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After 6 months of debating, and researching, I finally bought a bike. I purchased a 1996 Yamaha FZR600. It has 750 original miles, and is completely stock. I just had to take it in for a tune up because it had not been ridden regularly for 4 yrs. I was a little nervous when i took it for my first ride. It was a little easier than i had envisioned.The only thing I had a problem with is shifting into first. I stalled the bike a couple of times before I got the hang of it.

Does anyone have any advice for a new rider like myself? I am sure that there are lots of people here that are smarter, and more experienced than I.
 

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First and formost,TAKE THE MSF COURSE.Just as soon as you can.

If you can't afford it,borrow the money.In some states it's free.
 

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I would also suggest the MSF course, it can only help. Also remember just to take it easy till you get comfortable with the bike and it's characteristics.
 

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I can't believe you got a FZR600 with 750 original miles. Oh yeah take MSF and wear gear. Good luck.
 

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Yes, get into the MSF course ASAP! If you can't, at least go to the DMV and get a permit to ride legally before you swing a leg over the bike again.
 

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I don't recommend the MSF course... I REQUIRE it!!! :D

It'll teach you to ride and stay (sort-of) safe at the same time. Definitely worth the time and the cost, whether free or $250.
 

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I am going to DMV here in NY for my permit test thursday. I have read the book, and it seems like a lot of common sense. Is there any thing that I should be aware of before taking the test? Any tricky questions?. I am looking in to taking the MSF course ASAP, but i will have to drive at least 1.5 hrs from where I live to take it.
 

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My 2 cents for a fellow newbie:

Be prepared....motorcycles do not get the same rights as cagers. You need to always expect some shitty driver to not see you till the last second or not even give a shit that you are there. Found this out quickly before anyone got hurt.
 

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Crispy2k4 said:
I am going to DMV here in NY for my permit test thursday. I have read the book, and it seems like a lot of common sense. Is there any thing that I should be aware of before taking the test? Any tricky questions?. I am looking in to taking the MSF course ASAP, but i will have to drive at least 1.5 hrs from where I live to take it.
Shouldn't be too hard to pass the written test, if you have the book, study it. No surprises that the book doesn't cover to my knowledge.

You live 1.5 hrs away from ANY testing site? WHERE the hell are you, on an island? How close is a HD dealer? They offer a rider course as well( a bit more $$ but still worth the training).
 

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I live in extreme upstate NY. The closest place that offers the course in Watertown, or Plattsburgh that I am aware of.
 

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MSF and practice in a empty parking lot till you are blue in the face--that was told to my MSF class by our instructor

The class does NOT make you road worthy----you have to practice practice practice a lot!! You will get antsy and want to go on the road....don't....keep practicing!!
 

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I took the MSF course and I have like no money to buy a bike.. lol. I think it was a bad idea in taking it early. I shoulda gotten a bike first then took the MSF ^^;;
 

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I took the MSF course and I have like no money to buy a bike.. lol. I think it was a bad idea in taking it early. I shoulda gotten a bike first then took the MSF ^^;;
How are you gonna afford a bike with just the cost of the MSF course? Bikes are a little more than $250.
 

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i meant like save up money for a bike... then take the MSF course after I have a bike. This way I would have everything on the tip of my head. But now I took the course and I have no money so probably I'll have to wait at least one year to get a bike. By then I'll probably forget everything... (hopefully not :cry )
 
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