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Old 07-27-2008, 01:30 PM   #1
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Default what one piece of advice would you give to a newbie?

Hi!
Last weekend I went to MotoGP Grand Prix and Laguna Seca for the first time...I loved it!
I have never ridden on a motorcycle, so I enrolled in a motorcycle riding school. My husband rides a KTM Duke and is thrilled I am trying to understand his obsession!!

What I am asking is what one bit of advice would you give to someone in my position? It could be anyting....buying a first bike, clothing preference, helmet, anything.

I want to hear what experienced riders can share with someone who wants to learn!!
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Old 07-27-2008, 05:31 PM   #2
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Wear as a minimum at all times a Fullface Helmet, Armoured Jacket (textile, mesh, leather - whatever, just wear it) Long Trousers, and sturdy Boots that cover the ankle. This includes "just poppin' down to the corner, luv".

You seem to be starting-off on the right foot by obtaining Instruction from a Professional School.

Follow the Instruction you receive from them, and I predict you will do Fine.
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Old 07-27-2008, 06:09 PM   #3
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Safety on a motorcycle depends on how much you know and how you act on it. Obviously, you can help protect yourself with good gear, and you should never ride without it, as Airhawk says. Beyond that, though, safety comes from understanding what you, and other drivers, do on the road. You will be almost invisible to car drivers on a bike, and learning how to predict the stupid things they do, and where they do them, is a huge key. So learn everything you can about how to ride safely. Practice spotting the little "tells" that show when a driver doesn't see you. Practice braking and swerving, just in case you don't spot an idiot driver in time someday.

Safety is in your head.
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Old 08-05-2008, 12:26 PM   #4
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Practice emergency braking so much you've got to force yourself to keep doing it. That's one. Wear the gear is also an excellent one. Look through to the exit of the corner as you enter it is another.
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Old 08-05-2008, 01:54 PM   #5
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read the new rider thread, all 300 or so posts twice.
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Old 08-05-2008, 03:05 PM   #6
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If you are not deadly serious about learning to ride and are just looking at it as something cool to do then I suggest you do something else. That's my one thing.
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Old 08-05-2008, 04:44 PM   #7
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Ride like you are invisible. Don't ever assume a driver sees you.....err....does that count as one or two things?....
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Old 08-05-2008, 05:08 PM   #8
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seruzawa's suggestion is the A - #1 that ALL aspiring riders should ask of themselves.

Search long and hard within your own self before making that commitment to throw a leg over any moto.

People get killed in the Bathtub, but not nearly so horribly or so easily as astride a Motorcycle.
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