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Hello,

I just bought by my R3 in Raven last night. I was so excited that I couldn't go to sleep. I am a new rider and nervous that I will drop her. I am very short, so I most likely have to lower my bike. Maybe it's to soon to tell.

Needless to say I am excited!!!>:D
 

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Congrats on the bike. The lady I bought mine from was around 5'3"-5"5" and she could move her bike around even though she couldnt flat foot. My wife also cannot flat foot, but she can move the bike around. You should get some frame sliders in case the bike does tip over in your garage or whatever. Just know they may not do much in a moving accident. The shogun sliders are cheap and easy to install if you arent loking to do too much work. There are other, better looking sliders but involve more work.

Being a new rider, I highly suggest a motorcycle rider course, and if at all possible, an advanced rider course. I took the BRC and found even as a new rider, it was a bit too basic. Not to say nothing in the material was useful. The advanced course definitely was worth the time though. Read as many books and articles as you can. Some good books are Mastering the Ride, Total Control, and Twist of the Wrist (also on youtube). Good luck, be safe, and have fun.
 

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Welcome! Take your time Go to a deserted parking lot and practice. Better yet, take a MSF beginner rider course.
 

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Take the MSF course. Its worth it!! You learn so much and you get a DMV license waiver if you pass so you don't have to deal with the DMV.. Nobody likes the DMV.. Lol
 

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Very nice Enjoy and be safe. I have same bike color really like it. Just got back from a Ride today/just before dark. after my big plumbing job today. It was a really nice ride, found some new twisty roads up in the hills behind my house today. I practiced some hard stops.(straight away) and some stop sign stops @ steep uphill incline's. I'm not a new rider. I just been married for 10 years (with no Bike and little kids) and decided I'm going to buy this R3. I just took the written test here in Glendale for the Motorcycle and missed one Question. Practice Practice thats what I'm doing everyday. Loving this bike.
 

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Thanks for everyone's response. I neglected to say that I took a more personalized course from a friend who used instruct MSC. I have my license, insurance and my riding gear except for my pants.
I guess my fear came from almost tipping over when I went around the corner that first night. when I tried to place my foot down it was lower than I expected. Luckily I quickly recovered and I was two houses down from mine. At that point I felt safe from dropping my new baby. I believe from that brief moment my adrenaline spiked sky high and then I could not sleep. The following day I had planned to go out riding with my friend/ instructor. He was running a bit late and for a moment I didn't think he would come, so decided to get comfortable with my Raven. I was geared up head to toe. Hopped on, swayed from side to side. Tip toed from one side to the other feeling the weight between my short legs. Revved the engine and became more familiar with her sound and her height. My courage came back and I slowly left my drive way. My fear slowly left my mind and I was able to concentrate on the road, the obstacle ahead of me and my newly acquired Raven. I no longer think I have to lower her. I got this!
I will keep practicing and practicing and then I'll practice some more. I have my books to read and I've seen all sorts of YouTube videos (the good the bad, and the tragic). My ears are wide open for tips and advice. Thanks for reading ?
 

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Welcome from England congrats on getting your new bike.Hot tip never leave your helmet on your seat one of these days it will fall off(ask me how i know)just hang it on a mirror much safer there.
 

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Thanks for everyone's response. I neglected to say that I took a more personalized course from a friend who used instruct MSC. I have my license, insurance and my riding gear except for my pants.
I guess my fear came from almost tipping over when I went around the corner that first night. when I tried to place my foot down it was lower than I expected. Luckily I quickly recovered and I was two houses down from mine. At that point I felt safe from dropping my new baby. I believe from that brief moment my adrenaline spiked sky high and then I could not sleep. The following day I had planned to go out riding with my friend/ instructor. He was running a bit late and for a moment I didn't think he would come, so decided to get comfortable with my Raven. I was geared up head to toe. Hopped on, swayed from side to side. Tip toed from one side to the other feeling the weight between my short legs. Revved the engine and became more familiar with her sound and her height. My courage came back and I slowly left my drive way. My fear slowly left my mind and I was able to concentrate on the road, the obstacle ahead of me and my newly acquired Raven. I no longer think I have to lower her. I got this!
I will keep practicing and practicing and then I'll practice some more. I have my books to read and I've seen all sorts of YouTube videos (the good the bad, and the tragic). My ears are wide open for tips and advice. Thanks for reading ?
Treated myself today and it's shiny.
 

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Good on ya. Check out the Frey-Daytona Ladystar boots from Revzilla if you want a good bit more height in a hand-made boot made in Germany. I wear the M-Stars and love 'em. Really, it's the same boot regardless of the silly gendered naming differences. They're designed for short riders but they're a little pricey.
 

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Congrats! I am a short rider myself and can not flat foot. 4'11 and 110lbs with all my gear on. Practice makes perfect. I learned to just put my left foot down when I get to a stop. And learning to stop slow and smooth is also key. Good luck and be safe
 
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