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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-08-2010, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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Hey everyone,

New Rider, New Bike. After drooling over it all summer I got a 2010 VN 900 Custom SE. I get to pick it up next week.

As a rookie to the bike and riding in general what do you think I should know that I wouldn't have learned at the riding course?
Any tips or tricks jump to mind that you think all newbs should know?
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A) Have the bike delivered to your home or have an experienced friend ride it home for you.

B) Find a close by parking lot and practice, practice, practice until you are very comfortable with the new bike before you venture out into traffic.

C) Assume everyone who possibly can cut you off, turn in front of you, stop short or otherwise interfere with your right-of way WILL.

D) Wear ATGATT

E) While doing all of the above, enjoy your new ride.
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Well, i have to say, although having it delivered to your house or getting an experienced rider to bring it to you is sound advice, it's probably not something i'd follow. I'd be too excited about taking my brand new first bike out for a ride and bringing it home myself.

Ride carefully and believe that you're invisible; no one can see you and the "(C)" advice comes into full force.

Congratulations on your purchase, you're going to love that bike. Ride safe, and have fun!

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Thanks!
Going to have to think about that delivery idea...
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1) Remember what you learned in the riding course. They're very thorough!

2) Read about all the "ticks" and such in advance.

3) Have fun!

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Im sure its redundant but whatever you do when you go into a corner remember to look ahead the bike will follow you. Hope that makes sense , go on youtube and watch a few bike crashes it will keep you thinkin ahead. Especially the Harley guy that drives his bagger straight off of a very steep hill when he shoulda been turnin.. I also recomend to my buddies just startin out to take the Balance Dynamics course if there is one in your area, amazing what they will teach ya.. Good luck, Bulldozer still dodgin stuff in S. Amer.

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Hey everyone,

New Rider, New Bike. After drooling over it all summer I got a 2010 VN 900 Custom SE. I get to pick it up next week.

As a rookie to the bike and riding in general what do you think I should know that I wouldn't have learned at the riding course?
Any tips or tricks jump to mind that you think all newbs should know?
I ride with a retired NYPD motor officer. His advice to new riders is to stay within what you are comfortable with - don't exceed your own personal comfort zone. It will take time for you to get more comfortable in certain situations (high wind, freeway traffic, rain, etc.). Err on the side of caution until you gain more experience. Don't let others in a group setting encourage you to do things that you don't want to do.

One of the ladies that we ride with did NOT follow this advice. She bought a Honda 750 and went out to ride with a friend of hers on a sport bike who said "follow me" and took off. The lady on the 750 followed him into a curve at too high a rate of speed for her skills, crashed and broke her shoulder so severely that she needed a helicopter medevac. She did not ride again for a long time. Don't make this mistake!

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All good advice for a new rider I see on the posts here. As a fellow Canadian welcome to the fold!! Not sure what the "lid law" is in Alberta but here in Manitoba we have to wear a helmet. I would certainly highly recommend that for any new rider. That and remember that you are "invisible" to most other people on the road so drive defensively. That's what keeps me alive on 2 wheels when I am surrounded by texting/smoking/eating/inattentive people on 4 wheels.

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Remember, it's not a question of IF you will get hit, but WHEN.

• Keeping that in mind, ride like everyone else on the road can't see you and is trying to kill you.
• Buy the best gear you can afford. It is worth it.
• Don't get over-confident. If you get that little twinge in the back of your head that something doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Take it easy and keep your awareness up.
• Keep your head on a swivel!
• When you find a couple of guys to go riding with, understand that you're a novice and they more than likely aren't. Don't feel like you need to keep up. Just enjoy the ride

And most importantly...

• Have fun!

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