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post #1 of 11 Old 05-31-2019, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
 
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Tomorrow's Rebel 250

One of my friends is a scrapper and excellent mechanic. He located a neglected 1986 250 which will have some issues in getting the title transferred. It can be done though.

Anyway, as owner of an F-150, I have been recruited to help him fetch it. This will be a great opportunity to get some deep wrenching experience on a Rebel 250. He paid $100 for the 250 supposedly not running. People always tell him that then 30 minutes later, vroom!!!

We're going to have some fun in the Sun.
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post #2 of 11 Old 05-31-2019, 05:26 PM
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That's a good deal! Well worth it.

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I told him if it's a lemon to not take it to the scrapyard that we'll sell the parts on eBay. She's been sitting outdoors in South Georgia so looks the part.

He tried to get me to buy it, but riding skill development is priority #1. He offered to "teach" me to ride, but if you only knew his cage driving record. I'm a little worried as he used to ride 30 years ago. I'm going to make him go to the MSF course with me if he gets it going. His boy's mother bought his son a 1000cc road rocket for his first motorcycle. My buddy was seriously worried and angry. The kid sold the bike a few months later.

I once owned a Miata and love to wrench. My beloved cage was killed by an unknown "mechanic" from a former owner not torquing the cranknose bolt to 85 ft-lbs on a prior timing belt change. I'm going to jump right in there with him.
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A large displacement bike to learn on is a recipe for disaster. She probably didn't know better, and more than likely her son didn't either. He may have been the one urging her to buy it for him. Fortunately for him, he didn't kill or seriously injure himself before parting with the bike.

Lots of true, sad stories about new riders who buy their "dream bike" and die on it within a few miles of the dealership.
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We had a delay on the pickup. I spoke with him today about the super bike He told me his son became fearful of it and sold it. He had a little sit down discussion with the boy prior to the sale.
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I'll bet the son got scared when he hit the accelerator too enthusiastically and the front wheel came off the ground. Not sure if Dad sees the value in his son getting professional training and learning on a small bike, but that's what I would advise.
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or the son got scared the first time stopped and nearly dropped the heavy big-un (or did drop it) getting too close to the edge of the balance zone.
An experienced rider knows what works for themselves, and can only teach what they know from their point of view.
An experienced trainer has the "text book" answers that are the iterative distilation of the laws of the road, many thousands of riders, trainers, and students experiences and feedback, AND the experience, first as an assistant trainer, then as the prime trainer, in observing a student struggling and being able to identify the what and how, and has a gunny-sack full of alternate ways to describe the desired skill, with >90% success of an alternate 'model' clicking with the student.
I've even been a part of that feedback loop, critiquing a written test question and getting a 'good point' from the regional training manager.

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Tonight is the night to get the 250. He told me there is a 450 out there too. That's next on his target list at $200. Supposedly, it runs but someone was jacking with the handlebars and everything up there must be reassembled. Nothing runs unless I hear it run.

As a newbie, I will keep myself in the kiddie pool until I know that I can venture out into the deep end. I trained for years on my mountain bikes before I was ready to blow through switchbacks at 50 to 60MPH. Riding requires another set of skills to manage the same physics. Only with more weight and power than any 120 watt legs could ever hope to generate.

On the way out yesterday to speak with my friend, a major accident occurred about 1/2 mile up road from my exit. Someone rear ended a pickup truck that was stopped in the traffic queue. One car in the median, one car upside down, and one truck with the bed smashed halfway to the rear axle.

My first reaction was to continuously check my six and plan escape routes while I was stopped. I like the cage to be intact too.
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Sounds like cell phone use to me. I watched a lady strike a stopped vehicle doing about 50. She was looking at the phone almost up until the time of impact. Had the stopped vehicle been watching her six, accident might have been avoided. Becoming a good, aware, rider makes you a better driver too, IMO.

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Becoming a good, aware, rider makes you a better driver too, IMO.
Absolutely, it's already making me a better driver especially with situational awareness. Last week, an elderly lady and I were at the stop line for a traffic light on a four lane road. When the light turned green, she immediately crossed into the left lane as soon as she took off from the line. I seem to recall that's not a legal move either. It's almost as if I anticipated her doing that and did not go.

Had I gone on green, she would have hit me. I pretend I'm riding whenever I drive to practice that skill. Every car is out to get me if I'm on foot, riding, cycling, or driving the cage. Some will try.

I'm seeing more riders than ever now. The rider tailgating a Daimler delivery van right slap in the middle of the van on a 6 lane road at 50 MPH in traffic was my Darwin Award winner for the week. Don't be that guy.
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