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01-24-2007 10:15 PM  10 years agoPost 1
TurboRacer

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Just got a first bike last week - a 99 YZ125:

Haven't touched it yet - was still just kinda sitting on it and getting used to the feel.. Last night i kicked it once and it roared to life. I just sat on it and gave it a couple revs..

Today I took the day off work to put some tile in, and I had an hour free so I wheeled it out of the garage, strapped a helmet on, and started it up..

OMG.. It was everything I've been dreaming about since I was a little lad... Holy $&#* .. I'm still high from it..

Very first time driving a motorcycle EVER. ..

I started off in my driveway, clicked into 1st, and rolled a bit.. Only took like one try to get the feel of the clutch. I rode up into the backyard, did a circle, came back out, went up the street, into 2nd, turned around and came back into the yard.. I did that a few more times and got the feeling of the braking/clutch.

Then I went out and almost full throttle up the road. I felt the front tire get light, banged into second, third, fourth.. I was freakin cruising .. or at least it felt like I was! Headed back down the road, turned into my yard and nailed it.. Dug a nice rut in my front lawn.. hahahaa..

That bike is pure SEX. OMG I can't wait for this weekend!!!!!!

Best toy EVAR.

I wish I started years ago.. I'm 27 now and already feel as if I missed a lot!

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01-24-2007 11:32 PM  10 years agoPost 2
Rotor

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You mean you, "Rode" a motorcycle for the first time! They're fun aren't they? Be careful and go fast!

My motto is this..Fly...Rebuild...Fly

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01-24-2007 11:53 PM  10 years agoPost 3
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I remember my first time on a bike. I was 12 and it was a Yamaha 80. I have been riding offroad ever since. It is a blast and a great way to spend a day. My only advice would be wear a helmet, it has saved my peanut a couple times.

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01-25-2007 01:32 AM  10 years agoPost 4
woppini

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Yep, helmet for sure. One thing to remember that a 2 stroke 125 is about the same as a 4 stroke 250 when it comes to power, it just comes on at way differant times. Be aware that when a 2 stroke "comes on the pipe" it will really start to pull and sing. Lots of fun! wear ALL your gear (dont ask me why i know this)

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01-25-2007 02:40 AM  10 years agoPost 5
seflyer

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a little scotchbrite and oil on the pipe will clean it up nice, and bon ami or comet cleanser will take the dirt out of the plastics and make the white-white again. keep the air filter clean and change the gear oil every one or two rides and use good two stroke oil.

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01-25-2007 05:36 AM  10 years agoPost 6
fritzthecat

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1 - ATGATT All the gear, all the time. Helmet, gloves, jacket, real pants and boots.
2 - MSF course. In your case try the dirtbike course but the regular 3 day intro is pretty much regarded as a must.
3 - Remember, everybody and everything is trying to kill you. You are the redshirt and the world is full of Captain Kirks.
4 - Have fun.

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01-25-2007 09:14 AM  10 years agoPost 7
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3 - Remember, everybody and everything is trying to kill you. You are the redshirt and the world is full of Captain Kirks.

This is one of the best bits of advice you will ever get about riding a bike(other than always wearing all you rprotective gear) - as long as you are aware everyone is trying to kill you (remember you are invisible now),you will stand a good chance of avoiding it due to being extra vigilant. I've been riding for around 20 years on the road (and several years off road before that) and not yet been hit by anyone - VERY close calls sometimes but have always put myself in a position on the road to have an escape when it comes to blind corners and side junctions etc.

For some time now in the UK before you are allowed to ride on the road you must take a Compulsory Basic Training course in order to get insurance. It's a pain (and wasnt required when I started out but my mother insisted I took one and paid for it) but well worth it in my book.


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01-25-2007 02:43 PM  10 years agoPost 8
2Pac

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I remember those yesteryears..Adrenaline pumping, heart beating fast, hand shaking, knee buckling, screaming loud and hanging on for dear life as the power of the cycle take me to the edge...Only one thing i can tell you "RIDE SMART". Cause if you did the ditch theres only 2 place they can find you..And every one here that rides knows where thats at...Good luck and happy riding.

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01-25-2007 04:23 PM  10 years agoPost 9
MikeC

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You picked the right kind of bike. Off road riding is so much safer than street riding. Just make sure you always have your gear on and have fun!

Mike

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01-25-2007 05:59 PM  10 years agoPost 10
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Steve69 - I won't be riding on the street! Offroad only!!

I already promised myself I would never get a street bike.. Partly because of OTHER stupid drivers like you said, but mainly because I am the type that would be on the highway at night doing 195mph standing on the handlebars.. SCARY!

I'd probably live about 24, maybe 48 hours with a street bike

Motocross for me!

Thanks for all the tips guys!!!

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01-25-2007 09:01 PM  10 years agoPost 11
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I'd probably live about 24, maybe 48 hours with a street bike

Motocross for me!
I have a Yamaha Blaster ATV and a Honda CB1 (400cc) sport bike. The Honda is a fun little bike to ride without getting me into too much trouble, although it'll do just a hair under 130. I couldn't have a 750 or larger sport bike. I wouldn't have my license long enough to enjoy it!

Mike

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01-26-2007 12:03 AM  10 years agoPost 12
A. Bundy

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1.WD-40 that pipe and it will clean up a lot nicer.
2.Stay off the street,it will eat your tires.
3.Get good boots and a good helmet.
4.Learn slow.There is never enough power when you are in control,but when things go bad a 125 has more than enough power to really bust you up.

Here is one of my bikes (05 KX250) and the track I ride at.

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01-26-2007 04:06 AM  10 years agoPost 13
stickjammer

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WANNA RIDE OF YOUR LIFE RIDE A CBR 900RR ROAD BIKE THAT HAS A STAGE 2 JET KIT A FULL D&D RACE EXHAUST GEARED 1 TOOTH DOWN IN THE FRONT AND UP 2 IN THE REAR NOT TO MENTION THE 200HP NITROUS OXIDE KIT.HIT THE NITROUS IN 6TH GEAR AT 150MPH AND HOLD ON FOR LIFE WHAT A RUSH.

rob

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01-28-2007 05:12 AM  10 years agoPost 14
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One more tip

That bike will wheelie without much more than full throttle. Big tip for you: If it starts coming up, release a bit of throttle. It'll still come up, which is fun, but not too fast, so you don't flip. Now the most important thing to remember is that your right foot MUST be ready on the rear brake pedal, in case it comes up too high. Release the throttle and apply some brake. It WILL come down, even if the rear fender is scraping the street. Don't jump off.

Take baby steps, and watch out for the front tire tucking under in the dirt.

Enjoy!

Gigi

My heli spending has gone way down since I got a Honda 919 :-)

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01-28-2007 01:48 PM  10 years agoPost 15
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I cant stress boots enough, I whacked a tree that most likely would have shatterd my ankle into pieces...thanks to my Answer boots it just hurt for a week!! Helmet is a given. TONS of trails over here bro. Been riding since I was a little dude. My first bike was a DR125 with NO brakes!!! Boy was that fun. My last machine was a Yamaha warrior, it was fun. Still do not have the balls like A Bundy!! thats air!!!

Did you know you can ride LEGAL at the Thomaston damn? HELL YA!!! Dirt bikes only, sick trails. Just watch out for others on the trails, they get thin at times.

Maybe this year we will meet!!! Hows the car going?

Jeff


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01-28-2007 03:06 PM  10 years agoPost 16
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Thanks for all the tips guys! Everything said is very helpful..

LTF - yes! Thomaston is where I'll be spending my time this spring!! We should get together soon!

Car is coming along very well.. Still breathing fire!

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01-28-2007 05:40 PM  10 years agoPost 17
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Congrats man, I think you need to trash that 125 as you have gained enough experience to get yourself on a hayabusa or gsxr1000 and go have some fun @ 150mph+

Yea, I see you know everything but can see why kids love cinnamon toast crunch????

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