Just come across this thread.
Figured I may as well share a pic. of my baby.
Figured I may as well share a pic. of my baby.
I've already adjusted the shift light to 10k but I really don't plan to get that high up until I'm comfortable with it on the Interstate. Pretty much anything past 9 o'clock on the tach for me is going to be sufficient starting out.The only thing I can tell you is: that bike will be a completely different animal at the top end of the tach then it is just tooling around the neighborhood in 3rd gear. All of its power comes from the torque times RPM formula, and it has lots of RPMs!
Haven't actually heard about this at all over the last few years, or at least if it's a technique they teach while in the class but thanks for the heads up.Pay attention in the class, learn to look, and learn how to find "outs" wherever you are. By "learn to look," they'll probably give a 2-4-10 seconds rule. Anything within two seconds of reaching (killing) you is something you must know about and have a plan for. Anything with 4 seconds should be coming to the forefront of your awareness, and anything 10 seconds out should be noted. And that's in any direction, not just where you will be in that time, but anything that can meet you in that time, from the side, from behind, as well as oncoming.
I've been close to dropping mine already. The road in the neighborhood is quite narrow so I thought I could turn fully around but nearly low-sided it. Released the clutch a bit and straightened the bars and kept it up.Also, if the bike needs to be stopped, all you need is both levers. It's amazing the things you see on Youtube where people video first rides, and nobody told the person to practice both levers before they turned them loose. Grab the clutch, squeeze the brake, and amazingly, you don't run into the wall/car/person/barrier/cliff.
Aside from the pants I've got that down. Picked up a Scorpion R710 helmet, with a scorpion optima jacket for a steal on amazon. Alpinestar celer V2 gloves (fit quite nice), and alpinestar sektor shoes. I was at first debating whether or not to just return the shoes after the class but I quite like them and they're a good fit. Just high enough to go over the ankles but not to be considered boots. Pants wise I skimped out on that for now. For the class I'll try some of my Delta uniform pants which are quite heavy duty but not too baggy. It's not a thin material either where it could potentially melt which I'm happy about after seeing what happened to someone in my class earlier. Ultimately I'd like to go to some of the moto-dealers and see what pants they offer as they're not exactly cheap to begin with and I want to get a good set that doesn't look like it'll blow up with air while riding.Oh! GEAR UP!!! Everything. No exposed skin, no exposed regular clothing. Jeans offer no protection whatsoever. Street shoes offer no protection whatsoever. I've been down three times, I've been bruised, I've sprained ankles, but I've never lost any skin or blood, and rode away from all three oopsies.
Draggin Jeans says hello . They're pricey but they do the job very well.Jeans offer no protection whatsoever.
That wasn't my point. Jeans doesn't just mean Wrangler or Levis. Not all jeans were created equal and some jeans do offer a lot of protection, so to say ''Jeans offer no protection whatsoever'' is misleading. Hence the winking emoji.Draggin jeans are not the jeans people ride with and think will save them. "Aw, I gots my Wranglers on, they's tough!!"
While I can see where this may be true, I got a much needed confidence boost out of the course on the larger bike, and with the fact that I didn't drop or had the thought that I was near dropping the bike helped immensely. Some people it just comes naturally to them, others have to learn and progress on with it. I've always had to learn how to do something, especially when I was a kid learning how to water-ski/wakeboard/kneeboard... I just didn't want my first experience to be on my bike though resulting in potentially numerous drops.You learn more/faster on a small bike. Most, if not all the top riders started on 125's or smaller.
Firstly, if you're going to reply to my comment at least have the decency to tag me .Regular street jeans offer NO protection whatsoever. Draggin jeans have Kevlar in the fabric, they're not just denim. They have armor protection as well.
I repeat, and I stand by it firmly, street jeans, indeed street clothes of any kind, offer no skin protection whatsoever. I was addressing the fact that nearly everyone thinks regular blue jeans will keep them from getting road rash.
And I never said anything about overall injury protection. In my offs, I've had heavy bruising, sprained ankles, and sprains in my foot. I've been fortunate enough to break no bones, and as stated, I've lost no skin or blood, but nowhere did I say I was uninjured, nor did I say proper gear would prevent injury.
However, I can still speak clearly and chew my own food because I was wearing a full-face lid. My ankles were not broken because I was wearing proper motorcycle boots with both ankle armor and ankle stiffness. I broke no knuckles because I wore gloves with a carbon-fiber knuckle plate. (Indeed, i didn't even know my hand had hit the pavement that hard until I got home and saw the crushed plate on the glove.)
Of course I like it! The red has really grown onto me now seeing how rare of a color it seems to be, but there are issues with it that I've mentioned in previous posts. Tomorrow once I finish my finals I'm driving back home and to the DMV first to get my license, and then maybe take it out if there's enough daylight to the park. It's supposed to be a decent weekend down here so I'll report back if/when I take it out, and then there's also the fact I'm out of school for two weeks as well after that.
I can already see though as to why some people feel like the 600cc category is lacking
Most of all the current 2005+ i4 600CCs are still going to be rocket ships.That depends so much on the bike (as you know), there are some 600cc bikes that are utter rocketships. And some 950s that are dog slow.
Ducati... it's the Alfa Romeo of bikes, chic, sporty, very expensive if you need OEM parts. I'd still have one though
I actually considered the 1100 to be my first bike while looking for R6 deals! I had been watching it on craigslist for over three months and saw the price was super low. It looked clean and was at a dealer so it had to be running. I could've saved nearly $2000 over what I payed for my R6 and used it to turn it into a great cafe rider. Cut that rear seat support off and find something slim. That's a great paint job too, and nice drag bars. Some of the new R.E.'s also look great too for not much, although I'd probably go along the Triumph line of things.This is my bike, a 1979 Yamaha XS Eleven F. However it needs a full engine rebuild, so it's been in storage.
Clean looking Fat Boy! I'd have to swap out those chrome gas caps and swap them with the blacked out LED ones that show the fuel level too. Swap out the rear fender and go down to a single seat and it looks mean with that front wheel.