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Old 06-25-07, 06:14 PM   #1
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Gots me a new bike!

As some of you may know, I'm going to a new school in the fall and will be commuting back and forth (30-35miles) to work / home. So, I went out and bought a bike. I sat on so many and this one just felt perfect for me.

It's a brand new 2007 Kawasaki Ninja 650R (EX650). This is my first motorcycle and, actually, the first time I ever rode a motorcycle is when I took this baby off the lot this afternoon. Drove it home through rush hour traffic without a problem, too.

I can't believe I've gone so long without one.

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Awesome! How exciting for you! that is really a beautiful ride.
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That's a great looking bike but the first question is.......do you have a motorcycle endorsement on your license?

Do you have insurance?

Do you have a helmet and safety clothing?

Do you have a really, really, big lock? Mine was stolen by a crack head while I went to the grocery store for some TP. I was gone approximately 16 minutes.

If those things are yes, I would suggest taking a 'Motorcycle Safety Foundation Riders Course'. Even though I had ridden for years the course taught me a great deal.

Try to keep the rubber side down.
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Old 06-25-07, 06:33 PM   #6
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That's a great looking bike but the first question is.......do you have a motorcycle endorsement on your license? At the end of the month I will.

Do you have insurance? Yeppers. Full coverage.

Do you have a helmet and safety clothing? Helmet, gloves, jacket, pants, boots.

Do you have a really, really, big lock? Mine was stolen by a crack head while I went to the grocery store for some TP. I was gone approximately 16 minutes. Don't have a lock. I live in the sticks but am considering one.

If those things are yes, I would suggest taking a 'Motorcycle Safety Foundation Riders Course'. Even though I had ridden for years the course taught me a great deal. Scheduled for the end of the month.

Try to keep the rubber side down.
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Nothing hotter than a guy on a fast ride!

Congrats on the new bike.
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Very nice! The Ninjas are great looking bikes. The 250R is on my short list of Someday Starter Bikes.

Good to hear you've got all the proper equipment (and soon training), too. The guys blasting through traffic in t-shirts, gym shorts, and flip-flops scare the hell out of me.
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'At the end of the month' means you were riding without a license and around here that can cause your license to be revoked. As in.....gone.

You may live in the sticks but you are riding to school, which I assume is not in the sticks.

Besides, you will venture out more and more......and the bike will be alone.

You can also get a Lo-Jack system, but my guess is that it is not cheap.

Try to keep the rubber side down.
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'At the end of the month' means you were riding without a license and around here that can cause your license to be revoked. As in.....gone.

You may live in the sticks but you are riding to school, which I assume is not in the sticks.

Besides, you will venture out more and more......and the bike will be alone.

You can also get a Lo-Jack system, but my guess is that it is not cheap.

Try to keep the rubber side down.
I don't have my "license" but I have my permit. It is perfectly legal for me to be riding the motorcycle with my permit. The only restrictions on it are that I cannot ride with passengers or after dusk / before dawn. Those are the laws for Massachusetts. I don't know if they have a permit where you're located.

School is the reason why I'm considering the lock. I noticed there are a bunch of different kinds. Is something like a brake lock going to be sufficient? Fortunately, this school doesn't have as high a theft rate as most. I also didn't just spend a lot of money to have my baby go missing!
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minora, you suck. That's flat good looking. I'm jealous.
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Have fun, but more importantly...BE SAFE!!
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nice mirona! looks fast just standing still!
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May I fly to MA and ride that pleease?


Heh, it's like the same color as my bike...but 100* cooler
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So in a race, who would win, mirona or karldar? Nice ride dude. It's a chick magnet.
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I don't have my "license" but I have my permit. It is perfectly legal for me to be riding the motorcycle with my permit. The only restrictions on it are that I cannot ride with passengers or after dusk / before dawn. Those are the laws for Massachusetts. I don't know if they have a permit where you're located.

School is the reason why I'm considering the lock. I noticed there are a bunch of different kinds. Is something like a brake lock going to be sufficient? Fortunately, this school doesn't have as high a theft rate as most. I also didn't just spend a lot of money to have my baby go missing!

Congrats on the permit. Around here some people ride far too long on a permit. You can also go to the testing facility during off hours to practice on their course.

As for locking, I would try locking the bike to something. Some bikes are stolen by four individuals putting a bar through the front and rear wheel and simply lifting a locked bike into a truck. Sad but true. You might ask your insurance agent if they prefer certain locks over others.

I can tell you that a Honda VFR will do 134 down Trans-Canada 1. At that speed many people hope an accident is fatal

Try to keep the rubber side down.
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I can tell you that a Honda VFR will do 134 down Trans-Canada 1. At that speed many people hope an accident is fatal
Actually, the speed limit suits me just fine, thanks

I can't wait to go to the beginner riders course and get my knowledge on
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mirona - one tidbit for you from when I finally got my rice rocket some years back. I initially went out looking for a Ninja 600 or Katana 600 or something like that. Wound up with a 750 mostly because the 600 was so much less stable due to the shorter wheelbase. Lots of wrecked 600s in the shop's pens... brand new 600s dumped by brand new riders who got into it deeper than they could handle.

So, what I'm saying is be careful on this thing until you are completely comfortable with all aspects of the bike. And then still be careful since it'll still be twitchy, you'll just be better able to handle it.
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mirona - one tidbit for you from when I finally got my rice rocket some years back. I initially went out looking for a Ninja 600 or Katana 600 or something like that. Wound up with a 750 mostly because the 600 was so much less stable due to the shorter wheelbase. Lots of wrecked 600s in the shop's pens... brand new 600s dumped by brand new riders who got into it deeper than they could handle.

So, what I'm saying is be careful on this thing until you are completely comfortable with all aspects of the bike. And then still be careful since it'll still be twitchy, you'll just be better able to handle it.
If you're referring to the 600s like the GSX-R600 or the CBR600RR, they are nothing like my 650. Those are four cylinder race replicas while mine is only a parallel twin. Not even close to as much power. A lot of the people in my town have the bikes that I mentioned, but they're a bunch of idiots doing wheelies and speeding all over the place. That's not why I got this bike. I'll be taking the beginner riders course and learning from some of my more mature friends so I'll be a better rider without taking unnecessary risks.
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Mirona, you rock. Glad to hear you are going to take the class, have your helmet, gear and such in order. I just knew you were as smart as you look!
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It's always refreshing to see a responsible motorcyclist. Sometimes it seems that most of them are "loud pipes save lives" *******s and/or wheelie-popping, drag-racing, splitting-lanes-in-high-speed-traffic, underdressed idiots. Good to hear of someone who sees a motorcycle as a small, efficient (albeit fun) mode of transport.
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Mike very...very cool! Sweet...sweet ride.

I bought a new bike this spring as well. 2007 Suzuiki GSXR600. It is not my first bike, but it is a blast to ride! I also put a big deposit on a Trek Project One Madone SL tonight. Yikes! I gotta stop spending money like a drunken sailor. The GSXR only has 1 & 1/2 more payments to go before I own it outright though. Hopefully I'll be able to bring the Madone to the Lancaster Ride later in the summer....

P.S. Although I ride a GSXR...I'm the same type of rider that Mike seems to be. I wear a helmet, protective jacket, gloves and riding shoes/boots. I ride my bike to work 4 or 5 days a week and ride very responsibly. Although I have been known to exceed the speed limit a time of two...I prefer to be safe and I like all my limbs and my brain where they are and functioning. I just enjoy having a bike that is responsive, handles great stops great and looks great!
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Mirona, your best security device would be a secondary ignition interupt in an out of the way location. Locked or not, if they want it bad enough it's theirs.

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So the question is, how do you transport a bicycle with a motorcycle? Does anyone make a bike rack?
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A lot of the people in my town have the bikes that I mentioned, but they're a bunch of idiots doing wheelies and speeding all over the place. That's not why I got this bike. I'll be taking the beginner riders course and learning from some of my more mature friends so I'll be a better rider without taking unnecessary risks.

With that attitude you are off to a very good start. BTW, a parallel twin is a great handling bike.
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