First Real Ride: Accomplished
May 9, 2009 at 9:35 pm #2802feynaroParticipant
I completed the MSF in GA last month and went to the DMV to get my motorcycle permit today. I do not have a bike, but my friend has an R6 and a Husky610, so today I rode the Husky behind him and, for the first time, I rode on the street!
I have practiced in a parking lot on the Husky one other time, but today we rode to the parking lot, I warmed up, then we hit mostly back roads and I had a blast doing 45mph.
There is really a lot to pay attention to, not only the environment and other drivers, but shifting at the proper times and throttle control (of course) were taking a bit too much conscious effort, especially when it came to making rights at green lights.
I noted that somewhere in a residential area I finally realized what countersteering feels like… before that I had just been leaning to change lanes or take corners. Wow, a slight push on the handlebars makes a huge difference.
I was nervous the whole time, but I just tried to remember to break properly and be in the right gear to start, and… dammit if I forget to turn off my turn signal again!!
But it was a lot of fun, and I had a stupid smile on my face doing 45mph straight on a little back road…
I can’t wait to get my own gear (borrowing some now) and get a bike (trying to pick up an 06′ SV650N) and get my skills up to par.
I knew after taking the MSF that I did not know crap about riding… and I’m pretty sure the only thing I know more now is that I have more to learn than I thought I did. But I got time…
Thanks for the read.May 9, 2009 at 9:48 pm #18302Zig308Participant
Congrats on completing the MSF and getting out on a real road! My 2nd day of riding at MSF is tomorrow and then the riding test to be able to get my license endorsement.
I rode a Suzuki DR200 and my rear is sore!! I was jealous of some of the others that had nice flat padded seats at the end of class. I understand what you mean about shifting and all on the bike. It’s easy in a car when you can just pick whatever gear you want or throw it in neutral quick. It’s a bit different on the bike, but will probably be 2nd nature after some miles of practice.May 9, 2009 at 11:11 pm #18303MunchParticipant
Congrats…. oh and the turn signals…. yea… thats everyones problem. I know people who have ridden for years and years and still forget them from time to time.May 12, 2009 at 12:05 am #18356THErookParticipant
I hear so much about this twist of the wrist book. Anyone have a copy they’d like to pass on to a new rider? (Not trying to thread jack)
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