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post #21 of 38 Old 10-31-2016, 04:50 PM
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I don't know if it's completely normal, but I too always have butterflies in my stomach when I'm not riding, and thinking about riding. Although, once I'm on the bike, and riding, the nervousness just completely disappeared.

I only have the bike for about 2 months, and have about 600 miles on it. I wish I could ride more often, but priorities. lol.

Anyway, glad you are enjoying your bike. I also can't wait for the day where I can just hop on the bike like hopping in my car and drive without all the distraction of riding a bike. Someday... *shrug*
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I tend to think and worry too much on things I shouldn't, I had more nervousness in the MSF during their exercises than I did riding around. Just riding around the range felt awesome I would kick up to third gear doing 30-35mph without a care in the world, felt great (I had the chance to do that when going across the range resetting for the exercise etc). So I think when I'm just riding and not doing "exercises" I'll be fine...

Going to the DMV today to finalize my endorsement and tag/title the bike, probably going for a ride near home tonight to get familiar with the bike

One thing I am actually nervous about is dips/bumps, where I'm at in NC there's some really significant dips and high railroad tracks that are unavoidable. I watched a guy on a hyabusa go over the treacherous railroad tracks today and didn't seem like it was bad at all. I'm somewhat worried it's going to upset the balance of the bike, but maybe it won't? It's not really like a hump, it's more like 3 humps up down/up down/up down - can only take it at like 20mph in a car otherwise you feel like you're bouncing everywhere lol

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I don't know if it's completely normal, but I too always have butterflies in my stomach when I'm not riding, and thinking about riding. Although, once I'm on the bike, and riding, the nervousness just completely disappeared.
I would never dare call myself "normal" but I'm like this as well. I'm finally at a stage in my life where I'm much more valuable alive than dead so I chalk this all up to me simply worrying about doing something stupid and screwing up a good thing. If I rode on private roads, I'd most likely never have a concern but I'm surrounded by knobs who would rather check their snapchat than look both ways before pulling out. Those variables scare me and that's why I worry.
Once on the bike, I'm in survival mode and enjoy the ride... I only worry when off the bike.

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One thing I am actually nervous about is dips/bumps, where I'm at in NC there's some really significant dips and high railroad tracks that are unavoidable. I'm somewhat worried it's going to upset the balance of the bike, but maybe it won't? It's not really like a hump, it's more like 3 humps up down/up down/up down - can only take it at like 20mph in a car otherwise you feel like you're bouncing everywhere lol
There's a major road I take to work where the speed limit is 55... I'm usually doing that or a little bit more, depending on traffic. Anyway, there's a few spots where there are crazy dips in the road (years of New England winters cause frost heaves). When I was still fairly new to the bike, I rode over them and it not only scared me, but it hurt like heck as well.
Remember what they taught you in your class. Get your butt up and slightly off the seat, and don't use a kung foo grip. Just come up, relax and let the bike absorb it. Don't worry about balance and stability (unless you're in a tight corner).

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Yeah we did a lot of practice running over 2x4's that was fairly easy.... @AesonVirus are you able to still hit some dips while in a minor lean? Our roads seriously have a bunch of dips, some in turns, but they're not particularly sharp I'm guessing I should probably try to straighten up some? Or is a minor lean angle usually ok? I know it usually depends on a lot of factors such as heat, angle, speed, aggressiveness of dip etc , but I'm just being very general here...
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Yeah we did a lot of practice running over 2x4's that was fairly easy.... @AesonVirus are you able to still hit some dips while in a minor lean? Our roads seriously have a bunch of dips, some in turns, but they're not particularly sharp I'm guessing I should probably try to straighten up some? Or is a minor lean angle usually ok? I know it usually depends on a lot of factors such as heat, angle, speed, aggressiveness of dip etc , but I'm just being very general here...
Definitely. If you remember only one thing, remember to not have an "oh-sh!t" panic attack mid-corner and white knuckle grip the bars. Keep a light grip, accelerate smoothly through the corner and let the bike do all the work.
I'm no expert and certainly don't claim to be, but I do know that dropping the throttle in the corner, especially when you see a road imperfection, is a recipe for disaster... and it's something a lot of new riders tend to do when they panic.

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Ok will do, sounds like what you're saying road dips won't cause me to be thrown off the bike (in a typical low lean angle, street riding without a freak dip or imperfection I'm guessing). I'll definitely have to watch this was just trying to get a very specific answer to my biggest fear
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I knew it, I had some issues with going into corners and getting twitchy because I wasn't rolling through (I always went wide which explains it) and I kept finding myself fighting the bars and gripping too hard. This I already knew at least and I'm trying to stop, although with only 17 miles on a bike I'm guessing it's going to take me more practice lol

It's also kind of difficult when you have 4 people on a course and some are way slower than others, but in that case I guess I need to increase my cushion to get proper roll-on through the turn.
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Finally got my tag/registration done today and aced my knowledge portion for my endorsement, now I'm fully licensed woot.

Took the R3 out for a maiden voyage today, stalled the engine once on an incline from a stop (wasn't revving enough) as I was riding around the neighborhood to try and get used to the bike. Other than that everything was great, this bike is insane amounts of fun. I love the exhaust note, it sounds more sporty than I thought videos etc did. Took the bike up to 11k once but was pleasantly surprised by the available power below that despite what everyone says.

I had the bike up to 60 and holy **** did it feel planted, it felt SO much better than those suzuki 250's like I suspected and is SOOO much faster. I had no weird feelings in turns like I did on the suzuki's probably because I already adjusted for rider sag at preload level 5 (220lbs). The bike just feels precise, I had no trouble keeping lines or riding confidently. I was more worried about starting from a stop as it is way easier to stall than the suzuki 250's, needs more throttle to prevent stalling than them it seemed. Still a little clunky at shifting but I practiced rev matching and down/upshifting a lot riding close to home, did about 10 miles in 40 minutes cruising around close to home playing with the bike.

I practiced some low speed turns in my cul-de-sacs throughout the neighborhood, this was a portion I had a lot of trouble with on the suzuki 250's from MSF. I had NO balance issues at all on the R3 doing this, it felt so much more natural and so much better even at low speed. The bike itself just raised my confidence level double from what I had before and it felt amazing to go riding with this thing for the first time. Even being a heavier rider it's still very fun and fast for a newer rider, I couldn't ask for any better bike to start with. I still have a lot of work to do with throttle control, my fine tuning of the right wrist leaves a lot to be desired, but I'm getting better with practice.

In the MSF on the 250's I kept putting weight on my left hand and tensing up my left side, on the R3 it's the opposite I'm putting weight on my right wrist (or maybe it's sore from me ripping the throttle backwards ). I don't know for sure I'm putting weight on it but I did find myself not clenching with knees and my right wrist getting sore after this short ride so I'm guessing that's what it was. I don't think I'll ever get tired of this thing!!
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Also did some garage work today for my gear... I wonder if anyone can guess what the white rubbermaid drawer thing holds/organizes?

Also forgot to mention on my maiden voyage today I almost got creamed by a bus. They were in the middle of a turn making a left on a sharp turn, didn't slow enough and took the whole road. Good thing I was paying attention, saw it, slowed down moved to the right of the road and went on the outside of the road away from them with plenty of room. I would NOT have had the confidence to react like that without MSF, period, I felt REALLY confident and really good riding the bike for the first time. Thanks MSF!
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Took the bike for another ride today about 10 miles round trip or so, went over railroad tracks, lots of twisties, some very tight technical twisties. Bike felt pretty good, I noticed I tire out pretty quickly and start to get sloppy, I actually have REALLY good form for being so new when I'm in the first 20mins of my ride but after that I start to get very sloppy with the throttle and handling. I guess it just takes more time for longer rides.
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