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Some people really are that crazy though. A good friend of mine tried to talk me into a liter bike as my first going on about “Oh it’s all just wrist control”.
Then again his first bike was an r6, and he rode that home with no previous experience. Like i said, crazy… I’m amazed he isn’t a splat mark somewhere.
I was just wearing a pair of doc martins which aren’t thick, and don’t have a big heal on them especially since they are about 7 years old. My problem is that I happen to have a size 13EE foot.
What I was really driving at with my original question was to find out if other MSF instructors help fit students to bike, as our class bike selection was just a free for all where everyone just ran and jumped on a bike with no input or direction from the instructor.
For example as an instructor, if student 1 can fit on either bike A or B, but student 2 has difficulty on bike A, doesn’t it make sence to put student 2 on bike B and student 1 on bike A?
Yes it’s true you won’t be taking that bike home, but you also won’t be buying and riding a bike after that doesn’t suit you either.
I don’t have any experience on the er6n other than plunking my butt on one when i was looking at bikes. I ended up with the Yamaha fz6r. Similar specs and price for both with the exception of one being naked and the other not. I found the fz6r to be very comfortable for a large rider (6’6″ 260lbs) and is geared towards newer riders. I actually have an easier time running the msf course drills on that than I did on the honda nighthawk from class.
The Nighthawk is bad for big feet. The left peg is very close to the gear shift and part of the motor sticks out right there as well. Check it outMarch 30, 2009 at 2:50 pm in reply to: Hello to the friendliest board I have ever been on! #17424
One way that the class doesn’t go faster…
Yup, rained the whole first day of class.
The good news: You will be truely suprised the first time you ride in the rain how much grip on the road you maintain. It’s a good experience letting you know that if you are ever caught in a storm, you can still get where you need to go.
The bad: 7 hours in the rain is enough to soak even good rain gear. After you are cold and wet long enough, you get frustrated, with everyone and everything.
That person who refuses to get their bike going more than about 5 miles an hour infront of you for ever drill, even when you are supposed to be in 3rd gear, gets even more annoying.
You are also frustrated all the tiny people who run (literally, full out sprint) to grab the biggest bikes on the range, leaving a 6’6″ 260lb guy staring down at a kawasaki eliminator 125, while they are on their tippy toes on a yamaha tw200 (a seat height difference of 4.3 inches) But alas, this is a different thread I need to start.
But cool is a big part of riding a bike. I mean the reason most of us throw a leg over one for the first time is because when we saw other people riding we said “thats cool, I wanna do it”
What kinda of cool you wanna be has a big part to play aswell. The leather clad dude cruising on a harley fat boy with the insanely loud straight pipes is every bit as cool as the cat on the hayabusa leaned way over in the turns, it’s all just a different kind of cool.
SO whatever you do wave or nod, cruiser or sport bike, you are way cooler than the dude on the 49cc scooter.
The Harley guys definitly have the cool wave down. The one hand just off to the side as they go by relaxed as can be. Gotta say definitly not as cool on my sport bike just because of the posture, it’s not as realxed so it’s not as cool. On a sport bike it looks like I’m trying to wave, where the harley guy might just be feeling the wind go by as much as he might be waving, there’s no effort there, and thus it’s way cooler.
I have to make up the cool points hunkered down hugging the twisties like I was born doing it, thats how to look cool on a sport bike.
Damn, all this talking about cool makes me feel like i’m back in high school and i should be asking someone out to the promMarch 26, 2009 at 11:34 am in reply to: Hello to the friendliest board I have ever been on! #17319
My first class is tomorrow!!!! It’s just the classroom session, but then sunday is the first of the riding sessions! I think it’s going to be a little weird riding one of their bikes as I have been going out every day getting used to my own for a couple weeks now.
Aparently in class i’m going to be riding this:
which will feel way different coming from riding this:
It’ll be a little odd giving the throttle more twist than I’m used to. Also I’m not looking forward to 16 hours on that seat, as the one on my bike is way more comfortable.
I have heard some mixed experiences of getting the boot at an MSF course. I have actually talked to my MSF instructor a few times (even thought i don’t start for a few days, he just happens to be at the practice lot, where i go to practice) He basically said the only people they really give the boot to are those who horse around in class (like over revving the engine or give the instructors attitude) My friend that got the boot may have been slow to learn, althought knowing her she could have copped an attitude and thats what sent her packing!
So after reading all this i just realized that no limited access roads means i wasn;t supposed to go on the highways yet…. wups …
I guess it’s time to make some new friends!
I’m getting about ready to do my first oil change on my bike. Now this may seem crazy, but I’m doing there first one at 50 miles. My bike shares the same motor (kinda sorta) as the old R6, which my good friend down the street has had the pleasure of owning 2 of them. Anywhoo, he went through and did the motoman engine break in (which is a hotly debated topic in many forums) but one of the first things that you end up doing with it is an oil change at 50 miles to get out any little bits of aluminum. My friend did his at 50 miles and said it was pretty grody, so I figure what can it hurt?
I can do 65 no problem keeping the bike at around 3500rpm in 6th gear from what I can remember ( I was kinda worried about where I was going and not looking at the rpm’s). I was getting passed like a grandma at the time as it was a stretch of highway where everyone does around 80.
There are a bunch of links to it online. It basically has to do with ignoring the manufacturers recommendations on keeping the rpms low for the first 1000 miles and states that reving a more freely (higher rpms but not holding them at redline) while under load will help to get your piston rings to seal better and thus have less blow by making it burn less oil and give you a bit more power. Like i said before, it’s a hot topic and kinda controversial.
I want to get things, but alas my bike only came out in January, so there is nothing out for it yet. There are hardly even any pictures of the thing that didn’t come off Yamaha’s website Oh well here is my lonely bike with no accessory pals to speak of