How soon after getting your first bike did you go out on the freeway?
May 4, 2010 at 10:59 pm #26174owlieParticipant
It is pretty amazing actually how different people’s ideas of what the generic term “highway riding” encompasses. In the end, it comes down to using our best judgement and riding our own rides.
Best of luck on your adventures!May 5, 2010 at 3:34 am #26181madjak30Participant
I got the quote today…here in Canada there is a company that specializes in bike insurance, but they won’t insure non licensed riders. So one insurance price is excellent, then you have to go through other providers for the non licensed…it’s almost double…so, I only have 10 days before I have my road test and the training course here allows you to use one of their bikes for the test…so I can be a licensed rider next Friday and qualify with the specialty insurer, so I have pre-arranged the insurance and will get my registration and update my license on Saturday morning…if all goes well, next Saturday I will be riding my new toy…woo hoo…it’s driving my nuts seeing my bike, and only being able to start it and ride it around my back yard…city lots don’t give you much room, maybe a 60 foot loop…lolMay 5, 2010 at 5:20 am #26185megaspazParticipant
3 days after getting my first bike, I went to work on highway 101… I got my first bike a week after getting my MSF completion cert and M1 license… >.<May 8, 2010 at 1:30 pm #26283wbsprudelsParticipant
My experience was similar to SantaCruzRider. I bought my bike from a dealership 45 minutes away on a 4-lane highway. I was so nervous about riding it home that I actually had dreams about it prior to buying the bike.
Everything worked out fine, but I would not recommend it if one has a choice. It was very stressful.June 12, 2010 at 1:58 am #26993TandersnGS500FParticipant
I went on the highway about a week after getting my first bike (I previously had no experience riding any motorized bike of any kind, I’ve got a permit though), mainly because I had no need to drive on the highway. That first ride was probably about 35 to 40 minutes long, it was windy and I didn’t have ear plugs, needless to say it was a pretty stressful situation haha. The ride home wasn’t any problem because I knew what to expect. My average speed was probably around 75 except for in the wide open areas where it got really really windy.June 12, 2010 at 7:15 am #26996madjak30Participant
I got the bike insured on Saturday May 15th, and on the Monday I used it to commute to work…120kph in traffic…it wasn’t too bad, I just made sure there were no vehicles travelling next to me. I either sped up or slowed down so that I didn’t have to worry about them changing lanes into me.
On the way home that day, some guy on a Gixxer blew by me…I didn’t even see him coming, kinda scared me…I didn’t think I would get that from another rider, but I guess it takes all types…
Anyway, I just thought I would update this thread.
Thanks.June 23, 2010 at 4:36 am #27145LanceDParticipant
I waited about 6 weeks. Went 2 exits up the highway @ 55 and was terrified. Two weeks later, I went on an organized ride with friends that terminated in a 1.5 hour ride down I-5. 70mph speed limit. I was white knuckling @ 70 and cars were passing me like I was standing still. I was NOT ready and ended up scared, fatigued and pissed off that my friends pulled away from me and left me behind.
If I were to offer advice, it would be to take short trips… a couple more miles each time. It won’t take long to build your confidence, but don’t rush it. It’s a miserable experience when you do.
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