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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-15-2008, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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08 R1 to much for a guy that’s been out for a few years?

So here’s the deal I have been riding bikes since my ninth birthday when my dad got me a little 70cc Honda dirt bike. I started riding on the street as soon as I got my learners permit (back then in New Mexico you could ride under 600cc’s with just a permit) when I was 14 I rode another Honda but this time it was a street legal 87 CR 500 that I had been riding. Two Years later I got my first sport bike an 89 Yamaha FZR 600 (By the way I was the coolest kid in my small town high school when I rolled up on that 8 year old bike) then when I turned 18 I got a 96 CBR 900RR. I road it every day for three years then right before I got married I sold it to by a reliable car that my wife and I could share. That was 7 years ago this month and now I am ready to drop some coin on a new bike, so I go to the Honda/Yamaha shop thinking CBR all the way; then I see an all black 08 R1 and that was it. It was a Wayne’s World “Oh yes it will be mine” moment. So I get the paperwork going and get all approved and then I just thought “this is happening way to fast” and I decided I would wait and make the payment to myself until my birthday (July) and for my 28th birthday I would drop the saved money and treat myself to a new shiny bike. Well then it dawns on me that I have never ridden anything this powerful and I haven’t really ridden anything at all in 7 years. To add insult to injury I come on here and happen upon a forum page with a video of a guy dumping a brand new GSXR1000 in the dealership parking lot and it freaked me out a bit. Now you need to know that I am a very responsible rider. I have NEVER stunted and don’t plan on it, not that I think stunting is irresponsible as long as it stays off public roads, its just not my thing. I have never had a ticket or an accident EVER bike or car. I am almost 28 I have a one year old son, a four year old daughter and a wife that loves me, I’m not in it to impress anyone. I guess I am putting my ridding resume up here in the hopes that someone will say “Eh you should be fine” or at least “You will more than likely drop in the first few months a couple of times but nothing to worry to hard about”.

Let me know what you think. Oh and sorry this is so long.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-16-2008, 08:37 AM
 
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Considering you have 7 years of riding experience all be it 7 years ago I think you will be fine. As long as you ease your way back in and dont think that you can ride as well as you could 7 years ago.
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Considering you have 7 years of riding experience all be it 7 years ago I think you will be fine. As long as you ease your way back in and dont think that you can ride as well as you could 7 years ago.


I've owned several sportbikes. I then decided to buy a cruiser...rode it for awhile...got hit by a car...bike was totalled. I didn't ride for 5 years.

I decided to start riding again...bought the 07' R1 last May and all has been good.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-16-2008, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Guys thats what I was thinking but... you know these things can mess with your mind a bit.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-16-2008, 01:35 PM
 
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yeah just make sure you use more discretion than Homer in your avi! HA HA i love that.
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Ha... Yeah, I will, thanks. Now comes the hard part...sticking to my "Just wait four months and then get it" idea... its going to be a long 4 months...
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hopefully you bought it by now, do you ever ride in the el paso texas area? i bought the 08 r1 candy red
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-09-2008, 10:49 PM
 
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Take 'er easy

If you dont stunt and you ride conservatively you should be fine. You obviously know what you are doing. I mean you know where the throttle and clutch and brake levers are obviously. Just ride at your pace, and you should be fine. Soon you'll be taking your wife and kids for rides up and down the block!!!

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