Bike: 2004 Triumph Daytona 600 (awesome bike, but hard to find certain parts)
First Started: approx. 4 weeks ago. No kidding.
Training: Here's the fun stuff... (this is where most people either don't believe me, laugh at me, or tell me i'm an idiot). I get on youtube and search "how to ride a motorcycle." I kid you not. And i found this guy, 13mordeth and this video:
This is how I learned to ride. I took my bike out into the street, never got out of first gear and I would just let the clutch out. I'd start moving, and then I'd hit the brakes. I'd do this over & over until I got used to it. Then i worked on U-turns...still in first gear...still in the street in front of my house. I had my neighbors laughing at me and joking that they would call 911 when I crashed, and I'll admit, I felt sorta goofy, but that was just 4 weeks ago and now I've got two neighbors that are wanting to get bikes!
Squidly Stuff: I'm a newb, so i've got lots of problems. I've finally stopped killing my bike at stop lights! Now, i'm working on taking off going uphill. Since I've started riding, i've encountered a bunch of different stuff. I locked up my back tire on the highway because of an accident in the road as I came around a turn. I stayed calm the whole way through and did everything that I could remember from the book you study for your permit (which is a great source of safety info). I almost got hit by an ass who tried to pass me (and several others) on the shoulder of the road. But I paid attention and that's why I didn't get hit. I got caught in the rain. That was a bit scary at first, but I thought, "if racers can do this at 150mph, surely I can do it at 35mph!" I just stuck to everything I learned up to this moment, and it worked out great.
Gear: Icon Alliance Speedmetal helmet. I think this thing is awesome!
Harley Davidson Full Finger mesh gloves (they were a gift)
Some old leather gloves from the military
I'll get more gear as I learn what's best. The guys at the bike shop just seem to be salesmen. They really have no concerns for me, and that's not a bad thing. I'm the one that has to be concerned. I just take in the info & then sort it all out. I think next is better gloves & some shoes. I'm lost in the shoe dept.
Advice: I understand that how i've learned to ride is not the most practical way to do so. But i'm still here and everyday is the best ride I've ever had. I'm still lost on a lot of things: what kind of coolant to use. am i changing my oil right. am i waving to other bikers correctly. where the hell do i get lower fairiings for a 2004 Triumph Daytona? But in all, my advice? ...learn as much as you can and be able to apply it. When any obstacle rears it's ugly head, keep your cool, stay focused & don't crap your pants. There'll be plenty of time to crap later. I've been around the planet twice and that last bit of advice has saved my life more than once.
I can't believe that it's taken 43 years to get on a bike! It's absolutely amazing.