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Hello, very new to riding.

 
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Lusa
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 8:12 pm    Post subject: Hello, very new to riding. Reply with quote

I'm here to learn as much as I can. I just upsized from a ruckus to a CB900C and I'm very excited. I'm taking my safety class early July and that gives me time to have a mechanic look over my new Honda.
Lisa Very Happy
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gsbeliever
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:47 am    Post subject: Welcome to the zoo! Reply with quote

Practice, practice, practice. Take your 900 to a wide open road or parking lot and practice braking. One mistake frequently made is riding a bike too heavy for you. If you're uncomfortable holding it up or doing slow speed manuevers, get something smaller. I've been riding over 50 years and prefer middleweights (500-700cc), but you've got to be comfortable on it or you'll find excuses not to ride. The biggest danger facing novices (and many regular riders) is the tendency to freeze up in a panic situation. I've always advocated learning off-road, where the frequently changing conditions hone our reflexive actions so they become instinctive on the street.
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05c50
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

^^^^^^^^^ What he said. Practice in an area that has no distractions and plenty of room to make a few mistakes. The CB900 is a pretty large bike to start out on, but you did say that you've been riding a Ruckus, so that experience will help. After some practice, you should start to feel comfortable handling the bike, if not consider down sizing a little, there's lots of nice bike that weigh a little bit less than the 900. The safety class is "must do" in my opinion.

Welcome to VJMOG by the way.

....Paul

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Lusa
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 5:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Welcome to the zoo! Reply with quote

gsbeliever wrote:
Practice, practice, practice. Take your 900 to a wide open road or parking lot and practice braking. One mistake frequently made is riding a bike too heavy for you. If you're uncomfortable holding it up or doing slow speed manuevers, get something smaller. I've been riding over 50 years and prefer middleweights (500-700cc), but you've got to be comfortable on it or you'll find excuses not to ride. The biggest danger facing novices (and many regular riders) is the tendency to freeze up in a panic situation. I've always advocated learning off-road, where the frequently changing conditions hone our reflexive actions so they become instinctive on the street.


thank you for your good advise, i am definitely becoming painfully aware that i may have too much bike for me. i am very open to the fact i may have to let it go for a smaller bike. but when i saw it on the side of the road, sitting on it i was immediately transported to the late 70s early 80s i immediately fell in love with it. i have to give it a shot. practice practice practice will give me a good idea if it is a fit. the ruckus became too small and slow very quick so i do understand the excuse not to ride if things are not just right.

again thank you and i am enjoying looking on this site. lots of good information.

lisa
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Lusa
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

05c50 wrote:
^^^^^^^^^ What he said. Practice in an area that has no distractions and plenty of room to make a few mistakes. The CB900 is a pretty large bike to start out on, but you did say that you've been riding a Ruckus, so that experience will help. After some practice, you should start to feel comfortable handling the bike, if not consider down sizing a little, there's lots of nice bike that weigh a little bit less than the 900. The safety class is "must do" in my opinion.

Welcome to VJMOG by the way.

....Paul


thank you also for your input and advise. i justified my purchase because i was a road cyclist way back (balance), my truck is a shift and my ruckus. but, i realize that really does not ensure that a 900 is the right fit for me Confused

so i am holding on to the fact that i at least i am in the game, however it turns out i will have my own motorcycle.

again thank you for your wise words, i do know how to learn from the more experienced Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You seem to have the right attitude about riding (better than some people I know Wink) I've known some people that could handle any bike, no matter how big, and some people that had a hard time controlling a Cub. The big difference, I believe, was the riders experience and willingness to understand their abilities. Keep us posted.

..........Paul

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�80 CB650c
�75 GL1000-finally finished
�79 KZ200
68 CB450K1-taking up all my time
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Lusa
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

05c50 wrote:
You seem to have the right attitude about riding (better than some people I know Wink) I've known some people that could handle any bike, no matter how big, and some people that had a hard time controlling a Cub. The big difference, I believe, was the riders experience and willingness to understand their abilities. Keep us posted.

..........Paul


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