first ride observations
May 17, 2008 at 3:26 pm #1385
Finding neutral is really hard sometimes!
My finger muscles hurt today.
Resting my throttle hand partly on the bar end gives me better throttle control.
Goosing the throttle accidently going into a corner = bad. Thank goodness I wasn’t riding the FZ6!
Riding motorcycles is super wicked stupid fun. I put on 30 miles and only came home because it was getting dark.
My rear fender has got to go.
My bike is pure twisted steel and sex appeal. And I got the ‘nod’ from a couple of real bikers out enjoying the evening.
Signal lights do not turn themselves off, and they are very close to the horn.
People walking just assume because you’re riding a street bike you’re an a**hole. Since I never got above 40, I helped to kill that stereotype last night.May 17, 2008 at 11:56 pm #6406AnonymousGuest
‘ Am curious to know what you mean by “real bikers”.
Do you mean those accountants, lawyers, etc. who ride those very expensive American cruisers and like to dress up like pirates on the week-end? The ones with 160 total miles on their 4 year-old bikes?
Nah! Those types don’t nod or wave, they’re just “too cool” for thatMay 18, 2008 at 12:16 am #6408
good point! real bikers….arent themMay 18, 2008 at 3:50 am #6412
I dropped it today. No damage. Hopefully that will serve as my reminder to pay attention!May 18, 2008 at 10:30 am #6414
haaa- I did that too and well better with no damage to you or bike and you will REMEMBER ride onMay 18, 2008 at 10:31 am #6415
haaa- I did that too and well better with no damage to you or bike and you will REMEMBER ride onMay 18, 2008 at 9:22 pm #6418
“dress up like pirates on the weekend?”
You just make milk come out my nose!May 19, 2008 at 10:32 am #6431smadaakramParticipant
i made allot of the same observations on my first ride a few weeks ago, theres alot to take in on that first ride!
//@R!<May 19, 2008 at 3:50 pm #6438
I live in orchard country and the fruit trees are in bloom so it was a double whammy of scenery and motorcycling!May 19, 2008 at 4:08 pm #6440shagglesParticipant
I get ‘the wave’ from virtually every biker I ever pass. I didn’t expect that and that’s one of the coolest things to me. I’m more of a bicyclist than a motorcyclist and although many bicyclists will give you a nod as they pass you on the trail many don’t and even fewer will on the street. Some say it’s because they’re concentrating on their workout but when I go running and pass another runner I always get a Hi or Good Morning or whatever. Anyway I’m getting a little OT now. Motorcyclists seem to be a friendly bunch.May 19, 2008 at 7:05 pm #6445
I’m a cyclist too (mountain and road). I was surprised (although I don’t really know why) at how much of my cycling experience translated directly over to motorcycling. Corners are second nature to me, But on my first ride when i did take off on the street I started off on the far right side of the lane, where I would cycle! I had to remind myself that the whole lane was mine!
PS you’re absolutely right about road bicyclists. Elitist snobs.May 19, 2008 at 7:28 pm #6449BenParticipant
Excellent! Riding is a ton of fun, i’m glad you are taking to it like a fish to water. Keep the ride reports coming!
~Best Beginner Motorcycles AdminMay 19, 2008 at 9:49 pm #6454shagglesParticipant
I think the thing about bicycling that helps me the most is just the fact that I’m used to riding in traffic with cars whizzing by me. Now I can actually keep up. OTOH I now understand counter steering which I never did on the bicycle.
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