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Hi I'm a new rider. Just bought my first bike, a new 2015 vulcan classic. 0 kms when it was delivered to my door by the dealer. Love it. Went out and bought 2 helmuts, an open face and a closed face. Bought a proper jacket and boots and a pair of protected gloves. also purchased a crash bar and Wlly and Max Saddle bags to carry my stuff when I go to work. Waited 63 years for this to happen and when I saw this at the dealer and told the wife about it she said to get it if I wanted it. Wow I'm pretty lucky. My son is teaching me how to ride and is pretty strict about the rules and safety. I hope to pass the road test soon. So, just making sure I've got things covered, especially safety and protection for me as well as the bike. Any suggestions ans ideas would be appreciated. I'm an avid off roader with my jeep and SXS (Arctic Cat Wildcat) and I have ridden bikes but that was 35 years ago.
 

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Sounds like you have things set-up very well. Only other thing I'd add would be a decent set of driving lights. I read a story years ago about how people see 1 headlamp coming down the road versus 2 or better yet 3 headlamps. Now, it's been quite a while since I read that story but the just of it was, we have a hard time determining how far away or how fast 1 headlamp is moving. But somehow we can judge speed and distance of 3 headlamps much more accurately.
Since reading that story I've always installed a pair of your standard 4.5" driving lamps. And (knock on wood) I haven't had anybody pull out in front of me since.
And of course, ride like you're invisible :)
 

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TheDjay -- first off, welcome to the Forums! I know all too well what it's like to climb on a big ol' bike after 35 years...have just done the same thing myself. Glad your son is strict. If there's an MSF course taught in your area, wouldn't hurt you to take that, too, before your road test, even. Our man D-Dub is really onto something with the driving lights. When I bought my bike, I thought about removing the ones that were on her. I didn't. Now I'm really glad. I simply believe that folks see you better -- day or night -- with the three lights. Now, I might swap mine out for something I find a bit more tasteful ') but that will be down the road, so to speak. There are other mods I'll make first.

Again, welcome. And enjoy your bike...you, like me, waited a long time to get here!

Victor
 

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Welcome. I had not riden a bike for about 25 years. Started up again about 10 years ago. Sounds like your wife is a keeper, pretty cool. Sounds like you're safety minded so that's a good thing. As others have suggested, take a motorcycle safety course. I'm sure your son can provide most of the training you need but the MSF is great for new and returning riders. Last thing, we need pictures of this new bike. Be safe.
 

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I have been a rider for over 50 years, was a MSF instructor for a short time after retirement and suggest the following: A full face helmet provides better protection and "ATGAT" (All The Gear All The Time) NO MATTER WHAT the temperature or how short the ride. Pretend like everyone in a car is trying to kill you and continue training. Everyone has a different opinion about the MSF programs but after the BRC sign up for the Experienced Rider Course (ERC). Victor also brought up a good point; extra lighting front and back is paramount. I have Skene P3 lights on the back and Photon Blasters on the front of my two other bikes and won't ride without them. Someone on the list posted a beautifully done set of instructions for adding the P3 lights to the rear and I would be happy to send photos and instructions for installing the Photon Blasters to the front.
 

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Welcome from South Texas. If you can swing it, a light bar will give you the visibility your looking for. You'll see better and they'll see you better.

It will also give you that old classic look.
 

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