.
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  4. Pecha72

    Pecha72 Long timer

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    Disable the switch, put the sidestand down, and start riding. Report here, how was your first left turn........ :lol3
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  5. flei

    flei cycletherapist

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    Number for me: forget to turn on the handlebar "kill switch"
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  6. Anonawesome

    Anonawesome Scenic Rider

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    Yeah no sympathy here...
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  7. SlowPony

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    At my old job I parked in a parking garage. As a holdover from the MSF, I always carefully put the bike in neutral before I started it. There were a few times when I would start the bike just fine, and then as soon as I would put it in gear, it would lurch forward and die because I forgot to put the kickstand up. Of course, there were always a few of the guys around to catch me doing it: "How long did you say you'd been riding, again?"

    These days I park outside and I mostly just forget to turn my heated grips off in the morning so the battery is dead by the afternoon.
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  8. Anonawesome

    Anonawesome Scenic Rider

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    Oh yeah? Well have you ever kickstarted a bike in first gear? :wink:

    :rofl
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  9. tapdiggy

    tapdiggy Been here awhile

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    Similarly, have you ever spent 20 minutes kickstarting a bike, then remember to turn the fuel petcock to ON?
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  10. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    I've been a motorcycle n0ob for 34 years. Probably always will be!:deal
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  11. Sl0rider

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    Ah motorcycles! Alternately making you feel like a king, then completely tearing your ego to pieces. There's nothing else I've found quite as good at doing that. But we will always going back for the king feeling...!
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  12. cb200t

    cb200t Been here awhile

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    You know you're a noob when you ride your bike everyday, but have to come home and charge it because your new regulator/rectifier hasn't arrived yet but you want to keep riding anyway because it's so much fun!!!! I haven't done anything stupid (yet), but it's been pretty chilly around here so there haven't been many other riders out yet to perform acts of stupidity in front of. :rofl
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  13. scootrboi

    scootrboi Long timer

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    When I was younger and stronger in the late 1980s my 330 lb scooter had a weak battery and the electric start wouldn't work. Every morning I would push it on wet grass up a slight incline to jump start it. By fall my chest really hurt.
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  14. SgtDuster

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    I you wired your heated grips to an always hot lead, you kinda deserve it I'd say.
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  15. Gonzoso

    Gonzoso Been here awhile

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    Yeah seriously putting in a relay is cake, I did it and I'm completely incompetent!
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  16. Aj Mick

    Aj Mick Been here awhile

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    There was a period when Honda they were so dominant in the market that the words "motorcycle" and "Honda" were synonymousÂ….. as in the movie On Any Sunday when one guy asks another "What kind of Honda do you ride?"
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  17. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space

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    You should try skiing. One run you're just shredding things, carving turns, having a BLAST, feeling awesome, the best feeling you've ever had! Next run, you biff getting off the chair and can't get yourself stood back up so they have to stop the lift with 1000 other skiers on it while you get your shit together...

    We all have to begin somewhere and even after years of experience you'll find yourself doing the stoooopidest things. Yeah, I think I can ride my 550 pound motorcycle up that... It's the human condition, I'm afraid.

    Welcome to the sport and welcome to the Asylum, all ye n00bs!

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  18. SlowPony

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    Ha, my husband said he could set it up so that it would be impossible to leave them turned on, and I said "No, don't worry about it, I'm not going to forget to turn them off!" You can imagine the grief I [deservedly] got the first time it happened.
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  19. SgtDuster

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    Words of wisdom
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  20. ErikDK

    ErikDK Been here awhile

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    You've bought to cheap.

    My Oxford heated grips automatically cuts out when the voltage drops shortly after the engine is turned off, so they can safely be connected directly to the battery.
    You can't turn them on again before the engine is started and the voltage is over a certain level.

    Still, I have them wired to a relay controlled by the ignition key.
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