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#2998033 - 04/19/10 09:41 PM Re: The Motorcycles Thread! [Re: K6_Scorpion]
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Miles under your belt will help alot on the turning thing. LOOK through a turn and your mind will instinctively calculate the lean angle, but it takes miles for your mind to become familiar with the bikes "feel". I have a friend who was asking me this same question a couple years ago when he was a new rider. He can turn well enough now, he used to be absurdly slow around turns.

As for motorcycle related fallacies, one that always gets me is when folks say they are going to get a bike to "save money on gas". LOL! Any bike owner who rides enough to save gas can tell you that you are burning through 2-4 sets of relatively expensive tires a year to perform this feat of economics. Lets not talk about more frequent maintenance intervals, more costly oil, sprockets, chains, spark plugs and brakes. Of course boots, gloves, helmet, jacket and pants aren't cheap. Boy, we're savin' money now!

Get a bike because you love riding, not to save money.
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#2998186 - 04/20/10 08:23 AM Re: The Motorcycles Thread! [Re: RSColonel_131st]
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Originally Posted By: RSColonel_131st
No circuit around here.


The Wachauring, Melk is ~ 77km from Vienna.
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#2998195 - 04/20/10 09:11 AM Re: The Motorcycles Thread! [Re: KraziKanuK]
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Loc: Vienna, 2nd rock left.
Good find! I really didn't know they had a racetrack there, I thought it was only for safety classes from the national automotive association.

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#2998540 - 04/20/10 05:36 PM Re: The Motorcycles Thread! [Re: RSColonel_131st]
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Hey RSColonel, this is not really an excersise, but something to think about that will help you become more comfy with turns. Read about countersteering, if you don't understand it already.
http://faq.ninja250.org/wiki/Countersteering
The best way I can sum it up is, you're steering with your body, not the handlebars, but there's more to it than that.

other good pointers can be found on this page: http://faq.ninja250.org/wiki/Riding_Techniques

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#2998542 - 04/20/10 05:37 PM Re: The Motorcycles Thread! [Re: sinner6]
arthur666 Offline
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Originally Posted By: sinner6
Miles under your belt will help alot on the turning thing. LOOK through a turn and your mind will instinctively calculate the lean angle, but it takes miles for your mind to become familiar with the bikes "feel". I have a friend who was asking me this same question a couple years ago when he was a new rider. He can turn well enough now, he used to be absurdly slow around turns.

As for motorcycle related fallacies, one that always gets me is when folks say they are going to get a bike to "save money on gas". LOL! Any bike owner who rides enough to save gas can tell you that you are burning through 2-4 sets of relatively expensive tires a year to perform this feat of economics. Lets not talk about more frequent maintenance intervals, more costly oil, sprockets, chains, spark plugs and brakes. Of course boots, gloves, helmet, jacket and pants aren't cheap. Boy, we're savin' money now!

Get a bike because you love riding, not to save money.


Good tip, looking thru the turn...

Yeah, if you want to save $ , get a used Geo Metro. They're cheaper and safer wink .

Anyways, this weekend I did a valve adjustment. Less than 3 hours, from start to the test ride afterwards. I don't really like wrenching when I could be riding, but I also don't like spending hundreds on something I can do myself. So, a question to all yall. Where do you draw the line? What is the most in depth repair/maintenance you'll do on your bike? At point do you say, "this needs a pro mechanic"? I'm especially interested if you have a "modern" bike, you know, computers and fuel-injection etc.


Edited by arthur666 (04/20/10 05:56 PM)

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#2998748 - 04/21/10 03:40 AM Re: The Motorcycles Thread! [Re: arthur666]
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Loc: Vienna, 2nd rock left.
Thanks Arthur, reading that now. BTW, forgot to answer Scorpions - Roundabout training is okay for tight circles, but ours are usually sloping downward/outward, dad's friend dropped his BMW there.

Arthur, I think if it wasn't for warranty (which means the first two service items have to be performed by licensed Kawa mechanics anyway) I'd be doing oil change myself, of course. Maybe also changing tires, adjusting chain tension and most other stuff on the frame.

But even though I have the offical repair manual from my new bike (the same used in service centers) I wouldn't touch the injection engine. With the old bike, we occasionally had it stripped down all the way to the carburator if it didn't work, but you just can't do that on the new one.

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#2998914 - 04/21/10 11:04 AM Re: The Motorcycles Thread! [Re: RSColonel_131st]
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Yeah, I can't really do anything but oil changes on mine. Even a tire change is rather involved due to shaft drive and tire pressure sensors. While it's under warranty (6 years) it goes to the shop even for spark plug changes.
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