Step 1: Always always always post lots of questions especially in other peoples threads that are slightly related to your question.
Step 2: Attempt to be humorous and civil, and make sure other forum members can't tell that and take it as insulting.
Step 3: Bug the crap out of the really knowledgeable guys in PM's for info!
Step 4: Drink rum while on the forums, it's good for you.
Step 5: Remember to ride.