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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-19-2004, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
 
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Well im just curious. Im planning on getting my motorcycle permit and getting either a 250 or 350 ninja just to have something to learn on. First of all to register the bike do you have to have a motorcycle license? Or can you just have a permit?

And do you think i should find someone that knows how to ride? Or do u think i can learn myself how to shift myself just on my small little street in palm springs? Well thanks for the help... thought it was great i found these forums...
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And do you think i should find someone that knows how to ride? Or do u think i can learn myself how to shift myself just on my small little street in palm springs? Well thanks for the help... thought it was great i found these forums...
I'm intentionally ignoring your first paragraph because I just plain don't know.

As for learning, I highly recommend MSF, Abate, or Harley Davidson classes, in that order. You will get far more from them and learn the proper riding techniques, unlike if you learn on your own or through "some guy's" instruction.

The MSF also does not require a bike, so you could take the course, thus ensuring you want to invest big $ in a habit that may suck the life out of you (either literally or figuratively). Get good training, and you'll be far better off safety, skill, and membership-wise.

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In Indiana all I needed to register my bike was a permit. I never had just a permit anywhere else, but I would imagine it to be similar.

The training classes are definitely highly recommended. That being said, you can learn to ride on your own. I never took any classes and I never had friends show me how to ride. If you understand the concept of and know how to drive a manual transmission, then you already know how to ride. Everything else is just a coordination issue. Clutch, shifter, throttle, brakes, it's all there, just as in a car. You just need to get used to where they are.

I would definitely recommend the training though, as I will definitely be taking some sort of class once we get another bike. They can teach you proper techniques that will take you a lot longer to figure out on your own.

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I just had a permit when I started, no liscense. However I do think I had to register it, but I could be wrong.

IMO you can learn to ride street by yourself if you have ridden dirt before and are comfortable with shifting(I did). If you haven't, it would be pretty hard to learn on your own on a public road

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riding a bike is EASY, the hard part is understand the NEW RULES that come with riding a bike. Definitely take an MSF course. I taught myself how to ride in my driveway. If you have a center or rear stand on the bike, put it on and sit on the bike. Then practice shifting with the engine ON and the rear wheel OFF the ground. This will give you good shifting and clutch practice. When you're confident enough, take it down the driveway and around the street. You'll pick it up in no time.

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I did see the msf coarse and was interested in taking it too. In that course do they teach you everything? Cause ive never even stepped on a bike? Are they patient enough for that? Thanks for the feedback though!
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I did see the msf coarse and was interested in taking it too. In that course do they teach you everything? Cause ive never even stepped on a bike? Are they patient enough for that? Thanks for the feedback though!
Yes, they do teach you how to ride..They have qualified instructors that have the mental outlook to do whatever it takes to get you riding.

As for registering a bike...You'll need Proof of Insurance, and a permit at the very least...when in doubt, call the DMV..

As for which bike your getting...you listed the 250, or 350..????? I thought Kaw made a 250, and 500 ninja..

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it sounds like you've got a great attitude and that Ninja 250 is an excellent bike to learn on. They sell comparably inexpensively versus a higher powered sportbike (like a gixxer or a yammy), and have great resell value. You probably won't lose much, if any, if you decide to sell the bike.

The MSF course is designed for people of all riding backgrounds...people that have never even looked at a bike, people that have prior experience, and people that want to sharpen their current skills.

I suggest that you play with the bike in your driveway, and if you decide to purchase it before the MSF course, find somebody to ride it home or tow it for you. Don't learn to ride on the way home...i don't want to read about another death! Once you get it home, practice with the bike on the center stand (if it has one) to get the hang of shifting and clutchwork. Then go into the MSF class and you won't be terribly clueless. Not everybody passes the MSF course...and that's a great thing too. Would you want another a**hole on the road or want to read about another death? We have enough of them already. Hope to see you on the road someday (and not on the side or wedged underneath a car!!!).

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Great. Well thanks for all the replys. Im not searching for a decently priced bike to buy in the next couple months. Ill keep you updated on what i get and if i go to MSF. Thanks for all the replys. Ill be visiting here often!
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