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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 05-21-2005, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
 
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How much experience on an old bike before upgrading

I read on and on about how you should get an old bike to gain experience before getting something new...
I can't find anything on how much experience is ideal... I finished the MSF course in the beginning of April and bought a 87 ninja 750 and have rode it for almost the past 2 months... I plan on riding it for the rest of the season until September-Octoberish time... Then, in the fall i would like to get another used 2000+ bike in the $4,000-$5,000 range. I have not yet fallen, but had 2-3 scares like it seems everyone has... I ride rather cautious because I have realized how dangerous these machines can be... I am 22. However, I do rip the throttle for under 5mph up to 60-70mph on occasion... I have also definately seen my confidence level go up since I have started... If there any way to actually measure what enough experience is? Is 1 full season enough to the upgrade? I dont want to get a new bike (which i am sure i will always prefer to ride compared to this old one) and not be ready for it, or be able to ride it very well... Im looking at a 2000+ 600cc since everyone told me they would rip the shit out of what i have now...

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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 05-21-2005, 10:19 PM
 
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Cannot see why you cannot upgrading within the end of the season. Also best time to buy as prices are down even on used bikes.

Also you are not aiming for a 1L '05 bike, but a 600 of '00.
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post #3 of 29 (permalink) Old 05-21-2005, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks Smitty,

Thats what I was thinking, but I wanted to make sure I wasn't moving too fast...
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actully, the time to be the *most* cautious is when your confidence level starts to go up. becuase thats is when you start pusihing yourself a bit more, and your concentration can start to slip a bit.

the real answer to your question is kinda subjective. some people are comfortable with an upgrade pretty quick, others a lot longer. I'd be more concerned with MILES you put on the bike rather than time you've had it.

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actully, the time to be the *most* cautious is when your confidence level starts to go up. becuase thats is when you start pusihing yourself a bit more, and your concentration can start to slip a bit.
Agreed. I went down because I got too confident. Too confident leads to being in over your head in the blink of an eye.
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Ok, that makes sense to me. So far, I have put about 300-400 miles on the bike and it has been almost 2 months. I plan on putting about the same rate, maybe even a bit higher...
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That's it? The weather has been great in NJ, you gotta get out riding more! I actually don't live too far from you, if you want to go out riding sometime just send me a PM.
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actully, the time to be the *most* cautious is when your confidence level starts to go up. becuase thats is when you start pusihing yourself a bit more, and your concentration can start to slip a bit.

the real answer to your question is kinda subjective. some people are comfortable with an upgrade pretty quick, others a lot longer. I'd be more concerned with MILES you put on the bike rather than time you've had it.
Also it has lot to do with types of road travelled, for example, 1000 miles racked up on twisties is better than 3000 miles on straight roads. Unfortunately, some of us don't get to travel down road full of twists.
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Ok, that makes sense to me. So far, I have put about 300-400 miles on the bike and it has been almost 2 months. I plan on putting about the same rate, maybe even a bit higher...
Hah. I did 350 miles *today*. You gotta ride that thing more!!!

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post #10 of 29 (permalink) Old 05-22-2005, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
 
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Tell me about it!!! I love riding, but hate riding by myself and have no one to ride with... Hopefully I find people soon!!! Unas_the_Slayer, I sent you an email and we will definately go riding together!!
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