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by Dragonhawk
Fri Aug 15, 2008 8:33 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Doin' it all wrong! Now what?
Replies: 25
Views: 8243

Re: Doin' it all wrong! Now what?

What can/should I work on before the class? What can I do now to make it easier on me that I won't have to unlearn in the class? Work on not riding the motorcycle at all until you pass the class. Work on selling it and getting a smaller bike to start with. Work on NOT listening to other replies whi...
by Dragonhawk
Mon Aug 11, 2008 2:43 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: SCgurl's First Big Ride Out
Replies: 12
Views: 3922

Re: SCgurl's First Big Ride Out

And my boyfriend? He failed his permit test today. I told him to take the MSF class first. But did he listen? Noooooo.... :frusty: :lol: Good. While your know-it-all boyfriend is failing, another guy comes along and takes you out riding with him. I so love that! Congrats on your progress. With ridi...
by Dragonhawk
Sat Aug 09, 2008 3:55 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: passengers...
Replies: 12
Views: 3423

Re: passengers...

I am buying my first bike soon. Most likely it will be a 2000s 250cc cruiser by a japanese manufacturer. Ive read ppl say that to carry a passenger you need at least 650-800cc. I don't plan on much hwy riding alone on this thing, I live in a small college town, with some small hills, and slow traff...
by Dragonhawk
Sat Aug 09, 2008 3:47 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Harley Sportster XL 883 too much for a newbie?
Replies: 23
Views: 8324

I think the Harley Sportster is one of the crappiest bikes ever designed. It's the most top-heavy bike I've ever been on.

That being said, lots of people love them.

So, if you feel comfortable on it, go for it and have fun. But check out a LOT of bikes and learn to ride before you buy anything.
by Dragonhawk
Sat Aug 09, 2008 3:44 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Whther to buy a bike or not
Replies: 16
Views: 5508

Remember the advice of Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid?

"Either karate do - yes. Or karate do - no. You karate do - guess so - sooner or later, get a squished, just like grape."

Don't ride if you're wishy-washy about it.

Don't think you want to ride. Know you want to ride.
by Dragonhawk
Sat Aug 09, 2008 3:39 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: I Met the Ditch Today...and I Have a Question
Replies: 13
Views: 4565

Re: I Met the Ditch Today...and I Have a Question

graymojocat wrote:So here are my questions:
1. Tell me about the brakes. I think I'm favoring the front brake. Any suggestions?
Stop that.
graymojocat wrote: 2. Tell me about shifting. It was pretty rough. How do I make it smooth? Also, how do I know for sure when to shift and downshift? (especially the downshifting).
Practice.
by Dragonhawk
Wed Jul 23, 2008 10:18 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Braindead Newbie Videos!
Replies: 9
Views: 3059

There is nothing special or unusual about the page. Plain old HTML launched with a standard JavaScript popup. If it won't load for anyone, perhaps your pop-up-blocker or security permissions for JavaScript are set really high.
by Dragonhawk
Mon Jul 21, 2008 8:32 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Braindead Newbie Videos!
Replies: 9
Views: 3059

Braindead Newbie Videos!

Just added a few clips to my motorcycle page. Scroll down about 6 paragraphs and click on the TV that says "Watch Video Examples" and you'll get a kick out of a few choice noob videos I've discovered. http://www.wyndfeather.com/learn/motorcycle.htm Hopefully they will help to hammer home the point o...
by Dragonhawk
Sun Jul 13, 2008 10:32 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: frusterated & scared to ride
Replies: 35
Views: 10347

thanks brackstone:) and everyone else, I agree I should have been paying more attention. Now that I keep thinking back and having flash backs I remember my handlebars wobbling and I panicked and pulled on the front break which I know you're not supposed to do. Excellent. Glad to hear it. That's exa...
by Dragonhawk
Sat Jul 12, 2008 1:31 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: frusterated & scared to ride
Replies: 35
Views: 10347

it does worry me that you have no idea what happened. I agree. I'm also worried that you're the first person to be distrubed by that. There's always a reason. Ninja250grl, you need to pay attention more. Be conscious of what you are doing. Watch the road condtions. Think about your control inputs t...
by Dragonhawk
Sun Jul 06, 2008 2:20 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: My friend wants a sport bike...
Replies: 8
Views: 2918

Ninja 250.

If he insists on something bigger, have him get a good life insurance policy with you as the sole benificiary.
by Dragonhawk
Wed Jul 02, 2008 9:15 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: A few questions and concerns of a new guy.
Replies: 49
Views: 11448

Re: A few questions and concerns of a new guy.

Well, I want to be a motorcyclist, and I think I will regret it if I wait until later in life. I am 18 and am not a reckless person, I never speed in my folks cages or my own cage. I have a few concerns before I get into this lifestyle. 1.) Honda Rebel 250, I want a cruiser to start with and am won...
by Dragonhawk
Thu Jun 26, 2008 2:51 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Failed riding test
Replies: 83
Views: 18703

To my knowledge, if you fail the MSF course, you are actually allowed to retake it 3 times before you have to pay again. Maybe that does not apply to all MSF schools. Maybe only certain ones allow that. Or maybe it is for all MSF classes. I'm not sure. But, you should look into it. Do some research....
by Dragonhawk
Wed May 28, 2008 12:29 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: Negotiating at dealership
Replies: 11
Views: 3030

I've always been confused by the concept of "negotiating" a price. Buying cars or motorcycles or whatever works like this: You research the costs and pick a price. You dictate to the dealer what you are going to pay. If they do not agree, you walk out and go to a different dealer. Period. There is n...
by Dragonhawk
Sun Apr 13, 2008 7:58 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: New to.. well, everything..
Replies: 9
Views: 2659

Re: New to.. well, everything..

I am basically new to the motorcycle life. I have ridden my friends bikes a few times, nothing major though. I am in the market for a good new bike. I was at a dealership and was told that buying a 2007 Suzuki Boulevard c50 would be a good bike for me. It is 800cc but was told that the learning cur...
by Dragonhawk
Sat Apr 12, 2008 10:39 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: What to wear to the MSF course?
Replies: 25
Views: 9035

They usually tell you on their website what they want you to wear. Typically, jeans and ankle-covering footwear like boots or hi-top tennis shoes. Umm. No. Most sites will not allow high top tennis shoes. Umm. Yes. Most California sites will allow hi-top tennis shoes as long as they are leather. Fo...
by Dragonhawk
Fri Apr 11, 2008 10:16 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: What to wear to the MSF course?
Replies: 25
Views: 9035

Re: What to wear to the MSF course?

My question is: What should I wear for my MSF class? Can I just wear jeans and a long sleeve T-shirt? They usually tell you on their website what they want you to wear. Typically, jeans and ankle-covering footwear like boots or hi-top tennis shoes. That's for boys and ugly chicks. For hot chicks, I...
by Dragonhawk
Wed Apr 09, 2008 3:36 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: dropping
Replies: 20
Views: 4549

Laying down a bike is moronic. Think about it. You are saying: I CRASHED ON PURPOSE, BECAUSE I DIDN'T HAVE THE SKILL TO STOP IN TIME AND AVOID A CRASH! Wow. That's dumb. My instructor said, "Most people who have been riding for 20 years think they are good riders. Usually they picked up 1 year of ba...
by Dragonhawk
Sun Apr 06, 2008 8:23 pm
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: question
Replies: 6
Views: 1898

That is fairly large for most beginners. It's not just the power of the engine, the other factor is weight and manuverability. Trying to control a 600lb. hunk of metal is not adviseable as a beginner. I don't care if you're Arnold Schwartzenegger, it's stupid to get something that huge when you're s...
by Dragonhawk
Fri Apr 04, 2008 10:24 am
Forum: Beginning Bikers
Topic: New to manual...
Replies: 4
Views: 1360

You sound like about 90% of the newbies out there. I was the same way. I think as a culture, we all put high expectations on ourselves to "master" skills. Especially men who are trying to master something as "manly" as motorcycling. We figure, "Hey, we took a 16 hour training class. We should have t...