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 Post subject: new rider owner
PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 9:28 am 
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Joined: May 25, 2013
Motorcycle: 1985 honda rebel
Rebel: 250
Country: U.S.A.
State/Province: NY
City: lima
Hello everyone sandman here. I just bought a 85 rebel just learning how to ride and my bike needs some t.l.c. but I will be out riding her soon and just wanting to know some tips I'm signing up for a msc soon. And can't wait to get out there and ride

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 Post subject: Re: new rider owner
PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 9:54 am 
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Joined: Feb 23, 2009
Motorcycle: Rebel 250 plus a few others
Rebel: 250
Country: Canada
State/Province: NB
City: Fredericton
Welcome to the forum. Good decision to take the training. I'd recommend waiting til after the course to start riding.

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 Post subject: Re: new rider owner
PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 4:08 pm 
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Joined: May 16, 2013
Motorcycle: Honda Rebel
Rebel: 250
Country: U.S.A.
State/Province: MO
City: Leadwood
Enjoy the ride!

I never got to take any courses, mostly because the closest place is an hour away, and to have 4 days off, and pay over $300 just wasn't a conceivable possibility. Still, I wanted to learn. So I found a mobile home park, and drove and stopped, treating every intersection as if I was in a real life situation, using signals, etc. Took my time learning how to turn left and turn right smoothly. I would stop on steep hills, then start in low gear, stop, roll back, do it again. I was lucky enough to have a friend live in the park, so I kept my bike there, and when I got off work, I would practice.

After getting my permit, (about a week later) I took to the streets, kept it at 45 or less, and there is no trick, you just have to put the time in on the bike. I had already trained myself for everyday driving situations, so the easy part was the lights and intersections, so I concentrated on dealing with the higher speeds I was traveling. After gaining confidence, I moved to 55, and then the highway. I picked a town 30 miles away, with highway travel, and I drove to it, took a break, and drove back, learning how very 'different' traveling with and against the wind is. After that I gave myself the green light to go wherever I wanted to, feeling confident I could handle the many road conditions.

Now, after a few thousand miles on the bike, I hardly notice the winds that one time terrified me while driving at higher speeds. I completely agree, it is better to take a course. Still, there is no substitute for putting the hours on the bike, and getting the miles behind you. The key is to drive with a plan, and don't put yourself in a situation where you do not feel confident.


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 Post subject: Re: new rider owner
PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 5:31 pm 
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Joined: Jun 18, 2009
Motorcycle: 1999 Rebel CMX
Rebel: 250
Country: USA
State/Province: FL
City: Summerfield
Greetings sandman84,

Welcome to the Forum. May all of your Rebel Adventures be safe and Enjoyable.

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 Post subject: Re: new rider owner
PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 4:22 pm 
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Joined: Aug 9, 2012
Motorcycle: 2008 FLHRC Road King Classic
Rebel: 250
Country: united States
State/Province: In
City: Peru
Welcome Sandman.

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