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Well,

Picked up my first street bike on Wednsday night, and been having a blast ever since. Been staying calm and not doing stupid shit. Haven't brought it past 8500rpm, and that was on an open backroad by myself this morning in 2nd gear. Been a really good experience for me. Had my dad take it home the 130ish miles the other night, and he's been watching me pretty close. He has like 150k miles on bikes, although hasnt owned one in long time. I find myself almost fighting for saddle time on the bike when we're both home!

Bad or squidly things I'm doing:
My shifting is still on the rough side, both down and up. It's definately getting better tho.
Lug'n the motor on starts, not all the time, but its still happening.
Winding 2nd gear out to 8k'ish on straight back roads :).
Not riding with gloves. I have a set of Icon Hooligans, but I just can't get comfortable riding with them yet, working on breaking em in.
The bike I started on :chair :)

I'm 19, took the MSF, and I do wear gear. I got an Arai RX7 and a Joe Rocket Ballistic mesh jacket. I've been out on the road 3 times (go ahead, laugh at me :headbang), and 2 of those times my dad followed me in the car to let me know what to improve on. I just wish there were more hours in a day, this going to work and finding time to ride sucks!
 

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best of luck, how do you afford ins.?
 

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Probably not the best first bike (nice BTW), but you sound quite responsible. If you're still a little uncomfortable on your bike compared to the one at MSF, take yours to an empty parking lot and practice the MSF drills until it's all smooth. It's really easy to get in over your head on the street especially with traffic, so take it easy.
 

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best of luck, how do you afford ins.?
Honest answer? I don't have much of a social life :). I paid for the bike in cash and my truck is cash, and between the two of them, state farm gets almost 3k out of me a year. Mommy and daddy give me nothing except pay for part of my tuition and give me a place to live rent free. I have to hold almost full time hours, even when the semester starts to pay for it all. After hopping off the bike when done riding, it makes it all worth it. Hopefully knowing that its my money, I wont do something dumb with it.
 

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Honestly dude, you need to get those gloves on NOW. There was a poll on this forum a while back if I remember right that asked "What one piece of gear (besides a helmet) would you go with if you could only pick one" the overwhelming majority picked gloves. Riding without gloves is dangerous in way too many ways. Also, I'd highly suggest picking up AT LEAST a leather jacket, because that mesh jacket isn't going to do anything except make a pretty design in your flesh as your skin peels off on the roadway!
 

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I have been looking at the Alpinestars Stunt jackets, I think I may pick one up when I get paid again. I had planned on replacing the mesh with leather when money permitted.
 

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I have been looking at the Alpinestars Stunt jackets, I think I may pick one up when I get paid again. I had planned on replacing the mesh with leather when money permitted.
Good stuff, also I see we have similar taste in trucks, mine isn't a Z71, just a 2WD ext cab, but I like it, and my bike likes it too!
 

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$5250 for it, 3200 miles, perfect condition. Never been down, all that good stuff and a few other things included.
 

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Wear those gloves, probably the first things that going to hit the ground and brace you for impact. The only way you are going to break in those gloves are wearing them while you ride.
 

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congrats on a new bike and have fun on it (responsibly) ;)
 

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Truck said:
$5250 for it, 3200 miles, perfect condition. Never been down, all that good stuff and a few other things included.
That's good. I paid 5900 for mine last year at the stealership. I didn't want to deal with the hastle of buying the bike then having to get it on the road though.
 

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Question for you guys. Ultimately, I'd like to ride it to work, but I work retail, so the parking lot naturally has people all day in and out of it. What kind of security do you guys or girls use to lock the bike up. I've been looking at disk locks.
 

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Congrats on the bike. Take it easy and try to avoid any squidly urges.

For sure, WEAR THEM GLOVES! I don't know how many times I've had big ass bugs, pebbles, etc... bounce off my gloves at highway speeds. If I wasn't wearing any, that would've been a lot of hurtin'.

Good luck, and nice bike too.
 

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Question for you guys. Ultimately, I'd like to ride it to work, but I work retail, so the parking lot naturally has people all day in and out of it. What kind of security do you guys or girls use to lock the bike up. I've been looking at disk locks.
Short of tying it to a telephone pole you can put all the locks you want on it, if someone wants to steal it they are gonna steal it. Four guys + 2 bars + truck = 30 seconds to steal your bike, it's sad, but it happens. The only security you have is leaving it locked in your garage, I say drive the truck to work, but it's up to you. If you are going to drive it to work, make sure you get theft insurance on it. I guess a motion activated alarm might help, at least then it will make noise as it hauls ass off in the back of a pickup :dunno
 

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I would think your biggest problem might be someone knocking it over at work. If you get a large cable and lock, you can run the cable through the frame/wheels and around a sturdy/tall object like a power or light pole. It might also then be out of harm's way for getting knocked over. Also, a cover will help keep people's interest down and keep the kids (and rain) off of it. Park it in a place where it's not likely to get hit or knocked over that also has enough traffic around to deter professional thiefs.
 

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Assuming 2k for the bike insurance.........IMHO there is no bike built worth spending that kinda coin just to ride!
 

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Hey man, i know how you feel about taking it to work. I work at the grocery store ( while in college, no crappy job jokes :) ) Anyway, I bought a gixxer 600 and love driving it. Needless to say I drive it to work. The first day I got it i had a disc lock and locked the forks on it. That wasnt enough for me, I was out there checking it every ten min. and hardly getting any work done so i knew i had to do something better. Pretty soon word had gotten around to all the managers that i had gotten a bike and they all liked it so i started parking it on the sidewalk outside the front doors. I made sure all the managers had seen it out there and none of them cared or even hinted to me to move it. So having it parked out front where i can go take a peek at it and make sure everything is allright is a big-time reassurance. I usually go take a peek every hour or two. I also put my cellphone in the storage compartment. It had GPS on it and tracking software, so even if the police cant/refuse to track it, i can always track it myself and inform them where the bike is. I love driving the bike and thats where i get my peace of mind while im at work. I can provide the link for the tracking software if anyone is interested. Good Luck and awesome bike. :headbang
 
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