08-01-2007, 11:04 AM
road test. I have been learning on a Honda 125 and Honda 150. They are from Peru or something. I want a DR650 or KLR650 or KTM 640 Adventure or most of all a F650GS Dakar. That is from lowest to highest cost. I think ABS would be really valuable to me in the beginning.
08-01-2007, 06:12 PM
Nice work! Good luck finishing up.
As for ABS, it actually ads a whole new experience to riding. You are probably better off without ABS at first, but if you find the bike you want and it has it, I would go for it.
When I got my K100RS it had ABS, so I was forced into it. It's okay, I have hit it twice, kind of a freaky feeling to be honest.
Being a new rider, not having it will help you brake better and know how to handle emergency braking. With ABS, since it kicks in when you would usually lock up you may become dependent on it. Not to mention the stopping distance may be greater.
Once you do get a bike, find a nice open parking lot and work on tight turns and hard braking. No parking lot is going to mimic the real world, but it will get you familiar with the bike and how it handles.
I might even recommend just getting a little nighthawk or something for the first 6mos to a year of riding. Get something you wont be heartbroken about if you dump it a few times. It's not a matter of if, but when.
Plus, a bike like that you would be able to get your money back out of it after a year if you don't kill it. Then you will have that money and any other saved money to go towards the bike you really want.
Whew, okay, sorry for the long post, just my opinion on things. Say, aren't you supposed to be working on your car right now?
08-01-2007, 07:06 PM
brake sliding is a very effective tool in the dirt....all nice bikes, and all very tall bikes, hope you are a big guy!
Get a DRZ 450...a little easier to handle!
08-02-2007, 05:48 PM
Read and memorize the Hurt study. Link a few posts down.
Try to sit on, and if possible ride, each bike. Find the mailing list/forum for each bike and join.
Ride your own ride, every day, all the time. Anyone who makes fun of you for not being able to keep up/wheelie/stoppie/jump is an asshat. Find someone else to ride with.
Unless you are sure which day you will crash, always wear your gear. Remember, you don't dress to ride, you dress to crash.
08-03-2007, 10:06 AM
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08-03-2007, 02:08 PM
The rest stands as advice.
Motorcycle are *incredibly* unforgiving of stupid.