Kawasaki VN750 Forum banner

1 - 16 of 16 Posts

·
Lebanon, NJ
Joined
·
437 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Well well well. What was I missing. Age 53 here, bought a 2000 a month ago. Registered for the MSC and am scheduled for June 23, 24. I have my permit, bike is registered/insured.

Anyway, up till today, having no riding gear I've been doing the driveway thing and chomping at the bit. Took off from work and went to local cycle shop and went on a spending spree, not really. Bought an Arai vector helmet, Olympia hard knuckle gloves and a Firstgear textile/armor jacket. Already have old full grain leather hiking boots and heavy jeans.

It's been over 35 years for me (dirt bikes) and I was very leery regarding turns etc. I have a nice quiet dead-end development behind my home in the rural Hunterdon County area and that's where I've been itching to go to practice. Got nice sweeping curves/turns etc. So I fired the beast up and off I went.

WOW! The word that 1st came to mind was exhilarating. I did 3 miles and pulled into my driveway, got off and said, what the hell am I doing? I wanted more. Back out again for several miles in same area. Back to home, same thing, I didn't want to get off. Back out again this time expanding out a little further. I botched a right turn by taking it too wide. You see, I started out at 10:30am (real quiet) I got a little rattled when traffic appeared, especially behind me. I kept at it a little more and after 30 miles on the trip-meter called it a day.

Whew, this is going to be fun!
 

·
HAWK
Joined
·
2,576 Posts
What a Great feeling isin't it:):):)
 

·
Lebanon, NJ
Joined
·
437 Posts
Discussion Starter #3
Hell yea. Got a lot more practicing to do though. Got it up to 50 mph on local county road, didn't mind or even notice the wind. Helmet is real quiet.

I still have trouble with the clutch/throttle coming off a dead stop and turning at an intersection. Practice, practice, practice I guess.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,505 Posts
Congrats!!! And I figure turns, stops, starts, etc. are just like shooting free throws - no reason ever to stop practicing 'em, 'cause there's always gonna be a point when you need 'em. :beerchug:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
415 Posts
Yuppers, it was a beautiful day here in MD today. I had to go do a service call took angel out and "practiced" for over 150 miles. Every ride is "practice" and also fun. Glad to hear you got out and kept at it for a while. It just keeps getting better.
 

·
Geek
Joined
·
872 Posts
Woo Hoo. Congrats. Keep practicing the slllooowwww stuff. Any one can do 60 down a highway...
 

·
and the Adventure Cycle
Joined
·
6,141 Posts
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 :beerchug:
 

·
Lebanon, NJ
Joined
·
437 Posts
Discussion Starter #8
Yea, it was great. Another thing I kept forgeting was to turn off my turn indicator.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
16 Posts
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.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
415 Posts
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.
 

·
"ya can't live forever"
Joined
·
321 Posts
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.
 

·
Lebanon, NJ
Joined
·
437 Posts
Discussion Starter #12
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.
 

·
Avid Rider
Joined
·
279 Posts
Welcome back to the world of the living...:motorcycl
 

·
Gnarly Jokester
Joined
·
1,796 Posts
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.
http://www.ridelikeapro.com
 

·
Lebanon, NJ
Joined
·
437 Posts
Discussion Starter #15
Thanks norsseman and thanks everybody else for the great advice, tips and caveats.
 
1 - 16 of 16 Posts
Top