Going to get my bike today.
August 1, 2008 at 12:35 pm #1835
Im going to get my bike today, YAY! Its a 2007 Suzuki GS500F. Im happy but i do have a fear. Im afraid that the riding position is going to make me ache fast and/or its not an aggressive enough riding position. But i need to start small before i can get into all that so its fine. Ill upload pics when i get it. Another small flaw is that i after buying it, i wont have enough money to buy a helmet for a couple weeks. So i can even ride it really.August 1, 2008 at 12:41 pm #9756BuddParticipant
Your body is going to have to adjust. You will be sore and really tired after riding the first couple of weeks. Your body will adapt though. Another problem is that you are going to be really tight on the bike. You will eventually loosen up as you get more comfortable. The death grip kills your hands.
“I am the best there is at what I do, and what I do ain’t nice.”-WolverineAugust 1, 2008 at 1:41 pm #9758chevyridin850Participant
I am going to get that same bike in about a week. Funny though, I bought the gear before I bought the bike..
What kind of gear are you going to get?August 1, 2008 at 2:43 pm #9762ShannonGParticipant
I would say it’s a comfortable riding position. I was going to put a lower rise handlebar on mine until I did a couple of longer road trips.August 2, 2008 at 3:47 am #9723
YAY I GOT IT. Wow what a beautiful bike. Perfect condition. Rides so smooth, feels great and gets up and goes when i need it to. My back is alittle sore but i also went to work in my boots which hurt my legs and went up to my back. But i also know i am going to have to get use to it. I will admit i almost dumped it a few times. Thats only because i am not use to backing it up, but im getting better. About the death grip most people have, i dont really hold on that tight cause i know its bad if i do, but if im cold (like night riding) then the death grip comes in. Another bad thing is that if i want to take it home i have to drive 1 1/2 miles down a gravel road which is hell on the tires and isnt fun/safe. But im so happy with the bike, every family member that seen it today took the keys and took my bike for a test run (they all have rode before). Even though at first they all yelled at me and didnt want to support me, they turn around when the see the bike.
Another think i need to learn, which wont happen again. I need to wear long sleeve shirts. I rode for an hour and my arms are already sun burnt (im a redhead so its bad) i thought the wind would help me NOT get burned but i was wrong and it wont happen again.
Ill get some pics to you guys 2morrow. My mom took some today but there bad.August 2, 2008 at 6:27 am #9783AaronMerlotParticipant
Don’t forget your gear! it works great as sun protection and road rash protection too! Have fun!August 2, 2008 at 7:44 am #9784TheAbomb12Participant
dude… you need to wear gear… Long sleeve shirts won’t cut it…
even on an entry level bike… falling off at 20 mph is not fun at all— The asphalt WILL shred through casual clothing like nothing. Even regular jeans will get chewed through very fast and start to scrap your skin in a fall.
At LEAST get a jacket and some gloves. Most people when they fall reach out with their hands, which is why gloves are so important— also they help keep your hands warm. As a New rider, there is a high probability of you falling at low speed, so gloves and a REAL motorcycle jacket are highly recommended.August 2, 2008 at 12:40 pm #9786CBennettParticipant
you can get the gear relatively cheap also if you look around. I found a pretty decent site for some gear http://www.leatherup.com/ was good on quite a few prices. Im sure there are others.
DOT approved Helmet
ok and after reading you post..how the heck would you think the “wind” would help you not get sunburned…lolAugust 2, 2008 at 1:33 pm #9787
After buying the bike i couldnt even afford a helmet but my mom bought me one and im trying to get my bro to buy me the jacket. And i always wear gloves when riding. Im going to get some pants also in the near future
Thanks for the sites.For a jacket i think im going to go with the one ben just reviewed. And i thought the wind would cool my skin off and blow away the uv rays?August 2, 2008 at 5:13 pm #9793BenParticipant
+1 on that advice.
When I crashed I was wearing full gear, but ironically my jacket came away unscathed. It was my gloves and my overpants which took the brunt of the damage. My gloves were so torn up I had to throw them away (and they were leather racing gloves!) but my hands were perfectly fine underneath. The overpants had a few holes in the knee but none of it tore through anti-abrasion material.
~Best Beginner Motorcycles AdminAugust 2, 2008 at 5:24 pm #9790TheAbomb12Participant
ok… well in the absence of a motorcycle jacket… wear a long sleeve shirt; or even better just a normal jacket (that isn’t too hot) because they have more fabric then simply a long-sleeve shirt.August 3, 2008 at 10:55 pm #9833
Here are some pictures of my baby.
And also the first day i got it and went home and parked it. My mothers horse got out and went to the bike and knocked it over. The only damage is the decal on the fairing is alittle messed up. Im trying to clean it up but its hard and i dont know if i should try to finsh or just leave it alone. (ive super glued it back to the fairing)
I also have a few other questions for you guys.
The fuel switch has 3 settings. Res ( I know whats its for), On, and Pri.
Well while driving yesterday the bike died on me and the switch was on ON but i couldnt get it to start back up untill i turned it to the PRI and it ran fine. The problem is i dont know what the PRI is or stands for. Can you guys help me out?
Also whats about a good RPM range to be at? I keep mine around 4 before i shift. Another thing, my helmet is tight in the head but not in the cheeks, is that ok? What do you guys do with your helmets when your done going to a place your going to? I.E where do you put your helmet when you go to the moives or other places like that? Anyone know where i can get a repair guide and a owners manual for a gs500f? Theres repair manuals but their all 2006 models and im not sure if theres anything different.
Please help me, i think i have other questions but i just cant think of any more right now.August 4, 2008 at 12:40 am #9838BuddParticipant
I was picking up a Oil Filter at the shop yesterday and sat on the GS500. They had one, used, in stock. That is a sharp looking bike that feels really comfortable.
Get a jacket!
“I am the best there is at what I do, and what I do ain’t nice.”-WolverineAugust 4, 2008 at 12:42 am #9840ShannonGParticipant
PRI stands for Prime; you set it to that setting when the bike has been stored for a long time. If you ran it totally dry of gas before switching over it may have taken that much to get it started again.
Your GS500f likes to be revved up. I cruise at 5000+ rpm. Anything below 4000 and it chugs a bit.
Your helmet should be snug all over. Like you couldn’t chew gum comfortably.August 4, 2008 at 3:42 am #9846
Thank you, i thought thats what it means. But why would the bike die on me when the switch is on ON and i have 1/4 1/2 tank of gas?
So should i see if the place i bought the helmet will let mt trade it for a smaller one? I dont think they have a smaller one or would even let me trade it in since its used now. Is it really that bad for it to not be snug all around? I cant afford another helmet.
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