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Postby JDMAG » Sun Jan 12, 2014 11:24 am



Howdy! I've been absent for a while. but It's time to start getting my bike back together and start the next phase of my motor cycling life. phase one was buying a bike. I actually received my FIRST bike related Christmas gift this past Christmas. My beloved and beautiful Girl friend bought me a weather proof mount for my GPS. I guess she wants me to come back! I have a small dilemma I want your advise and in put on. I posted this on a different thread in this same forum, but so more can see it, I'm making a thread out of it as well. So here goes.
Well, I bought my bike last year. and immediately disassembled it to clean out all the cob webs and mouse stuff from being stored for quite some time. I also decided to have a nice new paint job applied to it. Then work, deer season and winter showed up. The bike is still in my shop in peace's, due to time restrictions and other obligations. The body parts are at a friends house primed and ready for me to decide on what to do next. I took the safety coarse 1) to learn to ride 2) to get my license, and 3) to get the insurance discount. The class was my first time on a bike. I feel a lot more comfortable now, but as time goes on, And I haven't gotten back on a bike, I am feeling kind of concerned that I may be nervous about getting on the bike and actually riding it. I did great in the course, and even won the prestigious "Most improved award" I guess I'm just feeling nervous. :lol: Any suggestions from any one? :oops:



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Re: Safety riding courses......

Postby vinlugg » Sun Jan 12, 2014 12:03 pm

Quote:"The class was my first time on a bike. I feel a lot more comfortable now, but as time goes on, And I haven't gotten back on a bike, I am feeling kind of concerned that I may be nervous about getting on the bike and actually riding it. Any suggestions from any one? "

Your GW is your first bike? If it is you definitely need to practice. Going down the road at speed is the easy part. Slow driving (under 15MPH) is where you'll get into trouble. If it were me, I'd take the class again, then practice a bunch before hitting the open road. See if there's an intermediate class (one day) that is offered. If you did well in the basic class the intermediate should do it for you but , again, if the GW is your first bike....practice, practice, practice to feel completely comfortable before heading out.
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Re: Safety riding courses......

Postby JDMAG » Sun Jan 12, 2014 12:31 pm

I plan on finding a vacant parking lot and a friend or two. lol.

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Re: Safety riding courses......

Postby vinlugg » Sun Jan 12, 2014 12:51 pm

if we were closer I'd go with ya. it would be fun!!
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Re: Safety riding courses......

Postby JDMAG » Sun Jan 12, 2014 1:05 pm

Well its a bit of a drive and you told me not to go that far! (yet) lol Thanks for the offer tho! :lol:

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Re: I'm Back!!!

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Jan 12, 2014 1:35 pm

Even after 25+ years riding, I still take it easy every Spring and go out to a parking lot to "get used to" my bike again.

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Postby themainviking » Sun Jan 12, 2014 3:30 pm

Yep, every year, it is off to a vacant parking lot on a weekend to practice all the little stuff that gets away from me. I don't even like close calls, more less fall downs, so all the little maneuvers that help to keep that from happening get brushed up on maybe three or four times a year unless I get to do a lot of riding. If you can, it might be a good idea to borrow a smaller bike to do your first set of practices on. The Goldwing is pretty heavy and powerful. If you can't borrow smaller, then just realize this. You have some of the best riding roads in the country there in Tennessee, but there is some skill necessary to ride them.
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Re: I'm Back!!!

Postby JDMAG » Sun Jan 12, 2014 3:38 pm

I think I can find a smaller one. I have a friend that has a couple crotch rockets.

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Postby tandem54 » Sun Jan 12, 2014 4:21 pm

Like has been said, practice makes perfect, or at least will get you comfortable with your bike. I think we all (at least the smart ones) go to parking lots and practice when we know we are "rusty" If you haven't heard, the "ride like a pro" videos are great to give you pointers on such a big bike (slow riding, U turning etc.) Just relax and enjoy your bike! Keep the shiny side up and ride baby ride!!
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Re: I'm Back!!!

Postby redial » Wed Jan 15, 2014 7:50 pm

At some time in the future, you will need to learn how to pick up a tired GW. There are "How to" directions around, but if you need them I am sure someone here will connect the link to the video.

Get a couple of witches hats or traffic poles, and use those as markers for where you can turn. Start big, and work down to at least a normal suburban street, so that you can negotiate a U-turn in a two-lane street. You should also do Figure 8s through the witches hats, so that you get used to turning left and right. There can never be too much practice!
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Re: I'm Back!!!

Postby JDMAG » Wed Jan 15, 2014 8:06 pm

I'm lookin forward to getting started!

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Re: I'm Back!!!

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:49 am

wow just a couple of months will throw you off your game so I do the same, ride around slow and ease to get the feel back again...

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Re: I'm Back!!!

Postby thrasherg » Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:54 am

And remember once you are riding your wing, push the bars, don't pull them. You want to turn right, push the right hand handlebar away from you and the bike will immediately turn right (Counter steering) it works really well on big heavy ladies like the Wing, and is far less tiring than moving your body weight to steer the bike (It's also quicker!). At first it seems wrong, but try it and I am sure you will like it.. As stated, it's the slow speed maneuverability that will be difficult and there really is no substitute for practice, as everyone says, find a large quiet parking lot and just try riding the bike at slow speed and try to steer around imaginary obstacles. Remember at slow speed, it is better to use the rear brake than the front as the rear brake does NOT pitch all the weight forward and upset your balance..

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Re: I'm Back!!!

Postby Mag » Sat Jan 18, 2014 12:25 pm

I do not know about anyone else, but if I started on a wing, I would be scared silly....there is so much weight to it, without really knowing how I would have reacted to a tipping 850lbs gets pretty scary, and if you get your leg caught, UGH!

I would really recommend starting on a bike that is the cruiser type of styling, that way you can be sitting straight up, and sitting low. You are a bigger guy so 750-1000cc, even maybe up to the 1300s could work, just to get used to everything on it.

If not, practice careful, and yes, I wish I was out there too, then I can join on the practice. I always go out to the local school parking lot and do my circles and weaving.....I just wish they would get the gravel off the cement parking lot ;)

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Re: I'm Back!!!

Postby vinlugg » Sat Jan 18, 2014 8:08 pm

JD,

You've gotten a bunch of advise on what to do and not do. Being an MSF ridercoach I'll stick to what I suggested. Take a one day IRC (intermediate) class to brush the rust off, if available. You already took and passed the basic course so you know how to ride (in a protected parking lot with no traffic to deal with).
Take your bike to a empty lot and just ride around the lot without making tight turns. Practice your weaving steps. Make the weaves big and lazy to begin. Before you know you'll be feeling pretty comfortable. Be sure to practice quick stops and swerving. Practice the u-turn (dreaded box). Start with making the box twice as big as the course had and work your way down to a smaller box. Don't try to do it in the twenty feet as the basic course on your GW. The advanced course, that you take on your own bike, uses a 24 and 28 foot box area. Doing the box and slow off-set weaves allows you to get comfortable with your bike. practice slow riding in a straight line. Set up cones (two lines) about thirty feet long. Ride your bike within those cones and try staying between them for a longer period each run. "drag" the rear brake, just a bit, while doing that. The reason for using the rear brake doing slow manuvers is because of "torque". Torque helps hold the bike up while moving very slow. That's what police motorcycle cops use to do what they do. Don't get confused with "counter-steering" you used it as a kid on your bicycle and when you took the course. Just know you use it already. Don't think about it. Practice as often as you can (daily if possible) on your GW. You'll be comfortable soon enough. Stay out of heavy traffic until everything comes second nature. Then wean into it. Have fun Bro!!
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Re: I'm Back!!!

Postby bustedwing » Sat Jan 18, 2014 9:10 pm

JD, I welcome you back to the website. I know that I have talked with you in the past, and you have also gotten some great ideas about how to handle your training. I think the worst thing any of us could dream of would be a member getting hurt. I believe that you need to practice as much as you possibly can, until everything you do is second nature. I have trained many people for CDL and some can be trained in 20 to 30 hours. Others you need 40 or more hours hours. This is hands on work, not just the studying. So what I'm trying to say is if you are not comfortable after say 10 hours of practice then you are not ready, and be honest with yourself. It's your life, and maybe that beautiful friend of yours. Take your time, there is no hurry, but the rewards are fantastic. Once you know you have it down, and have the confidence to handle that great Gold Wing safely, the smiles will last for miles. Ride safe.
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Postby vinlugg » Sat Jan 18, 2014 11:34 pm

bustedwing wrote:JD, I welcome you back to the website. I know that I have talked with you in the past, and you have also gotten some great ideas about how to handle your training. I think the worst thing any of us could dream of would be a member getting hurt. I believe that you need to practice as much as you possibly can, until everything you do is second nature. I have trained many people for CDL and some can be trained in 20 to 30 hours. Others you need 40 or more hours hours. This is hands on work, not just the studying. So what I'm trying to say is if you are not comfortable after say 10 hours of practice then you are not ready, and be honest with yourself. It's your life, and maybe that beautiful friend of yours. Take your time, there is no hurry, but the rewards are fantastic. Once you know you have it down, and have the confidence to handle that great Gold Wing safely, the smiles will last for miles. Ride safe.


Bustedwing, well said. Good point of "that beautiful friend of yours" I forgot to mention........absolutely no passengers until you have a bunch of riding hours (in traffic). It's not a bad idea to , eventually, load the cargo areas with a maximum amount of weight and try riding with that for awhile. Makes a difference .
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Re: I'm Back!!!

Postby JDMAG » Sun Jan 19, 2014 9:42 am

Thanks all for the advice. I'm taking it all! I have found a smaller bike to start out on, and parking lots. And time will be taken to train, practice, and retain. I will keep you posted. As for the beauty? I'll be happy just getting photos of her setting on the wing for a while till I feel safe with her riding with me. I don't think she'll argue either. :lol:

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Re: I'm Back!!!

Postby brettchallenger » Sun Jan 19, 2014 11:33 am

"The body parts are at a friends house primed and ready for me to decide on what to do next."

This statement worries me.
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Postby JDMAG » Sun Jan 19, 2014 12:05 pm

Don't worry. Its the bike body parts....not hers.

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Postby brettchallenger » Sun Jan 19, 2014 1:33 pm

Phwew! That's got that out of the way.
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Postby Mag » Sun Jan 19, 2014 1:34 pm

Where's my "Like" button???

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Postby brettchallenger » Sun Jan 19, 2014 5:38 pm

But if you need advice in that direction you can write to me here,

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Postby WingAdmin » Sun Jan 19, 2014 5:51 pm

Mag wrote:Where's my "Like" button???


At the very bottom of this, and every page. :)

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Who says we can't have fun?


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