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Offline Mikenasty89

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(Proud) New owner of a 98 connie
« on: July 26, 2017, 07:41:12 pm »
Im the proud owner of a 98 Connie, before this I only rode scooters, i know huge jump and ive taken my time to get to know Connie, shes a beast compared to the 150cc im used to, lucky for the clutch I knew how to drive stick and after a few  roars and wimpers i got the hand of shifting into first and the rest came naturally. It was love at first sight, I had been looking into some 250cc ninjas around the same year with more miles and a honda rebel then she appeared on criegs list. The owner didnt want to give her up but the wife insisted and for a cool 1100, $400 dollars less than what ive been looking at. Hunter green, sleek styling but functional. I had taken my scooter up into the local mountains before but i was always limited to where the speed was less than 35-40. Immediately I began to daydream of mountain drives, far open country sides and lake side camping. But i knew that i should do some research. Reliable, easy to find parts, "fanatic following" and overall great bike compared to its  competitors bikes of similar classes came up a lot. I was sold, almost had to see the bike in person. Sit on it, ect. Found the bike to have everything i had hoped for and tried to get from my scooters. So i bought her and took the 998cc lady out. Drove straight home, I was a little worried about the weight (im 140lbs) but it was a smooth ride really and I felt like i had made the right choice. Now a few days down the road I still wake up with excitment at the fact I own a connie. Im still taking it slow its only day 3 and I havent left my neighborhood but I think any of us that want to live would agree safety first on a bike. But i just wanted to gush out my enthusiasm for the Connie and i can understand the fanatical following. Anyway glad to be another cog in the machine. -Michael Giordano, 98 connie.

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Re: (Proud) New owner of a 98 connie
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2017, 09:47:40 pm »
 :welcome:


Welcome and congrats on your upgrade. I love scooters and the little 250s. They are so much fun to ride. The C10 will be a lot of fun too once you get to know how to ride her.

I am surprised you pulled the trigger like that while looking for a 250. Big jump. This is a heavy bike and you need to learn to ride her well especially in slow speeds. I hope you are flat footed. Learning on this bike otherwise is dangerous.

How many miles is on the bike? How's the maintenance?


And where are the pics?   :TPIWWP:
 


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Re: (Proud) New owner of a 98 connie
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2017, 07:50:34 am »
Welcome to the fold,but be safe,maybe even take a safety course,as has been stated its a big jump.Enjoy.      Jerry "The Wizard" Gaither
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Re: (Proud) New owner of a 98 connie
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2017, 09:45:32 am »
Heres a couple of pics for now.....off to work!

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Re: (Proud) New owner of a 98 connie
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2017, 10:24:32 am »
Hey Mike
Welcome to COG!  I remember the days of waking up and having to pinch myself to make sure I wasn't dreaming about owning a bike.  Takes me back to 1980 when I bought a brand new 1978 Yamaha RD400.  You'll enjoy your Connie I'm sure and will learn alot.  I'm still learning something all the time about the Connie by hanging out on the COG forum.  I would tell you that you need to do lots of reading here.  I think going from a 150 to a 1000 is a big jump and with that said please start with the Connie droppers anonymous section.  Connie's like to take "naps" from time to time.  Slow speed maneuvering can bite you if you have the wheel turned and grab the front brake.  A trick I use is when moving slow, to drag the rear brake and gently accelerate against it.  This helps a lot to keep the bike upright.  Get in an empty parking lot sometime and practice low speed maneuvering and panic stops.  You will be glad you did one day.  Many of us have ridden big bikes for decades and still have moments of having to get Connie up off the ground after she has gone down for a "nap".  Good luck, read read and read some more and practice riding your new to you Connie.  Welcome!

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Re: (Proud) New owner of a 98 connie
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2017, 03:11:11 pm »
Thanks, yes i know its a huge jump so ive been respectful, not scared, of the power behind those wheels. I stay within my neighborhood ( located in the foothills so tons of hairpin turns, steep to slight inclines ect) and do as much as i can off the bike as i do on. I really appeciate tips like that, yes i have to make a post for CDA, tunring right on a incline slanted to the right going uphill, stalled. Dropped. Died a little inside. then learned a hard lession but accepted that its part of learning. Shes ok, foot peg broke off at the frame so i had to shell out 50 bucks and now i get to learn how to fix my bike. But aftet i fell i took her around for another spin and the next day i attempted the same corner and did it no problem. Ha also have to farry fuel to her via my scooter cuz i dont wanna take her out yet. My options for leaving my neighborhood are both milestones in themselfs, one exits on to the 154 highway, a mountain pass and i drive on a highway for the first time with speeds of 55+. The other a very twisty and steep hill that has a stop sign that stops on a unlevel 4 way stop. But its only like 1/4 of a mile and 25mph max Obvious the latter of the two will be the first  i use but untill I can start in 1st gear without stalling on every hill and stop, execute a turnaround and  generally feel beter about rideing im staying put in my local area, takeing her out every day.  As we speak im off from working the night sort at UPS and getting ready to put gear on and running thru dmv books and youtube videos.

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Re: (Proud) New owner of a 98 connie
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2017, 03:41:09 pm »
Damn, I would be scared attempting to learn so much on such a big bike and in such a treacherous neighborhood. Wear full gear.

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Re: (Proud) New owner of a 98 connie
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2017, 04:29:46 pm »
Full gear you better believe it!  I even brought a new helmet just because i wanted new safety gear and my helmet came with my scooter so idk how old it is. Plus i dont go over 30mph..... residential. Theres a stretch of 45 but not till later will i go down it. Really all i think i need (got a new helmet, jacket with armor, overpants with armor, hip pad and better gloves) is a decent pair of rideing boots.... currently just useing a pair of construction boots. Any suggestions? My budget is pretty sad, i got this connie after 2 years of scrapeing together money from a 3rd job.... got two kids and i live in a city that a "cheap" studio costs 1200/month needless to say a large chunk goes to rent and the kids but in the long run if i cant work at the ups warehouse cuz my foots messed up cuz i decided to be cheap and not get real boots......

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Re: (Proud) New owner of a 98 connie
« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2017, 04:33:40 pm »
And im not scared on the bike..... being afraid you make mistakes.....but i am very aware that Im on a very powerful machine  that the second i disrepect her Im gonna get hurt. That i would rather spend the rest of the year  rideing in my neighborhood, then drive a second on the road not feeling 100% comfortable.

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Re: (Proud) New owner of a 98 connie
« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2017, 05:19:10 pm »
Boots are good idea.

Personally, I just use good ankle high hiking boots since they are not too stiff; they are part leather, mesh, comfortable on and off the bike. I am sure others will recommend good biker boots but i don't like them. too stiff and unnecessarily too expensive.


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Re: (Proud) New owner of a 98 connie
« Reply #10 on: July 27, 2017, 07:03:01 pm »
Yeah i have a old pair of $200 hikeing boots, plenty of tread but i had gotten a new pair for xmas and now there what i ride with, plenty of grip.

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Re: (Proud) New owner of a 98 connie
« Reply #11 on: July 27, 2017, 09:45:01 pm »
Hey Mike,
Congrats on the purchase and welcome to the forum. You mention running through DMV books -- are you getting ready to get your MC license?
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What city are you in? If there are any available, I second the suggestion that you see if there's an MC safety class in the area. It can be very helpful in pointing out the right and wrong techniques for riding such a big bike. The bike won't teach you itself and it's possible to eventually get comfortable riding the Connie and still be massively lacking in skill. You don't want to be "that guy."  :great:
Best of luck getting up to speed -- cheers!   :beerchug:
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Re: (Proud) New owner of a 98 connie
« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2017, 12:34:10 am »
I live in santa barbara and its on my to do list along with 2 kids and 2 jobs.....but i can appreciate how that could help me with a course.

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Re: (Proud) New owner of a 98 connie
« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2017, 04:55:45 am »
Safety courses also help lower your insurance.   Jerry
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