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Well, it was actually my first real motorcycle ride ever. It was (please excuse my french here) farking awesome.

My riding experience in the past was limited to small cc mopeds around the city streets of London. Now that I am back in my native California those aren't exactly the way to go...

As I am sure most of the regulars saw, I recently just got my 750. It didn't start too well, but the previous owner let me in on the fact that he never changed the spark-plugs that required the thin-wall deep socket. Well, installed new NGK Iridiums all round today and it was like a new bike.

I had been holding off as I wanted to go through the MSF course, but I could not contain myself, so I decided to take her out. I grounded myself and told myself I am going to take every precaution necessary, wear all my gear, and avoid anything but side-streets.

A few failed take-offs in first later, and I was off! Doing good... managing first gear, clutch - using both breaks but primarily rear during low-speed. Then I got to an up-hill stop - this was the first frustration I had - about 3 failed starts later I was getting the hang of it.

I was now ready to *gasp* up-shift. This was actually easier than I had imagined really. I avoided downshifting at first but I'm getting used to the speed of the bike vs gear etc - but I was starting to do that a bit towards the end.

By the end of my hour or so session I can now start out in first without issue, even up hill. I am practicing emergency stopping and all the basics.

I am sure I am just a :baby: here, but I don't care! :rockon: I'm enjoying myself more than I have in a long time. The 750 seems to have more than enough power, but it is not overwhelming for me either. It's a great starter bike for big guys that looks like it will carry me for seasons to come.

I am sure as long as I keep it safe, and take it easy, this will by a hobby of mine forever. I wouldn't have been cruising down the road without the help of the forum here, so I extend my thanks for the amazing resource here.:blah:
 

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Just because your first few rides may go without incident, don't talk yourself out of taking the intro MSF class.

Be sure you take this class (and pass it) before you spend any time in real traffic.

Trust us on this one--you'll be glad you did....:beerchug:...!!!
You are absolutely correct. I have reserved my spot and will be doing that next weekend. Here in California the successful completion of MSF gets you your full motorcycle license as well- so that is a bonus.

Safety first - as a married man my wife would kill me if I got hurt!
 

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If only it had 6th gear..
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Hey man good for you! Glad to hear of the fun you're having. Some of the best memories I have are of my 1st "real" ride on my beat up Honda 350 twin which to me, at 13 was a huge beast. Best of luck with the test and with your bike. Ride on!
 

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I know all to well how you feel.. I only have a couple months worth of experience under my belt. It IS "farking" awesome... I wont lie its been like an addiction... I've been riding every single change I have gotten...

These guys on here have been great in helping me fix everything I want to fix to get my bike up to tip top... Or as close as I can.

Really glad your having fun and be safe. Get the Clymer manual you wont regret it... Also these guys have a link to a downloadable service manual if you dont have it already.. Let me know and Ill grab the url for you if you need it.

Get some gear to keep you warm and safe... One thing I have learned is it gets chilly FAST.. A warm set of gloves and jacket do wonders..

Be Safe.

Jay
 

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Glad to hear you're enjoying the bike. I have only been riding 3+ years and still feel the way you do - always up for a new ride. I put over 25K miles on mine so far. Hate having to drive the cage.

I still had to take the written test after the MSF course. Didn't have to do the riding test at the DMV. I hear it sucks without a small cycle.

There is a VRA (vulcan riders association)chapter down here in SD if you are interested. Only been around about a year with 11 members currently. Meeting held 1x a month and several activities/rides each month. Toys for tots ride on 12/19. Escondido/Temecula ride 12/10 to help collect toys.

Let me know if you are interested or checkout our yahoo group webpage or meetup.com.

Ride safe----
 

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Congrats on your Vulcan. I just bought the same year bike this spring. At 43 years young and starting what I think is a mid life crisis this is my first bike ever. Other than riding four wheelers or mountain bikes never had a motorcycle. I did the Motorcycle Safety Class this spring while I was doing some work on the bike before even getting it on the road. That first ride on it after rebuilding the forks was absolutely awesome. Since getting it on the road the end of May I have racked up almost 5000km. Even had it out today even though it is starting to get pretty cool here. Going to suck parking it next weekend for the winter when I plan to strip it down and give it a good going over, touvhing up paint and so on.
 

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Charming! Delighted to have you aboard, love to hear about your further adventures, and by all means, keep the rubber side down. Glad to hear you believe in protective gear and MSF...those things will keep you rolling for many joyful years!
Bat
 

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If only it had 6th gear..
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But Knifemaker what's a fair time for curfew these days I'm out of touch, lol. Bikes in by midnight guys. Ha ha, jk, and I know what you mean about dreading driving the cage. Even after years there's still just something special about being on two wheels. Even if it's old bike, it ever gets to be old hat.
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Thanks for all the warm responses everyone. This forum is now part of my daily routine - you had me from the first ride!

DavesVulster: Well, you had me beat by many years. Maybe at 27 I'm a little late to the game, but hopefully I'll ease into it nicely. ;)

MaDeInSin: I have the updated searchable manual that was posted on a thread in the Verses. I do plan to order a Clymer manual as well in the coming weeks to supplement the digital version. I'm glad it comes as highly recommended as it does.

dmanis: Luckily that written test is fresh in my mind as I just took it Wednesday to get my permit. I could totally see myself joining your local VRA chapter in the future as my comfort level on the bike increases (you know, venturing farther than 5 minutes from the house :p). My wife will go nuts if I keep this enthusiasm up for 3+ years!

Knifemaker: :beerchug: Cheers for the wise words of advice :)

Bat: Oh don't worry you'll probably hear too much from me over the course of my adventures :)

Hell, I'm still on a high from riding earlier :smiley_th I was told if I started I wouldn't want to stop, but I didn't know how true that actually was.
 

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Never to late to get in the game friend. Enjoy.:smiley_th
 

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but never let your guard down.
Nor your leave your kick stand down, don't ask how I know...lol...

WOW, first ride, be careful but enjoy, as you seem to be doing... I don't know how old you are nor how old you have to be to not enjoy, but I'll be 75 yo next mo. and I still love to ride... Listen to what others are sayin on here as most remember the problems they had as beginners, it's mostly CRS or too long ago with me...lol...
Have a good one...Old Dog...
 

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always prepare yourself for the unexspected , if your think that person is going to pull out in front of you and doesn't consider your self lucky. at least you were prepared for it . glad you enjoyed your ride. another thing i will advise anyone on, "once you think you masterd the beast, she will always be ready to teach you something you were not prepared for "
 

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Learning to ride a motorcycle is not all that hard to do, and you would be pretty safe if you were the only one on the street. 99.99% of the danger in riding a motorcycle comes from other traffic, that either doesn't see you, or just doesn't care. Most car divers are actually operating cell phones instead of driving, they run over each other all the time around here, and they are sure not going to see a motorcycle. And dealing with traffic is something you NEVER quit learning. I've been riding on the street since the mid '70s, it was a LOT safer back then. Less traffic, better drivers, and they weren't all playing with electronic toys. I have 35 years of street experience, and am still learning, but it seems to be getting more and more dangerous all the time. Consider everything with 4 wheels to be your enemy.
 

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Welcome to the fraternity. The first ride is always exciting. This is my second Vulcan, I started with a 500 and it felt great. Then I bought the 750 and it was first ride all over again. Just heed all the good advise here because while you're out enjoying your ride there are irresponsible and mischievous people on the road so drive very defensibly. The only protection between you and the pavement is your clothing.

Lots of good wishes for your new ride and stay safe and enjoy.

Shinny side up :motorcycl :beerchug: and in that order.
 

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The wife and I work at the same place, and usually carpool. We live only 3-5 minutes from work that is traveled by side-streets, so I took the bike in today, then I took it out for lunch, and then a scenic ride home.

Sadly, I think we're taking separate vehicles from now on. I hope she doesn't mind ;)

Consider everything with 4 wheels to be your enemy.
This has become my new motto when riding.
 

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Sadly, I think we're taking separate vehicles from now on. I hope she doesn't mind ;)
LOL, and you'll be finding more (cough) longer ways to get to work. Funny how that happens. Enjoy!:smiley_th
 

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Welcome

I got my Vulcan 750 this spring so I know the feeling of that first ride.
This is the best 750 group I have found.

Take the time to read and feel free to ask questions. There are a lot of really good people on here. The tech tips are just awesome.
 
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