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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-02-2005, 03:39 AM Thread Starter
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got my first bike

just got a 02 600 f4i 3 days ago and already put 300 miles on it. and to think, i cared nothing about motorcycle 2 weeks ago, man im hooked.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-02-2005, 01:21 PM
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Try to not drop it & try not to prang (crash) it. Do not hug to close to cages in front of you, watch out for what your wheels will have for traction & remember at fuel stations entrances or exits there is a lot of grit & crap left there by cages plus sometimes at the fuel stations oil or anit-freeze is on the asphalt & will take you down fast for you ONLY have two wheels.

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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-02-2005, 03:47 PM
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Congratulations! Welcome to the wonderful world of bikes!

Just take it easy and remember...

Rubber side down.

In God, we trust; all others must provide data.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-03-2005, 05:47 PM
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I had an 02 F4i until about three weeks ago (cager pulled out in front of me ) Great bike. Loved every minute on it.

Be careful. Have fun.
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-06-2005, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for the warm welcome. what initially made me want one was i rode on the back of my freinds (my motorcycle now) and when he let the big dog eat it was like tunnel vision.
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-06-2005, 08:21 PM
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Did you take the MSF course??? If you haven't, it's definitely something you should sign up for.

But congrats on the new bike! Sweet ride. Just remember, getting comfortable/gaining confidence on it doesn't necessarily mean your riding skill has increased as take it easy and pile on some miles!
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-06-2005, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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no i havent taken any courses but i would consider. good piont on the gaining confidene doesnt necessarily mean gaining skill. i need a maintenance book or something to know when to change fluids and whatnot. thanks for the help
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-07-2005, 05:49 AM
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Congrats on the new ride!

Well its up to me to be a safety nazi, so let me get that out of the way. 90% of bike accident happen withing the first 6mo of owning a motorcycle. So be real carefull for the first 6mo and you reduce your chances of messing up by 90%.
Take the MSF if you can, wear your gear (it has saved the lives of many members of this site, including my own), and get some frame sliders for your bike (ebay, $50). Most of all have fun with it.

Shiney side up!

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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-10-2005, 07:44 AM
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well i see the problem with it under the seat, and i would hate to have it accidentally slash my tire. i ended up getting one over the rear of the chain like the choppers. not really easier to see but much safer in my book.
to our new friend, frame sliders are a wonderful thing for new and old riders (get some). and if you do some hard core rec riding get some good gear (under padding and safety vest for nite riding). Icon has some great stuff that well let you maintain a stylish outter appearence (fits under clothes).
keep the rubber on the road and have fun.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-13-2005, 04:39 PM
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Congrats bro! I've been nothin but happy with my F4i going on 4 yrs. now. I also highly recommend the MSF course.

Like they said, take it easy and enjoy!
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