Originally Posted by NumNutz
Great thanks guys. I'm really excited about this. I just don't want to crash. I have pretty much excepted that if you ride a motorcycle you are going to go down eventually. I just hope that it's slow and the bike and I don't get ruined.
That is a myth. Don't worry about the stupid "there are 2 types of riders, those who have crashed, and those who will" thing. If you are expecting to crash, you probably will. Most falls are usually slow speed anyway so you have nothing to worry about other than a little ego bruising if your neighbors see it.
As for the jetting thing, it will not be absolutely necessary if you only have an aftermarket muffler. If you are on a budget, just have the carbs serviced. After riding the bike, if you notice any hesitation, mis-firing or uneven power delivery, then maybe you need to get it re-jetted.
My bike is fuel injected and I have added a full exhaust. My bike has a flat spot in power delivery from 5,000 - 7,000 RPM, and shoots a flame when changing gears (under moderate acceleration). I need to get it tuned one of these days.... but shooting a little blue flame does have a bit of a cool factor
Here's a couple of key things that I can think of (in no particular order):
- always ride with proper gear, never ride with exposed skin
- keep tires properly inflated at all times, check around once/week
- don't try and get that extra ride in on a worn tire... or you'll be waiting on the side of the highway for a tow truck when it pops
- keep the chain properly tensioned and regularly clean and lube the chain, it will do wonders for the life of the chain and sprockets, I clean mine once every two weeks depending on conditions. Kerosene and a soft brush is a safe way to clean a chain without damaging the o-rings, rinse with low pressure water, dry and lube right away
- I use motorcycle chain wax as it is clean and doesn't fling all over your bike
- regularly change your oil 2,000 - 3,000 miles. Doesn't matter what kind of oil (just make sure it's motorcycle specific). Our bikes are wet-bath clutches, which means the clutch is partially submerged into the engine oil. Synthetic, semi-synth, regular dino motorcycle oil is all good, just stick with one and regularly change it.
- keep your bike clean because you never know when you'll pull up to a pretty girl at an intersection. She is not going to check out your ass if you are riding a dirty steed.
- curves in roads -> slow in, fast out. Don't try to test your riding ability limits by coming too hot into a corner. Slow down as one approaches, and gently accelerate out if spirited riding/driving is your thing.