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post #31 of 40 (permalink) Old 01-29-2019, 05:27 PM
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Justindsds, I am not sure if you were joking or really serious about not taking the MSF course because they are too expensive. Hope you were joking. If you are serious though, please take any safe courses (including ones offered by the MSF) before you ride in the busy street. If you can afford to buy a motorcycle, you should be able to afford safety course especially the courses like offered by the MSF are quite affordable.



I know money is an issue for most of us, but we are talking about your life here !

Also, please wear protective gears on top of the helmet even for a short distance ...
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Fail to see why anybody is continuing to respond to the posting.


It has turned senseless and does not pertain at all to the original subject .


I think folks should move on to other topics from people that have serious questions and issues with their bikes.

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Motorcycling is risk. Anyone is willing to take a different amount of it. Clearly, the OP is willing to take the risk of teaching himself on public roads to save a bit money. As long he's on the street legally, I don't see why not. I've done it too, when I was 20.

For me, it's kind of funny to hear people say: Hey! Watch out! Don't take that much risk! Take only as much risk as I take!
If you want to be safe, don't ride at all. If you ride, you're taking risk, so why tell the others not to take risks?
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I agree about the risk part, but back in the day when we learned (1970s) I don't think things we as intense as they are now. Distracted driving and driving while texting wasn't a thing, and I don't think people were as impatient as they are now. We didn't have MSF to teach us.

I don't know about you, but I knew how to ride before hopping on a street bike. Starting on dirt bikes before my teens taught me all about control and crashing, and the street had so much more traction!

Times have changed, and depending on where you live just hoping on a street bike and teaching yourself to ride can end poorly.

I always suggest at least a class of some kind, and better yet some time on a small dirt bike. That way you learn to operate the controls proficiently and with dirt experience you learn what to do when you lose traction and the cycle wants to go its own way.

I made my boys drive a car without incident for a year before getting their cycle permits. They weren't too happy about it, as they had been riding dirt bikes since about age 4.

If you aren't a good driver, you certainly won't be a good rider.
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Motorcycling is risk. Anyone is willing to take a different amount of it. Clearly, the OP is willing to take the risk of teaching himself on public roads to save a bit money. As long he's on the street legally, I don't see why not. I've done it too, when I was 20.



For me, it's kind of funny to hear people say: Hey! Watch out! Don't take that much risk! Take only as much risk as I take!

If you want to be safe, don't ride at all. If you ride, you're taking risk, so why tell the others not to take risks?
I agree with you that it's a risk. If someone is willing to take a risk themselves, that's on them. I also agree with you that no one has the right to tell someone else how much risk they should take based on their own comfort level. We've all done something stupid and risky, sometimes we get away with it and it's a cool story, sometimes not so much.

However, if someone who has no experience on a motorcycle elects to take to the public roads to teach themselves and "make a few mistakes" is not only stupid and risky, it's negligent and selfish in my opinion.

If he wants to take that risk for himself that's fine, go practice in a big parking lot or where ever. But to put others in danger because he's not willing or able to pay to be properly trained to use an inherently dangerous machine on public roads is idiotic.

I have no emphaty for him if he hurts himself under those conditions, especially after he reached out for advice and disregarded the advice received. I would feel sorry for his family, maybe if he does reach out to them they might help him with the cost of training...as a parent myself I would rather help my child do something like riding a motorcycle safely rather than risk him doing it on his own. But if he hurts someone else, well I'm sure many will agree with me that I hope he gets his due from that.
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Motorcycling is risk. Anyone is willing to take a different amount of it. Clearly, the OP is willing to take the risk of teaching himself on public roads to save a bit money. As long he's on the street legally, I don't see why not. I've done it too, when I was 20.

For me, it's kind of funny to hear people say: Hey! Watch out! Don't take that much risk! Take only as much risk as I take!
If you want to be safe, don't ride at all. If you ride, you're taking risk, so why tell the others not to take risks?

I completely agree....sort of!


In this particular case I chose to take a completely different view, mainly because of these few words in OP's initial post (which in its totality was only three short sentences long):


"... I've never rode a motorcycle so I'm worried."
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Just to add my $0.02

I recently learned to ride, too, and got a Ninja 300 after going through a couple scooters. I've been a cyclist for a long time, worked as a bike messenger for about 10 years. It's a pretty standard pre-req for endorsement courses to 'have the ability to ride a bicycle', but what they don't say is that the sharper that ability is, the easier it'll be to transition. So, if you don't ride a bicycle bike much and have some time, I'd say ride one a bunch before the course starts. If you have panniers, use them for groceries or whatever - it's a little bit more like the feel of having a heavy motor attached to the frame, in terms of balance & steering.

Also a tip from the other bike world, two things are just the same on motorcycles; if there's anything to watch out for the most in terms of maintenance, it's the brake and the chain (or belt). The brakes because obviously, being able to stop well is paramount to safety. The chain, because it'll cost way more if you let it stretch & wear out the sprocket/cog, + on the motored bike it can potentially whip your leg to shreds if it breaks.
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The chain, because it'll cost way more if you let it stretch & wear out the sprocket/cog, + on the motored bike it can potentially whip your leg to shreds if it breaks.
If the chain breaks, it can also wrap itself around the back wheel and cause you to stop rather suddenly and unexpectedly.

Loose chains can cause a very bad day, too.


Moral of the story: maintain that chain!

I managed to lose the master link clip off of mine on a day that I wasn't exactly riding in the way everyone expects of a middle-aged woman. When I returned home, the husband unit popped the bike up on the rear stand and went to clean and lube the chain while I peeled off my gear. And that's when we noticed the clip was MIA. I must have an amazing guardian angel, because the chain never came undone. Now I have safety wire on that sucker because damn, not pushing my luck twice.

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Hey guys, I got bought my 2013 ninja 300 today. Since it's my first bike and I've never rode a motorcycle so I'm worried. Can anyone tell me what I have to do with the maintenance with ninja 300? Thanks
Taking the safety course isn't required, but you damn well better seek out the knowledge you would gain from it and P R A C T I C E it at least 2 times a week.


Ride under your limit ALWAYS and practice frequently. Do that and you'll be fine.
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Since this is from January I'm hoping he's got some experience by now
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