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post #1 of 6 Old 06-07-2007, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Finally!!!!!

Finally got out on my first ride. Had the blasted Wee for two months and I finally rode it (Broke my foot as soon as I got it home - no, it wasn't the bike!). It's the first bike I've ridden in over twenty years, so my friend is starting me off at stupid and working our way up. It's a lot easier to get moving from a full stop than I thought it would be, but I've still trying to get stopping down to an art. This is gonna be a blast. Won't start taking any "real" rides until I get my MSF near the end of the month (Military is hell on uncertified riders), but even trolling around the neighborhood doing stop-and-goes is better than looking at it and wishing I could ride!

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post #2 of 6 Old 06-07-2007, 09:17 PM
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Congrats - I felt your pain (the couldn't ride kind, thankfully no broken bone pain on my side) when I ordered my Wee and it took 10 days to get here and my old Honda sold on the first of those days!

I learned back in the fall, and what was the best for me was meandering through the older subdivision streets during weekdays (I work from my home office). No traffic to speak of, windy roads with lots of gentle curves, quiet cul-de-sacs to practice my circles and figure-8s, and lots of stop signs. Even a few hills in which I could practice my uphill starts (lots of killing the engine on those!).

Enjoy your Wee - I know I sure am!

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post #3 of 6 Old 06-07-2007, 09:45 PM
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Congrats, Doc. I won't say it was probably worth the wait but I'm sure you're having a great time with it.

Start slow (literally!). Anyone can ride fast but it takes practice to ride slow Regardless of how you ride just enjoy being able to.

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post #4 of 6 Old 06-07-2007, 10:30 PM
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Glad to hear that you are on the mend doc. Enjoy the Strom. I used to be a corpsman stationed at the Naval Hospital Camp Le Jeune back in the mid '70s. On occasion I was TDY at several of the dispensaries including one at Cherry Point. If I remember correctly there are many small roads and trails along Oslow Beach and back into the artillery range. God, the fun we used to have there. Spent many a weekend with a couple cases of beer, a Ma Duce, and several thousand rounds of .50 cal.

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post #5 of 6 Old 06-08-2007, 07:16 AM
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I am personally glad the Military is so demanding on MSF training. Actually, back when I took my first organized training, it was with the military. Before riding on base, you had to have the training. However I had already been riding and didn't know how little I knew about the subject!

The MSF class is designed to be both fun and informative. You get out of it how much effort you put into it. Listen, watch and do what the coaches are telling you. Work hard and learning, it is a super curriculum. I don't care how long you've been riding, you have some bad habits that they will clear up. I love to get a student that has never been on a bike before, will listen and wants to learn. At the end of the class that is usually my best rider.

As stated, riding in a straight line at 35 mph is a very simple thing. Riding at lower speeds and making tight turns takes a whole lot more skill. The clutch is your friend, use it in the manor it was designed to be used. If you master the clutch, you master the skills to ride a bike smoothly, safely and will be able to do things you only thought possible.

Let us know how your class went!

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post #6 of 6 Old 06-08-2007, 08:54 AM
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Glad your back up and going. Ride it and enjoy the MSF course. I did.
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