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Old 06-05-2013, 06:32 PM   #31
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Momentumadv & Bear Chow, glad to have you onboard!

Now get off the computer and get some seat time! Reading helps, but doesn't teach you what ass-in-the-saddle will!

(and scratches on bikes is the main reason we have cool stickers and decals!)
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Old 06-10-2013, 04:56 PM   #32
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I appreciate all the useful and not so useful advice. Just for the record, I do not blame my husband for anything I have or have not done. He is very supportive, unlike some of you here. He assured me that if I posted here I would make new friends and have fun. I have to say posting here has been one of the least fun things I have done in awhile. I also know that no one can make me do something I don't want to do. My husband suggested a smaller used bike, but I am hard headed. I am thoroughly enjoying my new scooter and I really don't mind the scratches. As someone said that is what stickers are made for. I have bumps and bruises, but I am proud of every one that I have gotten. Please in the future don't be so judgemental. I am having a great time. I am currently riding and gaining the much needed experience I need.
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Old 06-10-2013, 05:54 PM   #33
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Laugh Hoorah!

Congrats & I wish you the best!

Physics teacher? Wow! You''ve obviously got more perseverance & patience to overcome any obstacle this adventure might offer!
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:28 PM   #34
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I apologize for all the 's that have posted on your thread. It is that they want to give a newcomer such a hard time. I, for one, think you rock.
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:37 PM   #35
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welcome to the asylum, as the saying goes ride your own ride



scratches had personality


1st ride started ruff & ya made it

1st post started ruff & you'll make it
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:44 PM   #36
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THat's great.. Love the BMW...
I started with a Piaggio MP3 500.. On the neighborhood roads.. in traffic and got used to it.. after 2 years I bought a Burgman 650.. big difference without the 2 front wheels (that only lock when stopped). but guess what, I hadn't learned how to move a bike around without the 2 front wheels.. The 2nd day I had it, I knocked it over with my lawn tractor.. I had it on the center stand (as that is the only way to store an MP3).. and touched the rear tire withthe lawnmower deck and over she went and guess what I too broke the end off the rear brake lever.. easy fix and a lesson... so you'll learn.. I agree about taking it easy.. but I did neighborhood roads..
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:50 PM   #37
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I am hard headed.
Good.

Unfortunately there are similar around here that with similar hard heads that try to get you to do stuff you won't do. Part of the deal is reading their stuff and forgetting it soon after. Fillter all the stuff and use what you can. Don't worry about the rest, it may be useful later or not. Unfortunatly one of these heads is going to be mine. That is all right, I don't mind at all if people ignore my "good" advice .. it could be rubbish for their circumstance, but I give it anyway .. come could find it usefull?

Just like the classroom - listen, learn what is useful and don't worry about the rest, could be useful in the future but not enough memory space in the brain for it now, so if it looks good then record it (that is why we have reference books). Now you know why students may well forget stuff next term after the exams - they don't think that stuff is going to be useful.

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Old 06-10-2013, 09:01 PM   #38
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Good on you. The best thing after meeting my wife was teaching her to ride. Three motorcycles later she has her dream ride a g650 GS. I still pick up the bike for her and smile!!!
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Old 06-10-2013, 11:24 PM   #39
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I appreciate all the useful and not so useful advice. Just for the record, I do not blame my husband for anything I have or have not done. He is very supportive, unlike some of you here. He assured me that if I posted here I would make new friends and have fun. I have to say posting here has been one of the least fun things I have done in awhile. I also know that no one can make me do something I don't want to do. My husband suggested a smaller used bike, but I am hard headed. I am thoroughly enjoying my new scooter and I really don't mind the scratches. As someone said that is what stickers are made for. I have bumps and bruises, but I am proud of every one that I have gotten. Please in the future don't be so judgemental. I am having a great time. I am currently riding and gaining the much needed experience I need.

I'm still relatively new to the asylum myself and, as yourself, have been met with both welcomes and sneers from the inmates-- there's a reason they call us "inmates." Just remember, ADVers are fond of a few slogans: "ride your own ride" for one, and when they start telling you to ride THEIR ride? Remind them of FYYFF.

You'll start picking out the riff raff pretty soon, just keep on posting! I'm all for following along with the other ladies working through their personal break in period, just like me!
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Old 06-11-2013, 07:35 AM   #40
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You'll start picking out the riff raff pretty soon, just keep on posting! I'm all for following along with the other ladies working through their personal break in period, just like me!
Why does it always turn into a "ladies" thing? Riders are riders. Nobody cares if you are a man or a woman.

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I appreciate all the useful and not so useful advice. Just for the record, I do not blame my husband for anything I have or have not done..
Still not sure why you refer to your husband as an idiot... If you weren't expecting any negative responses, then why did you put such negativity in your title? Maybe your post should have been titled 'Greatest Husband Ever For Helping Me Learn To Ride and Introducing Me To The ADV World'.

Don't mistake 'constructive criticism' for negativity, being "judgemental" or "not so useful advise". Many of the riders here have been riding for several decades and have seen many new/newer riders badly injured or even killed due to a lack of experience.

Welcome to the fray. Please ride safe and take the time to learn from the ones who have come before you.
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:39 AM   #41
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Happiness is a motorcycle, a full tank of gas, and green lights.

Welcome to the joy of owning and riding a motorcycle. Soon you will learn why dogs love to hang their heads outside car windows going down the road.
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:33 AM   #42
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Hi Momentumadv,

Welcome to ADVRider!

Thanks for posting your story ...... so far. I enjoyed it. It's nice to be reminded that there are riders out there on the roads and trails that are working on their skills, and are still very new to the sport. Exhilarating, isn't it?

If you've got 4 kids, and also are in the classroom daily .............. you've earned, and desperately NEED some throttle therapy. No better escape from the mundane than scooting along on two wheels.

Looks like from the pictures that you are doing several things right ................ helmet, protective gear, MSR class, practicing (muy importante), etc. etc. Riding pants, gloves, and riding specific boots are going to help with your skills also. The more comfortable you are ............ the more comfortable you can be!

Ride safe, have fun, and keep us posted on your progress.

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Old 06-11-2013, 09:46 AM   #43
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Ride your own ride. There are plenty of keyboard warriors here who will do nothing more than put you down. Have fun and keep learning...
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:38 AM   #44
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Every ride is new adventure.
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:45 AM   #45
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Dropping Your Bike The First Day Stories

Several years ago I bought my wife a Honda Rebel 250 (Great Starter Bike). She rode it once and parked it in the garage. About 2 years go by and she says why don't you get rid of that thing. So I said OK. I took it down to the local dealership where I had been looking at sport bikes, as up until then it was dirt bikes and cruisers. So I trade the little Rebel in on a Kawasaki ZZR600 sport bike. I sign the paperwork, swap bikes and head home with zero miles on the shiny new black ZZR. I pull in the gravel driveway where I spot my wife weeding. She looks up with an angry face as she would never approve of a 60 year old riding a sport bike. So, I am fixated on her look and not being all that familiar with the short stubby fork geometry of a sport bike and the massive stopping power of triple disc brakes, I washed out the front end on gravel and laid it out on it's right side. Nice gravel scratches on the right side and a few scratches on the exhaust system. After that, never worried once about how I rode it. I figured if I tore up the right side anymore, I would just buy a new fairing. No big deal. Just enjoy the riding.
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