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Old 05-26-2009, 01:10 PM   #1
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I'm currently 17 years old and I'm really interested in riding. I never bothered to really try it because I didn't think my parent would approve, but I discovered My parents dont mind, so I'm confused as to where to begin? Help please? If there is a thread about this my bad!
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Old 05-26-2009, 02:33 PM   #2
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You're a smart person to ask first and ride later. I got my first bike at 17, and promptly wrecked it. Twice. The link below is a long thread, but it's filled with useful info. Also, most every area has a Motorcycle Safety Foundation rider course. It's a must, and it's great fun too. Good luck!

New Rider? Read this thread FIRST!
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Old 05-26-2009, 02:52 PM   #3
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Pack a lunch!

That thread goes on for days.

Good poop on just about any newbie questions, though.
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Old 05-26-2009, 05:03 PM   #4
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Ride. Off. Road.

Old bike, dirt trails and grassy fields, lots of bumps and bruises.

Look and see if you can find a small 4 stroke dirtbike or an old bike like a Honda CB100 or CL100. I started one one of them, hell i still rode it up until i stopped being able to ride (recently, i have scoliosis and i cant sit in any seat very long, let alone on a bike) and at a max speed of 55mph downhill its not much of a road bike but its a blast off road.

They're cheap and if you crash it theres not much to damage.
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Old 05-26-2009, 05:57 PM   #5
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Good advice. Something else you might do is to involve your parents--or whichever one is most interested--in learning to ride. Makes it more fun with a "learning partner" and if you work it right, you might get an MSF course paid for!

Don't give up on it--it's *SO* worth it when you ride and enjoy it!

Best of luck!
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Old 05-27-2009, 05:05 AM   #6
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+1 on off road training. Plus you may like it enough to never give it up. I've been trail riding for 40 years now. Nothing else like it.
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