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08-20-2002 03:55 PM
schpreck A used Honda 600F2 is a good bike to start out on. Any smaller and you will grow out of it soon. Lots of good used bikes in SC.

You are correct! I had an F2 for awhile back in the day...It became a racebike and it did very well for me. The F-2s and F-3s are very forgiving...much like the zx6's of today. They make great first bikes and even first race bikes! Enjoy!
08-20-2002 03:29 PM
ssallber I agree with most here, the MSF course is the best place to start. They have them at local colleges. A buddy of mine just took one in Greenville and learned a lot. A used Honda 600F2 is a good bike to start out on. Any smaller and you will grow out of it soon. Lots of good used bikes in SC.
08-20-2002 03:13 PM
krsteen
My mom too.

While I lived at home I coulden't get a motorcycle. Then it was a few years later after I moved out before I finally did get a bike. Just make sure she's not going to kick you out if you buy a bike. And definatly start out on something small. I second the choice for a ninja 250 or 500. Kinda wish I woulda started on a less powerful bike I know it's going to take me longer to learn how to ride this one.
08-15-2002 03:38 PM
SportinFool Wow guys, thanks for all of your advice and insight. I'll definetly take the course before I do anything else.

PS- My mom is still very opposed to the idea of me riding a motorcycle. She thinks if I do learn how to ride, my death is guaranteed. I'm trying to convice her otherwise (I'm pretty level-headed and responsible) but I don't know if it's going to do any good...
08-07-2002 12:37 PM
drluv318 I was in the same situation as you a few months ago...I decided that I wanted a bike this year and I was gonna do anything to get it...unfortunately, I don't know anyone with a bike, and I didn't have the guts to just buy one and learn on that, so I took the course, and they gave me the license test as the last activity...turns out I passed, got a bike, and I feel so much more comfortable with the little things that they taught me...For only riding 2 months now, I'm not sure I would be in 4th gear yet had I tried to teach myself
08-06-2002 09:19 PM
Hi-sider Like all other posters here, I cannot tell you how important it is to take the course. The confidence and skill you will gain will enhance your enjoyment of riding. Better yet, you get to make your mistakes with THEIR bikes! IT will save you the embarrassment and $$$ of using your own bike.

My biggest lesson in MSF was when I was pulling up on our parked riding group on a gravel shoulder. I pulled a handful of front brake and had the front end go out on me. Nothing worse than dumping a bike in front of all your waiting classmates!!

The instructors all had a laugh cuz they said they never seen anyone upright a downed bike as fast as I did....using proper technique ...of course
08-06-2002 09:07 PM
Knight of Ni Before my first sportbike, I had only owned an old '82 Honda four-stroke dirtbike about 10 years ago.

I hindsight, I wish I would have taken the MSF course. Although I hopped on it and rode it home with no panic; so starting, stopping, shifting etc...was gravy.

I will probably take a MSF course when I get my next bike just for good measure. I'm SURE there are things that I don't know that I need to know.

And sportbikes ARE A HUGE LEARNING CURVE. Very unforgiving. They require you push all the right buttons; and know which buttons to push when and where.

Luckily, I took my time, and became (what I feel) a good, safe and proficient in my riding. Mainly due to picking everyone's brains on this site for advice, as well as talking to as many experienced riders as I could.


Go with the course first, or get the bike and run the risk of pulling a silly bonehead move in a parking lot that could have been avoided with some schoolin'.
08-06-2002 08:50 PM
ferracci69 NA, JUST SKIP THE COURSE AND START RIDING THE HELL OUT OF IT......AND THEN SEE IF YOU WANT TO TAKE THE COURSE OR NOT.
JUST KIDDING!!!!!!!! TAKE THE MSF COURSE ITS THE BEST START, TAKE OUR ADVICE.
07-29-2002 04:37 AM
schpreck TAKE THE COURSE!! Do NOT get caught up in the macho bullshit, that you already know how to ride. Riding a bike is nothing like steering a car! It is a learned skill, and on a sportbike it is a sharp learning curve.

Amen, fasthawk. I couldn't have said it better.
07-29-2002 04:34 AM
FastHawk
Cannot be emphasized enough!!

TAKE THE COURSE!! Do NOT get caught up in the macho bullshit, that you already know how to ride. Riding a bike is nothing like steering a car! It is a learned skill, and on a sportbike it is a sharp learning curve. I hate to sound like a prick, but I just wached a 20 y/old on his new F4i panick in a turn and end up in a coma (he had all the gear on, luckily) for aweek. He is doing better and should make a full recovery- in about a year. Brain hemmoraging is a bitch, huh? Wanna go fast? After you get a little experience, go look into track schools.
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