Will my quad experience help me - Sportbike Forum: Sportbike Motorcycle Forums
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-22-2002, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 3
Will my quad experience help me

I have been riding quads for a long time know and want get a sport bike . I guess what i am wondering is will my quad experience help me on a sport bike. I know they are very different animals in many respects but riding a moded 400ex has giving me great respect for speed(tap of the thumb in any gear and your up on 2 wheels). I have also become very use to using the clutch system of the quad(same as sport bike slightly lower rpms) will this help me on a bike.
Honda69 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-23-2002, 03:44 AM
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 866
not really, the problem with a bike is staying on 2 wheels, not shifting and clutch work. riding a quad is easy I did that when I was 7, but a bike is a challenge. go and take the msf coarse, it will teach you haow to ride
SilentNEKO is offline  
post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-23-2002, 04:11 AM
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Posts: 582
Not unless your new sportbike will come with a thumb throttle and training wheels......
jimmyjr is offline  
 
post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-23-2002, 05:25 AM
Registered User
 
FZR400Tony's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Pittston, PA 18640
Posts: 3,644
Send a message via Yahoo to FZR400Tony
the quad will give you a very slight edge on someone who has NEVER ridden before. you'll understand the shifting a wee better.

however, a quad is a totally different animal. i've known people who've gone from quads to sportbikes with less transistion than others from dirtbikes to streetbikes. but that's the exception.

the problem is the physics of each machine is very different. it's like someone telling you, i can drive a car fast, so i know i'd be the man riding a quad. totally different physics.

do yourself a favor, get a cheap starter bike (gs500, ex500, kz550, gpz550, seca550, gs550, etc.) and give your insurance a few years to get over the shock of you having a bike. and if you crash it, it's cheap to fix.

Tony

Coward stays behind freedom.
A braveman stands in front of freedom and defends it for others.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
.
FZR400Tony is offline  
post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-23-2002, 05:42 AM
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 13
Actually, I think it will help some.....I also went from a quad to a streetbike (10 years ago), and it definitely made things easier. Granted you are used to a thumb throttle, but there's no learning curve going from a thumb to a twist really. You are obviously used to shifting and braking with your feet, braking clutching and throttling with your hands, so when you climb on a bike now, you can focus soley on learning to ride. The shifting/throttle/brake part isn't all that hard anyway, but it's one less thing you need to learn. And when you first start riding, and you come upon an unexpected situation, you'll instinctually know what to do with your controls....you can focus on the bike and the situation itself instead. Anyway, yeah, I think it'll help a bit.
DC_FZR is offline  
post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-23-2002, 08:56 AM
Registered User
 
ssallber's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Hendersonville, TN USA 37075
Posts: 241
I don't think the quad experiance is going to help much. I would suggest you take the Motorcycle Safety Foudation Rider Course ASAP. After that take the advanced course also once you have your own bike. Dont go get a GSXR1000 or anything like that for your first bike either.

Steve Sallberg
Anderson, SC
ssallber is offline  
post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-23-2002, 10:29 AM
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 325
Having ridden both, I'd say the quad experience will help a bit.

IIRC, the shifting on quads is: press down to upshift. That could get ugly if you are trying to accelerate really hard on a bike and down shift at the redline.
stoinkythepig is offline  
post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-23-2002, 10:55 AM
Registered User
 
FZR400Tony's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Pittston, PA 18640
Posts: 3,644
Send a message via Yahoo to FZR400Tony
Quote:
Originally posted by stoinkythepig
Having ridden both, I'd say the quad experience will help a bit.

IIRC, the shifting on quads is: press down to upshift. That could get ugly if you are trying to accelerate really hard on a bike and down shift at the redline.
i wasn't sure, it's been a million years since i rode a quad. he can reverse the knuckle on many bikes and set it to shift like the quad. it'll suck at the msf course, but....

Tony

Coward stays behind freedom.
A braveman stands in front of freedom and defends it for others.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
.
FZR400Tony is offline  
post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-23-2002, 12:04 PM
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 13
Quote:
Originally posted by stoinkythepig
the shifting on quads is: press down to upshift. That could get ugly if you are trying to accelerate really hard on a bike and down shift at the redline.
Not the case with all quads...mine was press up to upshift (Suzuki Quadsport 250). Same holds for the Suzuki Quadracer. Not sure about other brands.
DC_FZR is offline  
post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-23-2002, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 3
Quote:
Originally posted by stoinkythepig
Having ridden both, I'd say the quad experience will help a bit.

IIRC, the shifting on quads is: press down to upshift. That could get ugly if you are trying to accelerate really hard on a bike and down shift at the redline.
No they shift just like a sportbike 1st, N, 2,3,4,5
Honda69 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Sportbike Forum: Sportbike Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome