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post #1 of 10 Old 06-30-2015, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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New Rider, New Wee through LA

Hello,

I am a new rider, having finished the MSF/CHP class and obtained the M1 ticket in California. After much research I just locked in a 0% deal on a new Wee today. I'm pretty excited.

One thing that concerns me, I'll be buying it in Redondo Beach, CA and I live in Burbank CA. For those that don't know, its a 35mi trek cutting through Los Angeles.

As a new rider, should I consider getting it delivered? Should I just not stress it and hop on the freeway and keep my "space cushion"? Or take the long way home on the sidestreets?

I do recognize that each rider is different but I wanted to get your thoughts here.
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post #2 of 10 Old 06-30-2015, 08:28 PM
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I live in south orange county bought my vee in Calabasas and drove it home. I hadn't ridden on the street for years. It was a bit unnerving but I made it . Just take your time and hop in the car pool lane or fast track ( your bike won't have plates). Or have it delivered if you're not comfortable. But you live in l.a traffic is the norm.
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post #3 of 10 Old 06-30-2015, 08:48 PM
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This is just my opinion.

After passing the MSF course I was no way ready for highway driving. The max speed during the course was a speedy 15 mph. Since the CBR250R was my first bike 25 mph seemed pretty fast.

I had mine delivered and this was the right thing to do for me since one year later I am accident free, moved up to a CB500X and can now go highway speeds without a sweat.

Space cushion is nice theory but cars on the road often do not respect it.

Unless you are experienced I would say deliver it and start off right.
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post #4 of 10 Old 07-01-2015, 10:18 AM
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Riding the bike isn't much different than driving the car on the freeway. Well maybe the fact that they are all out to kill you on the bike.
Hola and welcome to 2 wheels in LA.
When you feel up to the twisties, come up Angeles Crest to Newcombs for brekky. Mind the speed limits and the squids. Lost another on last Sunday morning.
Surface streets back to Burbank ain't bad. Seeing and smelling the changes on ethnicites as you travel North then LA is fascinating. I took Western and enjoyed the mayhem we live near.
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post #5 of 10 Old 07-02-2015, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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Picking it up tonight. I think I'll go up Hawthorne-La Brea. It's a straight shot and offers enough places to stop if things aren't going well. Pretty excited. I'll post a report after.
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post #6 of 10 Old 07-03-2015, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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Ended up taking the freeway. I had some trouble when transitioning to a full stop so I took the freeway with my wife following. Felt fantastic at anything above 5 mph. Will be practicing full stops today though. She gets heavy for me during that last second when putting a foot down.
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Congrats on the white knuckle ride.

Key to slow speed and smooth is keep the wheel straight and easy on the front brake at very low speeds.

Using the rear brake for that last few feet you may find easier.
A turned front wheel and front brake will put you over right quick.

New rider on a Wee???.....get frame sliders.


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post #8 of 10 Old 07-04-2015, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. Took it out again today to practice stop and goes around the neighborhood. Back brake and looking up helped tremendously. Seems like left foot down and right foot brake works like a charm. After the 35th time it almost started to feel natural.

Frame sliders are on the way but I'm not going to wait to keep riding.
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Don't rely only on the rear brake. The rear brake has way less stopping power due to weight transfer forward during a stop. If you hit the rear brake hard, the rear end is liable to want to come around on you and be the front end.

80% of your stopping power is in the front brake. I have been riding for about 50 years, and I use the rear brake only lightly, usually to help balance the suspension. You need to learn how to modulate the front brake. That is the brake that will save you in an emergency.

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post #10 of 10 Old 07-06-2015, 10:45 AM
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New bikes all come with ABS? I find it funny to have the rear end getting squirrley when I have an Oh sh-t moment. One gets used to ABS and forgets.
Practice, practice. I still have problems with up 180 degree turns. Gotta remember to get into 1st earlier.
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