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Old 01-09-2012, 08:25 PM   #1
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learning how to ride a bike

thinkin bout getting a bike because its getting to the point my trucks are ALWAYS broken down almost simultaniously, or like now both at the same time.

i need something cheap cause i cant afford a new vehicle and my mom wont let me have a beater. so im looking at a buddies honda shadow. so i have something reliable and under 200k miles to drive.

but i understand how to ride it, but itll take practice and getting use to. but whats the easiest way to get used to riding so to say? thats what im wondering, idk if i worded it right
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I took a class
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Old 01-09-2012, 08:31 PM   #3
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Old 01-09-2012, 08:34 PM   #4
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Yeah I second the class, nothing beats learning on a beater bike
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Old 01-09-2012, 08:36 PM   #5
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also any of yall use a bike as a daily driver?
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Old 01-09-2012, 08:38 PM   #6
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Take one of these.
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Old 01-09-2012, 08:40 PM   #7
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also any of yall use a bike as a daily driver?
I used to bike daily until I sold it, all year long. The best thing you can do is go to a class. I had been riding bikes for years before I took a class to get my license, the CHP Motorcycle safety course or something like that, anyways, learned so much in that class that I hadn't known about before, definitly worth it and thats the first thing I suggest to anyone that asks me about how to go about learning to ride.
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Old 01-09-2012, 08:41 PM   #8
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its not to bad but id definately take a class. i got to learn on my roomates CBR929. it was a hoss haha
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also any of yall use a bike as a daily driver?
I don't right now either but my friend zips around on her little ninja, that thing is pretty sweet. Well worth the 3k or so and get awesome mpg's. Just watch out for other drivers.
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I agree with others, motorcycle safety course. It's a great way to learn the basics. As far as a beater bike, depending on the distance you have to travel and what it's like (highway or in town), I'd suggest a dual sport. They're nimble, forgiving for beginners, a lot of fun and very easy to work on if you do drop it.
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+1 on taking the MSF class. Once you pass, you get your M endorsement. Shadow is a good bike for a beginner, so that is good you chose that and not a liter bike. Just take is slow and never ride over your abilities. Look where you want to go, not at that guardrail/curb you are trying to avoid.

Forgot to add, Shadows hold their value well, so you will be able to sell it for close to what you paid for it later.
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Do yourself a favor and listen to the above advice. Take an MSF and don't buy a superbike right outta the gate.

I've been riding since I was 13, I am 53 now. I have 3 adult sons who also ride now. I'm not preaching but I've learned a few things over the years.
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Another advocate of the MSF course. Good material for new and veteran riders.
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Another vote for the motorcycle safety course. Lots of good skills to start you out. You will probably learn some things that you didn't know.

I usually ride daily from April to Sept. or Oct. Spend some money on your gear. I recommend a full face helmet, motorcycle jacket and gloves. Better to have the right gear and not need it than to need it a not have it.
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Plus you need the course to get the motorcycle license (at least here in Florida)
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here in LA the course takes place of having to have an insured bike at the DMV when u get endorsement. i took course at the harley dealership near me - enjoyed it. worth the money. didnt really see point in them having to show us around their store and promote harley everyday. o well. still a good course
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Take the course, and here in NC you go take the written test they give you a learners permit and within 6 months you go take the riding test and poof you have you endorsement.Been riding for over 20 years now in WNC.Gotta love those twistys.
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Find a motorcycle safety course. I don't know of a more accessible way to properly learn the fundamentals. (notice the theme here!)

After doing the course, practice and experience will help make you more confident.
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