Hello - 1st off, I think what you people are doing is a good thing. Explaining the dangers of riding and helping newbs understand that it's better to be ride safe & smart then trying to look cool!
But with that being said, i have some problems with it all. Scaring the shit out of people isn't going to make them better riders!
I am a brand newbie, & basically did everything wrong. I rode my friends 93 yamaha 600 for about 45 minutes total on about 4 different rides around the neighborhood. I stalled all the time & almost dropped his bike a few times. Then I went out & bought a new 03 gixxer 600. I know, I am a freaking idiot right! Well maybe I am. But now I have 300 miles (i know , that aint shit!!!) on it & I feel somewhat confortable. More confortable on some days then others. The 1st thing i did with my new bike was had my friend ride it home from the dealership. I wasnt gona pull out & get slammed before I even got it out of the dealership. We went straight to an industrial park & i just practiced learning the clutch spot, starting & stopping for about 30 minutes until i felt like I could pull off without stalling. I wasnt gona pull out & stall in traffic so i could be a sitting duck for that car doing 55 mph that was not anticipating me to be sitting there in the middle of the road like a fool. Then i stayed to backroads & away from traffic & intesections for a while. Next i road to work for the 1st time. It was the day after a hurricane & i got blasted with 30 mph wind & then it started raining on my ride home. I was nervous but stayed at slower speeds & i made it home alive. I think i am a better rider for it now! I am building more confidence every day, however I always respect my bike & it's power & I'm not about to get cocky! I have never lifted the front wheel, I am gentle & consistent on the throttle & I use both brakes & I am gentle with them too. I'm not trying to grab a handfull of front brake & go over the bars!
So - the jury is still out on me. I could crash tomorrow & I may very well regret even writting this post! But this is one thing I know... when i THINK TOO MUCH or RIDE SCARED I am at much greater risk of dumping my bike. My best rides are when i don't think about what could go wrong & I just ride.
SO AM I A FREAKING IDIOT? PROBABLY!
But i just wanted to make the point that scaring the crap out of people isn't going to make them a better rider. You may just be planting the wrong thoughts into their head! Someone who is in this section of the forum to begin with is obviously intellegent enough to care about safty and knowledge of riding. So why not give them good info without trying to scare them out of riding!
Maybe these types of posts should be in the Tricks & Stunts section. Thats the 1st place an idiot newbie is gona go! Like me, I'm gona check it out next
But anyway - I just wanted to argue the other side of the coin. I respect what you folks are doing - you just make me NOT WANT TO RIDE after i read these types of posts!!!
Maybe I should mention that I am 28 not 18 so maybe that helps a bit. I have driven a manual car for years so i do understand shifting and all that. Not saying I know everything about shifting on a bike, but the concept is not new to me. I did'nt even take the MSF course yet. I'm, not proud of that - it's just booked for the next 1 1/2 months. I have insurance & a bike permit, not full coverage insurance though so if i dump my bike (and i'm sure I will) it's gona come out of my pocket
So now maybe someone could help me a lttile bit so I'm not as much of an idiot. Since I know I am a rookie rider I think I should be protected the best I can. Today I want out in sneakers & shorts & a t-shirt. Once again excersizing bad judgemeant! SO here is my deal - I am looking for a jacket. i think i want one of thos AlpineStar jackets. the other 2 jackets i liked were out of stock so it's taking me longer than expected to get one. I'm gona call on Monday for the AlpineStar. I wil look into gloves as well, I like my shin! But here are my questions. I was gona ride in jeans but i would rather have better protection. I was gona get a pair of boots, but not riding boots. I feel like if I were to go out & ride in full riding gear that I would look silly because I'm not that good of a rider. I know that sounds dumb but If saw someone all hooked up in their gear i would think that that dude must be doing some serious ass riding & anticipates that he may go down because he is pushing his limits. I intend to always ride within my limits & I havent even had my bike over like 63 mph yet because I'm just not confortable at those speeds yet. SO - should I just say screw em all & get a full set of gear??? Or would my helmet, glovers. jacket combo along with jeans & a pair of workboats be sufficent? If I could ride my ass off i would not feel silly being all geared up!!!
Today I had people yelling at me to "GET IT UP!!!" I just shook my head at them. Then and the next light all i hear is "WHAT ARE YOU SCARED OF THAT THING??" Grrrr I just yelled back "I only been riding for a week! Where is your bike?? Let me see you get your car UP!!!"
That shut them up!! But i feel like i would be getting way more of that shit if I was wearing full gear!
OH Ya - one more thing, I'm on my tippie toes! Shoudl i lower my bike. I been hearing differnt things. "The bike is setup for the avegae dude & your the average dude." That's what the dealer told me. hmm I'm 5'5 and 155 pounds, I always considered myself small. They also said it could effect other things & Suzuki has it dialed in for optimal performance so i should leave it alone. Other peopel tell me to lower it so I am flat footed!
What should I do????????
And to the guy who teaches all kind of newbs how to ride - i hope you teach better than you spell!! - Haha
PS>> I'm from Philly! That's just how we do!!!