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Hi all, new rider here!
« on: March 16, 2012, 06:40:00 am »
 ^-^ Washington rider here, and hehe, here's my story!
Well, I bought my first street bike....a Concours! It's exactly the type of bike I was looking for. I had a friend ride her home for me, and then sat there and looked at her for a week while waiting to take my endorsement class. Well, I got through that class with out any problems, but I was a "walk-in" so I had to wait another week (well 5 days) for my paperwork to come in, at least it was a pretty wet week. Saturday comes, I have my paperwork, the weather is nice, i got my butt down to the DOL and got my endorsement, ran home and took  my first ride on my new (to me) Connie.....aaaahhhhhh! OK, not just "aahh" something more like "THIS ROAD RIDING STUFF IS CRAZY SCARY!!! Where do people learn how to drive?"! Rode home after a little 15 mile "getting use to the new bike" ride, parked, went inside, listened to my wife biatch about how I got to ride today and she has to wait until we take the dirt bikes out, oh well, she can get her own. It rains for another week, and "wah lah" SUN beautiful SUN!! I rode my bike to work. I was a little nervous, but no big deal, got to work with out any problems. Well, 5  o'clock comes around and it starts SNOWING!!! WTH?? I jump on  my Connie and head home....scared to death of course. Made it home, just took my time, the snow wasn't sticking so no worries, besides that D!@# head that thinks that tailgating me for 5 miles, while I'm following another car holding speed, I mean really why? So the jerk turns off the road, I get more comfy and ride home. What a ride!
Now I've got a couple hundred miles on my new Connie and loving it! I find that around here most drivers are very conscious of a guy riding a bike and not trying to set land speed records. The faster I ride, the less that drivers seem to pay attention to me...thankfully ( if this is true) I'm slower than most riders.
Now here I am on the COG forums, looking for all the advise that you guys have to give. I'll be joining some cog rides soon enough, so I can meet some of you guy....can't wait

Thanks for reading my story.
Tim :)
« Last Edit: March 16, 2012, 06:41:48 am by 6 Riders »

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Re: Hi all, new rider here!
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2012, 07:58:55 am »
Welcome 6 Riders, good to have you. Enjoy the new bike (to you). Now go ahead and take the plunge and become a full card carrying member of COG, you won't regret it. ;)
 
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Re: Hi all, new rider here!
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2012, 09:20:56 am »
Welcome, and enjoy. I ride to work often, through Iindianapolis' busiest area, and yes there are a lot of oblivions out there.
One recommendation... find a site and take the MSF Basic Rider Course. It will teach you things you didn't know you needed to know.
i had a long gap between bikes, and took it as a "refresher" but it was anything but that. I learned things that after several thousands of riding I did not know and at the end I was a much better, safer, mode confident rider. I actually signed up for the advanced course for this year. Well worth the money in my view. The course will start out slowly since you already "know"how to ride, but keep listening and you will learn useful things. Some things you will learn will be... "Duh! why didn't I think of that"... lot's of good material.
Enjoy the ride.
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Re: Hi all, new rider here!
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2012, 09:26:08 am »
 :welcome:
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Re: Hi all, new rider here!
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2012, 01:34:48 pm »
Welcome and you could always buy the wife a ZX14. :))
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Re: Hi all, new rider here!
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2012, 01:29:47 am »
no worries, besides that D!@# head that thinks that tailgating me for 5 miles, while I'm following another car holding speed, I mean really why? So the jerk turns off the road, I get more comfy and ride home.
I commute on Connie and I run into these people fairly often.  Here's what works for me: I slow down and move to the right of the lane.  They go right by me and often wave, rather than giving me the finger.

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Re: Hi all, new rider here!
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2012, 06:38:03 pm »
Thanks everyone. My story was based on my first real commute, so now worries, I tend to give way to I.D.'s! I did take the rider course, and 25 years ago when I took drivers ED, it was the best in the state, I still use all that information when riding/driving today and that probably influences the way I "feel" when riding more than anything, it's just me.
I love riding my bike and will continue to do so!

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Re: Hi all, new rider here!
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2012, 07:25:10 pm »
Welcome to the NW COG area! ^-^
 Please check the calender and try to make it to  the events that you can. Charlie Gray is our area director and is but one good resource for you on roads to ride for fun.
Joining COG will be such a fun bonus to riding  the great bike.

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Re: Hi all, new rider here!
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2012, 08:34:15 pm »
very welcome here ;)

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Re: Hi all, new rider here!
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2012, 02:56:32 am »
Hi Tim,
  Welcome to the Forum.  What part of the Northwest are you in?  The weather isn't the greatest right now, but pretty soon there will be some rides happening.  Don't be shy about running your own pace when you hook up with other riders.  Some of these older COGers tend to test the limits.  Hope to see you on the road somewhere.
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Re: Hi all, new rider here!
« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2012, 02:16:15 am »
I live in the Puyallup<funny that word isn't is my spell check :rotflmao:>area. I plan to go on some rides, right now I'm getting used to the bike in the rain ::) as it's the only weather we're having right now.

I just did some work on my Connie, the upper fairing stay is broke, so I "Timmy" rigged it :-[ to keep that fairing stable, came out pretty slick. Gotto find a welder that can weld on that small bracket w/o heating up my steering tube...not a good thing to think about.

My bike is rough, the guy I bought it from had NO idea what he was doing. The front shocks weren't set the same, the rear shock was set to light for me, and the prev owner had to have 30-40# on me, and the shifter was adjusted so low I don't think he shifted out of 1st gear....I'm 5'9" tall and 170#, the prev owner was 6' 6" tall and probably 210ish.

Oh well, I didn't want my first street bike to be "to pretty" in-case I lay it down, I just couldn't take that heart break.......
Anyways........ :beerchug: to the sun coming out, or at least warmer rain.

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Re: Hi all, new rider here!
« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2012, 04:08:49 am »
Puyallup?  I know where that is.  That's on the way to Graham.  Sounds like your new bike is in need of some TLC.  Speaking of Graham, here's a link to a wrenching session next month. http://cog-online.org/clubportal/EventDetailPublic2.cfm?clubID=1328&EventID=160717&mo=4&tDate={d%20%272012-04-20%27}  Feel free to come on by and see what kind of trouble we tend to find when we're not out riding.
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Re: Hi all, new rider here!
« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2012, 02:26:59 am »
Yup, got it on my calendar, hoping I can make it. :motonoises: