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      10-30-2009, 01:34 PM   #1
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Need advice learning to ride a motorcycle

Been dying to learn, any advice would help. Never been on a bike in my life.

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      10-30-2009, 01:44 PM   #2
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start small.

A 4 stroke dirt bike would be a good place to learn the controls.
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      10-30-2009, 02:01 PM   #3
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Take the MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation) class. They put you on the slowest bikes in the world and teach you step-by-step everything you need to know (at a basic level of course). If you pass the class, then you don't need to take the test for the license, only the written portion (at least in California). Definitely recommended.
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      10-30-2009, 02:20 PM   #4
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/\ Agreed. Take the course available in your state. They'll teach you and run you around on some 125cc bikes. Don't buy an 05+ sportbike as your first bike (even 600's) as they'll likely injur/maim you.

Start slow, keep respect. As soon as you loose respect (read: "Oh, I got this no prob") you and your bike will meet pavement. #1 thing to remember: Have the time of your life. Biking will blow cars out of the water once you get into it.
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      10-30-2009, 02:24 PM   #5
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As everyone above said, take the MSF course. If you don't it isn't the end of the world but make sure you start small. 250cc or 500cc tops for sport bikes. Make sure you are comfortable on those before moving to a super sport, those can kill you quick.
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      10-30-2009, 02:30 PM   #6
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MSF Nothing else needs to be said.
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      10-30-2009, 02:34 PM   #7
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been in your shoes too, didnt even know how to start a bike, took the MSF course and i was riding a 600 after completing the course. MSF shopuld be taken by EVERYONE considering riding a bike. best $150 i spent
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I took the MSF course too. There's many advantages:
  1. Take the written test at your local DMV. If you pass the MSF course, this fulfills the driving portion, and you won't need to test at DMV.
  2. You are in a closed parking lot, with other people learning to ride.
  3. They really clarify the idea of push/pull on the handle bars: You push in the direction you want to go, it's not like a bicycle where you turn the handle bars.
  4. They really help you with learning engine choke (not that you'll need it on most newer bikes).
  5. You get a sticker that may get you an insurance discount (I got $10/mo. off).

The only bad thing I can think of coming from MSF, is since you learn and practice in a closed environment with other bikes, it feels strange the first time you ride a bike on the street with cars around you.

Good luck, be safe, and be vigilant. I can happily say in my 7 years of motorcycle riding, I haven't gone down ever. Had a few close calls, a few where I thought something was going to happen, but not yet. I say not yet because no matter what, if you're on a bike, eventually you will go down. People just don't watch for you.

Best example of people not watching for you and how to be safe: when you come to a stop at a light, or free way off ramp, or wherever, keep an eye in your rear mirror. I've had a couple of friends who were wiped out from behind because a car failed to stop for them. Just ditch the bike if you see a car coming up from behind you looking like they're not going to stop.
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      10-30-2009, 03:03 PM   #9
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Always wear your gears... Take the course... Start small!! Ninja 250cc is a great beginner bike. It's very very forgiving... NEVER start 600cc+ bikes. Don't be an asshat and show off to others. If you think you can't do it.. then don't do it! be alert and always scan what's around you!!

i started with ninja and end up riding cbr600rr
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There are two types of bikers: Those that have been down, and those waiting their turn.

And just because you've had a turn doesn't mean you aren't still in line.

The above about watching where you brake is the only question I missed on the written part of the MSF.
When coming to a stop, the first place you should look is?:
your rear view mirrors

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      10-30-2009, 03:30 PM   #11
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Also wear some bright construction orange vest and maybe even get you one of the flashing headlights.

Don't ever stay in one position relative to cars in other lanes - either be slowing passing them or slowing down - ALWAYS be working on increasing the distance between you and other cars.
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ive been riding for 16+ years, and honestly if I had to learn to ride all of again now, I wouldnt. Its too dangerous with all the retards out there. Ive had so many close calls, and have crashed numerous times on and off the track. Scary stuff now that Im older. That said I still love bikes, and love to ride.

If you really want to ride bikes, buy a track bike, dirt bike, or supermoto and keep it to the track. Once you taken a MSF course, take advanced riders courses at tracks.
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One time at the MVA I overheard a guy ask if he could take his motorcycle driving test on a Schwinn 10 speed. No. He was not kidding.
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MSF. Wear your gear.

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im also in the same boat... signed up for the class here locally and am looking at a ninja 250 as a first bike. Any other recommendations on a first bike?
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im also in the same boat... signed up for the class here locally and am looking at a ninja 250 as a first bike. Any other recommendations on a first bike?
SV650. The Ninja is painfully slow, especially on the highway.
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      10-30-2009, 08:20 PM   #17
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Look where you wanna go, especially in a turn if you look straight, you WILL go straight.
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You can start on a 600cc. I did. It's about how you ride, more than how much power you have. But to quote Ben Parker, "With great power comes great responsibility." Exercise your responsibility and ride within your limits!
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I started on a 2003 CBR600RR. That bike was a lot of fun!
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I know the study is old, but.....
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Still, I'm trying to find the time to take an MSF course. The bike I'd love to have is a BMW R1200GS Adventure. I think I'll start with something smaller, lighter and cheaper though!
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Take the class at homstead speedway. It's three days (friday-sunday), you'll learn a lot and you'll get your license.
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if you want to be cool get an R1 or a busa as first bike... then post a youtube vid of your first time on it.
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