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Old 08-22-2003, 12:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I want to get a bike.....

but I don't know how to drive one...lol

Can anyone explain how the gears work and stuff? I will be taking a class at the local community college but would like to get some knowlege from real riders before hand.

I know its clutch and like 3 up 2 down or something but that doesn't really explain everything to me.


thanks for your time,
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Old 08-22-2003, 12:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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In all seriousness, buy the idiots guide to motorcycles. It explains riding very well, what to feel for and what to watch out for.

and then know.

1 down 4 up lefty foot, left hand clutch

Right hand throttle and brake, right boot brake.
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Old 08-22-2003, 03:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yea thats pretty much it. Heh

Right foot = Rear Brake
Right Hand = Front Brake + Throttle
Left Foot = Shifter, 1,N,2,3,4,5,6(I did have a '69 Kawasaki that was N,1,2,3,4,5)
Left Hand = Clutch

Other then that just don't fall over and your set.
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Old 08-22-2003, 08:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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lol great thanks.
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Old 08-22-2003, 09:01 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Also take an MSF class. They have them in most areas. Even though I rode on dirt for years before I got my street license it helped me too. It's not meant to teach you everything about riding but it'll give you an idea. In my class about half never rode before in their lives. Best part is not your bike so in the worst case scenario where you drop the bike it's not your bike. But only 2 people did in my class. And only 1 person didn't pass.

http://www.msf-usa.org/
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Old 08-23-2003, 01:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Does anyone have any idea about how much the MSF course costs?
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Old 08-23-2003, 01:56 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Really?! I've never heard of that before...clutch on Right would be very hard. What kind of bike did you see that on?
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Old 08-23-2003, 04:24 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Does anyone have any idea about how much the MSF course costs?
I think it varies by area. My class was $150. Other places it's completely subsidised by the state.
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Old 08-25-2003, 07:31 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I'd go with buying the book too, just so you can study it. I took the course for 90 dollars, Im not sure how much it is where ur from but just contact your local DMV. It's like riding a bicycle, once you learn you'll never forget. Good luck !
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Old 08-25-2003, 09:10 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Brit bikes (Triumph, BSA, Norton) tend to be reversed on the shifter and rear brake. It can be very confusing to be used to the normal arrangement then suddenly find yourself having to learn to ride all over again simply because your right foot does not know how to find neutral.

I'd really love to build a Triumph someday, but I probably won't because of the wierd controls. I'll wind up building a Triumph-poser from a Yamaha XS650 or XS400. Those old Trumps were just so cool though...
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Old 09-02-2003, 10:01 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Take the MSF...

Mine was $125...
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Old 09-15-2003, 10:47 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Fuck. the MSF was $180 in my area last time I checked.
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