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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-16-2007, 09:55 AM
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Welcome Hiker !!!

Not to throw a wet blanket on your enjoyment but keep it in the parking lot for now and keep it slow. Practice, practice, practice. Like Ron said earlier, anyone can ride in a straight line at speed. Don't want to see ya sidelined before ya take your classes. You've got a good six months of learning the basics ahead of you. Learn to use the clutch, brake and throttle at slow speeds, in second gear. Pick up a copy of Proficient Motorcycling by Hough
it'll be worth every penny.

Us old guys (57 here) gotta stick together there ain't many of us left !!!!

Again Welcome aboard keep us posted on yer progress.
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post #12 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-16-2007, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
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Yes artman, you're right. I must temper my enthusiasm and limit my excursions to my little local practice areas. I'm looking foward to the class.

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post #14 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-16-2007, 11:13 PM
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Gooood on ya! I relearned mc ridin last Summer in the heat. What helped me a lot was a DVD by Motoman, a Florida or xFlorida State Patarolman.
When I first took the test to ride mc's in 1971 all that the test required was taking a short written test, but now it is much more comprehensive and the actually riding part is very detailed. I took the test on my dualsport because it makes tighter turns and is easier to handle than my VN 750 "Lena".

I didn't take the msc because I couldn't fit on the very small Yamaha 200s safely.

Here is Joe the motomans web site, some of the information on the DVD is in text on the site.

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post #15 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-16-2007, 11:38 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks norsseman and thanks everybody else for the great advice, tips and caveats.

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Originally Posted by Hiker View Post
Another thing I kept forgeting was to turn off my turn indicator.
I'm afraid that's one little quirk that, if you're like most of us, you will never completely erase from your repertoire!


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