Getting my (First) Motorcycle Tomorrow....Advice Wanted

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by darkspec, Jul 24, 2003.

  1. darkspec


    Jan 2, 2003
    Cleveland Ohio
    A life long dream of mine is about to come true. Tomorrow Im taking about a 15 min drive with my dad and purchasing a 1986 Kawasaki Ninja 250R . It will be my first bike. I know that it needs some work done to it. But Im so hyped up. Is this a good beginers bike, did I get a good price? 250 dollars. Im so happy right now its unbelieveable. PICS COMEING SOON!
  2. mikemulcahy


    Jun 13, 2000
    The Abyss
    Get a helmet and learn to ride b4 you hit the road.

  3. darkspec


    Jan 2, 2003
    Cleveland Ohio
    My nest paycheck is helment money, and my parents are sending me to the courses so i can get my license.


    Jun 1, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    good advice :smug:
  5. Don't run hit a cop car. If you do your dead either way so if you don't fall off ride away faster then a gay man from a back alley fight !!
  6. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    The Organ Donor Society of America Thanks You.:D
  7. jawzzz


    May 23, 2003
    Denver Colorado
    Respect your bike. It is not a toy. Don't screw around trying to do wheelies and race every where. And always be on the lookout. There are too many bad drivers on the road that will take you out in a heartbeat. I have many pics as proof of this. Enjoy and be safe.:)

    Sorry, I did not mean to lecture.:cool:
  8. PolkaHero


    Jan 5, 2002
    Keep the shiny side up!
  9. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I was hit by a drunk driver going 55 mph. I was going 35. I received the following:

    1. Open fracture of the right femur.

    2. Severed patellar tendon.

    3. Excised right medial meniscus.

    4. Concussion.

    5. Internal injuries (nonspecific, blood in urine).

    6. Loss of half my blood on the street.

    7. Multiple contusions, lacerations, and abrasions.

    8. A five month stay in the hospital.

    9. A second one-month stay in the hospital to remove the 40 cm Schneider nail from inside my femur.

    10. A totalled motorcycle, and

    11. A chance to look death straight in the eye.

    Be careful.
  10. Wow, thank god your alright.
  11. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    That should be a perfect beginner's bike, many buy far to fast bikes as their first one.

    My advice from my own experience:

    - Learn in classes and at organised track training how to turn and brake properly (seriously), it's way more difficult than accelerating, especially from higher speeds
    - Be on constant lookout for what car drivers do, they will frequently fail to see you. Be very careful in and around any road crossing, expect stupidity from other drivers.
    - Always use full protection including a helmet, no matter how hot or uncomfortable. Scrubbing your skin off on asphalt *hurts*, and your head and brain is one of the few things doctors are not so good at mending yet.

    Other than that (those points will come natural after a while); enjoy your riding, it's super fun!
  12. ldiezman


    Jul 11, 2001
    Hmm.. I would say... Be carefull... but that just seems like the most obvious thing to say.... so i won't say it....

  13. I had a few near misses.... my whole body recoiled as I read that. Ouch!
  14. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Great start!

    But a quality helmet is NOT ENOUGH. You also need a good armored/padded motorcycle jacket, gloves, boots, and armored/padded pants. The jacket and pants should be leather or cordura nylon.


    You can sometimes find this stuff for a discount at places like which had some really nice but stained jackets for giveaway prices last time I was there. There are lots of other discount motorcycle accessory places online, look around. But I strongly recommend AGV's blowout store linked to above. I got a $450 helmet there for $100 last year. I got gloves for a similar price.
  15. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    Do you still ride?
  16. mans0n


    Jun 15, 2002
    You sound a little too happy. Driving a motorcycle on open roads is not something you should jump into with too much confidence. Don't be naive, you can die on these. IT'S NOT A HUFFY. Never get on that bike without a helmet, whether its a law in your state/country or not. Helmets save lives. I was taught to ride in a closed area (50 acre farm with paved roads), tried it two times on the open road, and was scared ****less, I was 18. From that day on I realized a motorcycle is something KIDS should not be riding. Seeing as you were born in 1987 I hope you realize that I feel most sane people would agree that someone of that age driving a motorcycle on the open road is somewhat crazy.

    Be careful.
  17. bill h

    bill h

    Aug 31, 2002
    small town MN
    This is all great addvise... just to add to it DO NOT DRINK AND RIDE. Look into joining AMA or A.B.A.T.E. They can help with just about anything bike related. Start to ride out in the country on some country roads, then gradually as you feel save move into the more congested areas. Do not out ride your bike and Headlight.
  18. darkspec


    Jan 2, 2003
    Cleveland Ohio
    I understand where everyone is comeing from. And I plan on being safe. Very safe. I dont think Im gonna take it onto busy roads for a long time. Im not nieve about it either. Its just a dream of mine coming true. And im gonna take it slow. Learn how to ride and be safe. Im not planning on racing it and getting killed. I know its dangerous no matter what but im gonna make it as safe as I can for my self.
  19. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego


    Jun 1, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    smart man :D

    personally i would never ride a motorcycle. i mean look at em, two thin wheels a engine that is probably WAY overpowered for that little bit of weight, plus if you wreck/fall its like your body pretty much taking a 35/55/however fast you are going mph collision. heres a good example, ill be driving on a country road on a windy day and i can feel how bad the wind is pushing/affecting the car, whats to keep a strong wind from knocking you clean sideways while your goin 60 or something??? stuff like that makes me think the only two wheel vehicles we belong on is bicycles.