Well my dream has came true...only thing now is to learn the ropes!!! My friend who sold me the 96 flstn lets me store it at his place & ride it in his neighorhood which is kewl. Gettin to handle it is bring back memorys of old...lol Would like to get some advice (pointers) if ne one would mind sharing there ideas with me. I'm a (kind 0f) old retired truck driver with a million miles under his belt...so road drivin isn't new to me, been all over the US and Canada. Please fell free the share good are bad. Thanks...Les :)
20. The two most useless things to a rider are the braking distance behind you and nine-tenth of a second ago.
Agreed, but on a side note, the braking distance of the vehicle behind you is VERY important. Getting rear-ended by that vehicle will wreck your bike as well as you, as well as possibly doing wonders to the car in front of you(speaking hypothetically, not from experience, fortunately). Consider forcing them to slow down a bit to assure yourself they see you when youre coming up to a stop...
Nostalgia write: Well my dream has came true...only thing now is to learn the ropes!!! My friend who sold me the 96 flstn lets me store it at his place & ride it in his neighorhood which is kewl. Gettin to handle it is bring back memorys of old...lol Would like to get some advice (pointers) if ne one would mind sharing there ideas with me. I'm a (kind 0f) old retired truck driver with a million miles under his belt...so road drivin isn't new to me, been all over the US and Canada. Please fell free the share good are bad. Thanks...Les :)
Congrads to you!!! you can take a class and brush up. I am going to take the class next month,hopefully get my dream bike.. Enjoy the ride my friend.
i just started riding my own last summer--the one thing i learned years ago from my dad was--use your mirrors!!!!-- that saved my life in a car and if you can't see them in their mirrors they can't see you in their's
so the most important part of your bike is your ability to use your mirrors and their mirrors to your advantage---and just because you see them it doesn't mean they are paying attention!!!!!!!!
soooooooooooo watch the ppl in the cages and ride safe
The best advice I can give to you being new to riding. Is play alittle game when you ride. Pretend that you are invisible to everyone on the road. That no one can see you , that way you will learn to expect the unexpected. Good luck and ride safe !!
hehehehe...LUVED the 20 commandments of motorcycle wisdom, there outdoorsman. Those are funny but the truth. I thank you!!! rac1257, no disrespect taken... I do understand good advice and not to turn a blind eye to them that offer it. Thank you also!!! After burning up the neighorhood, I did venture out on the local roadways here and some of the old times started comin back...well hell, I put a 100 plus :)miles on the bike...?????? really enjoyin this NEW freedom!!!
1. Every ride is optional. Every parking job is mandatory.
2. If you push the bars left, the bike goes left. If you push the bars right, the bike goes right. That is, unless you continue pushing the bars all the way, then the bike will go down.
3. Riding isn't dangerous. Crashing is dangerous.
4. It's always better to be on the sidelines wishing you were on the track than on the track wishing you were on the sidelines.
5. The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire.
6. The rear wheel is just a big fan on back of the bike used to keep the rider cool and his/her butt relaxed. If going into a corner too fast, slamming on the rear brake causes the "fan" to abruptly stop. When this happens you can actually see the rider start sweating and his/her butt become tense.
7. When in doubt, slow down. No one has ever hit something too slow.
8. A 'good' ride is one from which you can walk away. A 'great' ride is one after which you can use the bike again.
9. Learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to make all of them yourself.
10. You know you've left the sidestand down when all left turn are Bat-turns. You know you've left the centerstand down when your in 1st gear at 4000 rpm going nowhere.
11. Never let a motorcycle take you somewhere your brain didn't get to three seconds earlier.
12. Always try to keep the number of times you put your sidestand down equal to the number of times you put the sidestand up.
13. There are two simple rules for riding smoothly and fast in snow and on ice. Unfortunately no one knows what they are.
14. You start with a bag full of luck and an empty bag of experience. The trick is to fill the bag of experience before you empty the bag of luck.
15. If all you can see in your mirrors is sparks and all you can hear is screaming from your passenger, things may not be as they should be.
16. In the ongoing battle between objects made of metal, rubber and fiberglass going 100+ miles per hour and the ground going zero miles per hour, the ground has yet to lose. Same holds for cars, large trucks, and animals taller than you. Draws don't count.
17. Good judgment comes from experience. Unfortunately, the experience usually comes from bad judgment.
Take a riding class -- This may sound odd coming from another truck driver, but I've been riding motorcycles since I was 12. You should know that experience counts alot. I have a friend who's also a driver who bought a new Superglide. He took the CHP class here even though he used to ride when he was a teenager. I'm not trying to show any disrespect but I give the same advice to anyone just starting out. -- Have Fun Ride Safe.