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Lightbulb If you have never ridden a motorcycle

If you have never ridden a motorcycle, my personal suggestion is:
1. Take the MSF (a motorcycle safety class that results in getting the motorcycle endorsement). This is much easier than trying to get it through the DMV. The class cost ranges from state to state (some places itís free or cheap, other places it can be like $250). Either way itís well worth it.
2. Buy some gear. The bare minimum is a helmet, motorcycle jacket, gloves, and some riding boots. You can take it up a safety notch and get leathers, or riding pants, or racing boots, or a back protector (or all of them of course). All it takes is for a cell-phone clad SUV driver to rear-end you and end your life or disable it, so gear up.
3. Read, read, read. This forum (and many others) contains a cornucopia of information that can literally save your life.
4. My recommendation is that a 250 is an excellent starter bike. Itís light, cheap, faster than most cars, great on gas, a blast in the corners, comfortable, and extremely forgiving. You can always resell it when you are ready for a stronger bike (but 90% of people regret selling it because itís such an awesome bike).

Now, thereís always the debate about getting a 600 as a first bike. Sure, you could do it. Iíd say maybe 50% of people out there could handle it. But there is no way to tell if you are one of those people. Plus if you drop that one, you will cry a little more The 600ís are less forgiving and tempt you to go faster when you should be more focused on learning control.

The advice here would be viable for anyone (even if they do have some moto experience). I personally think this is one of the best ways to get into the sport. My roommates who skipped this advice both dropped their new 636ís and so have a ton of other people I know. Thatís not to say it wouldnít have happened anyway, but I think it would have helped them.

The above advice is just my opinion. Iíd appreciate it if others would chime in for additional opinions and advice.
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Originally Posted by bikerchick View Post
This should definetly be a sticky.
I agree. And so it shall be.

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Best thread i've read so far. evAr.

Well, I opted to skip Step 4.. heh.
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My number one suggestion for those who are thinking about getting into motorcycles has already been listed...TAKE AN MSF COURSE FIRST.
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thats wats up my dude
basic fundamentals of save riding
i've rode before but not street n just bought a 89 ZX6R
i think i should be alright i also plan on taking the course
its an old bike but still wanna keep looking nice
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Originally Posted by bikerchick View Post
This should definetly be a sticky. nice choice of words.

here are the cliff notes..lol
1) take an MSF course
2) buy gear: helmet, gloves, jacket, etc...
3) Read this forum and others
4) get a 250 for your starter bike
u know i dont like to read
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I totally agree the MSF course is the best way to learn. It was $280 when I took it 2 years ago. I learned on a 250....my first bike was a 600. If your going to get a 600 as your first bike do what I did get a older model sure you won't look as cool but you also won't be out $$$ if you god forbid drop it or crash it.
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That was some really good advice. I just decided to pick up the sport/hobby/ lifestyle. I was going to ask but after spending time in the web world that I have so much trouble with finding a damn thing I want. Every thing you mentioned just about summed it up. I wish I had known before I got a new ZX6R but I have no regrets and hope to keep her clean and scratch free (keep your fingers crossed for me).

I am already signed up for a course and I am supposed to pick it up before the class but I have always been a jump in and do it kind of guy. I have lots of respect for machines and there ability to kick my ass so I will take it easy (as long as I can ). I also have most of the gear (leather coat but a riding jacket for summer and gloves etc.) I just wanted again to say thanks for the info I was looking for. Glad I joined the forum and this kawasaki world.

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Good Info...

My father-in-law and I just bought a couple of '08 zx6r's and plan on taking the course ASAP.

Of course we couldn't resist riding around the block a bit. We did find a big empty parking lot to practice getting a feel for the bikes and how they handle though.
But we did spend plenty of money on some quality gear.

Thanks for the advice, and I plan on reading all I can find!
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