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Hey, guys I got an R3 for my first bike!

I paid $5400 + $450 (Unlimited Warranty OTD)

I got a bike because I got inspired to make Vlogs by 6foot

If you guys have tips and advice let me know!
 

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Welcome! Heres a copy and paste I replied from a similar post. Enjoy your bike, LA has alot of roads around it.

Take the Basic Rider Course, or whatever its called these days, so you dont need to road test. Whether you do road test or not, the rider course gives you a familiarization course on how to operate a motorcycle. Alot of the range riding (not all) was boring for me, even as a new rider.

The advanced rider course IMO is a much better course to get you on the street and riding. This is were you should know basic controls of the motorcycle, but more importantly, they teach you how to think and act on the street. Alot of people finish the BRC and think they are ready for the street. Not saying it cant be done, but in either class, you are at least in a controlled environment, without traffic, learning skills that you will use every single day riding a motorcycle. For me, I had done the BRC, and a few months later bought a bike. I definitely had to build up first before getting on the street. To get around California usually involves freeways, and there was no way I was jumping straight into that. I practiced at night in quiet parts of the neighborhood, and graduated myself to downtown. After 1-2 weeks, I got on the freeway.

Get a good helmet. Make sure it fits, and even on the snug side. They break in and get loose as that happens. Even if you are in a state that doesnt require a helmet, why someone would choose to ride without one is beyond me.

Get good gloves, a jacket and boots. Alot of people skimp out on this. Ankle protection is just as important as hand protection, which is just as important as leg and body protection. Its going to get costly, but how much are replacement arms, legs, fingers and skin? You can slowly build up a decent set of gear over a few months. Dont be afraid to check craigslist and ebay. Dont be afraid of the inexpensive gear at Cycle Gear. My cheapo Sub $200 (was probably around $150) leather jacket from CG has been in a few lowsides and to this day has no holes in it. Scuffed up, but no holes. My $450+ Alpinestars jacket got a hole in it in a similar speed lowside at the racetrack. I personally will no longer wear my textile gear, but thats a personal choice. For leg protection, I wear Kevlar reinforced jeans with built in CE rated pads around the knees for everyday commuting, and leathers when I hit the canyons or racetrack. You can barely tell I am wearing riding jeans if you were to see me at work or wherever.

No matter what gear you end up with, it will do you absolutely no good if its just hanging up in your closet. Dress for the slide, not the ride. Alot of people get too caught up when they first start riding in things like "which exhaust should I get, is a PCV worth it, what do you think about these levers" or whatever. Its cool to spend money on your bike, everyone does. But I think you owe it to yourself to invest in at least a good set of gear that will get you to and from work/school/where ever safer than if you were just rocking sandals/regular shoes/shorts/whatever. If you want to, thats you, have at it! But going down sucks, I have been there before, and I dont care what anyone says, gear helps. Good quality gear helps even more.

You should read the owners manual when you get your bike. If you arent tool savy, get there! Its pretty easy working on bikes, and pretty fun as well.Can save you a few bucks here and there doing things that are pretty easy, such as oil and filter changes, coolant flush, brake fluid bleeding, brake pad replacement, etc.

Get out there, learn, learn and learn! When you think you learned enough, go find some riders and I am sure you will be humbled by how little you really know. The biking community is really fun and helpful. I am sure someone with more experience will take you on rides and teach you. Hit the canyons, get that bike leaned over, scrape a peg, or knee puck, go out and hit the race track. Its alot of fun.
 

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Welcome from England,Listen to Kojiiro,He's giving good advice there.
 

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Welcome to the show! Mayhaps once I head down that direction to check out Mulholland we can meet up for a ride some time!
 

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Welcome to the show! Mayhaps once I head down that direction to check out Mulholland we can meet up for a ride some time!
If you head down to The Snake, watch out for this guy (the Vlogger, not the ADV guy). Apparently he is becoming one of the regulars? It was hardly even worthy of being called a corner, more of a bend, so I dont know what he is getting all worked up about. On top of that, you are at Mullholland, lots of bikers there, expect to be passed by the faster riders.

http://www.socalsportbikes.org/forums/showthread.php?t=374072
 

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If you head down to The Snake, watch out for this guy (the Vlogger, not the ADV guy). Apparently he is becoming one of the regulars? It was hardly even worthy of being called a corner, more of a bend, so I dont know what he is getting all worked up about. On top of that, you are at Mullholland, lots of bikers there, expect to be passed by the faster riders.

http://www.socalsportbikes.org/forums/showthread.php?t=374072
Holy crap, I didn't know you could fit that much self righteous douche on one bike. o_O

I'll keep my eyes peeled, but even if on the off chance I run into him and offend him somehow he can cry himself a river, build a bridge, and get over it.

Though he also strikes me as the type who'd make a snarky comment in his video about a fat guy on a little bike, but even if he does, he can still bite me. XD

As for getting passed, I have no doubt. I'm a fairly inexperienced rider and there's people up there riding things far more potent than the R3, so I have no doubts or problems about letting people by.X3
 

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Welcome Neil Enjoy your R3 and be safe out there.

Welcome Neil Enjoy your new bike. Mine was a little more out the door extended warranty Yes . Helmet -jacket -pants-gloves -boots -slider lol. I since have purchased Dainese c2 pony leathers pants and AXO leather jackets (thanks Fang) & Shoei rf 1200 Helmet- Full Yoshimura Exhaust-Dyno Jet PCV -tail-tidy-TST flush signals-rear seat cowl. I'm done for now and just enjoy riding and doing basic maintenance- check tire pressure-clean & lube chain.
 

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Welcome Neil Enjoy your new bike. Mine was a little more out the door extended warranty Yes . Helmet -jacket -pants-gloves -boots -slider lol. I since have purchased Dainese c2 pony leathers pants and AXO leather jackets (thanks Fang) & Shoei rf 1200 Helmet- Full Yoshimura Exhaust-Dyno Jet PCV -tail-tidy-TST flush signals-rear seat cowl. I'm done for now and just enjoy riding and doing basic maintenance- check tire pressure-clean & lube chain.
Lookin so fresh and so clean.
 

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Only 1545 miles so far. I like to upgrade in the future better rear shock and front cartridge/spring insert SS brake lines Galfer Rotors and new brake pads. Ev0-s20 In the near future. Let these part and tires ware down with time and miles Hopefully in my future. Some lady older really old. But had a nice smile. She was making a left turn into corner store in front of me while I was in my turn. double yellow nearly cut me off at intersection She stopped I stopped all was good. I was making a right turn through intersection and had to apply good amount of pressure. Bike stopped fine even with Glendale city painting there Pedestrian intersection walkway brick things they have. There Painting them Makes them slippery just like Polished steel man hole covers. Back tire slid a bit but used to it with these tires. I like to practice some hard stops with my bike practice makes a better and faster stop. I read a article about a Hard stop practice bike. stating that a lot of riders don't stop as fast as they could with there bike and with a little practice and testing your bike and skills you can improve the length of your stop.
 

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Hey Guys/Ladies, I'm a new rider in the OC area. I commute to Playa Vista all week cause of work so I've got a lot of miles already but I haven't explored the canyons like everyone else. I'd like to join anyone who's going some time in the future.

DM me if you think I'm cool :)
 

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You picked the right bike. Welcome and congratulations.
 

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If you head down to The Snake, watch out for this guy (the Vlogger, not the ADV guy). Apparently he is becoming one of the regulars? It was hardly even worthy of being called a corner, more of a bend, so I dont know what he is getting all worked up about. On top of that, you are at Mullholland, lots of bikers there, expect to be passed by the faster riders.

http://www.socalsportbikes.org/forums/showthread.php?t=374072
Ah, Snowcat. That's kind of his schtick, and that pass might scare some people. The passing rider was clearly pretty skilled but still one doesn't expect that in a turn. Snowcat's YouTube channel is doing well though, nearly half a million subs and yeah, he's kinda known for complaining a lot about various drivers. I complain about drivers too but Snowcat has made it an art form...often funny, but sometimes perhaps an over-reaction depending on your perceptions.

It would be fun to meet him in-person since he's been hanging out with people I know or have ridden-with.

Speaking of The Snake...yeah I won't even ride there on weekends if I can help it. The fast riders are too fast and I am too slow...and around some of those blind turns that speed disparity can be a real hazard. I prefer faster, flowing roads anyway.
 

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Ah, Snowcat. That's kind of his schtick, and that pass might scare some people. The passing rider was clearly pretty skilled but still one doesn't expect that in a turn. Snowcat's YouTube channel is doing well though, nearly half a million subs and yeah, he's kinda known for complaining a lot about various drivers. I complain about drivers too but Snowcat has made it an art form...often funny, but sometimes perhaps an over-reaction depending on your perceptions.

It would be fun to meet him in-person since he's been hanging out with people I know or have ridden-with.

Speaking of The Snake...yeah I won't even ride there on weekends if I can help it. The fast riders are too fast and I am too slow...and around some of those blind turns that speed disparity can be a real hazard. I prefer faster, flowing roads anyway.
Highway 94, up to Julian and Mt Laguna are all the places I liked if I wanted to go faster. Havent been to the snake so I dont know which is faster. I just know the above are much faster than when you get to somewhere like Palomar.
 
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