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Hey everybody! Finally got my bike in, it arrived late last night! I wasnt able to ride it until this afternoon but I did go through all the pre-ride checks. Tires had a little to much air in them. I decided to go with the Operator Manual on the tire pressure, instead of the tires themselves. Well I rode it around the neighborhood for a bit, parked it and ran some errands. When I got back figured id go fill it up so here I go off to the gas station, had to wind up filling up with mid grade fuel, they run 86, 88, and 90 i think. Anyway here I go, all filled up after $9 of the cheapest fill up I have ever had in my life, and couldnt get the thing to stay started, every time I put it in gear, let out the clutch...sputter and die...Well come to find out I left the Kickstand down...thank you Kawasaki for putting that safety feature in! To top it off while I'm searching for whats wrong, another motorcycle rider just happened to pull up and fill his tank at the same time...talk about a little embarrassing! Just figured id share my first newbie mistake with everyone, lets hope they just stay embarrassing and not dangerous, lots to remember. Anyone else like to share? :eek:
 

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Been there done that..... I hope you have an engine guard on your bike as there are a lot more mistakes awaiting you ...LOL

Annie



Hey everybody! Finally got my bike in, it arrived late last night! I wasnt able to ride it until this afternoon but I did go through all the pre-ride checks. Tires had a little to much air in them. I decided to go with the Operator Manual on the tire pressure, instead of the tires themselves. Well I rode it around the neighborhood for a bit, parked it and ran some errands. When I got back figured id go fill it up so here I go off to the gas station, had to wind up filling up with mid grade fuel, they run 86, 88, and 90 i think. Anyway here I go, all filled up after $9 of the cheapest fill up I have ever had in my life, and couldnt get the thing to stay started, every time I put it in gear, let out the clutch...sputter and die...Well come to find out I left the Kickstand down...thank you Kawasaki for putting that safety feature in! To top it off while I'm searching for whats wrong, another motorcycle rider just happened to pull up and fill his tank at the same time...talk about a little embarrassing! Just figured id share my first newbie mistake with everyone, lets hope they just stay embarrassing and not dangerous, lots to remember. Anyone else like to share? :eek:
 

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Been there done that..... I hope you have an engine guard on your bike as there are a lot more mistakes awaiting you ...LOL

Annie
Engine Guard? :confused: Nope sure don't, just took a look on google, looks like it would help for falls. Are they pretty easy to install?
 

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yep.. super easy. sometimes you have to shift a rectifier or a horn a bit...but they always give you everything you need....at least the Cobra bars do. Highly recommend Cobra Fatty bar by the way... have had 4 of them... only bent one of them seriously when it saved my left leg ... lol... over and out

( gosh, this post is beginning to look like the way Poncho Villa composes his posts... !! aaaaak ! )


Engine Guard? :confused: Nope sure don't, just took a look on google, looks like it would help for falls. Are they pretty easy to install?
 

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Bluetick89 don't feel ashamed I stopped and fuel up my 05 Goldwing got ready to go and discovered it wouldn't start! I proceed to check over oil, water, everything I could think of. I got back on her and discovered I had bumped the kill switch off. To make it worse I had been riding over 40 years at the time. We ALL make them, no harm no foul this time. O'yeah engine guards are a great ideal you may get off someday and forget that kickstand again, this time in the up position. Been there too.
 

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Tallannie, Thanks for the information...but im a little sceptical of them now since you already went through 4!! haha
Thanks Crossroads, dont feel so bad now, guess it happens to the best of us.
Ill be glad to get back out riding some more, dont want to ride it to work quite yet but cant do much riding when i get home...sigh and its only my monday!
 

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A "mistake" is never riding .... everything about, and to do with motorcycling is just a learning curve. I have been riding since i was 16, Im now 53, i still learn every day. All you have to do is keep away from the "painfull " lessons.
 

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LOL... 3 different bikes.... and one badly bent replacement...:p

Tallannie, Thanks for the information...but im a little sceptical of them now since you already went through 4!! haha
Thanks Crossroads, dont feel so bad now, guess it happens to the best of us.
Ill be glad to get back out riding some more, dont want to ride it to work quite yet but cant do much riding when i get home...sigh and its only my monday!
 

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engine guard

blueticK89 with you decide you won't a crashbar for your 500 they don't make them,but theres a guy on this forum his name is vicente he has a friend in mexico that makes custom crashbars for the 500,theres a sticky on the forum for the bars.i think there $240.00 with shiping.i got back in to riding after 30yrs, i did the kick stand thing a time or two.BUT I'M OLD IN CONFUSED.
 

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Tallannie, Thanks for the information...but im a little sceptical of them now since you already went through 4!! haha
Thanks Crossroads, dont feel so bad now, guess it happens to the best of us.
Ill be glad to get back out riding some more, dont want to ride it to work quite yet but cant do much riding when i get home...sigh and its only my monday!
To avoid Tallanie's problem, we have this guy:
Some product FB fan:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pro-Guards/107732789250737

the demo is pretty convincing and they have it in:
[ame]http://www.amazon.com/Pro-Guards-Motorcycle-Crash-Protectors/dp/B003VAN51C[/ame]

I'm planning ordering a set.
 

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ooooh... Plastic covers for crash bars !! ... NOT !!!
those look DUMB !

pardon me... I am sometimes a little shy.

Annie

PS mine got bent up to within an inch of my left leg...saved it in fact... if it hadnt been a Cobra Fatty I wonder if i would be crippled now...?



To avoid Tallanie's problem, we have this guy:
 

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blueticK89 with you decide you won't a crashbar for your 500 they don't make them,but theres a guy on this forum his name is vicente he has a friend in mexico that makes custom crashbars for the 500,theres a sticky on the forum for the bars.i think there $240.00 with shiping.i got back in to riding after 30yrs, i did the kick stand thing a time or two.BUT I'M OLD IN CONFUSED.
Big t, what would be the difference between the crashbar you mention and the engine guards. I did read that thread about vicente a few days ago. Didnt look him up though, was going to see what i could get state side.
 

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To avoid Tallanie's problem, we have this guy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xr5kYSt8ZmI
Some product FB fan:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pro-Guards/107732789250737

the demo is pretty convincing and they have it in:
http://www.amazon.com/Pro-Guards-Motorcycle-Crash-Protectors/dp/B003VAN51C

I'm planning ordering a set.

Did he just drop his bike:eek: for our sake? I love this site! I haven't even got my bike yet and didn't even consider crash bars -I'm looking now!
 

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Not a Newbie mistake, one we all (still) do.

Here's a short list of mistakes, some more embarassing than others

  1. Trying to start the bike in gear
  2. Pressing the starter motor button with the Kill switch in the 'off' position
  3. Forgetting to put down the sidestand down as you gracefully glide to a halt in front of assembled multitude
  4. Riding off with disc lock still on (done this lots) which is what those orange cables are for
  5. Riding out of garage whilst still attached to ground anchor (yes they do work)
  6. Dropping bike whilst executing slow left/right turn
  7. Gas cap detaching itself whilst riding and ending up on the road (I was lucky, it ended up on my lap
The longer you ride, the more likely you are to tick more of these boxes, and I'm sure there are many many more that could be added.

Regards

Andy
 

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... lol... over and out ( gosh, this post is beginning to look like the way Poncho Villa composes his posts... !! aaaaak ! )
subliminal assimilation. its inevitable. like gravity. first its just a bear'ly cognitive thought of something on the horizon. then there is a flyby wich begins an captive orbit. which lead to some near misses. 'ventually the collision occurs. whereby you become integral part of the whole mass. when enuf debris has been accumulated and compression reaches critical mass, fusion ignites, we go nuclear and light up the night sky. yup, subliminal alrighty. ponch out.

btw, prefer "Roll Bars" for rollin over or rollin down the river, cetera
 
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