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Old 06-26-13, 08:55 AM   #1
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I know there must be some motorcycle riders here other than myself. Lets see some pics. I'll start, Here is my little Ninja 250.

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Here's my Husky 610. A sales pic after owning it for 10 years. I'm pretty meticulous about maintenance and cleaning my bikes.
I have a still new 2011 Yamaha WR450 now I haven't got pic's of and I haven't ridden because of a back op.



Here's a pic from a 12 hours over 2 days event. Wearing my old early 90's MX pants my good pant were to soiled from day 1.



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I know there must be some motorcycle riders here other than myself. Lets see some pics. I'll start, Here is my little Ninja 250.

My track bike is a Ninja 250. So much fun to drag knee around a corner on that thing!

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My track bike is a Ninja 250. So much fun to drag knee around a corner on that thing!

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I love my little 250! I just started riding about a year ago, but its a blast to ride, the little 250 engine is fun to rev the heck out of! I would never lean mine like that on the street, I guess with enough experience it's okay to lean like that on a track.
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My street bike is a CBR600RR. Very fast, and definitely not a beginner's bike (almost 120 HP). When you open the throttle on that, you better have a good idea of what to expect.

..and it's nothing compared to some of the bigger bikes!
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That thread seems to be entirely about Pcad ranting on about his bike.
I want a Husky 610 like something awful.

Pcad has a bit of an issue with purchase validation.
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My street bike is a CBR600RR. Very fast, and definitely not a beginner's bike (almost 120 HP). When you open the throttle on that, you better have a good idea of what to expect.

..and it's nothing compared to some of the bigger bikes!
My brother, who knows a lot about motorcycles, more than me, wanted me to buy a 600 class bike for my first one, I told him I thought it would be better buying a beginner bike, thus the purchase of my 250. He also told me a story about a guy he saw picking up a brand new cbr600rr. The guy/kid was pulling out of the dealer parking lot after just picking up the bike, well there was a fair amount of traffic and the kid didn't want to wait on traffic, gunned it out of the parking lot , lifted the front end of the bike in first, shifted to second and the front end came up again, well needless to say he lost it in second and did like $2500 in damage to the brand new bike.

Perhaps someday I'll move up to a bigger bike.
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My brother, who knows a lot about motorcycles, more than me, wanted me to buy a 600 class bike for my first one, I told him I thought it would be better buying a beginner bike, thus the purchase of my 250. He also told me a story about a guy he saw picking up a brand new cbr600rr. The guy/kid was pulling out of the dealer parking lot after just picking up the bike, well there was a fair amount of traffic and the kid didn't want to wait on traffic, gunned it out of the parking lot , lifted the front end of the bike in first, shifted to second and the front end came up again, well needless to say he lost it in second and did like $2500 in damage to the brand new bike.

Perhaps someday I'll move up to a bigger bike.
I used to be a paramedic in a Navy town. We used to see a classic scenario: a sailor gets back from deployment with four months of sea pay burning a hole in his pocket. He (and it was always a he) would go to a local motorcycle dealer and buy a 1000 cc crotch rocket, having never ridden before. He would get about a mile down the road before winding up the bike and putting it directly into a telephone pole or other large immovable object.

The incidence of this has somewhat decreased ever since the DoD started requiring that all military riders take a MSF course before they were allowed to get an ID sticker allowing them to ride on base.
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I used to be a paramedic in a Navy town. We used to see a classic scenario: a sailor gets back from deployment with four months of sea pay burning a hole in his pocket. He (and it was always a he) would go to a local motorcycle dealer and buy a 1000 cc crotch rocket, having never ridden before. He would get about a mile down the road before winding up the bike and putting it directly into a telephone pole or other large immovable object.

The incidence of this has somewhat decreased ever since the DoD started requiring that all military riders take a MSF course before they were allowed to get an ID sticker allowing them to ride on base.
Okay, well anyone with any common sense should know that a 1000 is NOT a beginners bike, secondly having taken the MSF beginners course, which is a legal requirement to get a first time riders license here in FL, I believe that it should be a requirement in all states for first time riders. I have heard other stories about new riders putting super sport bikes into large immoveable objects. I went for months before I wound my little 250 up in second and a little in third, then I looked down at my speedo and was doing over 90, I told my brother about it and he laughed and said if I was on a 600 I probably would have been at about 120.
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Okay, well anyone with any common sense should know that a 1000 is NOT a beginners bike, secondly having taken the MSF beginners course, which is a legal requirement to get a first time riders license here in FL, I believe that it should be a requirement in all states for first time riders.
I'd love to see the US go to a graduated system, like most other civilized countries use.

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I have heard other stories about new riders putting super sport bikes into large immoveable objects. I went for months before I wound my little 250 up in second and a little in third, then I looked down at my speedo and was doing over 90, I told my brother about it and he laughed and said if I was on a 600 I probably would have been at about 120.
I remember the first time I really wound my CBR out. Long, flat, straight road in KS and I just went to redline in 1st...almost 70 mph, clicked through 2nd, 3rd, 4th, looked down and I was just passing 140 mph. This was in about 10 secs or so. I rolled off and let it coast back down to the speedlimit, but wow... The feeling of the bike like it's pulling your arms out of their socket is unreal.

Now I save riding like that for the track.

Here's a video I made of a 'Taste of Racing' at the local track. https://vimeo.com/27722865

That was my first time ever on a track with that bike, and the first time I had seen that track. I now run lap times faster on my little 250, than I did with the 600 then.

I haven't recorded one of my actual races yet (I'm still focusing on just going fast enough, and don't want the possible mental distraction yet).
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I remember the first time I really wound my CBR out. Long, flat, straight road in KS and I just went to redline in 1st...almost 70 mph, clicked through 2nd, 3rd, 4th, looked down and I was just passing 140 mph. This was in about 10 secs or so. I rolled off and let it coast back down to the speedlimit, but wow... The feeling of the bike like it's pulling your arms out of their socket is unreal.

Now I save riding like that for the track.

Here's a video I made of a 'Taste of Racing' at the local track. https://vimeo.com/27722865

That was my first time ever on a track with that bike, and the first time I had seen that track. I now run lap times faster on my little 250, than I did with the 600 then.

I haven't recorded one of my actual races yet (I'm still focusing on just going fast enough, and don't want the possible mental distraction yet).
Cool vid, I only watched the the first 7 minutes, but it makes me want to take my 250 to a track. But yeah 140 mph on the street is just stupid silly. I might upgrade to a 600 someday, the extra power for the interstate would be a big improvement over the 250 on the highway.
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Okay, well anyone with any common sense should know that a 1000 is NOT a beginners bike, secondly having taken the MSF beginners course, which is a legal requirement to get a first time riders license here in FL, I believe that it should be a requirement in all states for first time riders. I have heard other stories about new riders putting super sport bikes into large immoveable objects. I went for months before I wound my little 250 up in second and a little in third, then I looked down at my speedo and was doing over 90, I told my brother about it and he laughed and said if I was on a 600 I probably would have been at about 120.
Who teaches MSF courses that they're so valuable? Here it's generally whoever wants to.
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Who teaches MSF courses that they're so valuable? Here it's generally whoever wants to.
Well here there are more than a couple of places to take the MSF courses, there are the ones that they teach at the local community college, and there are private schools, which cost three times as much as the ones at the cc, I took the one at the private school, the guy that runs it says he is very selective about who he lets teach at his school, he is a motorcycle state trooper, and he told us he runs checks on his potential teachers, to see how long they had had a mc license and if they have been in any accidents. I have no regrets about taking their class, I feel it was worth the $200 I paid.
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I think if I chose to get back into riding I would do an MSF course, but for insurance more so than anything else.

My opinion is colored by how completely useless my driving instruction was when I got my driver's license, though.
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I think if I chose to get back into riding I would do an MSF course, but for insurance more so than anything else.

My opinion is colored by how completely useless my driving instruction was when I got my driver's license, though.
Well I would certainly recommend the class for a beginner, I've been riding for about a year now, I'd like to take a class specific to sports bikes.
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My street bike is a CBR600RR. Very fast, and definitely not a beginner's bike (almost 120 HP). When you open the throttle on that, you better have a good idea of what to expect.

..and it's nothing compared to some of the bigger bikes!
I rode a CBR600RR like my third time ever riding a motorcycle. I had only rode a 150cc(I think,) dirt bike, and my buddy's little old 70's yamaha 350. I honestly didn't want to do it, but the owner was a coworker, and pressured me into it. I got up to 60 and back in our work's private parking lot/ driveway probably not even an 1/8th of a mile. Almost tore my arms off and I wasn't near gunning it.

I love bikes, but my head is already kept together with a few titanium plates, so I figure I better stay out of it.
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I think if I chose to get back into riding I would do an MSF course, but for insurance more so than anything else.

My opinion is colored by how completely useless my driving instruction was when I got my driver's license, though.
MSF is probably more likely to be a good experience, but there are the occasional bad apples. As a general rule, I'd say they are worth the time for what you learn, even if you don't need it to get your MC endorsement. You can take what I consider the more applicable class later, the experienced rider course, which is similar, but 1) it's on your bike, and 2) they do some slightly more advanced street skills. Here in WA, there's even an on the road course where you ride as a small group out in traffic and do a lot more day to day skills and they observe your riding.
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Well I would certainly recommend the class for a beginner, I've been riding for about a year now, I'd like to take a class specific to sports bikes.
Those are a bit more expensive in general. If you don't want to do an actual track day, search for the motorcycle "Ride Like a Pro" class. They are around the country, but maybe not where you live. Other good options are Advanced/expereinced MSF course: http://www.pugetsoundsafety.com/info/erc
Lee Parks Total Control course: http://www.pugetsoundsafety.com/info/tct (in the NW, don't think they're nationwide)
Track day courses, like the California Superbike school.
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I rode a CBR600RR like my third time ever riding a motorcycle. I had only rode a 150cc(I think,) dirt bike, and my buddy's little old 70's yamaha 350. I honestly didn't want to do it, but the owner was a coworker, and pressured me into it. I got up to 60 and back in our work's private parking lot/ driveway probably not even an 1/8th of a mile. Almost tore my arms off and I wasn't near gunning it.

I love bikes, but my head is already kept together with a few titanium plates, so I figure I better stay out of it.
Discretion is often the better part of valor. It's one of the many reasons I race with a 250. Better to learn on for lots of reasons. I may one day move up, but even if I do, it will probably be to the 650 Twins class. Still pretty fast, but nothing like the 600 SS class.
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