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post #11 of 30 Old 01-24-2014, 07:25 PM
 
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I'll most likely take the road part of the course again at some point, but I'd rather get some basics down -- shifting consistently, for example, and braking -- so I can focus more on maneuvering. I know *how* to do these things, but need to repeat them often enough that they're almost second nature. There's just not time to do that during the course.

I learn slowly, but when I finally get something, it sticks.
At least your smart enough to know your limitations and not go careening around the roads with no skills. I'd just go get the license and practice. Take your time to get comfortable and build up confidence and good habits. No need to rush something especially since it can be very dangerous.

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post #12 of 30 Old 01-24-2014, 07:57 PM
 
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Shifting problems are often caused by being in too much of a hurry. Do everything deliberately and like you mean it. Many riders are guilty of stomping or poking the shifter lever and hoping that they get the next gear. A slower pull up or push down on the lever all the way until resistance is felt, and then holding it there momentarily will produce positive shifts every time.

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Am I risking a ticket by riding a couple of blocks *to* a parking lot?
not if the engine isn't running and you duckwalk it or push it, that would technicaly not be riding
do you have a friend who could ride it to the nearby lot for you?
note that I suggest pushing only because you indicated it was a 'couple' of blocks, if it's too far, forget I said anything

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post #14 of 30 Old 05-02-2014, 09:18 PM
 
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im in chattanooga fiddler, what i reccomend is pick SLOW DAYS, like monday and tuesday, and thursday, drive in your neighborhood only so u can get home quickly if needed dont practice on fri-sat-sun or wed, bc those are (weekend/heavy traffic days) and only practice in the NON rush hour times, and keep your speed down, yes youre risking a ticket, but the chances are if a cop pulls u over in your own neighborhood is slim, especially if you're following the law, and if sees youre on a 250CC bike and not acting a fool and youre NICE to him, he'll likely just send u home with no ticket, and ive never had a cop ask specifically if i had a bike license,

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When I first got my bike I didn't have to worry if police got involved, I knew they would as my wife told me she was going to call them if she caught me out on the street!

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My wife threatened to spank me if I rode sans helmet
not exactly a deterent

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post #17 of 30 Old 05-04-2014, 09:09 PM
 
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i didnt have any trouble with the license in TN. i took my drivers test on a 150cc scooter. trucked it out there and had it out when the guy came out. i do believe with some people it comes more naturally ..... dont rush it for sure
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im from alabama originally and when i got my licesnse it was just a written test, so all i had to do was take a test and jump on a bike when i felt the need to do so, but its really not hard at all, its all very fluid motion, after 1 or 2 days practice u or less u can pass a drivers exam easily

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New Zealand motorbike license laws have changed recently, but certain things have remained the same. On a learners license I cant have a passenger, tow any vehicles, and best of all I am treated like a 14 year old and have a 1000 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew.

Given that I sold my car and only have my bike, now when I go to a mate's I dont drink and have to beat the cops home before my curfew starts. But, on looking at the rode code again for this post, it seems that there isnt a zero alcohol limit for a motorcycle learner's license for those over 20 years old...

It makes for good dinner party conversation, but ultimately is helping me stay safe and no amount of pressure from mates will change that. Given I spent just over 17 American dollars to fill up the tank/reserve, I often travel in style (taxi) if I am out "afterhours".

I too was nervous about getting my license (it seemed wildly ambitious), and was nervous about getting on my bike once I bought it (took test on the tester's bike) so had it delivered to my house. Neighbours wondered why I spent two hours going up and down my street, but as Duckster and you pointed out, I simply wanted to get to know the gears before I got in front of other cars.

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post #20 of 30 Old 05-05-2014, 02:22 AM
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Gas must be expensive in NZ if it cost $17 to fill up a Rebel. It usually costs me around $7+/-.




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