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well a week ago i brought home my new 2010 ninja 250 , i signed up for msf class which wont happen until july due to class being full , i have put 27 miles on the bike doing figure 8s and practiceing stoping from 30 mph , on my little dead end side street , dont plan on doing any main road riding till i get msf course , might go to parking lot a mile or so down the road and practice some of the manuevers in the msf handbook that came with the bike , after the msf i plan to start small rides to the store on backroads and just gradually work on going further and further out maybe after amonth or so maybe start tkaing bike to work once or twice a week , and absoultely no interstate riding for a long time if ever , 3 yrs ago before my daughter was born i probably would have already been out riding already , amazing how kids and a wife can change your whole outlook , i actually was on the fence about getting the bike for about 2 yrs , my biggest fear in life is losing my daughter or me not being around to see her grow up , so does my plan sound sensible what could i change ? , my dad rode harleys his whole life (not a lawyer or doctor whos a wannabe) he always says , you ride with common sense ,not acting stupid,no drinking and riding and you will be alright , get stupid and you wii get hurt or die , how many other riders live by this ? oh and i got gear already as well thanks , oh is also true the 70% ofmotorcycle injuries/fatalites come form riders who are self taught with no msf course ? i read that somewhere too thanks
 

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I think that's a good plan; however, i don't even have a bike yet. The way i see it, you dont want to look back in life wondering and wishing you'd got on that bike. You have to fullfill you dreams and such. well that's my story...
 

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Remember, its a small precentage of accidents that are the bikers fault, its 9 times out of 10 that we are not seen or heard and end up on some ones grill of there suv. allways be aware of the bigger vehicals adn you will be alright. one sugestion i can make is bright colors clothing maybe a reflective vest, I am in the army and we are required to wear one makes us more visible. and always wear your PPE Personal Protective Equipment, Long sleves helmet boots over the anckles gloves its all about comons sence and makeing sure you are seen by other drivers out there, riding a bike will change the way you drive a car makes you mare alert for the little things on the road. good luck man...
 

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You have a very sound plan kartracer, probably the most sensible and responsible plan I have ever seen, and I've been on this forum for many, many years.

One thing I would add- don't be scared of the Interstate highways. You are actually a LOT more safer riding the highways than city streets.
 

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the thing about the interstates here is that the ppl here seem to leave there brains on the entrance ramps or something , 2 bikers have been killed in the past month or month and a half , by being run over by tailgaters so that makes me a llittle nervous
 
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