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The 5 Best Harleys for Beginner Riders [2023 Edition]
February 12, 2009 at 9:47 pm in reply to: What will your “upgrade” bike be? #16463
I’m hoping for a Ducati monster 696 sometime in my future… I know someone who might be looking to part ways with one… I just need to see if I can reach the ground on it with my little legsFebruary 9, 2009 at 10:06 pm in reply to: First Ride #16385
Getting started going uphill can be a little unnerving at first (rolling back)
This is generally what I do when I need to stop on a hill
1. Stop normally using both brakes.
2. Balance the bike keeping your right foot on the rear brake, left foot on the pavement
3. Let go of front brake
4. When you want to get started again, slowly let out the clutch partway into the friction zone, give it a little throttle as you slowly let up on the rear brake and continue letting out the clutch.
You can try and practice on flat ground to get the co-ordination down…then try it on a hill
good luck!February 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm in reply to: First time on the freeway #16302
I was defiantly going uphill. I might try again this weekend ….maybe head south this time (280 to 92 to half moon bay)…see how that goes.February 4, 2009 at 4:37 am in reply to: First time on the freeway #16264
I wound up buying a new OEM carb and installing it about 2 weeks ago. I also installed an inline fuel filter (to avoid messing up the new carb) and a tach (my bike doesn’t come with one…so that is new to me…usually shift by sound) The bike has been running great since all the repair work. I was on the freeway for just 2 miles (got off at the first exit ) MPG has been about the same as before the carb issue. I cleaned the spark plugs after all the carb issues (they were blackish) but didn’t replace them… do you think that might be th problem? Time for new ones? They are less than a year old.February 4, 2009 at 3:03 am in reply to: Hello there…another beginner here =) #16260
Can you contact the instructor for the section of class you want to take and ask what they require?
When I took the BRC (in SF), we were required to wear a long sleeve shirt, jeans, glasses/sunglasses/or goggles (only if the helmet did not have a visor), over the ankle footwear (I wore my hiking boots), and gloves (preferably leather). They had helmets there for people who needed them. I wound up borrowing a helmet, jacket, and gloves from a friend for class.
Most motorcycle dealerships sell gear…go and try on stuff and sit on a few bikes
I found the salespeople really helpful for getting the right fit on the helmet. I would have probably got the wrong size without their help. I wound up finding the jacket I liked cheaper online then at the store. In total I spent about $750 on gear (i splurged on my helmet)… $600 sounds like a very reasonable budget for gear.
Best of luck on your class!January 29, 2009 at 9:00 pm in reply to: 2006 Ducati Monster 620 for a new rider #16115
My friend’s husband bought her the 620 as her first bike…then signed her up for the class. Needless to say…it was too much for her…she had a low speed drop and won’t go near the thing anymore. It’s been sitting in a garage for over a year now.
Take the class first then shop for a bike. You’ll probably get a better feeling for what you can handle / want after the class. You can always trade up later. The smaller cc bikes are really easy to re-sell if you want to trade up later.January 29, 2009 at 8:40 pm in reply to: What do you ride? #16114
My first and only bike is a 2006 white Honda Rebel 250 (Piglet). I just got her running again after some carb issuesJanuary 29, 2009 at 8:29 pm in reply to: BRC Experience #16113
The class was a bit stressful for me. I had only been passenger a few times before, and I don’t normally drive a manual transmission car. More than half of my class rode their own bikes to class, had been riding for some time, but just needed to get their licenses. The result was that my class moved pretty fast (relative to the other class on the range that day.) We got out an hour early both days. We finished testing before the other group even started. I was just getting stressed out that I wasn’t picking things up as fast as everyone else in my class seemed to be… and wanted a little more time to practice each drill. Overall I really liked the class and had a lot of fun…it was just over to quickly.
I picked up my bike from some girl who bought it and then decided riding wasn’t for her…she put on less than 100 miles in the year she had the bike (she only rode to move it for street cleaning)… I got a great price on itJanuary 17, 2009 at 7:34 am in reply to: Scooter or Motorcycle? #15746
Don’t worry so much about learning how to shift. The MSF BRC is supposed to be for people who have never been on a motorcycle before. I don’t drive a manual transmission car and I had no motorcycle experience (except being a passenger), but I was able to pick up the controls on the bike in class enough to pass on the first go. The school I took my class with recommended that we wait till after we took the class to get a bike. It is easier to learn things the right way first then to have to unlearn bad habits. The class was tons of fun…just relax and have a good time
Good Luck!December 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm in reply to: Rebel without a carb =( #15209
candle wax?? kinky….
so what do you do with the candle wax?
any other tricks?
thank you!December 7, 2008 at 7:09 pm in reply to: Rebel without a carb =( #15198
thanks for your suggestions!
He was using some kind of screw-extractor set. He bought it from sears just for this. It is a very tiny brass screw.. it is threaded for about half a cm then goes to a point. He just couldn’t get the screw to move.
will try heating and the WD40
Hoping this works…
If not, I’m hoping for a new carb as a chanukkah present …November 24, 2008 at 4:19 pm in reply to: Armor vs Riding pants #14986
I had a really hard time finding armored pants that fit …I was swimming in most of the pants at the stores…so I just wore the knee/shin guards under jeans (http://www.bikebandit.com/product/7660) until I eventually found something that fit. (For any of the other vertically/ inseamed challenged Rev’it now makes petite armored pants)
Have you looked into the kevlar reinforced jeans?
it will give you a little more abrasion resistance then normal jeansNovember 4, 2008 at 6:18 pm in reply to: Your other rides… #14570
My husband and I like to work on cars, and older cars are easier to work on. I also just like the look of those little convertibles. He has an Alfa Romeo GTV6 currently, so another Alfa would be a welcome member to the family…we just need a bigger garage to store all our toys ; )October 29, 2008 at 6:29 pm in reply to: What’s your Outlaw Biker name? #14417
Why are all the female names bitch?
anyways… I got Bitch of the Popes of Hell MC
If i was a guy , I’d be Smokey of the Dirty Drunkards MC… i would rather be a drunkard then a bitch….October 23, 2008 at 11:15 pm in reply to: Your other rides… #14233
Currently I have a 94 Toyota Tercel …. it works…it is functional…gets good gas mileage …but just not my dream car in any way…. I’m currently shopping for my next car. I’m looking for an Austin Healey Sprite or an Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider.