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The Best Motorcycle Helmets for Beginners Under $500 [2023 Edition]
Skills to lack….
Concentration on tasks at hand
Inability to quit texting
Visual (blind spots, legally blind, cataracts, tunnel vision etc) limitations
Hand, eye, feet coordination
I’d be inclined to say its has as much to do with character flaws rather than skill sets-
Some things just come naturally to people than others also: I.E: my roommates a fighter- I’m not- I’m a dancer. Fighting comes naturally to her- she’s quick- has good judgment and lightening fast reflexes that traininly only enhances what comes naturally AND her character makes it a good fit. She’s agressive when she needs to be and confident but not overly assertive as a whole.
I’m agressive but in the wrong way and I don’t read people’s bodys well when they go on offensive and it gets me into trouble. I can on the other hand transmit emotion through dance where she has no ability for that- I have good balance and smooth transitions from one thing to the next.
Both of which take a lot of training to bring the best out- but we have characters that FIT what we do.
I suspect a lot of people don’t take all the factors into consideration.
pretty decent write up about the box….
I had a thread just like this “getting aclimated” and was given some great advice here!
Roommate and I still do a lot of parking lot practice- and rarely do we go straight out to the streets- usually we go through the condo for a ‘warm up’ lap… practice braking right and left hand turns- then we hit the streets.
Someone also said they had a friend/family member follow them around. My first trip out I was followed – horribly embarrassing- I was so excited to take my bike to get fuel (a whole 1/2 mile down a small two lane road- moderately travelled- one left turn and then a reallly back road- and one right turn)
got there safely and effectively- and then couldn’t get the fuel tank opened. MORTIFIED! lol
Since then I had one or two more main trips where I was followed- one big one to get inspected and that was on a major through way through town) HA HA about a 10 mile trip- got there safe and sound and then almost dropped her when I didn’t get the kickstand down and I thought I had. HA.
It doesn’t change anything but it certainly gives you more confidence- and if its someone who rides they can give you pointers for when you get back.
Then keep practicing in the parking lot- my neighbor w/ a duc still pokes fun of me for still practicing- but to me its safer and I feel more comfortable about it- always trying to improve my skills.
I agree it takes training absolutely. There is no argument here from me on that.
Personally it is easier to start on a .38 but I also think that is not a useful gun. There is absolutely a point to grow into a machine- but you don’t have to start at the smallest thing you can find- I think.
But then again you’re talking to a girl who is pretty damn proficient with a 45. I don’t have much use for a 50 cal- to me thats too big- a 45 does the job just fine… kind of like my 600 is just fine for me but I’ll probably never bother with anything bigger. different discussion though.
I’ll never win an agrument against 600s as a starter bike- and I don’t want to.
I only want to point out that the machine itself doesn’t care. You cannot personify a machine like that- thats a completely invalid argument. thats all.
yeah its flat on the bottom so it doesn’t really roll-just the barrles the wheel sits on. I think the concept is sound- but pracitcality might not match to reality which is the idea I’m getting.
Let me know if they show up at the show and what you think!
My friend who used to ride a lot after I texted him a picture said DON”T BUY IT lol but didn’t give me any good reasons just said he would weld me up a rear wheel stand. I don’t have the room to be rolling back and forth in my condo-
I’m already on the shit list here for having an ‘oversized noisy truck’ (stock 2001 Dodge 1500- so smallest fullsized truck you can buy) and then we have the two CBR’s …. anyway my condo bitches aren’t the point… but we can’t just roll around dripping WD40 and chain lube/cleaners etc all over- my gay neighbor WILL complain. (the complained bout the kick stands and we had to have the pads under them to prevent the damage to the asphalt… yeah this was done in october- its WINTER morons)
And our Honda’s aren’t graced with center stands (WHY NOT DAMNNNIT)
Anyway so I really need to be able to spin the wheel freely-and I’ll be alone mostly to clean the two bikes- my roommate is very busy and will be leaving for a year shortly and I’ll be in charge of the bike so its a one man job for the time being
Thats reallly what it boils down too- figured I’d ask ya’ll! thanks!
ha ha ha- nice. but true… although i know I won’t bounce quiet like that when I come off!!!
oh- sorry lol my bad. I was really confused!
Meh- I payed for the offical MSF course through Camden County and paid exactly 5 dollars less. 295 vs 300 I believe was the difference. I hear there is a lot more ‘marketing’ that goes on instead of just straight learning. And the bikes you learn on are all harelys/buells vs whatever little 125/250 they can get their hands on for the MSF. (I rode a Suzuki dual sport for mine- awesome factor!!!)January 26, 2010 at 4:02 am in reply to: Are 250 motorcycles suited for carrying around 2 people? #24219
I hear you can- but it will lug a little- so how far and how fast you go and how much you are willing to sacrifice (mpg- acceleration etc).
Although this being your first bike I wouldn’t be super worried about that. This is a crap ton of stuff to get through before even thinking about having someone ride bitch. Many miles to go before that becomes an issue!
“Sure you guys will have no hesitation to exchange love and money for these bike. Men really love rides. Gives you the thrill and the excitement and the looks too. Anyway, sure as long as you take care of yourselves.”
I haven’t been on here for a lil bit but damn either I get confused easily or this sh*t aint trackin’
personally i wouldn’t buy a brand new bike for a first bike- newER yes but not brand new- to much stuff to go wrong- I bought something way nicer than I should have (04) and I am terrified of the day I drop it- I’m going to be PISSSSSED. My roommate on the other hand has a bike 4 years older- had a been clearly dropped once at a stand still or off the kickstand itself (no slide marks whatsoever) and a few other little dings here and there but clean otherwise.
Mine is pristine for a ’04.
And the OH SHIT OH SHIT OH SHIT factor is overwhelming sometimes when you get a little unstable.
Go slightly more used you won’t sweat dropping it and potentially make a bad judgement call that could save your butt cause you are more worried about dropping it. my minimal .01 cent there for ya.
little behind the power curve here as I’ve been busy
this kind of just irked me a scoosh
“that machine is LOOKING for an opportunity to kill your ass. “
the machine doesn’t give a rats ass about your ass my ass or anyone else’s ass -it doesn’t care if you respect it- or you hate it. It doesn’t baby you or want to kill you- it just is.
I look at it like a gun- its a tool- learn it- use it properly and move on to do what you really want to do with it or move on to another gun.
that’s my only two cents- everything else has been covered and anything else I have to add is moot.
good reading though!
I’d love too but because I will have to pay for a hotel there and back- its 10 hrs and I can’t do it all in one shot- and I’m not comfortable as a young lady sleeping on the side of the road with a bike and no protection- no dog or gun. Just wouldnt’ sit right- if my roommate were going to be home and would be willing to trek out there- would be a different story but I’ll be all by myself and my roommate will be in like Abu Dahbei- so no back up for me if shit goes south.
and I’m broke as a joke- so paying for 3 hotel rooms (Fri, Sat, Sun) plus 2 more for there and back really racks up and I’m barely making ends meet now.
If I get a second job and can swing the bills I’ll consider it but riding that far just isn’t in the budget at this point.
But I WANNNNNA one day do a trip like that! Was planning on riding to Ohio to visit a friend who got me into riding. That’ll I ride too- stop in Pittsburgh and visit then head to Ohio. One day.
Thanks for the link though! totally going to spend some time on there!
I remember your orginial comments about that- genius idea!!! At this point mid jan in Jersey if I had the funds I would totally look into it- I ride in a 3 season joe rocket so it would do the trick most of the time for the shorter riders I’m out- I have real leathers that I haven’t waterproofed (and I’m not sure Scorpion did that for me). But past that a fully H2O proof cycling jacket would be good- and more colourful- i do ride about as much as night as I do durning the day.
But definitely on the GO LOOK AT LIST. *sigh* so much stuff (need disklock/alarm first though- want a tinted visor as well- eyesight is super sensitive in the light)
but past that its as much real riding gear as I want to make sure I’m fully competent in ideal conditions before I start trying to vary the conditions to ride. So I’m leary and we haven’t had enough ‘just rain’ days to wash grime off and not enough warm temps to combat ice.
I’m not okay with rain at this point cause I don’t have the money to buy good rain gear and past that I’ll ride in the rain for the most part and I’d much prefer real rain than a mist- even in my truck…
and my gloves totally come with a thumb squeegee- coolest thing ever. thank god for that man who invented that!