Re: Essential Knowledge
I bought my bike on 8/6/05, 2 weeks ago. I bought a GSX-R 750. I've wanted that bike since I was 12 (I'm 28 now btw). I've never ridden a bike before in my life. Regardless of what people told me, I figured you can crash a 500cc bike just as easy as a 750cc bike. So I bought it anyways. I don't think it has anything to do with the bike, but it has everything to do with the driver. So when I bought my bike, I didn't even have my permit (I just got it last Thursday). So I had my brother-in-law, who btw is a CHP on a bike, take it home for me. When I got home I asked him how do I ride? He gave me a whole shit load of instructions, how to change gears, how to take off, etc etc...So I took of on my first drive in my neighboorhood minutes after I bough it, stalled it and layed it down. I didn't fall, but the bike fell and I was holding onto the handgrips all the way down, so I didn't scratch the body, but scratched some black metal part at the bottom and a small scratch on the mirror and handgrip.
It was okay, I lifted my bike back up, and jumped back on and tried again. I've laid it down 3 times, only when I stalled it. But I haven't stalled it since the 2nd day I had my bike. I broke the shifter on it one of those times, so I drove to the dealership, paid $65 for a new shifter, went back home, fixed it, and jumped back on.
Once I got my permit, I hit the streets. I've been riding on the streets for past week now. I've read the motorcyle riding tips that came with the bike, and follow on the instructions to a T. My brother-in-law helps out a lot too. I call him up for tips almost everyday asking how I should do certain things. I'm not afraid to ask questions, and I'm not embarrased that I'm a newb. When I bought my bike I bought a Shoei helmet, and a really good jacket with pads on the shoulders and elbows, it says GSX-R on it and everything. Very cool riding jacket. Very cool helmet, and some very good gloves. I think I may have gone overboard with the gloves because they have like this thick knucle protection on them, they look like gloves for pro racers. But I don't care, I want to protect myself with the best gear. I need to buy some pants and I'm good, cause I already have boots too. I'm wearing thick jeans for now. I though that was enough, but after reading and seeing all these things, I've decided I really need pants and am getting some this weekend before I ride again.
The bottom line is that on a 500cc I can go 100MPH with a T-Shirt and shorts and eat it and spend a few months in the hospital. But I'm not like that. My dream was to have a GSX-R750, and I ride it with a good riding jacket and a good helmet, and I follow all the laws and posted speed limits. I am going to the MSF school on Sept. 30th. I wanted to go earlier, but that's the only spot they had avialable.
I appreciate all the tips that are given in the forum. And I don't play with my skin, or my life. My job is based on commision, and everyday I miss from work I pretty much loose $1,000! So I don't plan on playing on my 750. I have a lot of respect for my bike, for my paycheck, and for my life.
I think that regardless if you are a newb with an 1100, or have been riding since you can walk and have a 500, you always have to be safe.