I spent 2 years on an 80's 500cc. As noted, change in ride varies by experience and resources. Be sure to read the stickies in this forum if you haven't. Synopsis:
Get gear and wear it, despite squidly friends.
Take the MSF course and practice those skills.
Get licensed (M class here in the US).
Dragging knee is for the track, and dragging tail is for the lot. --Kane Friesen
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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