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post #1 of 20 Old 04-21-2019, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone I am new rider

Hello Stromtrooper Forum

I am a new Motorcyclist with a brand new 2019 Suzuki XT in yellow. I have named her Veronica and I have yet to ride her home from the shop. It took a long time to get insurance at a reasonable rate. Seems new M1 riders (very fresh papers April 15th, 2019) start at the outrageous amount for insurance. I am registered for M2 safety course next month (May 13 to 15, 2019) at my community college. Looking forward to that!

Any advice to a newbie, greenhorn to motorcycling? I should check out links as this isn't new before asking the silly questions over and over again.

Thank you
Shawn Greenwood
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post #2 of 20 Old 04-21-2019, 04:42 PM
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Welcome to the VStrom world. I've been a happy Vstrom owner for 16 years, hope you are happy with your Strom too.
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Advice? Take an MSF class if you haven't already. Potential insurance discounts, but teaches you great basics for riding that apply to any motorcycle.

Gear up if you havent' already. Protective gear is a good thing!

Build up riding slowly. Don't hit the highway to the tail of the dragon just yet! Start out on familiar back roads during non rush hour times. Take some time in a parking lot a few days a week to practice slow speed turns and emergency stops, swerves, etc. getting familiar with your bike, and build up your comfort to different terrain.

When you're feeling more familiiar with your bike and riding, PURPOSEFULLY take it out on a rainy day (not during rush hour) and ride familiar routes. Better to know what to expect riding in the rain under YOUR conditions rather the only time you ride in it being unexpected timing.

Take an advanced course after a few months of riding, or a few thousand miles of riding (where you take the MSF course, but on YOUR bike)

And lastly, ride YOUR ride. If you're riding in a group and they open it up, wave at them, say, "I'll see you at the end of the road", and get there whenever YOU get there. They'll wait. And if they don't wait for you at the end of the road and leave you cause you're "too slow", then they're not the group you should be riding with.

ENJOY!!!


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PS - There's this magical time somewhere between 2000 - 5000 miles where every rider (myself included) starts to feel comfortable and gets a little cocky with their riding skills. Sorta an "I know what I'm doing now" sorta mentality. I don't know if you can stop it, but just be aware of it. The first few times you start to feel comfortable and a "I got this" sorta attitude, just be aware that you may NOT have it all yet. And just make a conscious effort to still be aware and defensive.
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post #4 of 20 Old 04-21-2019, 04:59 PM
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Hola,
sfalexi has got it about feeling you know what you're doing.
Even after a few hundred thousand miles mistakes can be made. Doh, how do I know that.
Always ride your own ride.
After taking the basic classes and getting used to riding, take a track day and see what the go fasters do...when the traffic is all going the same way.
There are off road training places too. They tend to be a bit more pricey though.
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post #5 of 20 Old 04-21-2019, 06:45 PM
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Welcome aboard Shawn!

Where in Northern Ontario are you? Kapuskasing? Thunder Bay? All of Northern Ontario is beautiful riding!

Stop in the Canadian section here in Regional Forums and say hello. There might be other Strommers local to you.

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Vee or V= DL1000 before 2014
Vee2 or V2 = DL1000 2015 to 2019
Vee3 or V3 = DL1050 2020 to?

My Stroms:
2006 DL650: 202,000 km 125,500 miles, Sold
2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
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Hello Stromtrooper Forum

I am a new Motorcyclist with a brand new 2019 Suzuki XT in yellow. I have named her Veronica and I have yet to ride her home from the shop. It took a long time to get insurance at a reasonable rate. Seems new M1 riders (very fresh papers April 15th, 2019) start at the outrageous amount for insurance. I am registered for M2 safety course next month (May 13 to 15, 2019) at my community college. Looking forward to that!

Any advice to a newbie, greenhorn to motorcycling? I should check out links as this isn't new before asking the silly questions over and over again.

Thank you
Shawn Greenwood
Northern Ontario, Canada
Welcome ,Starting out can be a bit of a money. It's all worth it & your not a new rider for long
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Greetings from Wyoming. I like the advice of the MSF course and back it up with the advanced course 90 days later. This will reinforce the basics. Reassess your ability every time you start to ride and remember T-CLOCK. Good luck and fare well.

"I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these tings to other people and I require the same from them."
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Welcome to the forum, Shawn.

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Welcome to Formula 'V' Shawn. Nice lookin' V.
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Welcome - love the colour and the name. Good advice on the courses. If you haven't gotten boots yet consider something with a little extra height.
Depends on your inseam of course.

These Milwaukee Troopers were perfect for me with a 30" inseam. Good protection and a little lift and really solid grip on pavement. Double zippers and laces ...set them up once and very easy in an out ...you just unzip one side.



Enjoy. They are good machines.
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