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Re: New Rider Eager to hear from long timers. [Re: Kurtatron] #5223556 09/26/19 10:46 PM
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What I would do different is protect my hearing on every ride... either
with $2 foamies or $150 custom molded ear plugs... you can even
order them with tiny Sony digital speakers... this set up will cut 30db
of wind noise and allow every note of the music through even at
low volumes... perfect...

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I added a light weight Xact Sirius satellite receiver... Moozic non stop...

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I tested 3 sets of the custom molded ear plugs that are on the market
and the ones made by Marylin Navia at Now Hear This are the most
comfortable and the quietest not to mention they do not move out of
place putting the skid lid on...

http://plugup.com/cart/index.php

And finally I interfaced Mr.RC45's Oh Sh*t Detector into the ear plugs ...
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Re: New Rider Eager to hear from long timers. [Re: Kurtatron] #5223559 09/26/19 10:57 PM
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My advice is to get as much riding instruction as you can. Take some roadracing classes, some dirtbike riding classes. The MSF classes are just a start.

Knowing how to instinctively handle a bike in any situation, makes you a better rider.

I don't know the exact number, but my best guesstimate is somewhere around 500k miles on bikes. Started at 6 on dirtbikes, raced motocross, roadraced, helped teach MSF and roadracing schools.

For me, riding is strictly for fun. Is it dangerous? absolutely. Lots of distracted or just indifferent drivers out there, road hazards, wildlife. I usually just ride with my wife, each on our own bike. We have four sportbikes to choose from. She's been riding since the age of 6, too. Other than roadracing, we usually ride lightly traveled two-lane roads midweek, when there's even less traffic. Stay alert, and assume you are invisible.

The CBR600 is a good sportbike. Probably the friendliest of the 600's, and there are lots of them out there. The R6, GSXR, and Ninja are all harder-edged and more pure performance focused, and thus a bit less tolerable on the street.

Re: New Rider Eager to hear from long timers. [Re: Kurtatron] #5223572 09/26/19 11:40 PM
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Ignore those fools tossing shade at your CBR- they have no idea how much motorcycle power has boomed and your CBR250 is perfect for the USA. Ride it for 1-3 years to get comfortable, then if you feel like upgrading you will be better educated. Feel free to use the upper RPM's as that what is needed. Keep that bike in good shape, as they tend to hold decent resale value and are in demand in the spring and summer.

I am not sure how many miles I have logged, but I would estimate from 400k to 500k since 1982 and my first street bike.
The below list may not be complete, but these are the models that stick out in my mind.

Yamaha YZ125
Yamaha YZ465
Yamaha YZ490
Yamaha Vision 550 (first real street bike and a great commuter bike)
Yamaha Seca Turbo 650 (quirky bike)
Yamaha Vmax
Suzuki Katana 1100
Yamaha GTS-1000 (current)

Re: New Rider Eager to hear from long timers. [Re: Kurtatron] #5223574 09/26/19 11:42 PM
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========= Protect Your Hearing ===========

Wind noise in certain situations or certain bikes is a concern, so get some earplugs. +999 to BusyLittleShop.

Re: New Rider Eager to hear from long timers. [Re: Kurtatron] #5223582 09/27/19 12:02 AM
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My last bike was a Suzuki T250J Hustler. I bought it in Atlanta during the first gas crisis and got rid of it in 1976. In the fall of 1975 I was wearing (stupidly) shorts and laid it down on a grade crossing at about ten miles an hour during a light rain. That hot pipe really stung on my bare skin. I figured out that if 10 mph hurt that much piling up at fifty wouldn't be worth it. Didn't do much riding during the last six months I had it.

Also remember a 50 cc Honda that I was stupid enough to try to ride home from college in Brookings SD in the early sixties. Started out at fifty degrees in December and was about 20 when I gave it up and had a friend pick me up about 25 miles from home. We got it into the back seat of his father's 54 Plymouth.

Love the memories and about every decade I duck into a motorcycle dealer. I'd be terrified of an accident even if I wasn't in my mid seventies.

Still remember the feeling of having the air temperature change as you take a slow rise in the street at 40 mph. Still have a recurring dream about finding my Suzuki in a barn or garage and firing it up.

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Re: New Rider Eager to hear from long timers. [Re: rubberchicken] #5223584 09/27/19 12:09 AM
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Originally Posted by rubberchicken
========= Protect Your Hearing ===========

Wind noise in certain situations or certain bikes is a concern, so get some earplugs. +999 to BusyLittleShop.

+1
If you can't get custom ones, I'd recommend using the disposable foam ones.
For additional noise isolation, moisten your finger then insert into your ear and moisten the canal as best you can.
Then when you insert the compressed foam plug, you'll have a water-tight seal in addition to the foam.

I admit, sounds kinda gross, but makes a HUGE difference!


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Re: New Rider Eager to hear from long timers. [Re: Kurtatron] #5223599 09/27/19 12:38 AM
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50 years on a motorcycle for me, it's never been anything but the most exciting and important part of my life. I bounced around a bit when I was young...but you don 't sound young and stupid like I was. No harm done....I think learning how to crash well was a good thing for me at the time. Stick with the 250 for now - we used to have a 250 learner rule here, but is now a power to weight ratio, and either is a good way to learn. I've never been interested in power or speed, pushing a slow bike fast has always been the most rewarding way to ride. I don't like riding in cities anymore, I ride backroads, and still commute on a scooter everyday to work in our small town.

Ignore the naysayers, they have no concept of fun.


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Re: New Rider Eager to hear from long timers. [Re: Kurtatron] #5223661 09/27/19 05:03 AM
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I have ridden bikes for 48years and started on a Honda 90 ST 90 in college. Went to a Honda Dream 305 and then to BMW 750 and Guzzi 850. I had some smaller ones again after moving to Kentucky. Rode one whole year here by wearing a ski suit. Never had a wreck thank God. Last bike was a 1500 Goldwing which my wife and I loved to ride. It was easy to ride and had loads of power. Fnally quit when I fell on ice just walking and broke my left hip. Those hip replacements are only rated for 250lbs. My 900 lb. Wing was just so heavy and I felt like the hip might let go if I got in a bad situation with my wife and I both on board. Now I just drive the VW cabriolet with the top down for the shear relaxation of being out in the elements. I really do miss riding though.


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Re: New Rider Eager to hear from long timers. [Re: Kurtatron] #5223696 09/27/19 06:06 AM
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I use the silicone style protection. A lot easier to put in the ears than the foam ones. They are rated for 22Dbs, not as good as the 30db of the foam, but I can’t resist the convenience. I do like the custom molded earbuds idea. Maybe as a birthday gift to myself. Speaking of that, do you listen to music while riding? Everything I’ve read says it’s a terrible idea.

I am definitely planning to continue riding as a commuter despite the risks. But I plan on keeping myself tempered. All the bike crash videos I’ve seen are because the bike riders are being aggressive. They accelerate to light speed after passing a slow motorist and end up hitting a left turner up ahead. That left turner couldn’t see the bike accelerating that fast. I firmly believe if I leave the track riding off the streets, I can maximize my survival. Accelerating hard when I know it’s safe is a treat best served in moderation.

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Re: New Rider Eager to hear from long timers. [Re: Kurtatron] #5223767 09/27/19 07:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Kurtatron


Who here has logged lots of miles? Do you feel like the danger aspect is not worth riding? Do you ride for fun or practicality?



define a lot?

the danger is always present. period.
the man, my uncle that rode a harley from newton,ks to newport news,va back and for to his ship the uss keirsarg, that bought me my 1st bike and tought me to ride said this:

"it's not if you go down, it's when you go down"
i was told this many times, starting in 1970

how to lessen what will happen when you do.

about 7 years ago his son, had an f150 turn left right in front of him at hiway speed
he went over the hood, across the side and landed 20ft past the bed.
kid driving said he never saw my cousin and his harley
7 broken ribs
punctured lung
broken pelvis that took 3 plates and 18 screws (ive seen the xrays myself)
and yes his harley was totaled
off work nearly 9 months
he is a machinist
said his 1st day back he nearly cried from the pain of standing all day
he said the 1st month was all he could do to get up
he had a replacement harley before he could ride again
he rides almost everyday

at some level we all ride for both...fun and practicality ... but we all know its for fun ... the practical part is just an excuse for the fun!


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Re: New Rider Eager to hear from long timers. [Re: Kurtatron] #5223806 09/27/19 08:21 AM
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I've been riding since 1967. I started on a Honda S-65, and presently ride a 1985 Yamaha Vmax and a 2002 Yamaha RoadStar.
A 250 is plenty of bike for commuting, or even light duty traveling, as long as you stay off the freeways. I've done thousand mile trips on bikes like Honda CB160s or Yamaha RD 350s.

Rider safety courses are a great idea. Glad to see you took one.

My philosophy on sharing the road: Assume every car out there is being driven by someone who is trying to kill you. Keep your eyes open, and assume nothing. DON'T drink and ride!

After 53 years in the saddle, I've logged over 350,000 miles.


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Re: New Rider Eager to hear from long timers. [Re: Kurtatron] #5223866 09/27/19 09:48 AM
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I think because I built the foundation of riding while constantly navigating/negotiating city traffic on my bicycle, it set the mental expectation of car drivers.
It taught me how 2-wheelers do NOT get mental recognition; the reality is we yeild to everyone on the road, regardless of the law or whatever.
Although I ride a motorcycle, I am mentally still in the authoritative mindset of "I am on a bicycle," in which I am the only one expected to defend myself,
and even maybe that most people don't want to be expected to deal with navigating motorway traffic that has me amongst it.
While the last part is definitely a bicyclist thing, I would say it definitely has driven me to make prime defensive driving decisions that I wouldn't have made otherwise.

Have fun, but don't ride faster than you mind falling.

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Re: New Rider Eager to hear from long timers. [Re: Kurtatron] #5224003 09/27/19 12:14 PM
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I'll sell you my Moto Guzzi. $9000. Never dropped, 5000 miles on the clock.



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Re: New Rider Eager to hear from long timers. [Re: Kurtatron] #5224370 09/27/19 10:06 PM
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Crashing...

I was up to 22 years without a environmental impact study when I hit a
patch of black sand on H36 and reset the counter... boy was my face red!!!

Mercy... just look what mean old mister gravity did...

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Re: New Rider Eager to hear from long timers. [Re: Kurtatron] #5224891 09/28/19 04:20 PM
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I ride purely for fun. Is it dangerous? Of course it is...but I feel the joy of riding far outweighs the danger. Like others have said, don't ride at night, stay out of busy traffic, wear ear protection, always wear your gear and keep practicing!

While riding is dangerous there are lots of things you can do to help to minimize your risk. I've only been riding for a few years..but I hope to one day be able to say that I've been riding for 25 years and a few hundred thousand miles.

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