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post #51 of 53 (permalink) Old 11-26-2008, 05:55 AM
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I'm not sure I would agree. Based totally based on my own readings with no statistical support whatsoever, I would estimate that a rider who's been in the seat for, say, 200+ separate events is likely to fall into the category of crash you note. Prior to that, however, there's at least an equal chance that the new rider will be the central cause for the crash as opposed to other drivers/riders.

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Originally Posted by shrtbus View Post
i recently just got my first bike i havent even rode it yet but my husband did he said it has a lot of power i am a nurse by perfession so i uderstand and have seen what can happen to bike riders and i do realize its not just the riders more so the cars and so forth are a danger ( people talking on cellphones and people pulling out in front of you) so i refuse to get on public roads im checking into the bike course and since my bike has a custom paintjob on it my husband bought me a cage to go on my bike so i dont tear up the farings and i plan on lowering the bike becouse im 5foot 5 and dnt completly reach the floor on my cbr the only thing im really nervous about is turning i hear that is the hardest part any advice for me on my adventure

Take your time, learn at your own pace. Get in MSF.

My first bike was an F4i as well. My first turn I went right across somebody's yard as they were watering it (You shoud've seen the look on his face). I stayed in my neighborhood learning the controls for three weeks before I ventured on public roads. I was still a little shaky at that point. After MSF my confidence skyrockted and I felt much safer on the bike. What I noticed is at that point things like shifting and braking and being aware of my surroundings became much more subconscious efforts. I didn't have to tell myself, "clutch, upshift, let out clutch, roll on gas", it just started happening.

You might take a lot of grief for lowering your bike as well. But unless you plan on tracking it you'll be fine. Lowering it does affect handling but not so much that you'll be running off the road out in the twisties. You'll still have an absolute blast on it.

Last but not least, have fun and keep us posted on your progress!

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post #53 of 53 (permalink) Old 05-05-2012, 12:35 AM
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Helpful book for first-time buyers

Lots of good info being posted here..

MSF courses are great, but I've found they don't teach new riders anything about buying the actual bike!

Have a look at this book on Amazon:

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