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I've been trying to convince the wife for 4 years to let me get into riding; the day has finally come. Almost picked up a 2012 250r a few months ago, but thank god news of the 2013 300 started creeping into the internet right before i pulled the trigger. I was on my dealer's call list for the first arrival; got the call yesterday at 2pm, was home by 5 with the keys. 5987 OTD (white) with about 600 in new gear included. I think I did well

Anyways, I'm brand new to this sport and think I made a wise decision by not hopping onto a 600 for my first bike. I'm eager to take advantage of everyone's advice here.
 

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Congrats on the bike! I was told we wont see any here until spring... :mad:
Welcome. This bike should provide you with MANY years of enjoyment. Once your skills improve, you will still enjoy it, as it is a very capable street bike.
 

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Welcome and Congrats!. The dealership called me last Thursday and said the bike was in but they are waiting for paperwork on the bike :( hopefully I can get the keys on Tuesday. Enjoy your new purchase.
 

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Take the MSF course for sure. Practice feathering the clutch and slow speed turns to gain control and balance. Be careful of the brakes and tires for a few rides until they get broken in. Watch for sand, loose gravel, oil, etc on the road, don't follow too close, let the aggressive drivers get ahead of you, try not to enter a turn so fast that you have to brake hard in the turn, remember to cancel your turn signals, watch for people turning left in front of you and pulling out, learn from your mistakes so you don't repeat them. Ride all you can to improve your skills. There are too many things to watch for unfortunately. Mordeth13 has some good videos for newer riders. Remember most new riders drop the bike a time or two...sometimes just backing up or stopping at a stop sign, so at least you can pick the 300 back up without too much trouble at only 380 lbs. It's a great choice.

Yes, that does sound like a good deal. Combining gear with the bike sale is a good way to do it. That's what I do too. That and including the first service.
 

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Just remember... put the kickstand down before you get off the bike... Sounds stupid, but....

Not that I ever did that.

At a gas station.

And **** near dropped it.




But it happens. The only time my 250 met the the ground was when I moved it in the garage, and the kickstand wasn't all the way down. I'm putting on gear, and whump! Down it went. No damage, but it still sucked. Also, 380 lbs gets real heavy when it's horizontal!


Nice price, good call on getting the gear before you starting riding it.
 

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Awesome advice guys, thanks for taking the time to chime in. Fortunately the air force requires MSF here, and it' free to us, so it was priority 1.
 

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Welcome and I was in the same place with the 250r. I was glad I went in the day before i got the bike the sales rep told me about the 300 and when i came in the next day he found 1 hid it for me and i like it more than the gsxr750 as far as feel and it blew away the 250r.
 

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Speaking of stupid crap people do, I once pulled a bike forward while standing in front of it... the kickstand went up, and I was left to wrestle 400 pounds from a very compromising position. Managed to keep it up :D thank GOD.
 

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I used to have the bad habit of rolling to a stop, putting down the kickstand, stopping, and jumping off all in one quick move. Once, the kickstand was not all the way down and sprang back up just as I jumped off. Another time, my bike was parked going downhill just a little. I kind of moved it a little as I started to get on it and of course the kickstand sprang up before I was on the bike. Both times I kept the bikes up...only because they were fairly light bikes. I could make a long list of screw ups that happen when you aren't even moving..or barely moving. We've all seen what happens when you are moving very slowly coming to a stop, turn your handlebars to either the left or right and hit the front brake. Did that too.....once.
 

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Just remember... put the kickstand down before you get off the bike... Sounds stupid, but....

Not that I ever did that.

At a gas station.

And **** near dropped it.




But it happens. The only time my 250 met the the ground was when I moved it in the garage, and the kickstand wasn't all the way down. I'm putting on gear, and whump! Down it went. No damage, but it still sucked. Also, 380 lbs gets real heavy when it's horizontal!


Nice price, good call on getting the gear before you starting riding it.
Yeah man I almost dropped mine too in the garage, forgetting to let the kickstand down as I got off the bike.. Luckily I caught it quickly n time, phew.. I'm sure if it happened with a larger cc bike I would've spraigned something for sure haha
 
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