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post #1 of 59 (permalink) Old 04-30-2006, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I have my license, from taking the safety course. Got good helmet, gloves, and picking up a jacket and pants tomorrow. I'll be getting some other gear and materials later on, including a passenger helmet. I'm wondering what would be the best size to get for different passengers, a large? Got any ideas. I don't plan on taking anyone on the back until I feel very secure with it, but I'm just wondering, I guess. And also, being a small girl with a bike that is a little less than 400 dry weight, though my seat is the right height for me, I am a little itchy about when I have to stop fast. I don't want the thing to fall on me when I may have that need in traffic. Does anyone have any good ideas for some practice that would help me prepare for that, before I take it in traffic on the open road. I remember all the exercises for my class, which will be good, but just wondering if anyone has any other ideas that might be beneficial. I plan on practicing some things quite a bit before I start putting myself out there in more dangerous environments. I'm just a safety girl. Heehee. Well, let me know...any ideas would be great. I have a friend that is willing to aid me, as well.

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Empty parking lots are probably your best bet for practice. Find a big one after the operating hours and you shouldn't have to worry about traffic.


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first and you might want to get you some traffice cones, and set them up in a large parking lot and practice riding at a speed you want to practice at towards them and come to a stop between them, and before going past them.(not at them directly because they may possibly make you wreck if you hit them)

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Yeah, I figure that will be the best. But I'm a little worried about the quick stop...don't want to lay it over cuz it's brand new. Would it be too dangerous to have my friend stand near where I will stop to help me catch the bike if it starts to go, do you think? I did great on them in the class, but the bike was smaller and lighter weight, so I know I will have to get used to this one, especially since I DO USE MY FOOT BRAKE, unlike some riders. Just don't want to scratch her up in practice on such an easy exercise.

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first and you might want to get you some traffice cones, and set them up in a large parking lot and practice riding at a speed you want to practice at towards them and come to a stop between them, and before going past them.(not at them directly because they may possibly make you wreck if you hit them)
Yup, know how to do the exercises, and my line is pretty straight, my curve line is pretty good too, so I ain't worried about hitting the cones, hehehe. Just don't want to lay her over on the abruptness of the stop.

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If you're worried about scratching up the bike, you could take the fairings off initially while you are practicing the emergency stops and riding in general. It'll only take a few minutes and it'll give you some peace of mind (and may save you money in the long run).

Another thing that might help you get comfortable on the bike is to ride on some back roads for a while (this will depend on where you live). When I started riding, I spent about a week and a half putting around on back roads just to get used to riding at speed, something that can't be practiced in a parking lot or at an MSF course. As I got more comfortable, I began venturing onto busier streets.

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first and you might want to get you some traffice cones, and set them up in a large parking lot and practice riding at a speed you want to practice at towards them and come to a stop between them, and before going past them.(not at them directly because they may possibly make you wreck if you hit them)
This is more or less what I used to do as well. Find a nice long empty parking lot (A local community college on the weekends was my personal favorite), and pick something significant to use as your stopping point. Then approach it at low speed and practice stopping before you reach it. Repeat over and over, slowly increasing your approach speed until you feel comfortable. I personally wouldn't recommend having anyone stand by, as that will probably just make you more nervous and distract you ("Ack! I'm going to hit him!"). Using the foot brake is good, but in an emergency situation if you slam it, you might lose traction in the rear. Most of your braking should take place with the front brakes! Good luck to you, and congrats on your first bike (great choice!)

P.S> If you do happen to over-brake with the rear and it loses traction, make sure you hold the rear brake until you come to a stop. If you let off the brake and it regains traction, it'll try and throw you!
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Thanks...any more ideas are much appreciated as well.

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Thanks...any more ideas are much appreciated as well.
Try gettiing use to the front brake slowly and consistently though, IT IS where most of your braking comes from. Also try lining the cones up, and practice going in and out, helps on preventing rear-end collisions with cages. You drive how you train/practice.

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Practice a lot in parking lots, buy frame sliders, and practice more. There really is no other way, just lots of practice. For braking, just remember not to grab the brakes... try to squeeze progressively. Read lots of books. "Twist Of The Wrist" / "Profecient Motorcycling" etc...

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I would say take the plastics off use some cones to set up a "track". I wouldn't let someone be there at the stopping point. When you make that stop and you try to grab it and keep it from going they will be too and you can actually work against one another and it will hit the ground anyways.

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As for tips...The best practice is saddle time...Start with empty parking lots and then start hitting the roads that have little to no traffic and slowly progress to more dense areas...

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