Battle Ground, IN? Really? I used to live in Kokomo and commuted to West Lafayette daily, right through your town. Even had my first big crash pretty close to there, right outside Americus on those beautiful (for IN) sweeper curves.
Anyway, peruse the New Riders forum, there are lots of threads on this same subject. Basic guidance: take the Motorcycle Safety Foundation class, get your M endorsement, always wear at least a helmet and preferably more gear, and be wise in your first bike selection. it won't be your last.
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When you're in a car, you're watching a movie; when you're on a bike, you're in the movie. --Robert Pirsig
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