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#1 Unread post by Rotten » Mon Oct 17, 2005 5:05 pm

Tomorrow I am going to pick up my very first bike.(Suzuki GS500) I have only ridden dirt bikes, and have no experience on the pavement. Well here's my delima, the dealership i am picking it up at tomorrow is in another town, and I have to ride it all the way back to my house, about 30 miles. This is going to be my first ride, and I am quite nervious about it. Any pointers on what to do to make it home safe would be greatly appreciated.

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#2 Unread post by archanis » Mon Oct 17, 2005 5:14 pm

if your that unsure of yourself, find a friend with a flatbed truck. insicurities on the road are amoast as dangerous as a cager with a bottle of vodca half way down the pipe.

otherwise, you should be fine. make sure you ride during the daylight hours,use your protecive gear, and your wits, and you should be fine.

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#3 Unread post by stock28 » Mon Oct 17, 2005 5:14 pm

See if they will deliver it or have a friend with a truck go with you to pick it up. Riding it home is not a good idea, especialy for your first bike. I'd hate to see you damage it before it even makes it to your house.

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#4 Unread post by Rotten » Mon Oct 17, 2005 5:16 pm

Ya so would i. i have a full size pickup, I just dont know how i'd get it up into the bed?

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#5 Unread post by archanis » Mon Oct 17, 2005 5:26 pm

hmm... the dealer might be able to help you, otherwise, have a friend come along, get some slats of good sturdywood boards, and roll it on up there, maybe some cement blocks to act as a doorstop for the wood on the ground.

use some enginuity, but leave the pullies out of it ;) those hurt when they fall
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#6 Unread post by cb360 » Mon Oct 17, 2005 5:52 pm

It ain't much of a dealership if they don't have a ramp. Definitely don't ride that bike home yet! You can haul that bike in just about any pickup - even small ones - you might have to leave the tailgate down, but that's no big deal. Get some nylon straps with hooks - they sell them at any cycle shop and you'll eventually need them again. And get some help loading and unloading - you wouldn't be the first guy to drop his new bike while unloading it but it gtes easier after you've done it a time or two. Good luck!
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#7 Unread post by ronboskz650sr » Mon Oct 17, 2005 5:58 pm

Chris bought his cbr from a guy who drove it up to us in a pickup. He backed up to a steep bank, well, not that steep. We rolled it back off the truck. the drop was about 8 inches. back wheel first, then two of us lowered the front wheel carefull as the third guy pulled it backwards out of the truck. The guy on the right put the front brake on immedeiatedly, boarded the bike, and the truck was moved out of the way. Gravity did the rest. We don't know how he loaded it, probably the same way in reverse, maybe even scarier :shock: .
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#8 Unread post by Rotten » Mon Oct 17, 2005 5:59 pm

Thanks, I'll probably heed your advice and do just that.

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#9 Unread post by Mag7C » Mon Oct 17, 2005 6:52 pm

What I did is had someone drive me to pick it up, then follow me home and ensure I didn't get tailgated. This allowed me to take it at my own pace without pressure from other drivers.

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#10 Unread post by ZooTech » Mon Oct 17, 2005 7:12 pm

I just had my cousin follow me in my car, since I had no plate, no insurance, and no license. :laughing:

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#11 Unread post by Wizzard » Mon Oct 17, 2005 8:58 pm

ZooTech wrote:I just had my cousin follow me in my car, since I had no plate, no insurance, and no license. :laughing:
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#12 Unread post by Ninja Geoff » Mon Oct 17, 2005 11:02 pm

It shouldn't be too hard. You should be fine with the center of gravity, as dirtbikes have high ones. Just in corners, don't use your foot to hold you up, it's not a dirt track :laughing: . Remember, look where you're going, don't be afraid to lean the bike, and don't look at the ground. If anything, it should be easier as there is less mud/dirt/rocks/water to contend with than a dirtbike :mrgreen: . And if you still have the dirtbikes, don't get rid of them, if anything keep riding them. Where else can you keep up your riding skills and not have to worry (too much) about traffic/peds/animals?
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#13 Unread post by niterider » Tue Oct 18, 2005 12:19 am

It is your decission, but I think that you will see that hiway riding is not as hard as you think. Just take easy at first until you feel comfortable with it. Be careful.

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#14 Unread post by Rotten » Tue Oct 18, 2005 12:42 am

Thanks guys, I really appreciate it. I guess I will just wait till i get there and see how i feel about it.

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