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05-17-2007 12:12 AM
blinkin' down the highway

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!
05-16-2007 11:38 PM
Hiker Thanks norsseman and thanks everybody else for the great advice, tips and caveats.
05-16-2007 11:13 PM
norsseman 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.
05-16-2007 12:44 PM
stevebtx12 Welcome back to the world of the living...
05-16-2007 10:11 AM
Hiker 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.
05-16-2007 09:55 AM
artman 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.
05-16-2007 09:47 AM
Foxhound I take out 2 liter bottles filled with water to one of my local parks with overly large paring lots that are never full, (what a waste of woods they are), and practice the driver skills test. I already have my license but as the others have said it pays do do slow stuff practice. I also am a practitioner of the, try not to put your foot down at traffic lights. Another thing to start practicing once you have the confidence is high speed obstacle avoidance. It has saved me on more than one occasion now. Had a hubcap come off a truck in front of me a week or so ago. I'm not sure what kinda damage it would have done to the tires if any, but I'm glad I have practiced the quick swerve and didn't have to find out.
05-16-2007 08:59 AM
medic274 Many bike rallys have a "slow race" where the object is to be LAST across the line, without touching your feet to the ground. That takes skill.
Another thing you might want to work on is starting from a stop - on a hill. That is definitely a situation you will run into out there. Find a gentle incline on a quiet street to start practicing on. I found it easier to hold the bike with the rear brake 1st, then work my way up to holding the front brake, and manipulating the throttle at the same time.
05-16-2007 07:32 AM
Hiker Yea, it was great. Another thing I kept forgeting was to turn off my turn indicator.
05-16-2007 05:09 AM
hyperbuzzin Yeah, the slow stuff is the trickiest.
Ya need a real good sense of balance as well as good coordination using the clutch & gas just enough to keep some momentum
My one riding buddy & I almost always will try to keep moving, ever so slightly, when coming to a stop sign/light, without putting our feet down.
There have been a few times I almost dropped the bike because I didn't want him going longer than I did before one of us has to finally touch ground.

Glad ya enjoyed your excursion, Hiker.
Here's to many more (longer ones) in the near future
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