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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-07-2014, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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Cool My first 11 miles

Took the MSF course in October, went out after passing the course and promptly laid my bike down in a slow left turn. Spent the rest of the winter recovering (my foot was bruised and swollen for a while) and fixing up the damage. Just finished a 'Saddle Time' course, jumped right on my bike and rode it around for 11 miles and had a blast. Very glad to have the Vulcan 800 classic and excited that I was finally able to get "it" (riding) right!
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Congrats. Sorry for the spill however it happens to a lot of us. Glad you're OK now. Take it easy, respect the road surfaces and your bikes limitations. More so, respect yours. Your skill level will improve with experience and in the meantime take small adventurous steps, enjoy and learn a bit with every ride...

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+1 what Bear said above.

Even though I had ridden several bikes for years as a kid, when I started riding again five or so years ago, I found that taking the class was very helpful. I also found that everytime I rode for at least the first two years, I would learn something and gain better control and skill. I still learn more and more, and gain more confidence each time I ride. The key word is RESPECT. RESPECT the machine. RESPECT the road.

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A low speed spill is far better than a high speed spill.
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We all go down, just keep hopping on her and riding, especially slow manuvers,. and it will be second nature

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I rode as a young person, then got married, had kids, and between the wife nagging and no money, I quit for a long time. Then about 15 years ago the kids were grown, and I started again. Best thing I did was take lessons from a private instructor. Then as I rode more I learned more. I still learn things everytime I ride and I enjoy the rides more each time. The key is to not over ride your abilities and learn from your mistakes.
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35 years of riding and a few spills ,love it
had a good spill last year when some wanker in spilled diesel on a round about ,i hit it at 80klm slid a around the road watching the bike get damaged ,took a 2 months to get back on (mainly because the bike was getting repaired ) but best thing i did was get back on ,shacks you up a bit and makes you more aware of every thing .
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Exclamation So this just happened...

Today I watched a guy on a ninja make a right turn from a stop and put too much power to the rear wheel. Fish-tailed badly, over-corrected and went down. Luckily the cars behind him saw what was happening and give him room for his moment.
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I'm being coached by my brother who has ridden almost daily for most of his life and has only laid it down once. He was in a parking lot doing about 15 mph in a turn hitting a spot of radiator fluid. I rode a Yamaha 80 as a kid and now 30 years later am riding again. Rode my brothers Suzuki Volusia 800 for a while until getting a great deal on my 99 VN 1500 Nomad G. It has taken some getting used to the weight of it. We have spent a lot of time doing serpentines and quick stops in vacant parking lots and lots of time on quiet country back roads. Today he took me on my first short jaunt on a major freeway with mild traffic. What a blast! The wind was blowing hard and at 75 mph the bike remained smooth and steady. I noticed my brother was wavering a bit on his 800 ahead of me. I see where it pays to stay within my riding ability.

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