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Yesterday I bought a F658...today I learned to ride a motorcycle.

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by NoMoIke, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. NoMoIke

    NoMoIke Adventurer

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    Just wanted to say thanks to everyone on ADVrider for all of the great information.

    I'm 37 years old and I've driven just about everything from an M1 Abrams main battle tank to taking the wheel of my Grandpa's Cessna 172. Up until this morning I've never ridden a motorcycle, but I have to say that after only 50 miles, I'm hooked.

    A lot of my decisions about which bike to buy were based on the opinions on this board. Well, that and my genetic deficiency (30 inch inseam).

    Anyway, thanks again.
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  2. m5guy

    m5guy Adventurer

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    Welcome to the addiction! Ride safe.
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  3. Hicks

    Hicks der Überluber

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    Congrats... + you dont have to ride a bike (with instructor) to obtain a driving license for bike?
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  4. NoMoIke

    NoMoIke Adventurer

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    In Wisconsin you get a temporary instructional permit that lets you ride with some restrictions. I had all of the basic functions, shifting, brake application etc memorized, but I also had an experienced friend in close proximity at all times.
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  5. NoMoIke

    NoMoIke Adventurer

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    I think I'll be exponentially safer once I get the intake temp mod for snatchy throttle bought and installed.
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  6. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    Sweet.... here in LA we only need to take a test and ride in a circle in the DMV parking lot.
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  7. MacNoob

    MacNoob piney fresh

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    Excellent. Yesterday you bought an F658... today you STARTED to learn how to ride a motorcycle.

    I've been riding since 1975 and still learning... far from done yet!

    Take the MSF course and ride safe.
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  8. NoMoIke

    NoMoIke Adventurer

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    I'm signed up for the BRSC here on May 7th and 8th. I would've liked to do it first, but I found the right bike at the right price and truthfully, after having it sit right in front of me, I couldn't resist.

    ...and you're right, started to learn to ride a motorcycle. I've been an over the road truck driver for 13 years and roughly 1.5 million miles. In that time the most important thing I've learned is that you should never fool yourself into thinking you know it all.
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  9. NoMoIke

    NoMoIke Adventurer

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    I'll be in New Orleans on Wednesday, I wonder if you're close enough for me to come and pick up a mod?
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  10. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv Super Moderator

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    very nice! now all you have to do is riding the world. you just got you the golden ticket for adventure :clap

    Ride safe and when you have time take some pics of your bike :wink:
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  11. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    I am about 45 minutes from the airport... (south west)


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  12. NoMoIke

    NoMoIke Adventurer

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    Great, I'll see what kind of time I have when I get there, maybe we can work something out if your schedule is amenable.
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  13. epicxcrider

    epicxcrider Been here awhile

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    'Grats!!!
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  14. Riteris

    Riteris Dessert Runner

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    Rather underpowered for sure. You should have gotten a Hayabusa for your first bike.
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  15. señormoto

    señormoto Supermoto Abuser

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    unfortunately common...
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  16. roundtripping

    roundtripping Adventourist

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    I'm curious why you think you need this? I've owned and ridden a heap of bikes and save for a couple of inline 4 jap bikes, the 658 is by far the smoothest throttle/fueling bike I've owned.

    Congrats on the new bike!
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  17. NoMoIke

    NoMoIke Adventurer

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    Well, having never ridden before I can't really compare the F650 to anything else, but my throttle really feels more like an on/off switch than a rheostat. I can say for sure that as a noob it resulted in more than a few stalls that wouldn't have happened otherwise. Maybe some F650s are better/worse than others? It could be that I'm just a noob, but ill take all the help I can get.
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  18. NoMoIke

    NoMoIke Adventurer

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    Where she rides while I have to "work".
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  19. Tor

    Tor Imported Viking

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    Congratulations on a fine bike.

    If you haven't done this already, take the slack out of your throttle cable (adjusted at throttle on the handlebar). When done, turn your handlebars full left while the engine is running, and make sure there is no rpm increase. If the rpm increases, leave just a liiiiittle slack in the cable to where the rpm is steady no matter which way you turn the handlebars.
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  20. MtnBound

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    Congrats, I did the same thing last fall, bought the same bike, got my temp tag and then took the MSF class. The only bad part was it snowed the week after and the bike got put away for the winter.

    Enjoy!
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