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06-02-2009 10:13 PM
flitecontrol Great news! Good job!
06-02-2009 05:16 PM
fergy Way to go buddy! Congrats!
06-02-2009 03:56 PM
Authority84 Finally got my MSF course under my belt. I have to say the class was really fun. It was hotter than hell out over the weekend but not a drop of rain so I cant complain. Couldn't of asked for better instructors either, they kept it real laid back. Some of the things they taught us I would have never thought I could manage on a bike, beings that i just started riding a couple weeks ago. I ended up getting put on a little 200cc enduro style bike. Wasn't to happy about it at first but I gotta say other than the ache in the tail bone after the first day it was pretty fun to ride. It was either that or some Dorado cruisers and one 250 ninja but the instructors picked for us so I didn't have much of a say. Aced the written part of the class, and only had 9 points against me on the riding part. Went four feet long on the quick stop and they said i was going to slow going into the corner on the curve speed judgment part. But score wise I only got beat out by one person on the riding test and he had been riding for some years. Gotta go back up in a little bit to get my endorsement on my license cpu's went down about an hour ago.... I was so close. Either way I will be legally riding the streets of Florida after today. Feels good to know I can look like a rookie rider in front of the police and not have to worry about them pulling me. Got on the bike yesterday to see if the class helped and i gotta say it was like night and day. I wasn't arching when it came to turns at stop signs and the confidence boost was definitely helping.

The bikes still wanting to stick at a higher RPM when I rev it, but it seems to be dropping back down faster. Hoping whatever is making it stick will clear itself out once the seafoam has had a tanks worth to do its magic. If the weathers right tomorrow I might just ride it to work. Anyways figured I would let you guys know I passed and wanted to thank you for the extra push to go ahead and take the course.
05-25-2009 04:23 PM
OlHossCanada Hey A-84, I saw on the news all the rain youall are getting in FL. Too bad the MSF course was postponed, but take my word for it, practicing in the rain for several hours is no fun either.
Have you checked the verses for ways to clean rust off the bike. I believe there are several suggestions for doing so.
You mention the 750 being a heavy beast. At #500+, ready to ride, it was certainly heavier than the little 100cc bikes I rode as a kid, but not uncomfortably so.

A family friend dropped by a few days ago with his brand new 2008 Kawi vn900, (Custom, I think). It has the extended fork, small front fender and no windshield or saddlebags model, anyway, what ever it is called. I don`t know what it weighs, but threw a leg over it, and tried to push it up with this bum leg. I could tell the leg wasn`t strong enough to do it, so I had Wayne help by pushing it up for me. It felt heavy to me but haven`t checked to see how it compares to the 750.

It sure felt good to sit on a bike again for a few minutes, even tho it was backed up to the curb. lol. I told him that next summer when I`m healed up that we would go for a ride and I would let him ride a bike that could really accelerate. He just laughed, but we will see how they compare next year.

While waiting for the rain to quit and getting the MSF course under your belt, you can also check out some very good safety tips over on the Everything Motorcycle website, found here. www.msgroup.org . It is another very good motorcycle website and forum.
05-24-2009 07:15 PM
flitecontrol We feel your pain. Remember it doesn't rain all the time in Florida; just seems like it!
05-24-2009 07:12 PM
Authority84 MSF Course got pushed back to the 30-31. Its killing me with all this rain to not get a chance to even ride on the back roads here. I got a chance last Thursday to take it out and get some gas in it had to put the seafoam in it after i got it home, but haven't been able to do more than crank it up under the carport since. Of course the ride to the gas station took longer than it should have cause i keep making right turns so i didn't have to stop as much or cut across traffic. At least i got a feel for what its like having to hold that heavy beast up was taking a turn where a lot of water had settled and went to wide and almost ended up in someones yard. Got the oil changed out checked the final drive oil, it was full and seemed like it hadn't been long sine it was changed out. Changed the plugs over to the Iridium ones from Advanced Auto. Spent like 130 bucks on just odds and ends at the auto store. If i could actually get out and ride it some it might save me some money in the long run lol.

Anyone have some suggestions on how to get surface rust off of the chrome pieces on the bike. PO kept it in the garage but I'm gonna guess whoever had it before her didn't. I tried the turtle wax chrome polish and rust remover but it didn't help much at all. Also missing some paint on the decals was thinking of looking into some replacements to clean the look of the bike up some. Not that big of a deal really its my first bike doesn't have to look perfect but if i can get it close ill damn sure try. I gotta get some of that stuff i read about in another post as well to get the plastics looking black again.

All and all just wanted to give you guys a recap of the torture this weather is putting me thru, and once again thank you all for the advice and warm welcome. I have a friend at work that I recently found out has a Vulcan as well I gotta give him the heads up about this site if he hasn't all ready come across it. Anyways hopefully see you guys on the road soon.
05-22-2009 01:40 PM
fergy Ha! That reminds me of my 125 mile ride home on my "new to me" 1500 classic. We were having cross winds of 40 mph and I was stuck going down I35, wife following me in the car, Sunday night, end of spring break week, late at night. I got home at midnight. I felt like I had been awake for 72 hours from all the wind slapping me from the side and the beating I got from the truckers. I wouldn't go over 65 so I was being passed often. I'm sure I still went to sleep with a smile on my face though!
05-22-2009 01:06 PM
Fire Ant Congrats on the new ride. I know that I was incredibly tense riding mine home from the dealership after I bought it. Just to get it home (roughly 35 miles away), I had to take some well-traveled (high traffic) roads in addition to a couple of back-roads (read: "twisties"). I was tense as could be around the traffic, and even into the first set of twisties, but once I realized how much fun it was, I loosened up for the back half of the trip home. I stalled it a couple of times turning at stop signs and the like, but had an overall blast and fell in love with riding. 8 months later, I'm still having a blast...

--FA
05-17-2009 09:23 AM
Old Dog
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Originally Posted by dragonrider View Post
i have found that a "wrong turn " is somtimes an adventur and sometimesi use that as an excuse to go exploring . it sometimes fun to take a fight or left turn down an unknown road just to see where it goes. and if i ever get lost (but us guys never get lost we just take the long way to somewhere) i just enjoy the ride and figure that sooner or latter i will get where i was going. enjoy the bike ride safe and smart.
and remember if you dont take a wrong turn once in a while you never get to see the other side of the world
You know, thats mostly why I like my "Nuvi" el-cheapo GPS, I just go where it looks like good twisty riding, and when I get totally lost I can turn it on and hit "Home" and it will get me going in the right direction and eventually back home...lol...
Have a good one...Old Dog...
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Originally Posted by fergy View Post
I know some of us like to slow down our idle to make it sound more like a harley at idle. But there is a reason why the manual states the idle should be around 1100. Your oil pump doesn't work efficiently unless the engine is revved a little, and below 1100 isn't recommended. It's also true about the charging system. Plus your water pump isn't doing an effective job at lower idles either. Just my .02
Yep, I think the potato sound could cost you a few beans in the long run, so I also have my idle set to 1,100 RPM...
As for the safety course, take it, I had planned on taking mine this weekend 15th-17th but the weather is rainy and I am putting it off till the next one June 5th-7th, don't know how a 70 some year old-old man will fit in but I'm doing it anyway, I may have too many years of the wrong way practice, but I'll see if they can teach an old dog new tricks anyway...lol... Wish I could have taken one when I first started riding, it would have been a big help, and probably saved a bit of hide too...
Good luck with the bike and your riding...
Have a good one...Old Dog...
05-17-2009 08:49 AM
dragonrider i have found that a "wrong turn " is somtimes an adventur and sometimesi use that as an excuse to go exploring . it sometimes fun to take a fight or left turn down an unknown road just to see where it goes. and if i ever get lost (but us guys never get lost we just take the long way to somewhere) i just enjoy the ride and figure that sooner or latter i will get where i was going. enjoy the bike ride safe and smart.
and remember if you dont take a wrong turn once in a while you never get to see the other side of the world
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