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05-11-2011 01:44 PM
SteveWolf The MSF Basic Rider Course in downstate NY will cost you a mean $350, but if your a new rider (like me) it is definitely worth it. I'm looking forward to taking the advanced class in the near future!
02-28-2010 06:26 PM
TURBOS didnt see this thread till after i posted 1 .. anyways .. what up guys im new to this site and new to riding .. in the process of gettin an 04 yamaha r6 ..any suggestions ? im new to ridin but have ridin dirtbikes/quads...thats why im lookin at gettin somethin used ...but ya any help from u guys would be cool
12-06-2008 05:22 AM
Psykosys31
Yes I'm a newb that is looking for advice.

OK, so as the title implies, I am a newbie. I plan on taking the MSF course (a great way to bypass the WADOT riding exam, and to learn how to ride.) I am just a bit curious on as to which bikes in the 600 class of sport (not SS) are going to be a bit more forgiving to a new rider.
11-26-2008 08:21 PM
brewers Not sure if this is the right thread, but heres my story...

I'm 24 years old, 6'1" 260lbs. Married with a baby due in May. I live in Milwaukee, WI so its fricken cold this time of year. Been wanting a bike for years, but the wife wasn't feeling it. She finally gave me the green light. Looking for some advice on what to buy. Ive read tons of threads and know enough not to go near a liter bike.

I've never rode a bike before besides as a passenger when I was about 12 or 13. Ive driven ATV's before, I have a stick shift car so I know how to balance clutch and throttle, at least in theory (im sure its different/harder on a bike). Ive got respect for bikes and how badly/quickly you can get hurt, even when doing all the right things. My sister was badly injured on a bike around my 14th year on Earth. Broken neck, bruising on brain, etc. Fine now, but I digress.

Plan is to take the MSF class at a local tech college in Spring. Cost is around 300 bucks and upon completion of the week or so course, I get my M class license without a formal road test at the DMV. Figured I'd learn more at the MSF than on my own anyways. I will not buy a bike until I have completed the MSF as I want to make sure that a)I like riding and B)I think I can be good at it with time. I don't plan on "stunting" or otherwise acting foolish or beyond my abilities. (I know who does, right?)

I was thinking of a used r6s as I like how they look. I was told the sv650 is a great bike to learn on, but Im not really digging it. I dig my life though, so I could probably convince myself. My eyes really like the 600 sport bikes and they are within my price range. Just want to make sure that Im not getting in over my head.

Sorry for the long post, but I figure a little background on myself can help you guys and gals give me some advice. I totally respect the danger of riding and I will not push past my limits. What would you all recommend for a bike?
09-20-2008 12:20 AM
LilNinja_n_ME
New to riding and site...

Hi all, Just wanted to interduce myself, Im new here as well as a new rider, I just bought my very first bike... Ninja 250, Im still learning to ride, its fun but a bit scarry too. My boyfriend got me into riding, I bought him a "Busa" for Valintines last year and he loves it, I ride on the back and liked it so much I had to get me a bike. Anyways... Always lookin for advice and pointer, So please any... any at all!!! lol
Im not good enought to be on the road yet... I think!!! But others say I am. I have been practcing at the old Trojun in Rainier. Next step is going threw some class for my endorsment, after that... ... Im clueless, But again... ... Im open for advice. Thanks all and I cant wait to chat with you.
09-15-2008 09:39 AM
jwab1613 ok hope i get lots of advice on this question here. what are the no nos in buying a used bike? the obvious ones like having bunged up foot pegs or pipe? im definately a newbie on a budget so i can stand some cosmetic flaws. but what is unacceptable or a red flag? thanks for all the help-chuck
08-05-2008 11:41 AM
johnson3147 I have been thinking about (of course after I got my bike for daily use and the one for fun trips on weekends) additionally to my cars - the next extension should be a premium motorcycle - because I have always dreamt about joining one of those really crowded tours, anybody got any experience there?
05-29-2008 12:22 AM
ShipMotorcycle
Ex500

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Originally Posted by Gas Man View Post
I got my first bike ever...a EX500...rode it around for about a month then took the advance coarse and passed with the second highest score in the class!! YEAH FOR ME!!!
I have the EX500 as well. It's a great bike. Enjoy.

-Chris
http://www.shipmotorcycle.com
05-22-2008 03:44 PM
shifty_600
???better bike????

whats the better bike. a Ninja 650R or a honda cbr600RR?
04-24-2008 03:22 AM
Ghoastgirl1 I'm new to the site and so far what I've read is pretty insightful. I'm a college student and just beginning my research on getting a motorcycle. I've done some other posting on another forum and through some careful consideration I've decided that after taking the Motorcycle course I'll pursue a Buell Blast. I don't plan to go out and buy one until I've taken a class. Looking forward to exploring the site a bit more. Pardon any dumb questions!
01-29-2008 01:53 PM
PlayfulGod
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Originally Posted by BTMendenhall View Post
I have a total noob question:
Is taking this class part (or all) of the licensing process? I dont really understand what it takes to get licensed.
Im super new to motorcycles. Go easy on me!

Thanks,
Brian
In most states taking the MSF will earn you your MC license. Some others its just a extra knowledge course.

Difference in taking the MSF and just the DOT test is the MSF gives you the proper tools to become a safe n educated rider. The DOTs MC test you can read the lil booklet in an hour and go play in a parking look for one afternoon n prolly do well enough to pass it.
01-29-2008 12:20 PM
Brads500isslow
Quote:
It's a few long stories...

Short version...

1) I work in the gas industry and can tell you lots about it.
2) I ran out of gas once! It sucked and wasn't my best moment.
3) If you piss me off I'll gas your family!
__________________
-Chris
aka Gas Man
I should be Gas man I started riding this summer and ran out of gas 3 times. Or just idiot who doesnt check the tank
01-14-2008 03:27 AM
BTMendenhall I have a total noob question:
Is taking this class part (or all) of the licensing process? I dont really understand what it takes to get licensed.
Im super new to motorcycles. Go easy on me!

Thanks,
Brian
07-22-2007 09:35 PM
PlayfulGod
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Originally Posted by onesickpsycho View Post
I think he was saying his bad habit was using two fingers on the front brake...
or maybe using 4 fingers????

I use two fingers on my brake if I four I apply to much pressure I need a set of shortie levels
07-22-2007 09:32 PM
OneSickPsycho
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Originally Posted by Phenix_Rider View Post
Two? Mine kept harping four fingers- which is nonsense on my bike. If I were t0 use four I'd lock the brake, and I would have run over an Amish buggy. And my instructors were both male- and ugly mothers too!
I think he was saying his bad habit was using two fingers on the front brake...
07-22-2007 09:08 PM
Phenix_Rider
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Originally Posted by #1 Moses View Post
This old dog is brushing up his skills it been a long time, The clas is great We have two Babes as teachers! I want to be the teachers PET! Ha Ha Its free in Pa, But you must buy a $10.00 learners permit. Im braking a lot of bad habits Two finger front brake!!! Wish me luck the instructors are a distraction!!!
Two? Mine kept harping four fingers- which is nonsense on my bike. If I were t0 use four I'd lock the brake, and I would have run over an Amish buggy. And my instructors were both male- and ugly mothers too!
07-22-2007 05:28 PM
#1 Moses
MSF class

This old dog is brushing up his skills it been a long time, The clas is great We have two Babes as teachers! I want to be the teachers PET! Ha Ha Its free in Pa, But you must buy a $10.00 learners permit. Im braking a lot of bad habits Two finger front brake!!! Wish me luck the instructors are a distraction!!!
04-07-2007 11:31 AM
YB929RR Newbie
04-06-2007 11:39 PM
Gas Man I actually prefer the intermiadiate class. Not as bad as the advanced but not as simplistic as the beginners.



04-06-2007 11:40 AM
SVRider
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Originally Posted by mesaboogiewes View Post
I haven't taken a rider course yet...and I've been lookin, but let me ask you guys this...

I rode my SV650 for about 10 months...and I just got my GSXR600...

Being that I've got almost a year's worth riding, would it be ok for me to just take the experienced rider course?

the basic course is $200 in AL - and it's 3 whole days long - i don't have the time off nor the money to drop that kind of money! the experienced course is $80 and it's 8 hours long - 1 day - possible for me to do...

i "basically" know how to ride, i'de just like to get some more info on emergency situations...etc.

what do you guys think?
Don't know how your state is, but in ND you have to take the beginner course before you can take the advanced course. Something to check into.
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