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by WicAndThing
Mon Sep 26, 2005 1:09 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Learning to ride
Replies: 11
Views: 3943

Practice

That parking lot should be fine. Like mentioned before, make sure its empty and has no traffic flow. Our MSF instructor recommended we take tennis balls and cut them in half and then use them like the mini-cones they use in the course. Here are couple of exercises we did- 1) Maximum braking- obtain ...
by WicAndThing
Sun Sep 25, 2005 7:17 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Bumped up to next MSF Course
Replies: 5
Views: 2457

Completed the course.

Well, I completed the course this afternoon. I only lost 3 points on the driving test. Had the highest score in the group! Also won the "Weaving Wonder" award because of the speed and agility I took the slolom courses. Needless to say, I am :D !!!! Now just have to get my own bike.....

Later
by WicAndThing
Sat Sep 24, 2005 9:15 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Testing a Battery/Alternator with a Voltmeter...
Replies: 21
Views: 6534

Voltmeter

I don't mean to burst a bubble here, but simply putting a volt meter on your battery will not tell you if the battery is good or bad. The only way to do that is to measure the current output of the battery under load.... a weak batter may still show the valid voltage, but fail miserably under load. ...
by WicAndThing
Sat Sep 24, 2005 9:11 pm
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Proper percedure when facing a collision
Replies: 23
Views: 5984

Insurance woes

Another point you may want to check into is seeing if you can get a copy of their insurance policy. If you can't, your insurance company should be able to. That way you know exactly what kind of coverages she has and what the maximum liabilities are. It is not required to have medical coverage on yo...
by WicAndThing
Sat Sep 24, 2005 9:04 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Buell Blast
Replies: 3
Views: 1915

Buell Blast

As you know, I'm currently taking the MSF course. They told us today that they sell the Buell Blasts we use in the course. The instructor said they refurbish them between each class and before they sell them. They all have less than 800 miles on them. I realize they have probably been through some r...
by WicAndThing
Sat Sep 24, 2005 9:01 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Bumped up to next MSF Course
Replies: 5
Views: 2457

MSF course in progress...

Well, today was the first day of riding. Everything went well except one panic stop where I locked up the front tire. I managed to plant my feet and stop the bike before visiting the pavement. The instructor said "nice recovery!" I need some more practice in the fast stop arena.... The written test ...
by WicAndThing
Wed Sep 21, 2005 8:02 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Bumped up to next MSF Course
Replies: 5
Views: 2457

Bumped up to next MSF Course

Well, I got home from work yesterday and the local Harley Davidson dealership had called and left a message. Seems someone had dropped from the BRC course this weekend and I was next on the waiting list. Wow, moved from the November course to this weekend. Oh sh*T! Now I have to answer 126 questions...
by WicAndThing
Tue Sep 20, 2005 8:30 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: What do you do in your regular life?
Replies: 167
Views: 53054

1) Software Engineer
2) Writing software that helps our soldiers, i.e. for weapon systems. Its challenging and I get to support our troops. Plus, I work for a great company with awesome benefits!
3) The gov't red-tape that slows everything down....
by WicAndThing
Fri Sep 16, 2005 10:42 am
Forum: Trouble Shooting
Topic: KZ650 will only idle....
Replies: 4
Views: 2115

I've worked on a lot of small engines over the years. This sounds like a carb-rebuild issue. First, totally dissasemble the carb. I'm talking the jets and everything. Make sure to clean off any old gasket material. If you don't have a parts washer, buy a can of the parts cleaner at the auto-parts st...
by WicAndThing
Fri Sep 16, 2005 8:09 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Harley Rider's Edge New Rider Course
Replies: 2
Views: 1852

I am taking the HD course in November. I asked for the book when I signed up and they gave it to me. It is the MSF BRC book. About the only difference is the bikes you ride. They use Buell Blasts (500CC) in the course.
by WicAndThing
Thu Sep 15, 2005 11:25 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: Dont drag race a dirtbike on asphalt...
Replies: 5
Views: 4365

If its anything like riding a 4-wheeler on asphalt or pavement, it gets totally out of control at relatively low speed due to the knobby tires....
by WicAndThing
Thu Sep 15, 2005 11:21 am
Forum: Total Motorcycle Talk
Topic: The Media
Replies: 31
Views: 7693

I realize all sport bike riders aren't like this, but the other day on my way home from work one passed me in the left lane of a divided 4-lane highway doing a wheelie while standing on the back pegs. I was going the 65MPH speed limit and he passed me with no problem. He was still doing the wheelie ...
by WicAndThing
Thu Sep 15, 2005 11:16 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Will the MSF class have a bike big enough for me?
Replies: 7
Views: 3301

Hello! I'm new to the forum as well. Based on what I've read and what I have been told at the local HD shop where I am taking my course, they typically use either a 250 Rebel/Virago or something similar or the 500 Buell Blast. Of course this will probably vary according to where you take the course.
by WicAndThing
Thu Sep 15, 2005 8:19 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: HD 883 Sportster Custom as first bike?
Replies: 13
Views: 4455

I'm in the North Alabama area. There's not a whole lot of selection in the used market. Sad thing is that I can get a new 250 Rebel for $2800 in TN. Its hard to find anything that's not over priced here. These bikes were in the Atlanta area.

Later
by WicAndThing
Wed Sep 14, 2005 9:50 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: HD 883 Sportster Custom as first bike?
Replies: 13
Views: 4455

seems way over priced to me considering they are nearly 20 years old... n/a probally means they just dont know how many miles, usually if the motor is rebuilt they will give miles then say 'zero on engine' or soemthing. According to Kelley Bluebook, average retail is $2030. I figured with the sissy...
by WicAndThing
Wed Sep 14, 2005 9:21 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: HD 883 Sportster Custom as first bike?
Replies: 13
Views: 4455

I've been looking online at 2 450 Rebels. Here's the specs... 1) 1986 -has N/A on miles, so I'm assuming that means a new/rebuilt motor. $2670 2) 1987 - 21469 miles. $2270 Both of these bikes have the sissy bar with backrest on them. I have not had a chance to actually see these in person, but am pl...
by WicAndThing
Wed Sep 14, 2005 7:24 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: HD 883 Sportster Custom as first bike?
Replies: 13
Views: 4455

iwannadie wrote: get a cheap beater then move up later if you want the HD logo.
I'm not concerned about the brand as much as getting a bike that I can learn on easily....
by WicAndThing
Wed Sep 14, 2005 6:58 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: HD 883 Sportster Custom as first bike?
Replies: 13
Views: 4455

HD 883 Sportster Custom as first bike?

Hello all! I am new to motorcyles and riding (I have ridden 4-wheelers a good bit). I am signed up for the MSF course in November at our local Harley Davidson store. They have a used 883 Sportster Custom that I like a lot. However, I'm concerned that it may be a bit much for me to begin on. My probl...