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  • #2104
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    Rupmisc
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    On another thread, Ranette mentioned receiving comments from older, more experienced riders. When I first started posting, I found that I was getting some great advice (and it was great advice) from someone who had seemingly been riding for less than a year. I’ve just never seen a list of posters with screen name, age, and experience (except Ben). Maybe I should go look at individual posts on the introduce yourself forum, but if anyone thinks its a good idea, how about doing it in one thread?

    This one or another.

    #12273
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    WeaponZero
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    About 3 months, though I just graduated the MSF course on Sept. 13. My riding experience so far includes my own Suzuki SV650 (my first bike), my dad’s Kawasaki 1976 KZ400 (which is downright scary because of the thin rear tire–its like a bicycle tire), a Yamaha TW200 dual sport, and a Suzuki GZ250 cruiser. I have dropped my bike twice so far and all it has cost me is a left side mirror and a new shift lever. One of the accidents was not my fault, it was due to 2 little girls who were intentionally running out into traffic to try to get cars to slam on their brakes. I made a post about it on these forums about 2 months ago, when it happened. The other time was totally my fault; I could have sworn the kickstand was down =P

    #12274
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    Andrew
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    I have been riding for 6 weeks since I passed the MSF class. My riding experience includes the Rebel and Nighthawk from class and the 290 miles I have put on my 2007 Ninja 250. I have a 5 mile commute to work that I will be tackling very soon.

    #12275
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    Matt
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    Took MSF June 07, rode one-a-week-ish july through to october.
    Took my bike out at the start of april, and ridden regularly… so I will I could say “just over a year” saying “5 months” is far more accurate.


    “The two seconds between ‘Oh S**!’ and the crash isn’t a lot of practice time.”

    #12281
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    megaspaz
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    Been riding since the end of april this year and just hit 8200 miles ridden in that time… mostly highway and twistie goodness.


    If there’s anything more important than my ego
    around, I want it caught and shot now…

    #12286
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    Rab
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    Been riding for over 3 years now (on 3rd bike) and commute 70 miles a day 4-5 days a week rain or shine all year. I sometimes get out in the countryside on the week-ends too. There’s no off season for us “riders on the storm” here in Norcal :) Age? Forty something. Did MSF BRC, have read quite a bit and do have some miles under my belt. I’d consider myself a novice rider and as I currently get 5 different bike mags a month, I guess that makes me an “enthusiast” too (well, most of ’em are cheap and I *am* going to not renew a couple of them).

    No reason why someone who’s done some riding courses and read a lot of books and magazines can’t pass on received wisdom though, so even though the rider you refer to had less than a year’s actual riding, he may have been better informed on some topics than the guy who taught himself to ride 30 years ago (and never learned the right way) or the guy who’s been riding for 5 years but the only riding he does is posing around town on Sunny Sundays (maybe the latter don’t ride as long as 5 years but quit once the novelty wears off (or they fall off); ‘ don’t know.

    Anyway, you get my drift…

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    IanC
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    Rode for a year in high school, fast forward 30 years and passed MSF course in mid July, 3 days later bought a Honda Rebel 250. Since then I’ve put on about 1000 miles. including 1 80 mile ride, 1 120 mile ride, and 1 210 mile ride. Have riden just about every day practicing the things I needed to work on, counterstearing, putting feet down softly, quick stops, low speed turning.

    #12288
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    smokeizfire
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    Im Smokey and Im on my 3rd week of riding on a permit. This weekend, the MSF course is on schedule. I do a lot of riding though, but stay within the restrictions of my permit. So no freeway yet, but will soon. Im on 1 month of owning a Hyosung GV250. I am proud of my 250 cruiser with good reason to be. I rate everything great. So far so good.

    HE WHO DIES WITH THE MOST TOYS WINS

    #12292
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    Munch
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    Started back in August when my Vulcan 500 arrived…. 1200+ miles ago and continuously rolling. I have a 74 mile round trip commute to work and back 5 days a week. I cruise from time to time into town to pick up munchies on my days off. I have gotten alot of experience in all sorts of situations and am definitely a beginner. Knock on wood she has not laid down. I have ridden in the rain, the drive to work is mostly interstate, ventured downtown a couple of times..once while it was raining, ride down a dirt road everyday to get to the main road, already had to do a semi quick stop from 70 mph to avoid a dumb kid in a daddy bought mustang trying to clear 4 lanes. Hmmm….. as the list grows… I’ll edit.
    Oh yea passed MSF on the 14th of this month.

    Yesterday is a memory, tomorrow is a prediction, but today…… is a Bi**h

    #12294
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    Rupmisc
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    Thanks to everyone who responded so far.

    Rab, I wasn’t criticizing anyone passing on advice, nor do I disagree about passing on received wisdom. In fact, new enthusiasts are probably more likely to do their homework, and gather information, than more experienced comfortable people. I have received very good advice on this site. Rab, three years makes you pretty senior, experience wise, around here.

    MegaSpaz, got to tell you: You have consistently given me good advice, but I was shocked to find out that you have been riding three months longer than I have. Oh yeah, I was born in CA, and envy you your location.

    This site has provided better information to a new rider than any other. I wish I could find one that does as much for the next step up from a Nighthawk.

    Nevertheless, I think it is very useful to have as much information about the experience of the person giving advice as possible. I find the above answers really helpful. I hope other people will too.

    Just for the record, I have been riding since June. I bought a Nighthawk 250CB on advice I received here. I will probably keep it even when I get a next step bike, which may be soon (so I can ride it before winter sets in).

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    Andrew
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    I’m amazed Megaspaz has accumulated 2 bikes in such a short time. At that rate he will have a fleet in no time.

    #12311
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    megaspaz
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    what can i say… they call to me… i like new shiny toys. but i only have plans for one more bike which will be a motard… which i’m planning to save up for a late next year buy.


    If there’s anything more important than my ego
    around, I want it caught and shot now…

    #12326
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    Rupmisc
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    Speaking of feeling the pull, I saw one that I would buy in a second if I could handle it. I can’t. But perhaps you, megaspaz, could. Take a look at the Ducati motard. Beautiful. Comfortable to sit on. If only it wasn’t so powerful.

    #12330
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    megaspaz
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    If you’re talking about the hypermotard, yeh, that’s on my short list along with the aprillia motard.

    hypermotard in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXyV8JUj8m0

    If there’s anything more important than my ego
    around, I want it caught and shot now…

    #12331
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    eon
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    About 6 weeks and 1000 miles for me now. I don’t have a commute so all those miles have been fun miles

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