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post #31 of 45 Old 07-20-2018, 07:05 PM
 
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Possibly I don't know much if anything about that. The guy that got it loved it and is going to turn it into a Cafe Bike.
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post #32 of 45 Old 07-22-2018, 05:14 AM
 
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I got my Rebel new in 08. Lot of people were buying bikes at that time because gas prices had gone up dramatically, so there were lots of new bikes, and lots of new riders on the road. I hadn't taken the BRC right away; in fact I think I was a regular on this board for over a year before I did. I did buy a copy of Chapman's "Piloting" early on however. Good read for anyone thinking of riding. When I got to the BRC, most of the people in my class had been riding before starting the course. Some had the idea that it was just a formality they had to yawn their way through so they could ride legally. One young lady actually asked the instructor if he could test her out early because she only planned to ride her new Harley to work and back a few miles a day. He declined. Most were quickly disabused of the idea that they had already learned anything the course was going to cover. The few that had never ridden a mile were intimidated at first, but didn't have to waste the instructor's time unlearning bad habits. I was really impressed by how much we all learned in such a brief course. I still plan to take the advanced course. There are very few times I ride when I don't learn something. BRC never mentioned shadows and retinal reaction to changes in light levels, for example.

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post #33 of 45 Old 07-22-2018, 02:27 PM
 
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BRC never mentioned shadows
I imagine a European or Asian equivalent would have, since they get the 125cc models there.
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"Ride Safe, Chop Safer" Motorcycles are not unsafe. However; they are extremely unforgiving of inattention, incompetence, ignorance, and stupidity.
Dismantling, sawzalling, and rattle canning does not make a bobber.
Those are STEPS toward customizing, not customizing unto itself.
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post #34 of 45 Old 07-25-2018, 06:59 PM
 
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I can't remember who the instructors are in here but I have to comment once again after only being on the road two days. Ive ridden over 50 miles and it's been great.

I ride like I am in class. I was so nervous when I brought the rebel around to the driveway. I had to sit down and think hard on what I'd learned.

But once I put my helmet on and went through the steps to start the rebel it all felt familiar and I was pulling out onto the road.

Things that go through my head when I'm riding are...

Near far side to side
Head check
Entry speed coming up on a curve
Shift down to first when coming to a stop
But don't open the clutch
Blind spots
Placement in the lane
Escape route
How to shut down the bike
Always be aware of my surroundings
On and on and on

I made my mistakes, but I knew what they were and worked to correct them. There is no possible way I could have done this without the class.

I'm lucky that my work schedule allows me to practice and ride from job to job.

Anyone new absolutely should take the class, I'm so happy I did. I'm hooked
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post #35 of 45 Old 07-25-2018, 07:28 PM
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Duckster is an instructor. Glad you posted the endorsement. I always recommend the class to any rider, but especially those new to riding. The Hurt Report shows it makes you a much safer rider.

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Glad to hear its going so well Lisa.
Love the list, I have a pre-ride mantra you might want to add ...


"I'm never in a hurry on 2 wheels, I'll get there when I get there. If I can't adhere to that then I shouldn't be on 2 wheels, take the car instead"

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post #37 of 45 Old 07-26-2018, 09:18 AM
 
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"I'm never in a hurry on 2 wheels, I'll get there when I get there. If I can't adhere to that then I shouldn't be on 2 wheels, take the car instead"

I like that kryton. I just hope you realize the gratitude from your students that I have for my instructors. They were thorough, detailed, patient and on occasion very funny. I really felt their passion for their job. So for all the students who don't get to thank you I will. THANK YOU!!!

🙂 I'm seriously not as dorky as I sound. (OK I am)
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"I'm never in a hurry on 2 wheels, I'll get there when I get there. If I can't adhere to that then I shouldn't be on 2 wheels, take the car instead"
...because you can cause a lot more damage that way.

Seriously though, one should have the same mindset regardless of how many wheels are underneath them.
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Dismantling, sawzalling, and rattle canning does not make a bobber.
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I have to agree with Shack on that.. You should never be in so much of a hurry that you take unwise chances whether on a bike or in a car. Having said that, I find its always quicker to go anywhere on a bike just because the bike is more nimble in traffic and can change speeds up or down much quicker than a car.

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I find its always quicker to go anywhere on a bike just because the bike is more nimble in traffic and can change speeds up or down much quicker than a car.
My Rebel stops quickly, but my wife's Corolla will out accelerate it at just about any speed!
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