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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-23-2012, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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First Ride

Welll today I got my license and I took the bike for my first ride. Well to start off flat spots in tires are no fun for the ride. I have never been on something that is so fast felt like 0 to 30 in 1 sec. I took the bike up to 40 as due to the place I was riding. When I got back I am not sure I had mix feeling as of being a little shaken up and excitement. I learned a little about turning on this bike as the bike I took the msf course on was easy to turn with a flick of the wheel, on this bike I have to kinda lean with it. I enjoy my first ride and took it out for about 50minutes. I just wanted to thank the people that told me to take the msf class as I am not sure If I would of been able to ride as well as I did, don't get me wrong I was kinda having some issues with the turns, I also killed the bike 2 times at an uphill light and a stop light, I think this will go away soon as I get the feel for the throttle more.
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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-23-2012, 11:04 PM
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You need more practice. Hit the parking lots and for the love of god be careful on the streets.

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post #4 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-23-2012, 11:20 PM
 
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The bikes will feel different, but the principles are the same. Just keep you eyes up, look through the turn, and stay steady on the throttle.

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Congrats on your first. Do yourself a favor, get up early on Sunday, go find corn and ride where theres no traffic for awhile. West of Oswego, St Charles area is good.

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Empty parking lots are your friend. I still practice obstacle avoidance and panic stops semi regular. Never stop practicing. There is always something new to learn, something old to get better at.
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What everyone said...with time controlling the bike will become second nature and you can focus 100% on the traffic and hazards around you while riding. Until then, steer clear of heavy traffic hours and places and PRACTICE!

Don't forget about that rear brake either, easing just a bit of rear brake in at low speeds turns helps keep the bike much more stable.

...and do your pre-ride checks, tire pressure first. You'll be amazed at what a difference proper tire pressures will make in how the bike feels if you've been riding around with low pressure.


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Looking for advice

So here is a newb thing to ask but how much air do I put in my tires I checked the front and its at 28psi and the back is at 32psi, I am guessing fron't one is low. I can't find a max load on the tire like on a car.
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36 front and back

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Solid advise....... The tire will be marked with max pressure which is never optimal.

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36 front and back
Factory specs usually hover at 35psi front & back. 36 is probably the perfect number. Adds a little in case of passenger.

And yes, ride where there is little traffic. But to ride from Wheaton to corny Oswego and points west kinda defeats the purpose LOL Practice in the local parking lots until you get the feel of things.

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Wait till you see what a difference in feel you'll have with the bike at the right psi. A few pounds won't make much of a difference in feel, but 28 is low. You'll feel that when you turn.

I usually run 36 front, 40 rear...but there's no perfect number. 36 in both is just fine.

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Congrats on your license and the bike! Just be aware of others and ride your own ride. Take your time practicing in the parking lot. Get a good feel of the clutch so you know when it engages, once you get that down. You'll avoid the stalls. Seat time is where you'll get better, keep riding just do it at your own pace. Have fun and be safe.


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Second Ride

Well I must say that was great, Turning on the bike was a brezz with the correct air pressure, I was doing circles at one point and the bike was really smooth, I figured out the clutch and didn't stall and was very smooth this time around. Also today A car almost pull out in front of me maybe 2 car lenths away was a damn idiot. Can't wait to ride this more often.
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Nope, already have a car payment This bike is plenty fast shsh what would you do with a busa at my skill level look at it?

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the tire pressure now awesomeness thing is in your head. bet you'd feel a clicker change too lol



you are just getting more comfortable the more time you are at it. but make sure you check your tire pressures often. you never know if you picked up something in the tire and being a noob u wouldnt prollly even feel a flat lol

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Jeezus, you wanna put him on a Busa when he's only made it around the block a few times with what he has now? Shit, why not push him onto the track tomorrow at Blackhawk while you're at it! The super-accelerated course!
Man I wouldn't crank the boost way up. You think I'm crazy?
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Should Of got the busa

Well came home from a night out with the family only to find my ninja pissing out all over the floor gas!!! Long story short learned how to take a gas tank off in 5 minutes hands on with some motivation, looking at the carbs now going to replace the air filter gas lines and maybe a fuel filter I think. Need to find spark plug wires since the ones on the bike look stock and original and are looking sad. Well I have this thing ripped down anything else you guys would suggest well I am doing this work. gas tank has a little rust in it was thinking about finding a sealer kit.
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Hello, Well I got the bike up and running today what a nightmare it almost turned out to be. I replaced all the fuel lines and well tried to do the spark plugs but the guy at the autozome gave me the wrong plugs, I even brought a plug in with me the corse was wrong on the threads. Well I was almost done and putting the tank back on and I broke a bolt off in the frame for aone of the gas tank bolts. That sucked, got it out with out a headace, So I took the bike out tonight about 10pm and took a nice 100 mile ride tonight, I hit 70 tonight and it felt nice. At one point I was surrounded by 10 or12 harleys, Man did that sound great when we took off like a bat out of hell. Alright Well I let this thread go since its turning into my life story about riding my bike for the first time and second and third now. Hope to see you guy out there some time, would love to hear the sound of a bunch of sport bikes taking off together.
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...Hope to see you guy out there some time, would love to hear the sound of a bunch of sport bikes taking off together.
You'll hear that at a good CLSB bike night!

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