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maestro319
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spring prep

Postby maestro319 » Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:49 am



Just curious.
As a new rider I was wondering what you experienced riders do to get ready for the new riding season. Do you take your bike out and "practice" in a parking lot? You know, figure 8's, turning, stops and starts, etc. Just to get your "bike legs" back? Do you go for short rides, or are you ready for a couple of 50,75,100 mile trips right off the bat? I've never done this before so i was just wondering what I should probably do as a new to a 2nd season of riding...rider.



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Re: spring prep

Postby thrasherg » Thu Feb 17, 2011 12:12 pm

I moved to Texas and just ride all year long.. It was the easier solution :D
Prior to that I would set a weekend aside, spend a day washing the bike and changing all fluids and checking everything, then would use the second day to practice turns, etc and go for a short ride to clear the cobwebs out.

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tmilam
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Re: spring prep

Postby tmilam » Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:09 pm

12 months in a year sounds like a season to me.

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Re: spring prep

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Feb 18, 2011 12:03 am

Yes, after not riding all winter I always go to the lake where they have a big parking lot to practice my quick turns,ect. I try to move my neck around alot to keep it in good shape, wearing a helmet puts a strain on the old neck, I always take a test run around the city before a long ride like to Texas or where ever, if your planning a long haul I would highly suggest a throttle lock..I messed up my hand not having one and thinking I was tough and didn't need one, my last trip to Texas screwed up my hand throttle hand,, It's back to normal now almost..Number one rule before you leave the house on anyday is to put your phone in your jacket and wear your glasses..and pack a Sandwich..Or a Taco, I like taco's..

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Re: spring prep

Postby tandem54 » Wed Mar 02, 2011 2:15 pm

I like to make several trips around the subdivision, lots of turns and stops, just to get the "feel" of her again!!!
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Re: spring prep

Postby maestro319 » Wed Mar 02, 2011 4:22 pm

Yeah, that's what i thought about doing. Riding around my subdivision and a usually empty parking lot at the mall. Then I thought I would start expanding my routes more and more and get out on the highway with more traffic.




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