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post #1 of 21 Old 05-14-2011, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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First day ever on a street bike....vstrom 650dl abs

I didn't even know the bike was a ABS version but I'm glad it is even though I would never know the difference since this was the first time I've ever ridden a street bike. I haven't ridden a motorcycle (dirtbike) since I was 12 years old and I didn't even ride it very much when I was a kid either. I honestly thought I could just hop on it a go like the wind, boy was I wrong. I had no idea the bike was that big.....hehe! I'm 41 yrs old and I weight about 270-280.......6 ft tall and I was afraid to start the engine.....LOL! I just have to get used to riding. I eventually started and drove around in my neighborhood and down a few streets to a parking lot for about 15 minutes. I need to get used to the everything. I just need to take it slow and put in about 30 hrs and take a course. Crash bars wouldn't hurt either. The bike I purchased is a 2008 Vstrom 650dl ABS but it has over 40k miles but it was well taken care of, not really a scratch on it. The chain is a bit noisy and runs kind of jerky, is that normal??
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Lubed chains are less noisy; you should lube yours after your next ride.
The jerkiness is probably a combination of first gear and your right wrist not being used to eachother yet.

Definitely go take that course; it's cheaper to drop a school bike than it is to buy crashbars (which aren't always necessary, as you'll likely never drop your bike after you install them).
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Hope your right about the chain lube...........guy told me he hit a curb yesterday and it kinda worries me. Well, the bike looks beautiful and I have all the records and its the ABS version........bought it for only $3000. I will put a picture on the site probably tonight. I think I need to buy a center stand, will make it easier to lube a chain....hehe!
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The best advice I can give you is, go take a MSF Riders Course. You will be a much better beginning rider for having taken it.

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Hope your right about the chain lube...........guy told me he hit a curb yesterday and it kinda worries me. Well, the bike looks beautiful and I have all the records and its the ABS version........bought it for only $3000. I will put a picture on the site probably tonight. I think I need to buy a center stand, will make it easier to lube a chain....hehe!
You stole it at that price. Take the MSF course. Enjoy it.

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Congratulations and welcome aboard!

+1 on what others have said about an MSF course or equivalent. I rode very little in my youth, only a couple of times, really, and managed to crash my friends Trail 70 in a field at that. I had originally thought to take the MSF course, buy a 250cc Reflex scooter, and immediately head out on a couple of hundred mile trip to visit my parents. The MSF course made me realize that wasn't going to happen. I spent a couple years (and a terrifying first few weeks) on a Honda CB450 before moving up to my most wonderful Wee. Oh, got the 250cc scooter last year and love it, too.

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Limit your riding before you take the course. You are likely developing bad habits already, and you are certainly putting yourself (and your new machine) at risk. You'll understand after the course. Don't ask how I know this... Good luck !
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Congratulations and welcome aboard!

+1 on what others have said about an MSF course or equivalent.
+2......after reading the initial post, I couldn't help but think "oh man.....um...."

Seriously, take advantage of the awesomeness the MSF courses provide for newbs, it could literally save you years of "learning it on your own" as well as survival skills you DON'T yet have.

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I've still only ridden the bike once. Got sick from eating moldy pita bread....lol! Not fun and all. Hint.......turn the light on before eating bread.
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If you think the Wee seems big now, just wait for the first time you ride it after a weekend riding an MSF Rebel...:mrgreen:
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